Victoria loses to Kelowna 5-2; rematch tomorrow night.
Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals fell 5-2 to the Kelowna Rockets on Monday afternoon at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
Royals – Kaid Oliver 1g-1a, Scott Walford 0g-2a, Kody McDonald 1g-0a, Matthew Smith 0g-1a.
Kelowna – Lassi Thomson 1g-1a, Kyle Topping 1g-1a (Game Winner), Mark Liwiski 1g-1a, Kaedan Korczak 0g-2a, Schael Higson 1g-0a, Conner Bruggen-Cate 1g-0a, Devin Steffler 0g-1a, Alex Swetlikoff 0g-1a, Ethan Ernst 0g-1a, Dallon Wilton 0g-1a.
Royals – Brock Gould (L) – 60:00 mins, 27 saves on 32 shots.
Kelowna – James Porter (W) – 60:00 mins, 26 saves on 28 shots.
Royals – 1/4 = 25.0%
Kelowna – 0/3 = 0.0%
Back at the Barn: With tonight’s loss, the Victoria Royals now hold a record of 5-1-0-0 in their first game of a homestand this season. Since moving to Victoria in the 2011-12 campaign, the club is 23-12-1-1 when their first game at home after a road trip comes against a team from the BC Division.
Monday Matchups: This afternoon’s contest against the Kelowna Rockets marked just the second game this season that the Royals have played on a Monday. The other contest came on New-Year’s-Eve, when the Royals defeated the Kootenay ICE 4-3 in overtime.
Kelowna Recap: Tomorrow night’s contest will be the last time the Victoria Royals face the Kelowna Rockets in the regular season. In their seven meetings, the Royals have gone 2-5-0-0 against their BC Division rival.
Streaking: Currently, Victoria Royals’ forward Kody McDonald is on a three-game point streak. Over this span, McDonald has collected four points (3g-1a).
Mr.300: Today’s game marked the 300th career contest for Kelowna’s Schael Higson. The 20-year-old defenceman has collected 82 career points (19g-63a), split between the Saskatoon Blades (2014-16), Brandon Wheat Kings (2016-18), and the Rockets.
Coming Up: Victoria finishes up their two-game set against the Kelowna Rockets tomorrow night at 7:05p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.