Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – The Victoria Royals gritted out a winning performance in game one Friday night at SOF Arena with a 4-1 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans.
The Royals would go on to defeat the visiting Tri-City Americans 4-1 in game one action Saturday night at Save On Foods Arena – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Royals got back to their winning ways against the offensively anemic Americans after snapping their four game win streak last Tuesday with a 3-2 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Tri-City Americans came to Victoria without a win in their last three games, being outscored 9-1 by the opposition.
Royals starting net minder Coleman Vollrath (GAA 3.05) would stand between the pipes for the duration against his cross-ice Americans counterpart goalie Eric Comrie (GAA 2.58).
Eric Comrie, native of Edmonton, AB, looked to help his Tri-City Americans to their first win in 4 games – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Lucas Nickels of the Americans sits on the doorstep of Coleman Vollrath with puck in hand ready for a point blank shot on goal – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Royals would start the game, skating uphill, finding themselves on the penalty kill for most the first nine minutes of the game, perhaps somewhat fortuitous considering the scoring troubles the Americans have displayed of late. The Americans, undoubtedly frustrated, were unable to solve the Royals penalty kill throughout the opening half of the first period, even after a two-player advantage given to them by back to back Royals high-sticking penalties went for not.
Americans Lucas Nickels offers Royals Mitch Skapski his glove after a play at the goal crease – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Royals Austin Carroll, standing in front of Comrie, would strike first while on the powerplay for the home team, tucking a Brandon Magee assisted puck around Comrie’s leg pad, for his eleventh goal of the season, to take a short-lived 1-0 lead at 16:06 while on the powerplay. Tri-City would answer 1:40 later when James Maxwell would even the score with his first goal of the season for the Americans to end the first period.
Austin Carroll of the Royals has found recent success around the goal crease this season, is sitting in eight place in the league in scoring – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Both teams got down to business in the second quarter, with a more disciplined style of play that saw both teams penalty free through the middle frame. Axel Blomqvist, quiet in the first quarter, would put his team ahead, finding the loose puck in front Eric Comrie early in the second period goals to put the Royals in the drivers seat. Coleman Vollrath would keep Tri-City from tying up the game, sliding across the top of his crease, and stretching out to rob Tri-City winger Beau McQue of a certain goal.
Netminder Coleman Vollrath robs Beau McQue of a certain goal stretching across to make the save – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Blomqvist would tally his second goal of the game in the third period on the powerplay when Americans Jordan Topping would be sent off for interference. The disciplined play seen in the second period fell to the wayside, as both teams would turn up the physical style of play looking for an advantage. Royals Keegan Kanzig and Tri-City’s Riley Hillis would be sent off at 8:57 for dropping the gloves, given five minutes each for fighting. The period would see 22 minutes in penalties assessed, as play would deteriorate. Logan Fisher would score the open net goal to close the game and hand the Tri-City Americans their fourth consecutive loss.
Royals Keegan Kanzig swings away on Tri-City Riley Hillis in a penalty filled third period – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Both teams go at it again Sunday at 1:05 at SOF Arena. Come join Marty’s Birthday party !
Game Stats :
Penalty Minutes = 40 minutes
Shots on goal – Royals – 24 Americans – 21
Powerplay – Royals 2/4 Americans 0/4
Stars of the Game : 1st – Royals – Axle Blomqvist
2nd – Royals – Brandon Magee
3rd – Royals – Coleman Vollrath