|Logan Nelson scores on the power play|
“We had a lot of guys that competed real hard, we had an opportunity to win a game and we let one slip away.” – Dave Lowry, Head Coach
|Ben Walker scores on a 5 on 3 Power Play|
“This one stings, everyone’s pretty down but we don’t have a lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to hit the road, go into a tough building and win a game, that’s all that matters.” Ben Cooper, Royals Assistant Coach
Victoria never trailed until the final goal, holding leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 into the third period.
The Royals had a goal and assist performances from Logan Nelson, Ben Walker and Jamie Crooks. Steven Hodges had 2 assists.
Patrik Polivka saw a lot of bodies come crashing through his crease.
“It is a rule that is supposed to be called, it is something that we’ve asked to be addressed. If our goalie is going to continue to get bumped, we’ll take a page out their book and start bumping goalies, simple…If all they’re going to do is say is it’s ‘no goal’ because you touch a goalie - incidental contact, maybe we’ll start inititating.” Lowry said.
|Jamie Crooks celebrates|
“He stepped up big time, both games, gives us a chance to win…” Cooper said on Polivka.
The Royals power play was 2 for 4, while stopping all 4 Blazer chances.
The Royals were without Brandon Magee (Upper), Tyler Stahl (Lower, day to day), Alex Gogolev (Lower, indefinite), Kolton Dixon, Luke Harrison (Upper, indifinite) and Ryan Gagnon (Upper).
Victoria looks to stay alive down 3-1 as the series shifts to Kamloops Saturday night.
|Captain Dylan Willick the overtime hero...|
Friday, March 22nd Victoria 2 @ Kamloops 3
Saturday, March 23rd Victoria 4 @ Kamloops 6
Tuesday, March 26th Kamloops 1 @ Victoria 2 (Bear Mountain Arena)
Thursday, March 28th Kamloops 5 @ Victoria 4 Overtime (Bear Mountain Arena)
Saturday, March 30th Victoria @ Kamloops 7:00 p.m.
Monday, April 1st Kamloops @ Victoria (Bear Mountain Arena) 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Wednesday, April 3rd Victoria @ Kamloops 7:00 p.m. (if necessary)
Kamloops Blazers 5 (OT) at Victoria Royals 4 - Status: Final OT
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Bear Mountain Arena - Victoria, BC
Kamloops 1 2 1 1 - 5
Victoria 2 2 0 0 - 4
1, Victoria, Crooks 2 (Nelson, Walker), 4:01.
2, Victoria, Nelson 1 (Hodges, Hicketts), 10:38 (PP).
3, Kamloops, Kessy 2 (Lipon, Smith), 19:42.
Penalties-Thomson Kam (hooking), 10:09; Traber Vic (tripping), 11:56.
4, Kamloops, Kessy 3 (Smith, Lipon), 1:22.
5, Victoria, Fushimi 1 (Soy, Lofthouse), 3:17.
6, Kamloops, Kessy 4 (Smith, Lipon), 7:16.
7, Victoria, Walker 2 (Crooks, Hodges), 9:03 (PP).
Penalties-Lipon Kam (embellishment), 3:45; Fisher Vic (tripping), 3:45; Grist Kam (high sticking), 7:29; Hansen Kam (high sticking), 8:02; Walker Vic (slashing), 12:22; Edmundson Kam (inter. on goaltender), 13:04; Crooks Vic (high sticking), 15:32; Nelson Vic (hooking), 19:58.
8, Kamloops, Hrbas 1 (Needham), 15:42.
9, Kamloops, Willick 2 (Needham, Grist), 17:47.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kamloops 0 / 4;
Victoria 2 / 4.
Kamloops, Cheveldave 3-1-0-0 (24 shots-20 saves).
Victoria, Polivka 1-2-1-0 (48 shots-43 saves).
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Pat Smith (12).
Linesmen-Chris Sweeting (137), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).