Rourke Chartier scored twice to lead the visiting Kelowna Rockets past the Victoria Royals 4-1 Friday night, taking a 3-2 series.
“They capitalized on a couple of our turnovers, and we had opportunities to win a hockey game,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
“I don’t think the score is really indicative of how the game went.”
Game 6 will be played Sunday night at 5pm in Kelowna, Game 7 if necessary is back in Victoria Tuesday night.
“Reality is, we have to win a hockey game…we don’t, our season is over.” Added Lowry.
The Rockets have won three straight after falling twice on the road to open the series.
Tied at 1-1 going into the third, Kelowna struck for three unanswered goals.
Tyson Baillie knocked the puck off Joe Hicketts stick to go in and score on a breakaway for the eventual game winner.
“I have to take full responsibility, I have to make a better play,” said the Royals Captain,
“I’m not sure if my legs fell off there, but either way I have to stay on my feet or make a better decision. I have to wear that one, and now what we have to do is play to win one game.”
Justin Kirkland struck just 1:08 later on a power play to give Kelowna their first two goal lead, before Chartier added the insurance in to an empty net.
Victoria came out flying in the first, out shooting the visitors 10-2, and 29-25 overall.
“I thought we had a real good first period, we didn’t capitalized on our chances.” Said Lowry.
Michael Herringer earned the win, while Coleman Vollrath took the loss.
The Rockets were 1 for 3 on the power play and have scored with the man advantage in 4 straight games, going 5/19 in the series.
“I thought our penalty kill for the most part did a pretty good job,” said Lowry,
“We needed a timely kill and we didn’t get it.
The Royals were blanked on their 5 power plays, and now 0/13 over their last 3 outings.
“Special teams this time of year…power play doesn’t score and it’s a tie game. You look at moments in a game, if we could’ve generated something off of that – it would probably be a different outcome.” added Lowry.
After a scoreless first period, Chartier opened the scoring, before Matthew Phillips (5th) converted on a wrap around attempt by Regan Nagy.
Victoria hit 3 posts, including Jack Walker on breakaway during the second while it was still 0-0.
It was the first game of the series that wasn’t won by the home team, or was decided by a single goal.
“I think the series is far from over, there’s no quit in this room…” said Phillips, the Western Conference Rookie of the Year,
“It’s one game we have to win to come right back home and give ourselves a chance.”
– Marlon Martens
Kelowna Rockets 4 at Victoria Royals 1 – Status: Final
Friday, April 15, 2016 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kelowna 0 1 3 – 4
Victoria 0 1 0 – 1
Penalties-Wishnowski Kel (roughing), 3:08; Fisher Vic (cross checking), 8:33; Dube Kel (hooking), 17:33.
1, Kelowna, Chartier 4 (Thurkauf, Soustal), 12:02.
2, Victoria, Phillips 5 (Nagy, Hannoun), 16:31.
Penalties-Southam Kel (high sticking), 1:20; Gagnon Vic (slashing), 7:02.
3, Kelowna, Baillie 3 9:33.
4, Kelowna, Kirkland 5 (Johansen, Linaker), 10:41 (PP).
5, Kelowna, Chartier 5 19:21 (EN).
Penalties-Thurkauf Kel (slashing), 7:30; Soy Vic (slashing), 10:34; Ballhorn Kel (hooking), 11:38; Dube Kel (roughing, roughing), 17:18; Soy Vic (high sticking), 17:18; Walker Vic (roughing), 17:18.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kelowna 1 / 3;
Victoria 0 / 5.
Kelowna, Herringer 7-5-0-0 (29 shots-28 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 4-4-0-0 (24 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Reagan Vetter (39).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).