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Entering today’s game, the Victoria Royals have had a decent record at 8-5-0-1 despite having had to face stiff competition lately, playing teams with excellent records like the Red Deer Rebels (10-5-0), Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-3-0), Kelowna Rockets (9-5-0) and now they are on the longest road swing of the 2015-2016 season and the first team they faced was the Prince Albert Raiders who have the best record in the Western Hockey League at 11-2-1-1.

The Royals’ defeated the Raiders 3-2 in overtime.

Alex Forsberg opened the scoring on the power play marker at 2:17 into the second period. The Raiders scored a pair of unanswered goals, before the clock ran out on the second period. At the 11:49 mark of the third period Joe Hicketts scored a powerplay goal to send the game to overtime. The Royals dominated the 3-on-3 as they had throughout the game as they directed 49 shots at goaltender, Rylan Parenteau.

The Raider goals were scored by Hunter Warner and Jesse Lees.

Vladimir Bobylev won the game in overtime at the 2:08 mark, which was set up by Dante Hannoun and Chaz Reddekopp.

A difference maker was the Royals special teams, which went 2 for 4 on the powerplay, while not allowing a goal against on the two penalties that they had to kill.

Royals’ goaltender Coleman Vollrath stopped all but two of the 24 shots that he faced. With the win, the 20-year-old goaltender surpassed former Chilliwack Bruins’ netminder Lucas Gore for the all-time franchise record for wins with 60.

The road swing sees them also visiting Saskatoon, Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Regina. This trip will see them log over 5,000 kilometres and a total of 7,196 for 10 games over just 21 days.

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