The Victoria Royals’ scored two goals in each of the first two periods to defeat the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1 in pre-season action on Friday night at the ShoWare Center.
Victoria went with a mixture of 11 veterans and eight rookies in their line-up. Seattle countered with seven rookies and 13 veterans.
The Royals took a 2-0 advantage into the second period on goals 1:34 apart from Jared Dmytriw and Vladimir Bobylev. Victoria’s Matthew Phillips and Dmytriw, with his second tally of the night, would double the away side’s lead. The Thunderbirds’ lone marker was notched by Alexander True in the final frame.
Victoria’s 20-year-old goaltender Coleman Vollrath got the nod in net and turned aside 28 of 29 shots. Seattle’s netminders Taz Burman and Logan Flodell combined to stop 25 of 29 shots.
Both the Royals and Thunderbirds went 0/3=0.0% on the powerplay.
Victoria scratched Regan Nagy, Matt Dykstra and Jordan Wharrie; along with regulars Joe Hicketts, Jack Walker, Chaz Reddekopp and rookie Evan Smith who were all away attending NHL training camps.
The Royals will wrap up their 2015 pre-season tomorrow night against the Everett Silvertips. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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