by Corey St. Laurent
March 26, 2014, Spokane WA (ISN) – Wednesday night saw the Western Conference Quarter-Final series between the Victoria Royals and the Spokane Chiefs shift to Veterans Memorial Arena for Game 3. The Royals gave Patrik Polivka the start between the pipes, while the Chiefs responded with Eric Williams.
Ben Walker scored just 11 seconds into the game with a shot from the slot that set a new franchise playoff record and gave the visitors an early lead. Victoria doubled their lead on a goal from Austin Carroll at the 7:37 mark. Carroll received a pass from Logan Nelson on a three-on-one and quickly lifted the puck over Williams’ glove. Royals’ captain Jordan Fransoo made it a 3-0 game with a solo powerplay effort at the 13:31 mark. Fransoo skated the puck up the ice from behind his net, stickhandled through three defenders and wristed a shot high glove side to make it a three-goal game. Carroll added his second of the period at the 15:44 mark and the Royals led 4-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Liam Stewart got the Chiefs on the board at the 10:04 mark of the second period when he snapped a wrist shot that beat Polivka over the glove. Victoria responded just 29 seconds later on Nelson’s second goal of the playoffs. Nelson took a drop pass from Steven Hodges in the slot and ripped a quick shot over the blocker of the Spokane netminder. Williams made a pair of big saves late in the period to spark his team, but the Royals carried a 5-1 lead into the second intermission.
Stewart nearly struck again for Spokane to narrow the Royals’ lead, but his shot from the slot rang off the post midway through the third period. On a late powerplay, Travis Brown buried his second of the playoffs at the 18:33 mark to round out the game’s scoring. Royals 6 Chiefs 1.
Victoria went 3/6 = 50.0% on the powerplay, while Spokane went 0/2 = 0.0%. The Royals outshot the Chiefs 24-21.
With the win, the Royals now lead the best-of-seven series 3-0. The Royals will look to close out the series in Game 4 tomorrow night in Spokane. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena.
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