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It was ’80s night at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre Saturday, where the Victoria Royals took on the visiting Kelowna Rockets in game two of their two-game set this weekend.
The Royals offence sometimes resembles ’80s hockey, but tonight the Rockets weren’t having any of it.
Many of the 6,508 fans wore fake mullets, disco pants (wrong era) and Miami Vice-style pastels.
The Royals lost game one Friday by the score of 4-2. It was a reversal of fortunes Saturday as the Royals won 4-2.
Ryan Peckford started the 2017-2018 season scoring nearly at will, then he had cooled off for a few games. Saturday, the native of Stony Plain, Alberta opened the scoring with his second goal in three games. It was his 10th of the season, which was assisted by defenceman Chaz Reddekopp and Captain Matthew Phillips at 9:42 of the first.
Just 16 seconds later, Dante Hannoun scored with a beautiful wrist shot on a three-man breakaway, going low glove-side, to put the Royals up 2-0. Kaid Oliver earned the only assist on the play, which developed off a sloppy Rockets turnover at their blue line. Hannoun skated right to the net.
Peckford scored again, this time, he skated down the right side, the Kelowna defenceman turned too early and lost pace. Peckford skated in alone and fired the puck upstairs for his second of the game and 11th of the season at 13:02. Assisting were Tyler Soy and Mitchell Prowse.
The second period saw no scoring, however, both teams had several good opportunities.
At 5:33 of the third period, Dino Kambeitz, skated into the slot and let rip a Howitzer that found the back of the net, again low, glove-side on goaltender Salmond Brodan.
The frustrated Rockets ran into penalty trouble during the third. Kyle Pow and Jared Legien got into a scrap after Rocket Ted Brennan got caught charging one of the Royals. Legien took Pow down and got in a couple of punches before the two stood up again, however, the officials got in-between the two combatants. Legien earned the victory and, as much as authorities would like to remove fighting from hockey, the fans were appreciative of the emotion and cheered vociferously. The Royals failed to score on the next two ensuing powerplay opportunities.
At 14:50, the Rockets broke Griffen Outhouse’s shutout bid with a screened shot from just outside the right faceoff circle, he hardly moved.
Nolan Foote was credited with his fifth goal of the season.
Moments before, Peckford had completed a beautiful three-way passing play but wrung the puck off the near post to be denied a hat-trick. He was denied the hat-trick again during the dying seconds of the game, with the goalie pulled, he was swarmed and couldn’t get a shot off.
With 4:08 remaining in the game and Phillips off for unsportsmanlike conduct, the Rockets scored again. This time it was Leif Mattson’s fifth goal of the season.
Although the Rockets frantically tried to score late in the game, Outhouse was, as per usual, very difficult to beat.
The Royals outshot the Rockets 32-22, while the powerplay went uncharacteristically zero for five, while the Rockets scored two on their four opportunities.