March 23, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – Victoria, BC – Sunday evening marked Game 2 of the best-of-seven Western Conference Quarter-Final series between the Victoria Royals and the Spokane Chiefs at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals gave Patrik Polivka the start in goal, while the Chiefs responded with Eric Williams.
Spokane opened the scoring 46 seconds in when Dominic Zwerger intercepted a pass in the slot and fired a quick shot that beat Polivka blocker side. In a frantic start to the game, Victoria responded just 41 seconds later. Logan Fisher chased a puck down the left wing and fired a tricky wrist shot on goal that eluded Williams to even the score.
The last save attempt that the Chiefs goalie Williams would make on the evening would be the shot that Royals Logan Nelson got past him to win the game in overtime 4-3.- Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Both Polivka and Williams made key saves as the two sides settled in, but Brandon Magee gave Royals the lead at the 9:31 mark. Ben Walker skated into Spokane territory and hit Magee with a pass at the right face-off dot before the Edmonton, AB native placed a perfect snap shot just under the bar and in. The Royals’ penalty kill was tested on a two-man disadvantage, but got the job done to keep a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Steven Hodges shouts out to Spokanes netminder Williams who would had stretched himself well out of his crease to block the Royals shot attempt. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Tyler Soy gave the Royals a two-goal lead 3:47 into the second frame. The Cloverdale, BC native picked up a loose puck to the right of Williams after Travis Brown’s point shot and fired it past the outstretched Spokane netminder. The Chiefs cut into the Royals’ lead just 46 seconds later when Liam Stewart pounced on a rebound and lifted a perfect backhanded shot over Polivka’s glove.
Spokan Chiefs Aviani gets free passage and the puck straight to Povlika but couldn’t get past the Royals netminder – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Victoria received two powerplay chances in the period, but Williams was solid again for Spokane to keep it a 3-2 margin in favour of the home team at the second intermission.
Polivka would miss this opportunity for a save as his defenseman may have deflected the puck up and over his glove- Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Spokane shut down a brief five-on-three Royals advantage to start the third period and Reid Gow later tied the game 3-3 with a powerplay strike at the 9:07 mark. The Chiefs’ potent powerplay clicked as Gow wired a shot from the point through traffic to beat Polivka. The teams traded chances before the Royals earned multiple scoring chances late, but Williams came up big again for Spokane and the game headed to overtime for the second consecutive night.
Brandon Magee would attract the Chiefs attention scoring a goal in the game on a quick snap shot on the pass from Ben Walker- Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Logan Nelson scored the overtime-winner for Victoria 2:18 into overtime to give the Royals a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Ryan Gagnon let a slap shot fly that was stopped by Williams, but Nelson picked up the rebound and ended the game with a backhanded effort. Royals 4 Chiefs 3, in overtime.
Carter Proft would think twice before messing with the Royals defenseman Keegan Kanzig in front of the home teams net – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Victoria went 0/5= 0.0% on the powerplay, while Spokane went 1/5= 20.0%. The Royals outshot the Chiefs 45-31.
Ben Walker, using his speed, would open up the ice for his team mates to find the holes in the Chiefs defense- Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The best-of-seven series now shifts to Spokane for games three and four. Game 3 is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop on Wednesday night. Game 5, if necessary, will take place at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 29th at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
Steven Hodges tries to jam the puck past Spokanes netminder Williams- Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
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The entire Victoria Royals team celebrates on ice the second OT win in as many nights – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
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“Net Presence” take on a new meaning as it would appear that both teams were resolved to find out how many players can fit in a net at one time – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )