A Royal Bonus: Game 2 in Pictures

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All Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

March 23, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – For the second straight night, the Victoria Royals defeated the Spokane Chiefs in overtime in WHL playoff action. ISN photographer Christian J. Stewart provides this bonus photographic coverage of the exciting 4-3 Game 2 victory.

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It didn’t take long for Spokane to celebrate as they scored just 47 seconds into Game 2 on Sunday.

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The Royals Axel Blomqvist (right) battles with Spokane’s Jason Fram in front of goaltender Eric Williams.

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Spokane goaltender Eric Williams would have another strong night Sunday, here stopping Victoria’s Ben Walker in close in the first period.

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Victoria’s Steven Hodges looked to have a sure first period goal on his stick, but a quick stick from Spokane’s Marcus Messier (13) caused Hodges shot to trickle just wide of the goal post.

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With traffic in front of him, Victoria goaltender Patrik Polivka makes one of his 28 saves on Sunday.

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Spokane’s Mike Aviani occupies his usual spot in front of Royals goaltender Patrik Polivka during a Chief’s power play in the first period Sunday.

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Royals goaltender Patrick Polivka stares down the Chief’s Mike Aviani on this second period scoring chance. Aviani would shoot wide.

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The Chief’s Liam Stewart watches as his backhand second period goal eludes the glove of Royals goaltender Patrik Polivka.

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Royals goaltender Patrik Polivka composes himself following the Chief’s second goal Sunday.

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Royals defenceman Brett Cote eludes the pressure from the Chief’s Mitch Holmberg. Cote would have a pair of assists on the night.

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Spokane goaltender Eric Williams seems to be balancing the puck on his head after a shot from the Royals Jack Walker during the second period Sunday.

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The Royals Ben Walker uses his speed to slice through two Spokane defenders. 

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Royals defenceman Brett Cote (right) tries to deal with the screen being put up by Spokane’s Mike Aviani during another Spokane powerplay in the third period.

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Victoria’s Steven Hodges gets a shot away during the third period Sunday.

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Spokane’s best chance in overtime came on this wrap-around attempt from Dominic Zwerger.

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Spokane goaltender Eric Williams and defenceman Jason Fram watch helplessly as Logan Nelson’s overtime goal hits the back of the net 2:18 into the extra frame to give the Royals a 4-3 win and a 2-0 lead in the series.

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Victoria’s Logan Nelson (centre) celebrates his game winning goal surrounded by teammates Keegan Kanzig and Ben Walker.

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Victoria’s Logan Nelson is mobbed by his teamamtes after scoring the game winning goal 2:18 into overtime on Sunday.

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