by Corey St. Laurent
March 15, 2014, Everett, WA (ISN) – The Victoria Royals concluded the best regular season in franchise history on Saturday night at Comcast Arena when they faced the Everett Silvertips. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start between the pipes, while the Silvertips countered with Austin Lotz.
The two teams also met Friday night, and hostilities were renewed midway through the first period when Victoria’s Tyler Soy dropped the gloves for his first career fight with Noah Juulsen. Vollrath was sharp throughout the first period and Logan Nelson opened the scoring to give the Royals a lead at the 18:51 mark. Joe Hicketts hit Nelson with a breakaway pass before the Rogers, MN native made a quick deke to his backhand that sent the visitors to the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.
Mirco Mueller leveled the score for the Silvertips with a powerplay point shot at the 7:12 mark of the second period. Everett then took their first lead of the game at 14:52 when Ben Betker beat the Royals’ netminder with a low shot glove side. The two teams played out a heated, physical frame and the Silvertips held a 2-1 edge after 40 minutes.
The back-and-forth action continued in the third period, but Victoria began to gain momentum late. With just 3:31 remaining, Soy gave the Royals an equalizer with his 15th goal of the season. Brandon Magee spotted Soy in the slot from the right corner where the rookie fought off a check and knocked it through Lotz. The tie stood for just over two minutes until Carson Stadnyk gave Everett the game-winning goal with just 1:28 left in regulation. Silvertips 3 Royals 2.
Victoria went 0/1=0.0% on the powerplay, while Everett went 1/3=33.3%. The Silvertips outshot the Royals 25-24.
The Royals concluded the 2013-14 WHL Regular Season with a number of new franchise records achieved. Victoria’s 100 points, 48 wins, 26 road wins, and 14-game streak with at least one point are some of the club’s most notable franchise records set this season. As the Royals head to the playoffs, they have also been named the seventh-seeded team in the BMO Canadian Hockey League rankings.
Single game tickets to the first two games of the Royals’ 2014 WHL Playoff run are versus the Spokane Chiefs are on sale now at the Select Your Tickets box office and start at just $13! Game one of Round A is set for Saturday, March 22nd with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop while game two is slated for the following night at 5:05 p.m. Remaining dates will be announced shortly.
Money Mart Mad Monday will also return for the playoffs! Mad Monday tickets are available for just $6 in-person only at the Select Your Tickets box office beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 17th. Quantities are limited and orders are restricted to four tickets per person.
Playoff packages and Royals 2014-15 season tickets are on sale now! The next 10 fans to place a deposit on season tickets for next season will receive complimentary tickets for all Round A home playoff games. Current season ticket holders are also eligible for over $6,000 in prizes when they renew their seats before tomorrow! Guarantee the BEST seats at the BEST prices with the BEST benefits for all 36 home games by visiting www.victoriaroyals.com or calling 250-220-7889.
The Victoria Royals will meet the Spokane Chiefs in the first round of the WHL Playoffs in a best-of-seven series beginning on Saturday, March 22nd at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
The Royals concluded the 2013-14 WHL regular season as the third seed in the Western Conference and the seventh-seeded team in the BMO Canadian Hockey League rankings and will have home ice advantage versus the Western Conference’s sixth place Chiefs in the first round.
The Royals are also coming off a record-setting regular season. Victoria’s 100 points, 48 wins, 26 road wins, and 14-game streak with at least one point were among the club’s most notable franchise records set this season.
- Satuday, March 22nd Spokane @ Victoria 7:05 p.m.
- Sunday, March 23rd Spokane @ Victoria 5:05 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 26th Victoria @ Spokane 7:05 p.m.
- Thursday, March 27th Victoria @ Spokane 7:35 p.m.
- Saturday, March 29th Spokane @ Victoria 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
- Monday, March 31st Victoria @ Spokane 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
- Wednesday, April 2nd Spokane @ Victoria 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Tickets are available at www.victoriaroyals.com, by phone at 250-220-7777 or in-person at the Select Your Tickets box office.