Copyright – 2015 – Victoria Sports News
The Victoria Royals finished out the five-game home-stand with a convincing 3-1 victory over the first place Seattle Thunderbirds tonight in front of a sellout crowd at the Save-on-Foods Arena.
The Royals started the game with a barrage of shots from every possible angle on the Thunderbirds netminder, it was obvious that eventually so of those pucks directed at the net would end turning on the red light. Although the netminder played some of his best hockey of the year by making 45 saves, three got past him, two on the power play and one short-handed marker.
“We really felt that tonight was a statement game, we had to go out there and show that we are for real and I think we did that as individuals and as a team,” shared Team Captain Joe Hicketts.
The Royals played a disciplined game taking only three minor penalties, while the Thunderbirds took three in each period including three in a seven-minute span, which resulted in a momentum shift that set the tone for the final 10 minutes of the game. “Yeah I am proud of the way the team played tonight. Even of the three penalties we did take a couple of the calls could have gone the other way. Our kill was perfectly executed, while we really took advantage of the power play; it was a text book game tonight,” shared Coach Dave Lowry.
The next game for the Royals begins their final road trip of the season where they take on the Kelowna Rockets on the 18th then travel to Kamloops to take on the Blazers on the 21st, then finally a two-game stand in Alberta against the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Calgary Hitmen on the 23rd and 24th.