|Coleman Vollrath stopped 40 shots in a 4-1 loss.|
Taylor Crunk gave the Royals a 1-0 lead late in the first, before a four goal second period by the Winterhawks ultimately put the game out of reach.
|Logan Fisher battles for the puck|
“We had a great first period, they turned it on in the second and we couldn’t match them…” – Enio Sacilotto, Assistant Coach
Portland ranked #2 in the CHL, put out another 44 shot effort with Coleman Vollrath of Victoria making 40 saves. Victoria fired 26 shots total while holding the most offensive team in the league to without a goal in the first and the third.
“We’re learning…and for us it’s great to see how hard you have to compete every night, how well and hard their top guys work…that’s something that we need.” – Dave Lowry, Head Coach
|Logan Nelson celebrates, but the goal was waived off.|
The Winterhawks scored a power play goal and one shorthanded in the middle frame. The Royals were 0 for 6 against the #1 ranked penalty kill in the league. The ‘Hawks were 1 for 4.
Portland sweeps the two game set and the four game season series after a 5-2 win on Sunday.
Victoria was playing their 6th game in 8 nights and have dropped their last 3.
|Ty Rattie scored his 45th goal|
The Winterhawks tie the WHL road win record with their 28th, and can break it with their final away game at Seattle Saturday.
Victoria was without their leading scorer Alex Gogolev (day to day) who’s missed 18 games with a skate cut, their captain Tyler Stahl (Lower, indefinite), Trent Lofthouse (Upper, 1wk), and Luke Harrison (Upper, indefinite), G Patrik Polivka (Lower, 1-2 wks).
Tim Traber sat out his 5th of a 6 game suspension.
“We miss Tim Traber, we miss his reckelss abandon, his intensity and his compete level and that’s big for us.” Sacilotto said.
|A battle along the boards|
Up next the Royals entertain the Silvertips Friday beginning a home and home to wrap up the regular season before facing the Blazers in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Victoria Royals take on the Kamloops Blazers in Round 1 of the 2013 WHL Playoffs. Tickets for Games 3 and 4, held at Bear Mountain Arena, are on sale now. With limited Round 1 seats available, Royals fans are encouraged to order tickets quickly by calling 250-220-7777, visiting www.selectyourtickets.com, or heading down to the Select Your Tickets box office.
Portland Winterhawks 4 at Victoria Royals 1 - Status: Final
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Portland 0 4 0 - 4
Victoria 1 0 0 - 1
1, Victoria, Crunk 3 (Hodges), 19:32.
Penalties-Leier Por (hooking), 12:41.
2, Portland, Rattie 45 (Pouliot, Rutkowski), 4:01 (PP).
3, Portland, Turgeon 3 (Mahon, Kopeck), 10:21.
4, Portland, Leipsic 45 (Petan, Rattie), 15:51.
5, Portland, Peters 14 (Leier), 17:17 (SH).
Penalties-Fisher Vic (boarding), 3:39; Deacon Vic (interference), 7:26; Rutkowski Por (hooking), 16:31; De Leo Por (high sticking), 19:34.
Penalties-Fransoo Vic (checking to the head), 5:21; Leier Por (hooking), 11:29; Fransoo Vic (slashing), 11:39; Kopeck Por (hooking), 18:00; Petan Por (hooking), 19:03.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Portland 1 / 4;
Victoria 0 / 6.
Portland, Carruth 30-7-0-2 (21 shots-20 saves);
Burke 21-5-1-0 (5 shots-5 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 3-12-0-2 (44 shots-40 saves).
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Pat Smith (12).
Linesmen-Bevan Mills (98), Ron Dietterle (121).