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Phillip Schultz scores a shorthanded breakaway goal on the forehand. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

The Victoria Royals hosted the Spokane Chiefs for the second time in two nights at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday night and were thumped 7-2.

The Royals won Friday by the score of 7-5. It was not a goaltender’s weekend by any stretch, as the Royals scored at nine seconds, tying a franchise record for fastest game-opening goal, and then they scored again at 1:55, which resulted in the Spokane netminder Bailey Brkin getting pulled. The Chiefs came back 33 seconds later with one of their own.

After the loss to the Royals, the Chiefs were on a three-game losing skid.

Saturday, Spokane opened the scoring at 5:57 with Riley Woods getting his 15th of the season. At 13:38 Luke Toporowski scored his sixth of the season. Filip Kral, who earned an assist on the Toporowski goal, scored his first of the season at 18:53. It was a rough start to the game.

“The last few minutes were strong with good pushback and chances. The difference in the game was the first 30 minutes,” said Coach Dan Price. “We had to know that Spokane would come out desperate. They are well coached and they got a lot of pride. We didn’t match it, we weren’t ready for it. Anytime a team is flat and not prepared to play that is my responsibility. We will be prepared for Regina.”

The only goal of the first period for the Royals was a spectacular shorthanded break-a-way effort by Phillip Schultz with his fourth of the season to get the 6,526 fans on Canadian Forces Appreciation Night out of their seats. Schultz broke in from behind his own blue line and went forehand, blocker side on Dawson Weatherill, who otherwise had a very strong night in goal for Spokane.

The Chiefs started the second period the same way that the Royals started the game Friday night, scoring at nine seconds. Eli Zummack got his seventh from Adam Beckman and Kral.

After a tenacious spell of forechecking by the Royals, Kaid Oliver jammed a fluttering puck on the backhand, in-tight past Weatherill on the glove-side at 13:22. The effort continued unabated for another two minutes on overlapping shifts, however, against the flow of play Beckman shot from the point on a screened Outhouse; he had no chance. The teams went to the dressing rooms with the Chiefs up 5-2.

Armed forces repelling from the ceiling during pre-game ceremony on Armed Forces night.

With just over three minutes remaining in the game, Outhouse was pulled in favour of the extra attacker. The Chiefs added two empty-netters with 2:57 and 1:45 remaining in the game. Cordel Larson and Carter Chorney scored.

“I don’t think we were too happy with it. We weren’t too good for the first 30,” said Scott Walford. Of the five goals that we gave them, we gave them. They were preventable and we have to be better next weekend.”

The Chiefs end their three-game losing streak with the win.

The Royals outshot the Chiefs 30-27.

The powerplays went 1/3 and 0/5 for the Chiefs and Royals respectfully.

Ceremonial puck drop on Armed Forces night. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

The Royals next play Friday when they host the Regina Pats for the only time this season, then head out on a three-game road trip with two games in Vancouver, bookending a game in Kelowna.

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