The Victoria Royals were bested 3-2 by the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night at the Sandman Centre in front of 3,715.
The Blazers were backstopped by Victoria native Dylan Garand who is just 16-years-of age. Outhouse is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
The Blazers scored three consecutive goals. Luke Zazula scored two of them, winning it for Kamloops. The Royals have lost traction as of late and sport a record of 13-11 having lost five of their past six.
The Royals schedule does not provide any help over the next three weeks as they play eight of their next 12 games on the road, to make way for the International Ice Hockey Federation’s 2019 World Junior (U20) Championships.
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Royals – Phillip Schultz 1g-0a, D-Jay Jerome 1g-0a, Brandon Cutler 0g-1a.
Kamloops – Kyrell Sopotyk 1g-1a, Luke Zazula 0g-2a, Josh Pillar 1g-0a (Game Winner), Jermaine Loewen 1g-0a, Martin Lang 0g-1a, Quinn Schmiemann 0g-1a, Jeff Faith 0g-1a.
Royals – Brock Gould (L) – 58:37 mins, 26 saves on 29 shots.
Kamloops – Dylan Garand (W) – 60:00 mins, 19 saves on 21 shots.
Royals – 0/5 = 0.0%
Kamloops – 1/6 = 16.7%
Vancouver Island Products: Tonight, the Royals played against a pair of Victoria, BC natives in Dylan Garand and Sean Strange. Garand also had his first WHL start come against his hometown club on October 6, 2018.
After Two Periods: For the first time this season, the Royals lost after leading through two periods. The club’s record is now 6-1-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.
Europe Bound: Yesterday, Royals’ forward Igor Martynov joined the Belarus Ice Hockey Association’s Under-20 Selection Camp. Belarus, who was relegated from the top group at the 2018 World Junior Championships, will compete in this year’s Division 1 Group A of the World Junior Championships in Fussen, Germany.
Coming Up: Victoria continues their five-game road trip on Friday against the Kelowna Rockets. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.
Home Sweet Home: The Royals return home on Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 12th against the Portland Winterhawks for a two-game set. 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.
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