|Anti-Bullying Flash Mob during the Royals 3-2 win over Giants in Vancouver|
Travis Brown scored the game winning goal and Coleman Vollrath made 26 saves as the Victoria Royals (38-16-1-3, 80pts) edged the Vancouver Giants 3-2 Monday afternoon.
“There were a lot of different momentum changes and we were able to get that big save when we needed it.” - Head Coach Dave Lowry
|Coleman Vollrath robs Alec Baer while short handed|
“It was an exciting game to play here with eleven thousand people at the Pacific Coliseum…definitely got the momentum going when we stepped on the ice.” – Coleman Vollrath
Brown’s power play marker gave the Royals their first lead late in the third, while Vollrath was the number 1 star, making several brilliant stops during a Giants 5 on 3 man advantage and stopping Brett Kulak in the final frame when the game was tied at 2.
|Brown scores the eventual game winner|
The Royals now have points in 10 straight games (8-0-1-1). They continue to set the franchise record for points in a season with 80 eclipsing last years record setting mark of 77.
The Royals trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes after a one time by Dominik Volek on the power play.
|Kanzig vs Geertsen|
Logan Fisher added his 6th just :33 seconds into the middle frame to even the score tipping a Jordan Fransoo point shot past Jared Rathjen.
Cain Franson put them back on top redirecting a pass into the top corner. Austin Carroll added his team leading 28th of the season tipping a Ben Walker point drive through Rathjen.
It remained tied until Brown’s 11th goal with the man advantage on a low shot from the left point with the man advantage.
Both clubs were 1 for 4 on the power play, and both were unable to strike on 5 on 3 chances in the middle frame. Rathjen was the second star allowing 3 goals on 29 Royals shots. Brandon Magee was the third star.
After 9 meetings, the Royals have a winning record of 5-3-0-1 against the Giants. They’ll face off a final time in Vancouver on March 12th. If the playoffs started today, they’d be first round dance partners.
Victoria is 3rd in the West, remaining 3 back of Portland and 5 up on Seattle who fell in Kelowna. The Royals earned Honourable Mention for the CHL Top 10 this past week.
The Royals have won 6 straight on the road, and will play 10 of their remaining 14 contests off the Island.
Victoria returns home to face Tri City Wednesday before heading out for 5 games out East, followed by a pair in Prince George.
- Marlon Martens
Monday, February 10, 2014 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
Victoria 0 2 1 - 3
Vancouver 1 1 0 - 2
1, Vancouver, Volek 19 (Atwal), 16:44 (PP).
Penalties-Kanzig Vic (major-fighting), 1:51; Geertsen Van (major-fighting), 1:51; Walker Vic (slashing), 8:32; Atwal Van (roughing), 8:32; Osipov Van (hooking), 9:21; Fisher Vic (high sticking), 15:11.
2, Victoria, Fisher 6 (Fransoo), 0:33.
3, Vancouver, Franson 22 (Popoff, Geertsen), 3:41.
4, Victoria, Carroll 28 (Walker, Hicketts), 5:23.
Penalties-Hodges Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd., roughing), 5:56; Lofthouse Van (roughing), 5:56; Magee Vic (tripping), 9:14; Fisher Vic (delay of game), 9:57; Houck Van (hooking), 14:54; Morrison Van (boarding), 15:51; Hodges Vic (roughing), 17:54; Traber Van (roughing), 17:54.
5, Victoria, Brown 11 17:13 (PP).
Penalties-McEvoy Van (hooking), 16:27.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Vancouver 1 / 4.
Victoria, Vollrath 18-5-1-1 (28 shots-26 saves).
Vancouver, Rathjen 11-6-3-1 (29 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Jason Cramer (57).
Linesmen-Ryan Gibbons (73), Nathan Van Oosten (115).