Aug 30,2014(ISN) – Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals kicked off their 2014 exhibition schedule on
Friday evening in Everett, WA with a 1-0 loss to the host Silvertips. The Royals are
one of six teams competing in the Silvertips 11th Annual Pre-Season Classic
Royals head coach, Dave Lowry, used the first game of the weekend to take a look at
the younger players remaining on the roster. Victoria started nine rookies in their
line-up while at the same time opting to not dress any 20-year-olds.
Rookie goaltender Michael Herringer (1996) went the distance for Victoria allowing
one goal on 24 shots, and had a solid outing. The Royals also saw 1999 draft picks
defencemen Scott Walford (#18 overall) and Brayden Pachal (#40 overall) get their
first taste of WHL action. The Royals used a physical style to keep pace with
Everett and outshot them 26-24 on the night.
Everett dressed a veteran laden line-up for their first exhibition game of the year
, and that experience helped propel them to the victory. The games lone goal
occurred early in the second period when defenceman Jordan Wharrie (1997) slide down
from the right point and buried a slick centering pass from the left wing corner by
Logan Assman (1995). The second assist on the play went to Remi Laurencelle (1995).
Goaltenders Austin Lotz (1995) and Nik Amundrud (1997) shared the shutout for the
Silvertips stopping 12 and 14 shots respectively. Everett was awarded six powerplays
on the night and Victoria received two opportunities. Neither team was able to
capitalize while skating with the extra attacker.
The Royals will now face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the second game for both teams
in the tournament at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Seattle downed Tri-City 4-0 on Friday in
their first pre-season contest. The Royals wrap up the three-game tournament in
Everett with an 11:30 a.m. match-up with Tri-City on Sunday.