September 29, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Four thousand and eight cheering Royals fans witnessed their Victoria team bounce back from a two goal deficit against the visiting Kamloops Blazers, beating them 6-3 to sweep the two game series at Save-On-Foods Arena Saturday night.
With the weekend pair of wins, the Royals continued to display their early season dominance over BC division teams, beating the Prince George Cougars earlier in a pair of games to open the 2018-2019 season.
The Royals would not only sweep the series with the Saturday night win, but also sweep all three game stars on the evening. Royal’s Dino Kambeitz, Ralph Jarrat, and Igor Martynov would get the celestial honors for their performances.
Kambeitz would lead the way with a goal, an assist on seven shots on goal for his team, while Jarrat and Martynov would tally two and three assists respectively.
The Blazers would go up 2-0 early in the first period on goals by Brodi Stuart and Jermaine Loewen before Royals’ Brandon Cutler, scoring his second on the season, would find the back of the goal, beating Blazers’ net minder Dylan Ferguson to cut the Blazer lead 2-1 before the end on the opening period.
Kamloops would retake a two-goal lead after Blazer’s Zane Franklin would use the power play to beat Royals outstanding goalie Griffen Outhouse for a 3-1 lead two minutes into the second frame.
The Royals, despite being down wouldn’t quit, evening the score with a pair of goals of their own in the second period when Dino Kambeitz would tally his own power play marker on the one-timer, and D-Jay Jerome, getting two, point-blank range chances in close against Blazer’s Ferguson, would score high over the shoulder while falling to knot the score at 3-3 after forty minutes of play.
Continuing the pressure on Kamloops’ defense and Ferguson, the Royals’ would score a pair of goals fifty seconds apart. Victoria’s spark plug Dante Hannoun would ignite a Victoria Royals three goal third period, scoring not only his first goal of the season just one minute into the third period, but also what would end up being the winning goal for his team. Phillip Schultz would add the insurance goal, and Tarun Fizer would provide the empty net goal, as the Royals would roll on to a 6-3 win.
Royals’ Tyler Lees and Blazers’ Joonas Sillanpaa would receive game misconduct and fighting penalties, while Nolan Kneen of Kamloops and Tanner Sidaway of Victoria would each get majors for fighting after a hit from behind by Blazer’s Zane Franklin on a Royals player would erupt into one of two fights on the evening.
Shots on goal favored Kamloops 38-33.
Victoria will now go on the road to face the Kelowna Rockets before another rematch against the Blazers in Kamloops October 6th.