The Victoria Royals (10-8-0-1, 21pts) earned a split against the visiting Red Deer Rebels (7-9-0-1, 15pts) with a 3-1 victory Saturday night, avenging the 2-1 loss from the night before.
Logan Nelson and Austin Carroll had a goal and assist each, Steven Hodges two helpers as the line combined for 6 points.
After the Royals jumped to a 2-0 first period lead on power play goals by Carroll and Nelson, Tyler Soy gave Victoria a 3-0 lead in the middle frame. Cole Chorney replied with a minute to go in the second with his first WHL goal to get Red Deer on board.
There was no scoring in the third.
The Royals power play struck twice on it’s first two opportunities, going 2 for 7 on the evening. The Rebels went 1 for 8, in a night that featured 3 fights, and 80 minutes in combined penalties.
Patrik Polivka won his 8 game of the year with 27 saves, while Patrik Bartosak was coming off a 42 save effort from the night before, and allowed 3 goals on 35 Victoria shots.
The victory keeps the Royals 1 point up on the Americans for 6th spot in the West, and 3 back of the BC Division leading Rockets.
Snapping a winless in 3 stretch, Victoria now has 3 points in 4 games during their 5 game homestand which wraps up against Edmonton on Wednesday.
Red Deer Rebels 1 at Victoria Royals 3 - Status: Final
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Red Deer 0 1 0 - 1
Victoria 2 1 0 - 3
1, Victoria, Carroll 8 (Hodges, Nelson), 8:38 (PP).
2, Victoria, Nelson 9 (Cote, Hodges), 12:51 (PP).
Penalties-Bellerive R.d (hooking), 7:31; Fafard R.d (hooking), 11:58; Bleackley R.d (slashing), 18:11.
3, Victoria, Soy 3 (Reddekopp, Carroll), 14:25.
4, Red Deer, Chorney 1 (Doetzel, Polei), 19:00 (PP).
Penalties-Bear R.d (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 3:59; Skapski Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 3:59; Fransoo Vic (cross checking), 6:48; Schacher Vic (delay of game), 11:17; Skapski Vic (elbowing), 15:13; Carroll Vic (tripping), 17:18; Fafard R.d (major-fighting), 19:33; Carroll Vic (major-fighting), 19:33; Doetzel R.d (high sticking), 19:47; Dixon R.d (slashing), 20:00; Hodges Vic (butt-ending, butt-ending), 20:00.
Penalties-Sutter R.d (slashing), 4:54; served by Welykholowa Vic (too many men), 8:06; Johnson R.d (major-fighting), 14:26; Reddekopp Vic (major-fighting), 14:26; Bleackley R.d (major-fighting), 14:54; Harrison Vic (major-fighting), 14:54; Fleury R.d (roughing), 15:16; Sutter R.d (roughing), 15:16; Welykholowa Vic (roughing), 15:16; Maxwell R.d (slashing), 16:10; Sutter R.d (game misconduct), 16:10; Cote Vic (roughing), 19:05.
Shots on Goal-
Red Deer 8-8-12-28.
Power Play Opportunities-
Red Deer 1 / 7;
Victoria 2 / 7.
Red Deer, Bartosak 6-7-0-1 (35 shots-32 saves).
Victoria, Polivka 8-7-0-0 (28 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).