|Robin Soudek scored twice in a 3-2 loss at Everett|
Tied 1-1 going into the third, the Silvertips added a pair before hanging on for their 3rd straight win. Robin Soudek scored twice, once to open the scoring in the second, and once late in the third with the extra attacker to bring the Royals to within one.
Everett got goals from Joshua Winquist, Manraj Hayer and Ryan Harrison while D Ryan Murray added two assists.
Kent Simpson stopped 35 shots for number 1 star honours, as Jared Rathjen in his 8th consecutive start made 10 saves in the loss.
The Royals power play went 1 for 2, and stopped the lone Silvertip man advantage. Victoria held Everett to a season low 13 shots against, and fewest in a single period with just 2 in the third.
The game saw two fights, Tim Traber tangled with Lucas Grayson and Zane Jones fought Zach McPhee.
Everett leap frogs over Victoria into 7th spot, leaving the Royals in 8th, 2 up on the Thunderbirds who lost in Prince George 3-1 last night. Victoria has 5 games remaining, while Seattle has 6. The Royals now need a combination of 11 points (Victoria wins and/or Seattle losses) to secure a playoff spot in respect to Seattle.
The Silvertips have won all three season meetings by 3-2 scores and will duel once more on Saturday night in Everett.
Assistant Coach of the Royals Craig Didmon after the loss:
Victoria continues on their 4 game in 5 night road trip in Kelowna against the Rockets on Friday, holding a record of (4-2-0-1) against their BC division foes.
|The Royals press against Kent Simpson who made 35 saves.|
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - Comcast Arena - Everett, WA
Victoria 0 1 1 - 2
Everett 0 1 2 - 3
Penalties-Hayer Evt (tripping), 8:39.
1, Victoria, Soudek 26 (Rintoul, Hodges), 7:12 (PP).
2, Everett, Winquist 17 (Murray), 17:48.
Penalties-Winquist Evt (boarding), 6:10; Cote Vic (holding), 13:49.
3, Everett, Hayer 3 (McPhee, Erricson), 2:47.
4, Everett, Harrison 19 (Fowlie, Murray), 14:58.
5, Victoria, Soudek 27 (Walker), 18:09.
Penalties-Traber Vic (major-fighting), 6:01; Grayson Evt (major-fighting), 6:10; Soudek Vic (roughing), 9:43; Morden Evt (roughing), 9:43; Jones Vic (roughing, major-fighting), 14:36; McPhee Evt (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 14:36.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 2; Everett 0 / 1.
Victoria, Rathjen 3-9-1-0 (13 shots-10 saves).
Everett, Simpson 18-29-1-5 (37 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Adam Griffiths (36), Matt Kirk (4).
Linesmen-Kevin Boris (95), Justin Hull (49).