The Victoria Royals scored four goals in the third period in a 6-4 loss to the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday morning, in their second game of the Vancouver Giants Pre-Season Tournament at the Langley Events Centre.
Royals – River Fahey 2g-0a, Riley Gannon 1g-1a, Tarun Fizer 1g-0a, Sean Gulka 0g-1a, Keanu Derungs 0g-1a, Nolan Bentham 0g-1a, Graeme Bryks 0g-1a.
Kamloops – Brodi Stuart 1g-1a, Inaki Baragano 1g-1a, Luke Zazula 0g-2a, Connor Zary 1g-0a, Riley Ginnell 1g-0a, Jerzy Orchard 1g-0a, Reese Belton 1g-0a, Caedan Bankier 0g-1a, Matthew Seminoff 0g-1a, Trevor Thurston 0g-1a, Daylan Kuefler 0g-1a.
The Royals once again went with a mixture of youth and experience in their line-up as they dressed eight rookies and 12 veterans. Kamloops’ roster consisted of eight veterans and 12 rookies.
Victoria sat out 20-year-olds Shane Farkas, Will Warm and Gary Haden, along with veterans Matthew Smith, Carson Miller, Phillip Schultz and Kaid Oliver. They also scratched rookies Alex Bolshakov, Matthew Hodson and Keegan Maddocks.
On the Royals’ third goal of the game, all three players who contributed to the tally hail from Vancouver Island. River Fahey (Campbell River) scored the goal, while the assists went to Riley Gannon (Nanaimo) and Nolan Bentham (Victoria). Fahey’s goal was scored on the Blazers’ Dylan Garand, who is from Victoria.
2019 Pre-Season Schedule:
Sunday, September 8th vs. Everett Silvertips – 1:00 p.m. – Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC
Season Opener: The Royals will open their ninth WHL season on the road in Everett against the Silvertips on Saturday, September 21st. Victoria’s Home Opener is set for Friday, September 27th versus the Prince George Cougars. Puck drop for the home opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.