Jared Dmytriw scored twice, but the visiting Victoria Royals fell 5-4 Saturday night to the Kelowna Rockets.
“I thought our effort was really good, thought we played a pretty good game,” said Interim Head Coach Enio Sacilotto,
“The chances throughout were fairly even…I thought they capitalized on their chances.”
Trailing 4-1 going into the third, the Royals twice came to within one to tie but ultimately fell short, dropping their second in a row.
“We held in there, the players showed a lot of heart and perseverance, but in the end the clock ran out on us.” Commented Sacilotto
The Rockets scored twice late in the second to break a 1-1 tie, and added a short handed goal early in the third to take a 3 goal lead.
Victoria outshot Kelowna 19-7 in the third and 33-24 overall.
“I think we were happy with the way we battled in the third to bring it that close,” said Dmytriw who scored a pair in front his family visiting from Saskatchewan.
“It was disappointing to lose but in the third it was nice we had a push.”
Rockets netminder Michael Herringer earned the win, while Coleman Vollrath suffered the loss.
The Royals got a goal and assist from Logan Fisher, and two assist nights from Alex Forsberg and Matthew Phillips. Victoria also got a power play goal from Tyler Soy.
Rockets Nick Merkley had a goal and two assists, Dillon Dube had two goals, while Tyson Baillie and Cal Foote chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Victoria was 1 for 6 on the power play, while allowing 1 goal 6 opposition mad advantages.
Kelowna snapped a winless in two game skid, and tie the season series at two games a piece.
Both clubs were playing 5 games in 7 nights.
Victoria wraps up their 3 game BC Division road trip with a 1-2 record after settling for a split against Kamloops.
Up next a pair of home dates Tuesday and Wednesday against Tri City.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 4 at Kelowna Rockets 5 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 2, 2016 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC
Victoria 0 1 3 – 4
Kelowna 0 3 2 – 5
No Scoring.Penalties-Price Vic (high sticking), 2:57; Merkley Kel (hooking), 11:22; Price Vic (hooking), 13:17.
1, Kelowna, Dube 16 (Wishnowski, Merkley), 5:06.
2, Victoria, Dmytriw 5 (Forsberg, Phillips), 13:03.
3, Kelowna, Merkley 12 (Baillie, Foote), 17:16 (PP).
4, Kelowna, Lind 14 (Baillie, Foote), 18:32.
Penalties-Gagnon Vic (embellishment), 2:47; Kirkland Kel (cross checking), 2:47; Merkley Kel (cross checking), 2:47; Price Vic (delay of game), 6:43; Bobylev Vic (charging), 15:20; Wishnowski Kel (roughing), 15:20; Gagnon Vic (interference), 15:50; Fisher Vic (hooking), 19:19.
5, Kelowna, Kirkland 13 (Linaker), 2:15 (SH).
6, Victoria, Soy 15 (Forsberg, Phillips), 10:18 (PP).
7, Victoria, Dmytriw 6 (Reddekopp, Fisher), 13:25.
8, Kelowna, Dube 17 (Merkley), 16:21.
9, Victoria, Fisher 6 (Jarratt), 16:35.
Penalties-Lind Kel (high sticking), 1:33; Fisher Vic (interference), 2:34; Smart Kel (cross checking), 9:05; Merkley Kel (tripping), 14:07; Merkley Kel (high sticking), 17:17.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Kelowna 1 / 6.
Victoria, Vollrath 18-12-0-2 (24 shots-19 saves).
Kelowna, Herringer 9-4-0-0 (33 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Mike Campbell (89).
Linesmen-Kevin Crowell (141), Ward Pateman (124).