The Victoria Royals (20-19-2-1, 43pts) were edged 3-2 by the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers (28-9-1-1, 56pts) Thursday night, the #7 ranked team in the CHL. Player of the Week, Travis Brown scored late to bring the Royals to within one, but the Tigers hung on to snap Victoria’s three game win streak.
Friday Victoria entertains Prince George for a pair of back to back games to close out a 7 game homestand. The Cougars are three points back of the 2nd place Royals in the BC Division.
Puck drop both nights at 7:05.
*Dryden Hunt in his debut with the Tigers had a goal and an assist, including the winner with a 5 on 3 power play goal.
*It was the Tigers 4th straight win.
*Tyler Soy scored the other goal for the Royals
*Victoria was outshot 34-22.
*Med Hat takes the season series 2-0
*It was Joe Hicketts and Dave Lowry’s first game back after winning Gold at World Juniors.
*It was the debut of recently acquired forward Axel Forsberg – who dominated in the face off circle.
*Newcomer G Justin Paulic backed up Vollrath
*Newcomer D Alexey Sleptsov did not dress due to injury (lower)
*Soy and Carroll extend their point streaks to 7 games
*Brown leads all defenseman in the WHL in scoring with 39 points, including 16 goals
- Marlon Martens
Medicine Hat Tigers 3 at Victoria Royals 2 - Status: Final
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Medicine Hat 0 1 2 - 3
Victoria 1 0 1 - 2
1, Victoria, Soy 14 (Carroll, Reddekopp), 10:12.
Penalties-Nagy Vic (slashing), 4:27; Brown Vic (checking from behind, checking from behind), 5:37; Magee Vic (inter. on goaltender), 7:25; Becker M.h (embellishment), 7:41; Cox M.h (slashing), 17:44.
2, Medicine Hat, Labelle 5 (Butcher, Vannelli), 4:42.
Penalties-Burroughs M.h (tripping), 17:29.
3, Medicine Hat, Schultz 1 (Hunt), 4:08.
4, Medicine Hat, Hunt 15 (Lewington, Burroughs), 10:29 (PP).
5, Victoria, Brown 16 (Carroll, Walker), 16:46.
Penalties-Vannelli M.h (high sticking), 1:01; Carroll Vic (hooking), 8:36; Fisher Vic (high sticking), 8:59.
Shots on Goal-
Medicine Hat 12-10-12-34.
Power Play Opportunities-
Medicine Hat 1 / 6;
Victoria 0 / 4.
Medicine Hat, Langhamer 20-7-1-1 (22 shots-20 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 17-12-2-1 (34 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).
ROYALS TOPPED BY TIGERS
Victoria falls short in 3-2 defeat to Medicine Hat.
For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals dropped a 3-2 decision in a physical match-up against the Medicine Hat Tigers at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Thursday night.
The Royals ran into penalty trouble throughout the game as the Tigers’ Dryden Hunt scored the game winner on a 5-on-3 powerplay in the third period. Victoria’s Tyler Soy opened the scoring in the first stanza, while Travis Brown notched the other marker. Austin Carroll (6g-7a), Soy (7g-6a) and Brown (4g-8a) extended their point streaks to seven games. Medicine Hat’s first two goals were scored by Chad Labelle and Ty Schultz.
Royals’ netminder Coleman Vollrath stopped 31 of 34 shots he faced, while Tigers’ goaltender Marek Langhamer would save 20 of 22 shots.
Victoria went 0/4= 0.0% on the powerplay, while Medicine Hat went 1/6=16.6%.
Royals will close out their seven game homestand with a two-game series against the Prince George Cougars tomorrow and Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. for both games. Get your tickets today by calling 250-220-7777 or visiting at www.victoriaroyals.com.
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