The Victoria Royals defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-3 on Friday night at the Save-On Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria in the first of two games between the two teams this weekend.
The Rockets trailed 3-0 after two periods before beginning a comeback that fell just a goal short in the loss, dropping the Rockets record to 29-11-3-0 on the season.
Tanner Wishnowski, Calvin Thurkauf and Nick Merkley scored third period goals for the Rockets, who outshot Victoria 13-6 in the period but couldn’t find the tying goal late in the game.
Michael Herringer suffered the loss, turning aside 32 of 36 Victoria shots in the game as the Royals outshot Kelowna 36-33.
Victoria was 1-for-6 on the power play while the Rockets were held to an 0-for-3.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday night in Victoria before Kelowna returns home on Tuesday to play the Prince George Cougars.