The Victoria Royals scored the game’s opening three goals as the club earned a 4-1 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
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Royals – Dino Kambeitz 1g-1a (Game Winner), Scott Walford 1g-1a, Kody McDonald 1g-0a, Tanner Sidaway 1g-0a, Brandon Cutler 0g-1a, D-Jay Jerome 0g-1a, Kaid Oliver 0g-1a.
Kamloops – Jermaine Loewen 1g-0a, Luke Zazula 0g-1a, Martin Lang 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 60:00 mins, 26 saves on 27 shots.
Kamloops – Dylan Ferguson (L) – 57:15 mins, 24 saves on 28 shots.
Royals – 1/4 = 25.0%
Kamloops – 1/3 = 33.3%
Besting the Blazers: With tonight’s victory, the Royals improve to 14-2-0-0 at home against the Blazers since the 2015-16 season. It also marks their eighth consecutive win against Kamloops on home ice.
Country Night: Tonight’s victory over the Blazers was the Royals’ third consecutive win on Country Night. Over this span, the Royals have outscored their opponents by an 18-7 margin.
Big League Call Up: Royals’ forward Alex Bolshakov made his WHL debut against the Kamloops Blazers. The Seattle, WA native was drafted by the Royals in the fourth round, 69th overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
Pesky Penalty Kill: Tonight’s powerplay marker against the Royals marked the first goal surrendered by the team’s penalty kill in their last 17 opportunities. The last time the Royals gave up a powerplay goal was on New Year’s Day against the Calgary Hitmen.
Going Streaking: Currently, Royals’ forward Kaid Oliver is riding a six-game point streak. Over this timeframe, Oliver has tallied seven points (3g-4a).
Island Connection: The Kamloops Blazers have three players on their roster that call the island home. Defenceman Sean Strange is from Saanich, while goaltenders Dylan Garand and Dylan Ferguson grew up in Victoria and Lantzville respectively.
Coming up: The Royals battle the Everett Silvertips Saturday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre at 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.