After falling by a goal in consecutive games to one of the best teams in the Western Hockey League last week, the Portland Winterhawks, the Victoria Royals fell 5-1 to the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night. The Royals need to turn their fortunes around after winning 11 of 13 in 2018, they slipped to 3-6. The second-to-last-place Blazers appeared to be the tonic. They entered the Sandman Centre to open a three-game road trip hoping for a win.
They have two games against the Prince George Cougars at the CN Centre. The Cougars are in last place in the BC Division.
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Royals – Andrei Grishakov 1g-0a.
Kamloops – Connor Zary 1g-1a, Joe Gatenby 0g-2a, Nick Chyzowski 1g-0a (Game Winner), Brodi Stuart 1g-0a, Ryley Appelt 1g-0a, Jermaine Loewen 1g-0a, Orrin Centazzo 0g-1a, Quinn Benjafield 0g-1a, Nolan Kneen 0g-1a, Travis Walton 0g-1a, Justin Sigrist 0g-1a.
Royals – Dean McNabb (L) – 60:00 Mins, 35 saves on 40 shots
Kamloops – Dylan Ferguson (W) – 60:00 Mins, 24 saves on 25 shots
Royals – 0/4=0.0%
Kamloops – 2/4=50.0%
Season Series – Tonight’s game was the final regular season contest of the year between the Royals and Blazers. Victoria ended the season with a 6-2-0-0 record over Kamloops and outscored them 32-29.
Impact Import – With a goal tonight, Victoria forward Andrei Grishakov now has 19 tallies on the year, which is the fourth-most of any import player in the WHL. Grishakov’s 38 points (19g-19a) are also tied for the eighth-most among import skaters in the league.
Island Kids – The Blazers had three Vancouver Island natives on their roster in tonight’s game. Nolan Kneen is from Duncan, while Sean Strange and Dylan Ferguson call Saanich and Lantzville home respectively.
Out of the Line-up – Tonight, the Royals were without their top two highest scoring players in Matthew Phillips and Tyler Soy. Phillips leads Victoria with 100 points (44g-56a), while Soy is in second with 80 points (32g-48a). The Royals were also without defencemen Chaz Reddekopp and Ralph Jarratt, along with forward Jeff de Wit.
The Road Ahead – The Royals will continue their road-trip this weekend with a pair of games against the Prince George Cougars on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Coming Home – Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a two-game set against the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 7th with puck drop for both contests slated for 7:05 p.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.