Alexander True scored twice to help lead the Seattle Thunderbirds (2-2) past the visiting Victoria Royals 3-1 Friday night in tightly contested, physical affair.
“I can’t fault the way that we played, I thought we came in a played a pretty hard game…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
True’s pair came roughly 4 minutes apart in early in the 2nd period, the latter on the man advantage, and gave the T-birds a 2-0 lead going into the 3rd.
“They’re a good team, we made a couple mistakes and they capitalized.” Added Lowry
Nolan Volcan added a single for the home side before Chaz Reddekopp notched his first of the season on the power play for the lone Royals goal.
“It’s definitely a tough building to play in,” said the 7th round pick of the LA Kings, who’s goal was set up by Tyler Soy and Dante Hannoun.
“The fans are into it, they always play good here, the come out hard, come out fast. It’s an easy one to get up for – we just came out on the tough end of it tonight.”
Victoria (2-4) edged Seattle in shots 29-27 with 20 year old Rylan Toth earning 2nd star honours for the T-birds making 28 stops. Toth robbed Scott Walford during a first period power play keeping the game scoreless.
“We have to start going to the areas to score,” said Lowry in regards to only generating one goal,
“There’s no better way to do it than to shoot the puck – we’re passing up on too many prime scoring chances looking for an extra pass…”
Royals netminder Dylan Myskiw made his 1st WHL start and made solid stops throughout, including a highlight reel glove save off Volcan in the third on a back door one timer.
“I thought he made some timely saves, and he gave us more than enough opportunity to win, and that’s what you want.” Said Lowry about the 17 year old netminder from Winnipeg.
“He made some big saves, we got through a 5 on 3, and overall not bad.”
Several key saves were made during a T-bird 5 on 3, which lasted :54 seconds.
Victoria went 1 for 6 on the power play, while Seattle was 1 for 4 snapping the Royals perfect penalty killing record which stood at 20 for 20 after 5 games.
Victoria forward Blake Bargar got the better of Donovan Neuls in a scrap during the middle frame.
The Royals are now 1-1 on their 6 game in 10 night road trip and face the Chiefs in Spokane Saturday for their 3rd game in 4 nights.
The Chiefs fell 5-3 at home to the Hurricanes Friday and drop to 1-2 on the season.
Last year the clubs split their 4 games, and met in the first round of the post season, with the Royals winning the series 4 games to 2.
Brothers Kailer and Keannu Yamamoto lead the way offensively for Spokane with 8 and 6 points respectively after just 3 games. The Chiefs power play is 7 for 14, while the penalty kill has allowed 7 goals on 17 chances (58%).
Former Royal netminder Jayden Sittler (1-2) is now the starter for the Chiefs.
Spokane boasts 5 players rated by NHL CSS for the upcoming draft, including Kailer Yamamoto, with an ‘A’ rating, and Jaret Anderson-Dolan a ‘B’ skater designation.
Victoria rearguard Scott Walford received a ‘C’ rating.
Royals Jack Walker (3g), Ryan Gagnon (3a) and Ryan Peckford (3a) lead the club in scoring with 3 points each after 6 contests.
Puck drop at 7:05pm
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 1 at Seattle Thunderbirds 3 – Status: Final
Friday, October 7, 2016 – ShoWare Center – Kent, WA
Victoria 0 0 1 – 1
Seattle 0 2 1 – 3
Penalties-Volcan Sea (hooking), 8:12; Moilanen Sea (tripping), 12:38; Wedman Sea (tripping), 17:03.
1, Seattle, True 3 (Moilanen, Leth), 1:33.
2, Seattle, True 4 (Moilanen, Leth), 5:36 (PP).
Penalties-Pachal Vic (tripping), 4:59; Bargar Vic (major-fighting), 8:37; Oliver Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:37; Harsch Sea (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:37; Neuls Sea (major-fighting), 8:37; Gagnon Vic (slashing), 9:29; Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 10:36; Volcan Sea (cross checking), 13:49.
3, Seattle, Volcan 1 (Eansor, Bear), 3:09.
4, Victoria, Reddekopp 1 (Soy), 12:14 (PP).
Penalties-Florchuk Vic (tripping), 4:39; Walford Vic (roughing), 11:37; Leth Sea (roughing, roughing), 11:37; Ottenbreit Sea (interference), 17:59.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Seattle 1 / 4.
Victoria, Myskiw 0-1-0-0 (27 shots-24 saves).
Seattle, Toth 1-2-0-0 (29 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Andrew Wilk (80), Jason Nissen (91).
Linesmen-Zach Brooks (26), Jarrod Boman (116).