Sunday, 7 February 2016

Recap: VIC 3 - PORT 1 (Sat, Feb.6th,2016)



The visiting Victoria Royals (34-15-2-3, 73pts) scored three unanswered in the final frame to come from behind to beat the Portland Winterhawks 3-1 Saturday night.

“This is a team that believes it can win right now,” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“When we evened the score we knew that we had another level to get to.  We played well for 40 minutes, but we didn’t really play at the pace that we wanted to and be successful.”

The club wins a franchise record 8th in a row, and pick up points in 11 straight games (11-0-1-0) and are 3rd in the league, 2 back of league leading Kelowna and 1 back of Lethbridge.

It’s great,” said Lowry on setting the franchise record,

“That’s a credit to our group and just how they prepare every night to come and work and play for each other.  The best part of it all is that this is a true team, and they really like and respect each other, and they come every night and play hard for each other.”

Alex Forsberg, Ryan Peckford and Vladimir Bobylev scored for the Royals, while Joe Hicketts collected a pair of assists.

For the rookie Peckford it was the game winner.

“It was great to see Peckford come up, who didn’t get a lot of ice, and hasn’t played a lot lately – and scores a huge goal for us.”  According to Lowry.

Griffen Outhouse stopped 27 of 28 to earn back to back victories after stopping all 16 in relief one night earlier in a 5-4 shoot out victory in Tri City.

“Guys battled in front of me, making it easy for me letting me see pucks – it was good.” Said the rookie Netminder.

Victoria pumped Adin Hill with18 third period shots, 40 in total stopping 37 in the defeat.

Both clubs were 0 for 4 on the power play.

Royals 20 year old forward Logan Fisher, got the hit of the game, and had a late fight with Latvian Rodrigo Abols.

“It’s nice to do that against Portland,” said Fisher, who’s club fell in the 2nd round of the playoffs two seasons ago.

“We’re not huge fans of them for good reason, there’s a lot of history between these two teams that I’ve been a part of – it’s nice to bring that flair to the game.”

Victoria sweeps their 2 game US road swing.

“Both nights were tough, I give credit to our guys, they found ways to win hockey games…” said Lowry,

“We have an understanding that if we play a certain way, we give ourselves a chance to win - regardless if we’re at home or on the road.”

They’ll now return home to face Everett, who are 5 back of the Royals in the Conference, and have won 3 straight.  It’s a chance for Victoria defenseman Jordan Wharrie to face his former club for the first time.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Portland Winterhawks 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Moda Center - Portland, OR

Victoria 0 0 3 - 3
Portland 1 0 0 - 1

1st Period-
1, Portland, Glass 8 (Bukarts, Jones), 8:49.

Penalties-Abols Por (interference), 11:46; Nagy Vic (kneeing), 15:20.

2nd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Jones Por (elbowing), 5:36; Clayton Por (slashing), 10:10; Soy Vic (hooking), 10:19; Gagnon Vic (tripping), 12:26; Schoenborn Por (high sticking), 16:26.

3rd Period-
2, Victoria, Forsberg 22 (Hicketts, Hannoun), 5:43.
3, Victoria, Peckford 6 (Price, Hicketts), 8:09.
4, Victoria, Bobylev 17 (Gagnon), 13:16.

Penalties-Fisher Vic (inter. on goaltender), 13:32; Fisher Vic (major-fighting), 19:24; Abols Por (major-fighting), 19:24.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 13-9-18-40.
Portland 10-6-12-28.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Portland 0 / 4.

Goalies-
Victoria, Outhouse 11-3-2-1 (28 shots-27 saves).
Portland, Hill 24-22-1-0 (40 shots-37 saves).

A-9,096
Referees-Kyle Kowalski (15), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Jarrod Boman (116), Erik Freeman (104).


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Recap: VIC 5 - TRI 4 SOW (Friday, Feb. 5th 2016)



Dante Hannoun scored the shoot out winner as the visiting Victoria Royals came from behind to beat the Tri City Americans 5-4 Friday night.

The Royals led 3-1 after 20 minutes, but the Americans reversed the trend in the middle frame, scoring 3 goals to take the lead.

“After the second we came back,  focussed on how we needed to play…we battled hard and grinded out the win.” Said Hannoun who also had an assist in regulation.

Vladimir Bobylev (16th) tied the game at 4 midway through the second period with his second of the night, which ultimately forced the extra innings and was named 1st star.

The Royals won their season high 7th in a row, and have points in 10 straight games (9-0-1-0).  Victoria moves 2 back of Kelowna for the Western Conference lead, and 5 up on 3rd place Everett.

Tyler Soy (27th) opened the scoring short handed just :49 seconds in.  Bobylev added to the lead on the power play to make it 2-0.

Tri City’s Maxwell James drew a charging minor for a hit on local product Keith Anderson of Victoria, James also drew 2 minutes for roughing on the same play, while both got 5 each for fighting.

On the Royals ensuing power play, Tyler Sandhu scored shorthanded for the Americans to cut into the lead 2-1. 

“I thought we had a chance to take the game, take control of it.  We had a 4 minute power play and give up a shorthanded goal, we didn’t have the urgency that we needed – but we found a way to win.” According to Head Coach Dave Lowry.

Victoria’s Regan Nagy restored the 2 goal lead while shorthanded before the first period was out.

Early in the second, Tri City’s Brendan O’Reilly, Nolan Yaremko (1g 1a) and Parker Wotherspoon (1g 1a) scored the three straight in a span of 1:13, spelling the end of Coleman Vollrath’s night, stopping 8 of 12. 

Griffen Outhouse turned away 16 of 16 in relief, and 3 of 4 in the shoot out.

“Griffen made some key saves at the right times, that’s why we got the extra point.” Said Lowry.

Evan Sarthou started his 11th straight for Tri City, was pulled after 20 minutes allowing 3 goals on 7 Victoria shots.  Nicholas Sanders came in to stop 19 of 20, and 2 of 4 in the skills competition.

Tyler Soy and Dante Hannoun scored in the shoot out while Jack Walker and Bobylev were denied.

Tyler Sandhu was the only American shooter to beat Outhouse.

Victoria was 1 for 6 on the power play while adding a pair of short handed goals.  Tri City was 1 for 5 with the man advantage, and added a short handed tally as well.

“I liked the way we started, I liked our penalty kill and the fact that it scored a couple goals and gave us some life…” said Lowry

Victoria won the final two games of the 4 game season series and end with a record of (2-0-1-1).

Victoria plays in Portland Saturday night, in their 3rd meeting of the season.  The Royals beat the Winterhawks twice at the start of the season at home by scores of 4-1 and 6-5.

After Victoria wraps up their 2 game US road swing, they’ll return home to face Everett Monday at 2pm, followed by Edmonton Tuesday night, completing a of stretch of 4 games in 5 nights.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 5 (SO) at Tri-City Americans 4 - Status: End of Game SO
Friday, February 5, 2016 - Toyota Center - Kennewick, WA

Victoria 3 1 0 0 - 5
Tri-City 1 3 0 0 - 4

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Soy 27   0:49 (SH).
2, Victoria, Bobylev 15 (Hannoun, Reddekopp), 8:41 (PP).
3, Tri-City, Sandhu 12 (Yaremko, Wotherspoon), 11:51 (SH).
4, Victoria, Nagy 7 (Fisher), 17:54 (SH).

Penalties-Fisher Vic (tripping), 0:37; Stewart T.c (charging), 7:16; Anderson Vic (major-fighting), 11:31; James T.c (charging, roughing, major-fighting), 11:31; Hicketts Vic (elbowing), 17:42.

2nd Period-
5, Tri-City, O'Reilly 1 (Lukin, Rasmussen), 3:12.
6, Tri-City, Yaremko 3 (Stewart, Carlo), 3:41.
7, Tri-City, Wotherspoon 10 (Topping, McCue), 4:25 (PP).
8, Victoria, Bobylev 16 (Price, Hicketts), 11:05.

Penalties-Hicketts Vic (tripping), 3:52; Dmytriw Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 6:44; Lukin T.c (high sticking), 8:58; Carlo T.c (tripping), 15:38.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Rasmussen T.c (hooking), 2:40.

OT Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout –
Victoria 2 (Soy G, Walker NG, Bobylev NG, Hannoun G),
Tri-City 1 (Lukin NG, Sandhu G, Topping NG, Bowles NG).

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 7-8-9-3-1-28.
Tri-City 4-13-10-1-0-28.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Tri-City 1 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 23-12-0-2 (12 shots-8 saves); Outhouse 10-3-2-1 (16 shots-16 saves). Tri-City, Sarthou 20-22-2-0 (7 shots-4 saves); Sanders 3-3-0-1 (20 shots-19 saves).

A-3,682
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Curtis Marouelli (86).
Linesmen-Michael McGowan (41), Nathan Van Oosten (115).

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Recap: CGY 1 - VIC 4 (Wed. Feb.3rd, 2016)



Matthew Phillips scored twice and added an assist as the Victoria Royals won their 6th in a row, defeating the visiting Calgary Hitmen 4-1 Wednesday night.

Up 2-1 after 20 minutes, the Royals Phillips scored back to back power play goals in the middle frame :55 seconds apart to extend the lead to 4-1. 

“Tonight we had a case were we had some opportunities that were presented to us, and we took advantage of it,” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“The power play created some opportunities and we capitalized.”

Dante Hannoun and Jack Walker had a goal and assist each, while Alex Forsberg chipped in with a pair of helpers.

Hannoun earned the game winner, responding :17 seconds after Calgary had tied the game at 1-1 in the first period.  It was Hannoun’s 20th goal in his 100th career game.

“The one shift that defined the game was after we gave up the goal, and they tied the game up, our next shift went out went out and scored,” said Lowry,

“For us that was the defining moment, you want to talk about shifts after goals, and how critical they are – tonight it was the difference for us.”

Victoria (32-15-2-3, 69pts) extends their point streak to 9 games (8-0-1-0), and move 4 back of top seed Kelowna, and 4 up on Prince George who fell in Prince Albert.

The club received honourable mention in the CHL Top 10 earlier in the day.

Victoria went 2 for 8 on the power play, while shutting down all 5 Calgary man advantages.  It was a physical and penalty filled affair, with 65 minutes worth handed out.

Coleman Vollrath stopped 28 of 29 to earn the victory, while Nik Amundrud allowed 4 goals on 26 Victoria shots.  Vollrath has only allowed 4 goals over his last 4 games and was nominated for CHL Goaltender of the Week.

Jackson Houck scored the lone goal for Calgary, who saw their 3 game win streak snapped as they kicked off their 4 game BC Division road trip.

It was also the return of former Victoria defenseman Keegan Kanzig who earned 3rd star. 

Flyers first round pick, and World Junior defenseman Travis Sanheim extended his point streak to 13 games.

Phillips now has 30 goals in his rookie campaign to lead all freshman, and is tied for the rookie scoring lead with Egor Babenko of the Hurricanes with 58 points in 52 games (30g 28a).  It was back to back 2 goal, 1 assist efforts for Phillips.

Walker extended his point streak to 5 games, collecting 11 points (3g 8a) in that span.

The line of Forsberg, Hannoun and Phillips collected 7 points.

It was the 700th game in franchise history (315-320-28-37), and the Royals record of (178-135-11-16).

Up next, Victoria heads to the States for a pair of games.  Friday night at Tri City, and Saturday in Portland.  They’ll return home for a Holiday Monday matinee at 2pm versus Everett.

- Marlon Martens

Calgary Hitmen 1 at Victoria Royals 4 - Status: Final
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Calgary 1 0 0 - 1
Victoria 2 2 0 - 4

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Walker 19 (Soy, Hicketts), 1:29.
2, Calgary, Houck 15 (Stukel, Tr. Sanheim), 6:28.
3, Victoria, Hannoun 20 (Forsberg, Phillips), 6:45.

Penalties-Bobylev Vic (tripping), 4:21; served by Stukel Cal (too many men), 13:21; Tr. Sanheim Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd., roughing), 17:35; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 17:35.

2nd Period-
4, Victoria, Phillips 29 (Forsberg, Walker), 10:33 (PP).
5, Victoria, Phillips 30 (Hannoun, Walford), 11:28 (PP).

Penalties-served by Anderson Vic (too many men), 2:49; Fyten Cal (high sticking, high sticking), 9:54; Zipp Cal (cross checking), 12:17; Houck Cal (boarding), 12:52; Martin Cal (roughing), 15:13; Gagnon Vic (boarding, boarding, roughing), 15:13; Ta. Sanheim Cal (slashing), 20:00; Forsberg Vic (slashing), 20:00.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Tr. Sanheim Cal (cross checking), 4:49; Phillips Vic (embellishment), 4:49; Kanzig Cal (holding), 6:07; Zipp Cal (tripping), 9:56; Reddekopp Vic (cross checking), 12:27; Walker Vic (hooking), 18:55; Twarynski Cal (major-charging, 10-minute misconduct), 19:08; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 19:08; Zipp Cal (roughing), 19:19; Nagy Vic (cross checking), 19:19.

Shots on Goal-
Calgary 10-9-10-29.
Victoria 8-12-6-26.

Power Play Opportunities-
Calgary 0 / 6;
Victoria 2 / 8.

Goalies-
Calgary, Amundrud 8-9-1-0 (26 shots-22 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 23-12-0-2 (29 shots-28 saves).

A-3,773
Referees-Nick Swaine (35), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Jeff MacAdams, Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Vollrath: Nominated For CHL Goaltender of the Week



ROYALS’ COLEMAN VOLLRATH NOMINATED FOR VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK  
Victoria netminder posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two contests.

For Immediate Release
Monday, February 1, 2016

Victoria, BC- The Western Hockey League today announced that Victoria Royals’ goaltender Coleman Vollrath has been nominated by the WHL for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week.

The native of Calgary, AB appeared in two games for the Royals this past week and registered a 2-0-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average (GAA), a 0.950 save percentage (SV%).

The 6-0, 170 lb netminder turned aside 38 of 40 shots in the two contests, as the Royals defeated the WHL-leading Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-1 on Friday night and the second place Kelowna Rockets 4-1 on Saturday.

This marks the third time this season and fourth of his career that Vollrath has been nominated for the award. Vollrath won his second career Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award in October of this season.

In 39 games with Victoria this season, Vollrath has posted a 22-12-0-2 record with a GAA of 2.38, a SV% of 0.915 and one shutout.

Vollrath is in his fourth and final WHL season and has registered a mark of 74-47-4-6 to go along with eight shutouts, a 2.75 GAA, and a 0.910 SV% in 153 games played. Vollrath holds the Royals/Bruins all-time franchise record in wins and games played.

Victoria will host former Royal defenceman Keegan Kanzig and the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7889 or by visiting www.selectyourtickets.com.

The Royals fifth annual Pink in the Rink Night, in support of the BC Cancer Foundation, is coming up on Saturday, February 20th vs. the Kamloops Blazers. Tickets to the contest are still available, but moving quickly, and can be purchased in-person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, by phone at 250-220-7777 or online at www.victoriaroyals.com.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Recap: VIC 4 - KEL 1 (Sat, Jan.30.2016)

Matthew Phillips scores on a breakaway for the eventual game winner in Kelowna Saturday

Matthew Phillips scored twice and added an assist as the visiting Victoria Royals (31-15-2-3) defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-1 Saturday night.

“I think we stayed patient, we worked and waited for our opportunities.” Said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry on the win.

After giving up a short handed goal to the Rockets to start the game, the Royals responded with 4 unanswered, including 3 on the power play.

Victoria wins their 5th in a row and have points in 8 straight games (7-0-1-0), to pull within 4 of Kelowna, who lead the Western Conference and are ranked 7th in the CHL Top 10.  The Rockets had their 5 game win streak snapped.

“Our best players had to step up and be our best players, and the last two games our guys have played their hearts out.” according to Lowry.

The Royals knocked off the league leading Hurricanes, the #6 ranked team one night earlier 3-1.

“We just want to be recognized after this weekend as a team that’s hard to play against, and a team that comes and competes regardless of our opponent.” said Lowry,

“Credit to our leadership group to make sure that they were ready to play, and guys stayed committed to playing how we have to play.”

Phillips second goal came on a breakaway with :18 seconds left in the 2nd period to give Victoria a 2-1 lead heading to the third.

“You look at the game winning goal tonight, you go from playing in our end, to blocking a shot to changing the tide.” Said Lowry on Phillips eventual game winner, shown on a national stage, via Sportsnet. 

Phillips went unranked in the NHL Central Scouting mid-term rankings, while leading all rookies in goals, now with 28.

“Great for Matthew (Phillips), he does it every night, he comes and plays – he’s a small guy that plays a big man’s game…there’s a lot of guys that are 6’3, 6’4 that if they had half the heart and passion that he has, they’d be really good players.”

The Royals then added a pair on the power play to put the game out of reach.

Coleman Vollrath earned the win stopping 22 of 23, while Michael Herringer allowed 4 goals on 34 Victoria shots.

Victoria was 3 for 6 on the power play, while shutting down all 4 Kelowna man advantages.

Alex Forsberg had a goal and assist, while Jack Walker chipped in with a pair of helpers.  Walker now has 9 points in his last 4 games (2g 7a).

Forsberg fought Justin Kirkland and Vladimir Bobylev scrapped Rodney Southam both in the 2nd period.

Victoria returns home for a single game against the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 4 at Kelowna Rockets 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 1 1 2 - 4
Kelowna 1 0 0 - 1

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Kirkland 20 (Dube, Johansen), 8:39 (SH).
2, Victoria, Phillips 27 (Forsberg, Walker), 11:50 (PP).

Penalties-Anderson Vic (holding), 3:27; Southam Kel (cross checking), 6:43; served by Borstmayer Kel (too many men), 10:36; Bobylev Vic (slashing), 15:13.

2nd Period-
3, Victoria, Phillips 28   19:42.

Penalties-Walker Vic (roughing), 0:54; Soustal Kel (roughing), 0:54; Walker Vic (roughing), 9:17; Bobylev Vic (cross checking), 15:00; Dube Kel (roughing), 15:00; Forsberg Vic (major-fighting), 17:30; Kirkland Kel (major-fighting), 17:30; Bobylev Vic (major-fighting), 18:40; Southam Kel (major-fighting), 18:40.

3rd Period-
4, Victoria, Forsberg 21 (Walker, Hicketts), 11:06 (PP).
5, Victoria, Soy 26 (Phillips, Reddekopp), 13:08 (PP).

Penalties-Hicketts Vic (boarding), 1:49; Southam Kel (hooking), 10:12; Stephens Kel (holding), 11:30; Johansen Kel (tripping), 16:16; Kirkland Kel (holding), 16:41.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 7-12-15-34.
Kelowna 8-11-4-23.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 3 / 6;
Kelowna 0 / 4.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 22-12-0-2 (23 shots-22 saves).
Kelowna, Herringer 15-6-1-0 (34 shots-30 saves).

A-5,531
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Kevin Crowell (141), Dave McMahon (134).

Friday, 29 January 2016

Recap: LETH 1 - VIC 3 (Friday, Jan.29.2016)



Jack Walker scored twice, and Alex Forsberg scored the eventual winner as the Victoria Royals (30-15-2-3, 65pts) knocked off the league leading Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-1 on the Island Friday night.

“We were committed to playing our style, we played a really good game…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry.

Forsberg broke a 1-1 third period draw with a power play goal, to give the Royals their 4th consecutive victory and points in 7 straight games (6-0-1-0). 

“It was a tight game, I really liked the way that after (Lethbridge) tied it up, our guys went back to work and stayed with it.” Said Lowry.

The Hurricanes ranked 6th in the CHL Top 10, (36-12-0-0, 72pts) had their 10 game winning streak snapped, losing their first game in 2016.

Lethbridge came in as the most offensive team in the league, squaring off against Victoria’s 2nd most stingiest squad.

“What we needed was to play a good team game…the best part about tonight, was we didn’t have any passengers.” commented Lowry

Victoria out shot Lethbridge 42 – 17, as ‘Canes netminder Stuart Skinner earned first star hounours making 39 saves.  Skinner entered the game earning back to back shut outs, and held the Royals off the scoreboard until 5 minutes in the middle frame, when Walker deflected a puck through his legs.

Victoria took a 1-0 lead to the third, but Ryley Lindgren one timed a pass on the power play past Coleman Vollrath (17/18) to draw even at 1-1.

Royals leading scorer Alex Forsberg (20th) restored the lead with a sharp back hand top corner for the eventual game winner as Walker (18th) added an empty net goal for insurance.  Vladimir Bobylev chipped in with a pair of assists.

“I liked our games start to finish.” quipped Lowry.

Victoria was 1 for 5 on the power play while stopping 3 of 4 Lethbridge man advantages, ranked first in the league.

The 2nd place Royals pull 4 points up on the 3rd place Cougars, and 5 on the Silvertips.
Victoria travels and then plays Kelowna on Saturday night at 7:30, the top team in the Western Conference, 6 up on the Royals who took 3 of 4 points recently in a back to back set on the Island.

The Rockets have won 5 in a row, and are ranked 7th in the CHL Top 10.
“For us, this is like a playoff weekend, throw travel in, it’s a quick turnaround.  We have every excuse in the book, but our guys will ride the momentum.  We’re going into a tough building, playing the 2nd best team in the league – it’s going to be another good challenge for us.” Added Lowry.

Puck drop Saturday from Kelowna is at 7:30 p.m on the Zone @ 91.3 fm, with the pregame show at 7:15.

-Marlon Martens

Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 at Victoria Royals 3 - Status: Final
Friday, January 29, 2016 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Lethbridge 0 0 1 - 1
Victoria 0 1 2 - 3

1st Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Burke Let (high sticking), 9:35; Nielsen Let (cross checking), 10:15; Atwal Let (roughing), 19:54; Hicketts Vic (roughing), 19:54; Folk Let (roughing), 20:00; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 20:00.

2nd Period-
1, Victoria, Walker 17 (Jarratt, Bobylev), 5:25.

Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (holding), 2:05; served by Anderson Vic (too many men), 6:17.

3rd Period-
2, Lethbridge, Lindgren 20 (Burke, Nielsen), 5:40 (PP).
3, Victoria, Forsberg 20 (Bobylev, Hicketts), 9:45 (PP).
4, Victoria, Walker 18   18:43 (EN).

Penalties-Nielsen Let (high sticking), 1:00; Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 2:47; Walker Vic (checking to the head), 4:59; Pankewicz Let (tripping), 9:03; Lindgren Let (tripping), 12:52.

Shots on Goal-
Lethbridge 5-4-8-17.
Victoria 16-11-15-42.

Power Play Opportunities-
Lethbridge 1 / 4;
Victoria 1 / 5.

Goalies-
Lethbridge, Skinner 19-7-0-0 (41 shots-39 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 21-12-0-2 (17 shots-16 saves).

A-6,245
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Riley Friesen (76).

Kaid Oliver Signs With Royals



ROYALS SIGN KAID OLIVER
Victoria locks up 2015 WHL Bantam Draft pick.

For Immediate Release
Friday, January 29, 2016

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce the signing of 2000-born forward Kaid Oliver to a Western Hockey League (WHL) Standard Player Agreement.
Oliver was selected by the Royals in the third round, 57th overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Kaid is developing into the skilled and determined forward we saw when we drafted him, and at our training camp last fall.” General Manager Cameron Hope said. “We are happy to welcome Kaid and his family to the organization.”
Oliver currently plays for the Arizona Bobcats Under-16 AAA team of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL). In 21 contests with the Bobcats the native of White Rock, BC has collected 24 points (16g-8a) along with eight penalty minutes.
The 5-10, 165 lb forward spent the 2014-15 campaign with the Bobcats where he collected 12 points (6g-6a) along with 40 minutes in penalties in 20 games played. Oliver helped the Bobcats win the Under-16 Arizona Tier 1 Championship after sweeping the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes U16 AAA in a best-of-three finals 2-0.
The Royals round-out their six-game homestand tonight against the league leading Lethbridge Hurricanes. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7889 or by visiting www.selectyourtickets.com.

Avoid the line-ups by purchasing your tickets online. Visit www.selectyourtickets.com to take advantage of the “Pick Your Own” seat map, or give the box-office a call at 250-220-7777.