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ROYALS EDGE BLAZERS
Victoria drops Kamloops 5-3 in Pre-Season opener.

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 2, 2016

Kamloops, BC- The Victoria Royals scored the first three goals of the game to defeat the Kamloops Blazers 5-3 and were paced by Dante Hannoun who registered a hat-trick on Friday night at the Sandman Centre.

Both teams took the opportunity to give their younger players some game time as the Royals dressed 10 rookies, while the Blazers went with eight.

The Royals applied pressure on the Blazers early in the contest and were rewarded with three goals in the opening period, two from Dante Hannoun and one by rookie Dino Kambeitz. Victoria’s Hannoun completed the hat-trick with an empty-net marker in the final frame to round out the scoring. The Royals’ Tyler Soy scored the game-winner on the powerplay in the second stanza.Roster and Scratches at Kamloops Sept 2 2016

Kamloops scored all three of their goals in the middle frame with two markers by Matt Revel and a tally from Matthew Campese.

Victoria’s rookie goaltender Dean McNabb got the nod in net and turned away 32 of the 35 shots directed his way. Kamloops’ Dylan Ferguson and Max Palaga combined to stop 22 of 27 shots.

Anaheim draft pick Tyler Soy ended with a goal and a helper, while former Silvertip Gunnar Wegleitner and veteran Regan Nagy chipped in with a pair of assists each.

Victoria went 2/5=40.0% on the powerplay, while the Blazers were 1/5=20.0%.

The Royals scratched 20-year-olds Ryan Gagnon and Jack Walker along with veterans Chaz Reddekopp, Jared Dmytriw, Ralph Jarratt, Ethan Price, Ryan Peckford, Blake Bargar and rookie Dylan Myskiw.

Victoria continues their pre-season road trip tomorrow in Kelowna with a contest vs. the Rockets at 7:05 p.m. The Royals will then head to Everett on Sunday to play the Tri-City Americans at 3:00 p.m. as part of the Silvertips Annual Pre-Season Classic.

The Royals’ lone home game this preseason is next Saturday on September 10th against the Vancouver Giants. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Victoria’s 2016-17 Season Ticket Packages are on-sale now. Guarantee yourself the best seats, prices and benefits that includes the most flexible ticket exchange policy in the WHL. Secure your spot for next season by giving the Royals’ ticket office a call at 250-220-7889 or sending an email to tickets@victoriaroyals.com to set up an appointment to view available seating.

Victoria Royals 5 (OT) at Kamloops Blazers 3 – Status: Final
Friday, September 2, 2016 – Sandman Centre – Kamloops, BC

Victoria 3 1 1 0 – 5
Kamloops 0 3 0 0 – 3

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Hannoun 1 (Wegleitner, Russell), 9:39.
2, Victoria, Kambeitz 1 (Florchuk, Walford), 11:53 (PP).
3, Victoria, Hannoun 2 (Ibragimov, Wegleitner), 13:10.

Penalties-Anderson Vic (interference), 1:16; McDonald Kam (roughing), 11:10; Russell Vic (high sticking), 19:22.

2nd Period-
4, Kamloops, Revel 1 (Benjafield, Davidson), 1:24.
5, Kamloops, Campese 1 (McDonald), 12:22.
6, Kamloops, Revel 2 (Gatenby, Stuart), 13:26 (PP).
7, Victoria, Soy 1 (Nagy, Prowse), 15:05 (PP).

Penalties-Nagy Vic (high sticking), 4:44; McNabb Vic (delay of game), 12:31; Masella Vic (hooking), 12:42; Miller Kam (tripping), 13:37.

3rd Period-
8, Victoria, Hannoun 3 (Nagy, Soy), 18:36 (EN).

Penalties-Davidson Kam (holding), 3:53; Palaga Kam (delay of game), 8:54; Sideroff Kam (roughing), 12:26.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 14-6-7-0-27.
Kamloops 12-16-7-0-35.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 5;
Kamloops 1 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, McNabb 1-0-0-0 (35 shots-32 saves).
Kamloops, Ferguson 0-0-0-0 (16 shots-13 saves); Palaga 0-1-0-0 (10 shots-9 saves).

A-0
Referees-Mike Langin (67), Ward Pateman (124).
Linesmen-Kevin Crowell (141), Dustin Minty (86).

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