Victoria Royals Drop New Years Day Game To Kamloops Blazers

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Photo by Allen Douglas

The Blazers rung in the New Year with a 4-1 win over the Victoria Royals on home ice Monday afternoon.

It was a dominating performance from the Blazers as they outshot the visitors 47-24.

Quinn Benjafield had a goal and two assists and Carson Denomie, Brodi Stuart and Nick Chyzowski all added goals for the Blazers.

Dylan Ferguson was a game star with 23 saves in the win. Griffen Outhouse turned aside 43 shots for the Royals.

The Blazers were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Royals finished 1-for-5.

The Blazers will have the week off before playing the Royals at home on Saturday, January 6.

Notes:

 

Gone Streaking – Royals’ forward Tyler Soy stretched his point streak as he has tallied in nine consecutive contests and has registered 14 points (6g-8a) during that span. This marks the second longest streak of the season after Matthew Phillips’ stretch of 17 games where he tallied a point.

 

Representing Their Nations – Both teams have players taking part in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships in Buffalo, NY. The Royals boast Igor Martynov (Belarus), while Kamloops is represented by Ondrej Vala (Czech Republic) and Justin Sigrist (Switzerland).

 

Brickhouse – Including tonight’s 43-save performance, Royals’ netminder Griffen Outhouse has been solid over his last three games as he has posted a 2.02 Goals Against Average and a save percentage of 0.941%. In those three contests, Outhouse has turned aside 96 out of the 102 shots he has faced.

 

Birthday Boy – Victoria’s Chaz Reddekopp celebrated his 21st birthday today. The West Kelowna, BC native is the joint oldest player in the WHL with Moose Jaw Warriors’ forward Brayden Burke.

 

Island Foes – The Blazers have two players on their roster who hail from Vancouver Island. Sean Strange is a Victoria native, while Dylan Ferguson was born in Lantzville.

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