Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
August 27, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Tyler Soy (Team Blue) and Matthew Campese (Team White) would score three goals each, but it would be Campese’s breakaway marker with just over 21 seconds left to play that gave Team White an exciting 6-5 win over Team Blue in the Victoria Royals annual intra-squad game Wednesday night at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria.
Team White’s Matthew Campese would have a strong night Wednesday, with a hat-trick and an assist to lead his team to a 6-5 win over Team Blue (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Campese’s goal capped an incredible comeback by Team White, who, trailing 5-4 with less than a minute to play, pulled goalie Michael Herringer and received a goal from Logan Fisher with just 48 seconds left to play to tie the score 5-5.
Team Blue defenceman Jack Walker carries the puck in the neutral zone Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The game would start rather ominously for Team Blue and starting goaltender Dylan Myskiw, as he would misplay a clear-in by Campese just 10 seconds into the game and have it go over the line to give Team White a 1-0 lead.
Team White’s Logan Fisher, who would score the tying goal with 48 seconds remaining, here carries the puck ahead of Team Blue’s Matthew Phillips (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Myskiw would settle down after that however, stopping the remainder of the 15 shots he faced in the period and thanks to goals by Keith Anderson and Soy’s first of the game, Team Blue would emerge with a 2-1 lead at the end of the frame.
Team White defenceman Brayden Pachal moves the puck during the intra-squad game Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Griffen Outhouse was the starter for Team White and in the second period, both he and Myskiw held their own and kept the score at 2-1 to the mid-point of the period when they were replaced respectively by Michael Herringer and Evan Smith.
Team White’s Taylor Crunk carries the puck out of his end Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Just nine seconds after the switch, Team White would slip one past Smith on the very first shot he faced, with Campese notching his second of the night to tie things up 2-2.
At the 14:22 mark, Team White would jump into the lead, as Dante Hannoun would make a nifty move to put one behind Smith, but Team Blue would respond and tie it 3-3 just a few seconds later when Matthew Phillips slipped a close-in shot off a defenceman and through the legs of Herringer.
Team Blue’s Matthew Phillips would find a way to get this shot past Team White defenceman Brayden Pachal and into the net for Team Blue’s 3rd goal of the night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Late in the frame, Soy would work his magic again to put Team Blue back in front 4-3, a lead that would hold until the 10:38 mark of the third when Team White would tie it up on a nice passing play, with Dawson Frank tipping a pretty Matthew Dykstra feed into an empty net behind Smith.
Team White’s Ben Berard tries to power by Team Blue defenceman Ralph Jarratt during Wednesday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
With just over eight minutes to play in the game, Soy would complete his hat-trick, banging a rebound past Herringer to put Team Blue up 5-4. That set the stage for Team White’s last minute heroics. With Herringer on the bench, Fisher worked his way into the slot and took a nice feed from behind the net and made no mistake, wristing one past Smith for the tying goal.
Despite a miscue on the first shot he saw, Team Blue goaltender Dylan Myskiw would leave the game midway with a 2-1 lead (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Off the ensuing face-off, Campese picked up the puck in the neutral zone and then put a downright evil move on Team Blue defenseman Ralph Jarratt at the blue line and then proceeded unobstructed toward Smith, where, with another nice deke to his forehand, slipped the shot past Smith’s outstretched pad for the winning goal.
The Royals will now gear up for a pretty intense exhibition season, hitting the road this Friday to travel to Everett where they will play a trio of exhibition games, on Friday meeting the Silvertips, then Saturday playing the Seattle Thunderbirds and on Sunday facing the Tri-City Americans.
Team White’s Matthew Campese (15) leaves Team Blue defenceman Jake Kohlhauser (8) and Ralph Jarratt (4) behind en route to his game winning goal Wednesday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The following week they will travel to the Sungod Arena in Delta to face Kamloops on Saturday September 6th and Kelowna on Sunday the 7th. They then play their only home exhibition game on Thursday September 11th (5:05 PM start) against Vancouver, before closing out the pre-season with a game in Kelowna against the Rockets on Saturday September 13th.