Jared Dmytriw scored twice, but the Victoria Royals comeback bid fell short, falling 4-3 in Kelowna Tuesday night.
“I liked the way we finished the game, but we knew we were probably going to see their best…” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry.
Down 4-0 in the third, the Royals responded with 3 unanswered.
Jack Walker’s great solo effort got things started before Jared Dmytriw tapped in a Vladimir Bobylev pass just :18 seconds later to cut the lead in half. Dmytriw ripped home his 15th of the year with 1:15 left, assisted by Walker.
Victoria pulled the goaltender but ran out of time, and had their 6 game win streak snapped.
“I liked the way we stayed with it, the way we had some guys lock in, and some guys competed tonight.”
The Royals remain in the first Wild Card spot in the West, 3 back of the idle Blazers, the team they visit Wednesday and Friday night, before returning to visit the Rockets Saturday.
Victoria has 6 games left, and a game in hand on Kamloops.
Kelowna won their 5th in a row, and now move to within 2 points of the BC Division leading Prince George Cougars.
The Rockets have won 5 of 7 in the season series with the Royals.
Tuesday night Rockets rookie forward Nolan Foote gave the homeside a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, banging in a rebound. Carsen Twarynski tipped in a point shot, followed just :22 seconds later by an individual effort from Calvin Thurkauf to open the game 3-0.
Griffen Outhouse was then relieved by Dylan Myskiw after stopping 19 of 22 shots in 24:55 of work.
“I really liked the way that Griffen (Outhouse) played in the first period, and gave us a chance,” said Lowry after his starting goalie stopped 17 of 18 after 20 minutes.
“We had a :22 second lapse were they got a couple goals that put us behind the 8-ball…” quipped Lowry.
It was a gritty affair, including a fight between Royals Carter Folk and Rodney Southam.
“I really thought that after the fight we would use it way to generate some momentum and some interest in the game, but one team rallied off it, and the other team watched.” mentioned Lowry.
Leif Mattson extended the lead to 4-0 after tipping in a James Hilsendager point shot in the third, before the Royals mounted their comeback bid. Hilsendager had 2 helpers on the night.
Myskiw stopped 15 of 16 in relief, while Michael Herringer allowed 3 on 30 shots for the win, and faced 15 shots in the final frame.
“There’s a lot of positives…I liked the way Myskiw came in off the bench, liked the way Carter (Folk) but the emotion in the game, and I liked the way we finished the game.” added Lowry.
Victoria was 0 for 4 on the power play, while Kelowna went 0 for 2.
Puck drop in Kamloops Wednesday at 7pm.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 3 at Kelowna Rockets 4 – Status: Final
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC
Victoria 0 0 3 – 3
Kelowna 1 2 1 – 4
1, Kelowna, Foote 17 (Topping, Hilsendager), 9:31.
Penalties-Gagnon Vic (interference), 14:23; Phillips Vic (roughing), 20:00.
2, Kelowna, Twarynski 16 (Johansen, Dube), 4:33.
3, Kelowna, Thurkauf 33 (Foote, Gardiner), 4:55.
Penalties-Folk Vic (major-fighting), 2:44; Southam Kel (major-fighting), 2:44; Bargar Vic (roughing), 6:13; Oliver Vic (slashing), 6:13; Chizen Kel (roughing), 6:13; Stephens Kel (roughing), 6:13; Gagnon Vic (slashing, unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:25; Hilsendager Kel (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:25; Mattson Kel (slashing), 15:25; Southam Kel (slashing), 17:00.
4, Kelowna, Mattson 7 (Hilsendager), 5:19.
5, Victoria, Walker 29 12:40.
6, Victoria, Dmytriw 14 (Bobylev), 12:58.
7, Victoria, Dmytriw 15 (Walker, Nagy), 18:45.
Penalties-Stephens Kel (high sticking), 1:50; Stephens Kel (interference), 14:09; Merkley Kel (interference), 16:40.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Kelowna 0 / 2.
Outhouse 34-20-3-1 (22 shots-19 saves);
Myskiw 3-4-1-0 (16 shots-15 saves).
Herringer 30-14-3-0 (33 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Kyle Kowalski (15).
Linesmen-Kevin Crowell (141), Dustin Minty (86).