The Kamloops Blazers scored 5 unanswered to beat the visiting Victoria Royals 5-2 Wednesday night.
The Royals held a 2-0 lead in the first, and 2-1 after 20 minutes. The Blazers tied it at 2-2 going into the third, before adding 3 in the final frame.
“We stopped playing, we stopped competing, stood around and watched and didn’t execute the way our team has to play to be successful.” Said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry.
Kamloops out shot Victoria 50-29, with Connor Ingram making 27 saves for the win, and Griffen Outhouse kicking out 45 in the loss.
“They put pucks to the net, they skated and played the game from the start to the end – and we didn’t play in the third.” Added Lowry
Royals Mathew Phillips and Ethan Price gave the Royals a 2-0 lead, but was cut to 2-1 just :16 later by Joe Gatenby.
Latvian Rudolph Balcers scored the only goal of the second, before Collin Shirley, Quinn Benjafield and Balcers second put the game out of reach.
Both clubs lost players to fighting majors and game misconducts :06 seconds into the opening frame. Jared Dmytriw and Devin Sideroff dropped the mitts off the opening faceoff. The Blazers then lost defenseman Andrej Vala to a kneeing major and game misconduct 3 minutes into the first.
“…those are two big players that go out (Dmytriw and Sideroff) they lose Vala and we didn’t have an answer, didn’t have a push. We didn’t try to go after or expose their five defenseman.” Said Lowry
The Royals were 0 for 2 on the power play while the Blazers went 1 for 4.
“They were able to capitalize on their power play, and that’s the difference, we score on that 5 minute power play in the first and it’s a different hockey game.” commented Lowry
Matthew Phillips set the Royals record for most goals in a season with his 47th, passing Tyler Soy’s 46 from last season. Ryan Howse holds the franchise record with 51 with the Chilliwack Bruins.
Victoria dropped their 2nd in a row after a 4-3 loss in Kelowna one night earlier to kick off a 5 game BC Division road trip. The Royals remain in the first Wild Card spot, but now fall 5 points back of the Blazers for 3rd in the division.
The two will clash again Friday night in Kamloops, with Victoria leading the season series 4-3. The road trip continues in Kelowna again on Saturday and Vancouver Tuesday before a home and home with Everett to close out the regular season.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 2 at Kamloops Blazers 5 – Status: Final
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Sandman Centre – Kamloops, BC
Victoria 2 0 0 – 2
Kamloops 1 1 3 – 5
1, Victoria, Phillips 47 (Bobylev, Jarratt), 1:37.
2, Victoria, Price 7 (Florchuk), 14:43. 3, Kamloops, Gatenby 7 14:59.
Penalties-Dmytriw Vic (major-fighting, game misconduct), 0:06; Sideroff Kam (major-fighting, game misconduct), 0:06; Gagnon Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 3:05; Loewen Kam (cross checking), 3:05; Vala Kam (major-kneeing, game misconduct), 3:05.
4, Kamloops, Balcers 36 (Chyzowski), 16:33.
Penalties-Folk Vic (slashing), 2:47; Nagy Vic (delay of game), 6:57; Masella Vic (tripping), 15:20; Benjafield Kam (embellishment), 15:20.
5, Kamloops, Shirley 27 (Gatenby, Pilon), 1:03.
6, Kamloops, Benjafield 14 (Holowko, Valentine), 8:35 (PP).
7, Kamloops, Balcers 37 (Bauer, Loewen), 8:57.
Penalties-Gerth Vic (high sticking), 7:01; Gatenby Kam (holding opp. stick), 9:25; Masella Vic (tripping), 17:03.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 2;
Kamloops 1 / 4.
Victoria, Outhouse 34-21-3-1 (50 shots-45 saves).
Kamloops, Ingram 25-13-2-2 (29 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Riley Balson (46), Michael Labbe (73).