|The Royals celebrate a 3-2 win against the Silvertips|
|Ben Walker #1 Star|
“I felt it was a real gutsy performance tonight. We lose (Brandon) Magee at the end of the first period, and playing one body down already, others had to elevate their game.” – Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry
It was the first meeting of the season, and the back half of the two game set goes at 3pm New Years Day on the Island.
Victoria sits 3rd in the West, and pulls 4 points up on Everett, a team that’s been near the top of the Conference all year long.
“They’re a different team this year, they’re a bigger team, play a heavier game and finish all their checks, they make you pay a price.” Said Lowry, “We talked about it before the game, it was going to be a big boys game out there, and it was going to be a heavy game and I thought our guys stood up to it.”
The Royals are now riding a 5 game winning streak, a feat they’ve accomplished twice already this season. They have points in 7 straight (6-0-0-1) as their road record improves to (13-5-0-1).
|Ben Walekr in the face off circle. Photo Credit Larry Quigley|
Taylor Crunk (4th) scored on the power play in the first, and Steven Hodges (7th) pulled them ahead again in the second, on the only even strength goal of the game and regained the momentum.
|Polivka made 32 saves Credit Larry Quigley|
After Everett scored their 2nd power play goal to even the game at 2 in the third, Victoria got a late man advantage and Walker buried his 17th.
“We maintained our patience, but we also didn’t want to sit back…we got some big saves and cashed in on our opportunities as they presented themselves.”
The Royals were outshot 34-21 and relied on the sharp play of netminder Patrik Polivka who earned his 17th win of the season. His counterpart, Austin Lotz stopped 3 breakaways, but allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the loss.
|#22 Taylor Crunk scored his 4th|
Special teams played a crucial role in the game as Victoria went 2 for 5, and Everett 2 for 4.
“…we needed to make sure we gave ourselves a chance in that battle (special teams). Yes we gave up a couple goals, but our power play scored a big one at the end.”
Steven Hodges had a goal and an assist, and Axel Blomqvist extended his point streak to 7 games 12pts (6g 6a) with a helper on the game winner, but they lost their linemate Brandon Magee in the first to a lower body injury (day to day).
Victoria is already without the injured Joe Hicketts (upper 6-7 weeks), forward Logan Nelson (upper 1-2 weeks), and forward Braden Oleksyn (upper 4-5 weeks).
Everett played their last 3 games without the services of Joshua Winquist who’s 3rd in league scoring (59pts) and without 28 point man Manraj Hayer (upper).
Both clubs are missing players due to tournaments. At the U-17’s are Royals Tyler Soy and Chaz Reddekopp, Kevin Davis and Noah Juulsen for the Silvertips. Sharks draft pick Mirco Mueller is at the World Juniors for Team Switzerland.
Pregame show at 2:45 New Years Day on The Zone @ 91.3fm.
- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 3 at Everett Silvertips 2 - Status: Final
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - Comcast Arena - Everett, WA
Victoria 1 1 1 - 3
Everett 0 1 1 - 2
1, Victoria, Crunk 4 (Fisher), 14:42 (PP).
Penalties-Betker Evt (checking to the head), 12:43; Leedahl Evt (interference), 19:35.
2, Everett, Aasman 1 (MacDonald, Stadnyk), 4:22 (PP).
3, Victoria, Hodges 7 (Carroll, Palmer), 17:48.
Penalties-Skapski Vic (holding), 2:37; Stadnyk Evt (checking from behind), 11:23; Schacher Vic (cross checking), 14:57.
4, Everett, Bajkov 1 (Leedahl, MacDonald), 6:56 (PP).
5, Victoria, Walker 17 (Blomqvist, Hodges), 19:24 (PP).
Penalties-Betker Evt (kneeing), 2:58; Schacher Vic (interference), 5:08; Skapski Vic (elbowing), 11:37; Zipp Evt (tripping), 18:45.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 5;
Everett 2 / 4.
Victoria, Polivka 17-9-0-1 (34 shots-32 saves).
Everett, Lotz 16-10-1-0 (21 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Jason Nissen (91), Pat Smith (12).
Linesmen-Mark Heier (125), Justin Nicol (147).
Victoria Royals vs Everett Silvertips: Head To Head Stats
|Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season||Victoria 1-0-0-0||Everett 0-1-0-0|
|Head to Head Record 2012-13 Regular Season||Victoria 3-1-0-0||Everett 1-2-1-0|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Victoria 6-9-1-1||Everett 11-4-2-0|
|Victoria vs. Everett Last 5 Years record at Victoria||Victoria 3-4-0-1||Everett 5-3-0-0|
|Victoria vs. Everett Last 5 Years record at Everett||Victoria 3-5-1-0||Everett 6-1-2-0|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Victoria 3 @ Everett 2 (Dec 31 2013) Final|
How the 2 teams match up on New Years Day, 3pm in Victoria
|Team Record||23-12-4-0 -- 50 points||26-13-0-2 -- 54 points|
|Division Ranking||2nd U.S.||2nd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||4th Western||3rd Western|
|Past 10 Games||3-7-0-0||7-2-0-1|
|Last Game||3-2 L vs Victoria (Dec 31 2013) Final||3-2 W @ Everett (Dec 31 2013) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(40/172) 23.3||(37/177) 20.9|
|PP (Home)||(25/90) 27.8||(20/98) 20.4|
|PP (Away)||(15/82) 18.3||(17/79) 21.5|
|PK (Overall)||(29/122) 76.2||(29/177) 83.6|
|PK (Home)||(11/61) 82.0||(17/101) 83.2|
|PK (Away)||(18/61) 70.5||(12/76) 84.2|
|Leading Rookie||Nikolishin (10-21-31)||Soy (9-8-17)|
|Most PIM||Betker - 51||Carroll - 76|
|Leading Scorers||Winquist (26-33-59)||Magee (14-22-36)|
|Pufahl (11-20-31)||Carroll (20-12-32)|
|Nikolishin (10-21-31)||Blomqvist (15-17-32)|
|Hayer (11-17-28)||Nelson (12-20-32)|
|Sandhu (13-14-27)||Walker (17-11-28)|
|Last 5 Games||3-2 L vs Victoria (Dec 31 2013) Final||3-2 W @ Everett (Dec 31 2013) Final|
|4-3 W @ Seattle (Dec 28 2013) Final OT||5-2 W vs Prince George (Dec 28 2013) Final|
|3-2 L vs Seattle (Dec 27 2013) Final||8-1 W vs Prince George (Dec 27 2013) Final|
|4-2 W @ Portland (Dec 17 2013) Final||5-3 W @ Edmonton (Dec 17 2013) Final|
|2-0 L vs Spokane (Dec 15 2013) Final||6-1 W @ Lethbridge (Dec 15 2013) Final|
|Leading After 1st||11-1-1-0||17-1-0-0|
|Leading After 2nd||18-0-0-0||20-0-0-0|
|Tied After 1st||9-4-1-0||7-1-0-0|
|Tied After 2nd||3-3-3-0||3-0-0-1|
|Trailing After 1st||3-7-2-0||2-11-0-2|
|Trailing After 2nd||2-9-1-0||3-13-0-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||17-9-3-0||7-5-0-1|
|Out Shot by Opponents||6-3-1-0||16-8-0-1|