The Victoria Royals had their 4 game win streak snapped after falling 6-2 on the road against the Red Deer Rebels Saturday night.
“A lot of credit to Red Deer, the came out hard, with a lot of energy…they got the lead and then we were chasing from there…” said Assistant Coach Dan Price.
“I thought we had some chances early, the shots were a little bit lopsided, but I didn’t think the chances were. A few missed the net, and we didn’t get the traction that we had in the previous games.”
The Royals were playing their 3rd game in 3 nights in Alberta, and had earned wins in Edmonton and Calgary by 6-3 and 7-2 respectively. The trip began with a 3-0 victory against Vancouver.
“I saw a lot of habits forming as far as the way we play the game, and the foundation that Dave (Lowry) has laid here over this year…and that resulted with several wins in a row.” Said Price on the trek.
The Royals earned 6 of a possible 8 points on the trip.
“Those are valuable points, now we have to try to keep up that momentum…3 really important games against Vancouver coming up, so we have to be ready for that.”
The Rebels snapped a winless in 4 slide.
Saturday Red Deer led 2-1 after 20 minutes, and 3-1 after 40. Tyler Soy cut the lead to 3-2 with a short handed breakaway goal, but the Rebels responded with a pair :50 seconds apart, scoring the last 3 for the win.
Red Deer’s Lane Zablocki had a hat trick and an assist, Brandon Hagel 2 goals and 4 assists, and Michael Spacek 5 assists, as the line collected 15 points.
Scott Walford scored the other for Victoria, who were outshot 44-23.
The Royals were 0 for 3 on the power play, while the Rebels went 2 for 6, converting once on a 5 on 3 in the third.
Lasse Petersen earned the win, while Griffen Outhouse took the loss.
The Royals are 4th in the BC Division, occupying the first Wild Card spot, 2 back of the Rockets and 5 back of the Blazers.
Victoria returns home to practice, until heading into Langley to begin 3 in 3 nights against the Vancouver Giants Friday.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 2 at Red Deer Rebels 6 – Status: End of Game
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Enmax Centrium – Red Deer, AB
Victoria 1 0 1 – 2
Red Deer 2 1 3 – 6
1, Red Deer, Zablocki 13 (Spacek, Hagel), 3:56.
2, Victoria, Walford 2 (Price, Folk), 5:00.
3, Red Deer, Hagel 19 (Spacek, Sass), 13:28 (PP).
Penalties-Musil Rd (hooking), 7:34; Morrison Vic (hooking), 12:04; Folk Vic (cross checking), 17:18.
4, Red Deer, Zablocki 14 (Hagel, Spacek), 12:48.
Penalties-Sass Rd (closing hand on puck), 5:09.
5, Victoria, Soy 20 5:55 (SH).
6, Red Deer, Musil 17 (Hagel, Zablocki), 10:20.
7, Red Deer, Zablocki 15 (Spacek, Hagel), 11:10.
8, Red Deer, Hagel 20 (Bobyk, Spacek), 15:38 (PP).
Penalties-Alexeyev Rd (slashing), 3:33; Bobylev Vic (high sticking), 5:34; Folk Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 12:06; Morrison Vic (delay of game), 13:51; Nagy Vic (tripping), 14:40.
Shots on Goal-
Red Deer 18-14-12-44.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 3;
Red Deer 2 / 6.
Victoria, Outhouse 26-16-3-0 (44 shots-38 saves).
Red Deer, Petersen 11-9-3-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Troy Murray (34), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Cody Huseby (88), Michael Roberts (87).