The Victoria Royals defeated the Kelowna Rockets 8-3 on Wednesday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna.
The Rockets got on the board first as Dillon Dube notched his first of the season from Erik Gardiner and Carsen Twarynski 1:42 into the opening frame. Kole Lind kept things going with his fourth of the season with assists going to Kaedan Korczak and Kyle Topping. Kelowna took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Victoria replied early in the second frame as Regan Nagy got them on the score sheet. Royals forward Ryan Peckford evened things up with a power play marker at 7:03. Yan Khomenko and Dante Hannoun both scored for the Royals before Nagy scored his second of the night. Jared Legien scored a late power play goal and Victoria took a 6-2 lead into the final stanza.
Nagy completed the hat-trick for Victoria early in the third. Conner Bruggen-Cate scored his first of the season to cut the Royals lead to 7-3, but Khomenko rounded out the scoring for Victoria as they top the Rockets 8-3.
Brodan Salmond stopped 10 of 15 shots faced, and James Porter stopped 8 of 11 as the Rockets out-shot the Royals 29-26.
The Rockets record drops to 2-1-0-1 on the season thus far.