The Kamloops Blazers scored twice in each period to defeat the visiting Victoria Royals 6-2 Friday night, sweeping the two game set.
The Royals had cut into a 4-0 second period lead with a late goal by Matthew Phillips, and then in the first minute of the 3rd by Blake Bargar to cut the lead in half.
“We got it back to what to where it was a close game, and I thought we were coming…” said Royals Assistant Coach Dan Price,
The Blazers then added another pair, to go up by four a final time.
“It took a lot of the wind out of our sails…” said Price.
A total of four fights broke out in the back half of third.
“We pushed back and stood up for one another, and that’s important going into the final few games before the end of the regular season and into the playoffs.” said Price about how his club which didn’t go down without a fight.
“There’s also a need to clean up the mental errors that resulted in the goals against, and make sure we’re showing poise in those situations so we can win the game – and not just have the moral victory.”
Kamloops was 2 for 7 on the power play, while Victoria went 1 for 6.
The Blazers out shot the Royals 40-31, with Connor Ingram earning the win, and Griffen Outhouse kicking out 32 of 38 before Dylan Myskiw came in to stop the final 2 attempts.
Four Blazers had a goal and assist each, Rudolph Balcers, Nick Chyzowski, Nick Holowko, and Quinn Benjafield. Luke Zazula chipped in with a pair of assists.
Phillips continues to set the Royals record for most goals in a season with his 48th, and looks to chase down the franchise record of 51 held by Ryan Howse of the Chilliwack Bruins.
The Royals only dressed 11 forwards and 5 defenseman. Jared Dmytriw was serving his one game suspension, Tyler Soy, Chaz Reddekopp and Ryan Peckford were out with injury, plus Victoria scratched defenseman Ralph Jarratt and Mitchell Prowse.
Victoria remains in the first Wild Card spot, now just 1 point up on Portland, while slipping 7 back of 3rd place Kamloops, with 4 games remaining.
The Royals dropped their 3rd straight, all part of their 5 game BC Division road trip. Victoria is in Kelowna Saturday, looking to avenge a 4-3 loss there Tuesday, and then wrap up the trip in Vancouver Tuesday.
They wrap up the regular season with a home and home against Everett next weekend.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 2 at Kamloops Blazers 6 – Status: Final
Friday, March 10, 2017 – Sandman Centre – Kamloops, BC
Victoria 0 1 1 – 2
Kamloops 2 2 2 – 6
1, Kamloops, Pilon 20 (Benjafield, Balcers), 15:10.
2, Kamloops, Holowko 6 (Loewen, Valentine), 19:07 (PP).
Penalties-Loewen Kam (interference), 1:45; Folk Vic (delay of game), 17:09; Loewen Kam (tripping), 19:34.
3, Kamloops, Miller 5 (Shepard, Mahovlich), 4:01.
4, Kamloops, Balcers 38 (Shirley, Chyzowski), 16:26.
5, Victoria, Phillips 48 (Walford), 19:35 (PP).
Penalties-Zazula Kam (slashing), 9:26; Walford Vic (cross checking), 10:57; Bargar Vic (roughing), 18:08; Smith Kam (roughing), 18:08; Kneen Kam (roughing), 18:59.
6, Victoria, Bargar 5 (Bobylev), 0:27.
7, Kamloops, Chyzowski 16 (Zazula, Gatenby), 4:50.
8, Kamloops, Benjafield 15 (Holowko, Zazula), 7:20 (PP).
Penalties-Morrison Vic (tripping), 6:57; Folk Vic (major-fighting), 7:55; Oliver Vic (major-fighting, game misconduct), 7:55; Ludwar Kam (major-fighting), 7:55; Shepard Kam (major-fighting, game misconduct), 7:55; Bobylev Vic (cross checking, major-fighting), 8:28; Kneen Kam (major-fighting), 8:28; Hannoun Vic (interference), 9:17; Bargar Vic (major-fighting), 12:38; Loewen Kam (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 12:38; Mahovlich Kam (slashing), 12:38; Smith Kam (major-fighting), 12:38; Walker Vic (slashing), 13:44; Folk Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 18:00.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Kamloops 2 / 7.
Victoria, Outhouse 34-22-3-1 (38 shots-32 saves); Myskiw 3-4-1-0 (2 shots-2 saves). Kamloops, Ingram 26-13-2-2 (31 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Spencer Lockert (84), Brett Mackey (75).