Victoria, BC– The Victoria Royals were edged 4-3 by the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
The Rockets were led by Kole Lind who tallied three assists, while Calvin Thurkauf scored the game winner late in the third period. Kelowna’s other goals were registered by Tomas Soustal, Dillon Dube and Cal Foote.
The Royals’ Vladimir Bobylev tallied the opening marker for Victoria in the second period and added two assists to earn second star honours.
Victoria’s Ryan Peckford recorded a goal in the middle frame, while Matthew Phillips scored in the third period.
Victoria netminder Griffen Outhouse turned aside 32 of the 36 shots fired his way. Rockets’ goalie Michael Herringer stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced.
The Royals held a mark of 1/8=12.5% on the man-advantage, whereas Kelowna went 1/4=25.0%.
Victoria faces Kelowna again on Friday for Eco-Night. The first 2,500 fans will receive a Royals’ Reusable Fabric Bag courtesy of BYD (limit of one per person). Royals’ Ticket Pack Holders will have first access to the bags from 6:00-6:30 p.m. The Royals will then play the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night. Puck drop for both contests is slated for 7:05 p.m.