ROYALS SHUTOUT ROCKETS FOR BEST START IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
Kelowna, BC- Victoria Royals’ Coleman Vollrath stopped all 26 shots on the way to a 3-0 victory over the Kelowna Rockets in a battle between the Western Conference’s top two teams.
With the victory tonight, the Royals move into top spot in the WHL with a 6-1-0-0 record and surpass the 2007-08 Chilliwack Bruins (5-2-0-0) for the best start in franchise history.
Both teams defensive games were highlighted in the first 40 minutes before the Royals broke the scoreless tie early in the frame with goals from rookies Ryan Peckford and Matthew Phillips. Victoria’s Vladimir Bobylev sealed the win with an empty-net goal.
Rockets’ netminder Jackson Whistle turned away 23 of the 25 shots he faced.
The Royals went 1/3=33.3% on the powerplay. Kelowna was unable to capitalize on any of their four opportunities on the man-advantage.
Victoria will wrap up their two-game road trip tomorrow against the Kamloops Blazers with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The Royals return to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, October 16th to take on the Red Deer Rebels on Country Night presented by the Duke Saloon. Puck drop is slated for 7:05 p.m.