The visiting Victoria Royals settled for a split against the Kamloops Blazers after falling 4-1 Friday afternoon. The Royals had won 3-2 Wednesday night.
Blazers Jermaine Loewen and Ryan Rehill struck twice in a span of 1:32 in the middle frame to break a 1-1 draw, and Matt Revel added an empty netter in the third to snap Kamloops 3 game losing streak.
“We turned pucks over way too much, we weren’t getting pucks and bodies to the net as much as the other night,” said interim head coach Enio Sacilotto on the difference in the game.
Victoria got their lone goal from Jack Walker in the final minute of the first to tie the game at 1.
The Royals had their streak of points in 3 straight snapped, but still lead the season series 4-2 and will meet for a final two times in Victoria Feb. 19th and 20th.
Blazers got a goal and assist each from Matt Revel and Collin Shirley.
Victoria netminder Coleman Vollrath stopped 38 of 41 shots in the loss, while Connor Ingram allowed one goal on 30 shots.
The Royals went 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Blazers went 1 for 3.
“Special teams need to better, and eliminate neutral zone turnovers,” said Walker on what it takes to get back in the win column.
Victoria’s Logan Fisher played in his 250th game, while defenseman Chaz Reddekopp celebrated his 19th Birthday on New Years Day.
The 3 game BC Division road trip wraps up Saturday night in Kelowna against the Rockets
“One of the advantages of our team is playing four lines, everyone needs to be going in Kelowna – that would definitely help us win.” Commented Walker.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 1 at Kamloops Blazers 4 – Status: Final
Friday, January 1, 2016 – Sandman Centre
Victoria 1 0 0 – 1
Kamloops 1 2 1 – 4
1, Kamloops, Shirley 23 (Revel, McDonald), 16:33.
2, Victoria, Walker 15 (Soy, Bobylev), 19:08.
Penalties-Vala Kam (delay of game), 2:25.
3, Kamloops, Loewen 5 (Chyzowski, Bast), 13:05.
4, Kamloops, Rehill 5 (Needham, Zazula), 14:37 (PP).
Penalties-Loewen Kam (inter. on goaltender), 6:04; Nagy Vic (slashing), 14:04; Reddekopp Vic (cross checking), 17:45.
5, Kamloops, Revel 10 (Shirley, Needham), 18:54 (EN).
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (hooking), 0:33; Bobylev Vic (10-minute misconduct), 18:54; Peckford Vic (cross checking), 19:58; McDonald Kam (roughing), 19:58.
Shots on Goal-Victoria 14-6-10-30. Kamloops 14-15-13-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Victoria 0 / 2; Kamloops 1 / 3.
Goalies-Victoria, Vollrath 18-11-0-2 (41 shots-38 saves). Kamloops, Ingram 16-9-3-1 (30 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Bryan Bourdon (45), Fraser Lawrence (10).
Linesmen-Ryan Dawson (133), Dustin Minty (86).