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Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals dropped a 3-1 decision to the Kelowna Rockets, who were led by netminder Jackson Whistle, in a battle of the top two teams in the Western Conference on Friday night.

Rockets’ Jackson Whistle clears away the puck from 2 Royals.  Whistle would get the 3-1 win for his high flying Rockets  – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Royals and Rockets skated into tonight’s match as the two best teams in the Western Conference.Besides an Alex Forsberg tally in the third period, the Royals were stymied all night by Whistle who stopped 34 of the 35 shots fired his way. Kelowna’s Tyson Baillie notched the game winner in the middle frame, while Calvin Thurkauf and Justin Kirkland tallied the other Rockets’ goals.


Net minder Whistle had to be sharp as Royals Alex Forsberg tips the puck on target – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)



Royal’s Forsberg and company celebrate, pulling to within one goal of the Kelowna Rockets – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)



Joe Hicketts was a blur at times, as he lets loose this blast from the blue line – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Royals’ goaltender Coleman Vollrath turned away 20 of the 23 shots he faced.


Royals Coleman Vollrath stretches out for a puck that came near to getting past – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Victoria went 0/6=0.0% on the powerplay, while Kelowna went 2/4=50.0%.

The Royals will wrap up their two-game series with the Rockets tomorrow night. Victoria’s four-game homestand will conclude with contests against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday, December 1st and the Kootenay ICE on Saturday, December 5th. Puck drop for all three games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m.