Andrei Grishakov got the lone goal for the Royals, while Dean McNabb made 35 saves in the clubs 3rd loss in a row.
Victoria was without a combined 180 points as their top 2 scorers Matthew Phillips and Tyler Soy did not play, listed as day to day.
The Royals need just one more point to clinch a playoff berth, and will visit the Cougars in Prince George Friday and Saturday.
Kamloops out shot Victoria 40 – 25, with Dylan Ferguson earning the win and Dean McNabb taking the loss.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price thoughts on the loss:
The Blazers went 2 for 4 on the power play, while the Royals were 0 for 4.
Victoria wins the season series 6 games to 2.
The Royals remain 2nd in the BC Division, 7 back of the Rockets, and just 2 ahead of the Giants who have 2 games in hand.
The Royals came out flying in the first, out shooting the Blazers 12-7, as Dylan Ferguson made several big saves on Tanner Kaspick and Noah Gregor in tight.
Connor Zary opened the scoring on Kamloops first shot of the game 11:38 into the first, against the flow of the game.
In the second, the Blazers capitalized on a 5 on 3 to go up 2-0.
Royals Dante Hannoun was unable to strike on a short handed penalty shot, and Kamloops scored on the back half of the 5 on 3 to take a 3-0 lead. Just :90 seconds later the Blazers added another to go up 4-0.
Grishakov responded less than a minute later to get the Royals on board, but Jermaine Loewen regained the 4 goal lead with less than 4 minute to play in the middle frame to go up 5-1.
Neither club could find the back of the net in the third period, however Victoria Netminder Dean McNabb finished strong, stopping all 16 he faced in the final frame, including a penalty shot save off of Quinn Benjafield.
Season Series – Tonight’s game was the final regular season contest of the year between the Royals and Blazers. Victoria ended the season with a 6-2-0-0 record over Kamloops and outscored them 32-29.
Impact Import – With a goal tonight, Victoria forward Andrei Grishakov now has 19 tallies on the year, which is the fourth-most of any import player in the WHL. Grishakov’s 38 points (19g-19a) are also tied for the eighth-most among import skaters in the league.
Island Kids – The Blazers had three Vancouver Island natives on their roster in tonight’s game. Nolan Kneen is from Duncan, while Sean Strange and Dylan Ferguson call Saanich and Lantzville home respectively.
Out of the Line-up – Tonight, the Royals were without their top two highest scoring players in Matthew Phillips and Tyler Soy. Phillips leads Victoria with 100 points (44g-56a), while Soy is in second with 80 points (32g-48a). The Royals were also without defencemen Chaz Reddekopp and Ralph Jarratt, along with forward Jeff de Wit.
The Road Ahead – The Royals will continue their road-trip this weekend with a pair of games against the Prince George Cougars on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Coming Home – Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a two-game set against the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 7th with puck drop for both contests slated for 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Victoria Royals 1 at Kamloops Blazers 5 – Status: Final
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Sandman Centre – Kamloops, BC
Victoria 0 1 0 – 1
Kamloops 1 4 0 – 5
1, Kamloops, Zary 7 (Centazzo, Gatenby), 11:38.
Penalties-Smith Kam (hooking), 3:04; Denomie Kam (inter. on goaltender), 16:33.
2nd Period-2, Kamloops, Chyzowski 20 (Benjafield, Kneen), 9:18 (PP). 3, Kamloops, Stuart 15 (Gatenby, Zary), 10:33 (PP).
4, Kamloops, Appelt 3 (Walton, Sigrist), 12:03.
5, Victoria, Grishakov 19 12:56.
6, Kamloops, Loewen 33 16:42.
Penalties-Gatenby Kam (hooking), 2:57; served by Fizer Vic (too many men), 8:02; Prowse Vic (cross checking), 8:53; Jerome Vic (major-fighting), 15:14; Onyebuchi Kam (major-fighting), 15:14; Kaspick Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd., checking to the head), 18:29; Smith Kam (roughing), 18:29.
No Scoring.Penalties-Zary Kam (tripping), 12:09; Fizer Vic (tripping), 14:09.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Kamloops 2 / 4.
Victoria, McNabb 4-9-0-0 (40 shots-35 saves).
Kamloops, Ferguson 23-25-1-3 (25 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Duncan Brow (19), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Spencer Lockert (84), Nathan Van Oosten (115).