Joe Hicketts struck twice, as the visiting Victoria Royals (42-16-3-3, 90pts) scored 4 unanswered in the third to defeat the Red Deer Rebels 6-2 Saturday night.
“It was nice,” said Hicketts the game’s first star who notched his first of the night with the man advantage to make it 4-2,
“A back and forth battle, and we used our power play to take over in the third, and ride the momentum through.”
Hicketts also scored short handed into an empty net to seal the win.
The Rebels twice had come back to tie the score, but the Royals pulled away in the third period beginning with Tyler Soy breaking the 2-2 draw for the eventual game winner.
“I thought we had great resiliency tonight,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry, who’s club led by 1-0 and 2-1 scores, but were tied up after 40 minutes,
“It was one of those games that could go either way. We talked about what we could control, and going into the third period, if we could push the pace and get our speed going again – we could give ourselves a chance to win.”
Victoria wins their 5th in a row, and now have points in 6 straight, sitting 2nd in the overall standings, 1 point back of Kelowna.
The Rebels are the host team for the 2016 Memorial Cup.
“You always talk about where you want to be…We wanted to make sure that we came in here and put our best effort forward.” Said Lowry,
“We’re not really into making statements, we just wanted to make sure that our preparation every night gives us a chance to win.”
Victoria out shot Red Deer 31-17, with Coleman Vollrath earning the win and Trevor Martin taking the loss for Red Deer, snapping their 2 game win streak
The Royals power play went 1 for 7, while stopping both Rebels man advantages. Both clubs scored once short handed.
“I thought the power play did a good job of generating that momentum…” said Lowry.
Victoria got a goal and 2 assists from Jack Walker, Vladimir Bobylev had a goal and assist, and Dante Hannoun chipped in with a pair of helpers. Matthew Phillips added his franchise rookie leading 34th.
In Victoria’s previous 23 contests, the club holds a record of 19-2-2-0.
The Royals kicked off their 4 game road trip with a 6-2 win against the Hitmen one night earlier.
Victoria plays their 3rd game in 4 days Monday morning at 10:30 PST in Edmonton.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 6 at Red Deer Rebels 2 – Status: End of Game
Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Enmax Centrium – Red Deer, AB
Victoria 1 1 4 – 6
Red Deer 1 1 0 – 2
1, Victoria, Bobylev 22 (Reddekopp, Walker), 4:52.
2, Red Deer, Spacek 16 (Helewka, Polei), 18:50.
Penalties-Rattie R.d (checking to the head), 10:40; Forsberg Vic (inter. on goaltender), 16:41; Fleury R.d (high sticking), 19:22.
3, Victoria, Walker 27 (Pachal, Bobylev), 5:36.
4, Red Deer, Philp 18 (DeBrusk), 9:33 (SH).
Penalties-served by R.d (too many men), 8:35; Nogier R.d (hooking), 15:39.
5, Victoria, Soy 37 3:35.
6, Victoria, Hicketts 6 (Hannoun, Walker), 8:48 (PP).
7, Victoria, Phillips 34 (Hannoun, Forsberg), 11:56.
8, Victoria, Hicketts 7 17:26 (SH EN).
Penalties-Helewka R.d (interference), 6:46; Doetzel R.d (boarding), 8:16; Dmytriw Vic (major-fighting), 12:30; Bobyk R.d (cross checking, major-fighting), 12:30; Gagnon Vic (slashing), 15:31.
Shots on Goal-
Red Deer 8-5-4-17.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 7;
Red Deer 0 / 2.
Victoria, Vollrath 28-13-0-2 (17 shots-15 saves).
Red Deer, Martin 11-6-1-1 (30 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Sean Donnelly (109), Chad Huseby (59).