There is an old adage in hockey: sometimes the toughest game to win, is the first one at home after a successful road trip. Friday the 13th of November lived up to the promise as the Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Victoria Royals 4-2 at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals allowed four third period goals, after being up 2-0.
Entering tonight’s game the Royals were the hottest team in the WHL and perhaps the CHL as they won six consecutive road games against primarily top-performing teams in the prairies.
Victoria’s Jack Walker opened the scoring in the first period, while Ryan Gagnon notched his first goal of the season in the middle frame. The Thunderbirds’ Nolan Volcan tallied the game-winner. Seattle’s Keegan Kolesar, Alexander True, and Ryan Gropp scored the remaining markers.
Royals’ netminder Coleman Vollrath stopped 31 of the 35 shots that he faced, while Seattle goalie Logan Flodell turned aside 17 of the 19 shots directed his way.
Victoria went zero for two on the man advantage, while Seattle went one for five.
The Royals will conclude their two-game series with the Thunderbirds Saturday night for Turn Back the Clock Night. The game will feature Victoria WHL alumni goaltender Grant Fuhr and former Royals’ captain Tyler Stahl.