|Royals fall 4-1 to the Blazers in Game #1|
Tied at 1 after 20 minutes, Kamloops scored 3 unanswered in the middle frame enroute to their first playoff win in 7 years in front of 4,948 fans.
According to assistant coach Enio Sacilotto, “We didn’t respond well when they scored all those goals in the second period, and that was the difference.”
Enio Sacilotto's post game thoughts
|Robin Soudek fired home the lone Royals tally|
Victoria went 1 for 4 on the power play, while shutting down all 4 Kamloops chances.
Robin Soudek returned to line up after missing the previous 3 with an upper body injury and threw a big open ice hit on Aspen Sterzer in the first. At 11:36, Soudek tied the game at 1 with a one timer on the power play set up by Hayden Rintoul.
Dylan Willick had opened the scoring 2 minutes earlier.
|Dakota Conroy hits Tyler Bell|
There would be no scoring in final frame, as the Royals outshot the Blazers 11-10 in the third period.
“We played a pretty decent game, but I think we have a little more in the tank.” said Sacilotto following the loss, "We didn't get the quality scoring chances that we wanted to get."
Bozon was named number 1 star with his 2 goal performance, Schaber had a goal and assist, Austin Madaisky and JC Lipon added 2 assists each. Logan Nelson had the second assist on Soudek’s goal.
|Mike Forsyth battles for a rebound against G Cole Cheveldave|
|Victoria fans in Kamloops showing their support!|
“Uptown Playoff Combo”
For $50, fans are able to purchase four playoff tickets to either Game 3 or Game 4 of the Royals’ first round playoff series against the Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday, March 27th or Wednesday, March 28th. The combo also includes a Royals’ rally towel and a gift voucher redeemable for a $10 gift card at Uptown until April 30th.
Tickets are limited to corner and end sections, and only 100 ticket packages will be made available for each of the Royals’ first two home playoff games. The total value of this package is $75, so fans looking for a great deal are encouraged to contact the Royals’ ticket office quickly.
Playoff combos can be purchased online at victoriaroyals.com, over the phone at 250-220-7889, or in person at the Select Your Tickets box-office.
Victoria Royals 1 at Kamloops Blazers 4 - Status: Final
Friday, March 23, 2012 - Interior Savings Centre - Kamloops, BC
Victoria 1 0 0 - 1
Kamloops 1 3 0 - 4
1, Kamloops, Willick 1 (Needham, Schaber), 9:29.
2, Victoria, Soudek 1 (Rintoul, Nelson), 11:36 (PP).
Penalties-Hrbas Kam (high sticking), 6:13; Bozon Kam (delay of game), 11:07; Kanzig Vic (checking from behind), 16:11.
3, Kamloops, Bozon 1 (Smith, Lipon), 4:13.
4, Kamloops, Schaber 1 (Madaisky, Ranford), 17:03.
5, Kamloops, Bozon 2 (Madaisky, Lipon), 17:50.
Penalties-Kanzig Vic (roughing), 6:57; Kanzig Vic (checking from behind), 14:59.
Penalties-Nelson Vic (roughing), 0:20; Madaisky Kam (roughing), 0:20; Carroll Vic (kneeing), 8:28; Maschmeyer Kam (inter. on goaltender), 8:58; Kanzig Vic (10-minute misconduct), 19:30; Bell Kam (cross checking), 19:30; Hanes Kam (10-minute misconduct), 19:30.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Kamloops 0 / 4.
Victoria, Hamilton 0-1-0-0 (34 shots-30 saves).
Kamloops, Cheveldave 1-0-0-0 (27 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Steve Papp (17), Brett Montsion (54).
Linesmen-Jason Cramer (122), Bevan Mills (98).