Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
September 2, 2015 Victoria, BC (ISN) – A smattering of “True Blue” Victoria Royals fans, hungry to see what hopes the 2015-2016 edition of the Royals recruitment drive may bring, were treated with some early preseason WHL hockey as the Victoria Royals Blue defeated the White 4-3 in inter-squad play Wednesday night at Save On Foods Arena.
#10 Dawson Frank would score the game winner for the Blue Team. Seen here, Frank camps out in front of Evan Smith for the screen – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The matchup signaled the end of the Royals 2015 training camp, as players put on their best with aspirations of landing a position with the head coach Dave Lowry’s Royals team.
A pair of veterans would combine to put the Blue side on the board first as a Jack Walker cross-ice pass would find Chaz Reddekopp’s stick as quick as it was snapped under the bar to beat starting White squad goalie Dylan Myskiw to tally the lone goal in an otherwise tight checking first period.
Jack Walker carries the puck across the blue line looking to dish the puck off, Walker would factor in at least 2 goals in his teams 4-3 win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Both teams would loosen the grip on their sticks in the second, combining for four goals in the frame. The White squad would pull even early in the middle period on a goal from Lincoln Stars sniper Ethan Price, beating Blue’s goalie Evan Smith for the 1-1 equalizer. Team Blue would erupt for two goals mid-way through the second on scores by Kevin Pierce and Landon Welykholowa to take a commanding lead. On an odd-man opportunity, the White team would pull to within one goal 3-2, as Ben Barnard would beat Myskiw on a 2-1 advantage.
A young fan surveys the ice as both teams warm up before getting down to business – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Dawson Frank, last with the North Island Silvertips, would score the eventual winner in the third regaining a two goal lead to give the Blue team the eventual 4-3 win. White team member Ethan Price would score his second goal of the game, snapping the puck glove side under the bar, and past back up goalie Griffen Outhouse late in the final frame in a “too little, too late” attempt at a comeback.
Ethan Price would score on this wrister to beat Griffen Outhouse glove side late in the game in a 4-3 loss. Price would score 2 goals for his White side – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
All the donation proceeds from admission went to the Victoria Royals Education and Scholarship Fund.
The Victoria Royals begin their 2015-2016 campaign September 25th at home against Portland Winterhawks.