Royals vs. Rockets, Game 3: In the Crease – A Photo Essay

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By Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

April 14, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – One thing for sure in Tuesday night’s Kelowna Rockets 4-2 WHL playoff game win over the Victoria Royals, was that both teams seemed to have a game plan that involved putting as much traffic as possible in front of both Royals’ goaltender Coleman Vollrath and Rockets’ goaltender Jackson Whistle.  ISN photographer Christian J. Stewart spent a good part of Tuesday’s game high up at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre with his lens trained on the fronts of both nets to capture the action there. Enjoy!

Kelowna goaltender Jackson Whistle is invisible behind the screen of the Royals Brandon Magee (18) and Austin Carroll (21). Kelowna defenceman Devante Stephens (21) does his best to clear the way (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Kelowna goaltender Jackson Whistle makes a huge first period save off the Royals’ Austin Carroll (21) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Kelowna goaltender Jackson Whistle (1) looks past the screen of the Royals’ Brandon Magee (18) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Whatever the Royals’ Taylor Crunk (22) is doing here was certainly effective and made it difficult for Kelowna goaltender Jackson Whistle to see anything but Crunk’s backside (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Victoria’s Austin Carroll (21) would be denied (again) on this glorious first period scoring chance by the pad of Kelowna’s Jackson Whistle (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Kelowna’s Rourke Chartier (14) and Victoria’s Travis Brown (6) create a bit of a distraction for Royals goaltender Coleman Vollrath (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Victoria’s Chaz Reddekopp (29) tries to push Kelowna’s Tyrell Goulbourne (12) away from the front of the Royals net during first period action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Victoria’s Greg Chase (15) fires home the Royals second goal of the game early in the second period (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Kelowna’s Tyrell Goulbourne (12) and Victoria’s Travis Brown (6) provide a wall that Royals goaltender Coleman Vollrath (35) needed to look over (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Kelowna goaltender Jackson Whistle plays peek-a-boo from behind the screen of the Royals’ Austin Carroll (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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The Royals Joe Hicketts (2) and Kelowna’s Cole Linaker (26) jostle for position in front of the Royal’s net (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Royals goaltender Coleman Vollrath (35) and Kelowna’s Tyrell Goulbourne (12) look upward to follow the puck (off the elbow of the referee) during this second period chance in the Royals end (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Victoria’s Ryan Gagnon (3) and Kelowna’s Gage Quinney (20) battle to the right of Royals goaltender Justin Paulic (1).  Paulic came in to replace Coleman Vollrath to start the third period (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Victoria forward Austin Carroll (21) just misses tipping the puck past Kelowna goaltender Jackson Whistle in third period action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Kelowna forward Chance Braid (22) gets knocked over by the Royals Ryan Gagnon (3) after Royals goaltender Justin Paulic stopped Braid’s third period scoring opportunity (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Kelowna goaltender Jackson Whistle has to deal with traffic from four different players during third period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Victoria forward Alex Forsberg (16) appeared to have the Royals third goal in the bag late in the third, but a quick stick from Kelowna’s Tyrell Goulbourne (12) and leg from goaltender Jackson Whistle prevented the goal (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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