Royals Edged By Blades 2-1 Wednesday
For the first time this season, the Victoria Royals suffered a third consecutive set back after being edged 2-1 by the visiting Saskatoon Blades Wednesday night.
It was the clubs first loss to the Blades since 2012.
Zach Huber broke a 1-1 third period draw for the eventual winner, while Dorrin Luding made 30 saves in his first start since November 3rd.
Kristian Roykas Marthinsen opened the scoring midway through the second, and Royals Scott Walford tied the game just one minute into the third.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) November 29, 2018
The Zone’s Hockey Reporter Will Bryant spoke to Walford following the contest:
Neither club could score on the power play, Victoria going 0 for 3 while shutting down all 4 Saskatoon man advantages.
The Royals have only scored one goal on the power play in their last 7 games (1/34).
Griffen Outhouse made 30 saves in the defeat.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post game:
Victoria lost their leading scorer Kaid Oliver late in the 2nd frame as he was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a check to the head of defenseman Dawson Davidson.
The Royals held the Blades top offensive line of Florchuk-Dach-Gerlach off the scoresheet.
During the 3 game skid, Victoria has only produced one goal in each of the losses.
Up next a 5 game in 8 night BC Division road begins with a pair against the Cougars in Prince George Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
– Marlon Martens
Former Blades: In tonight’s game against the Blades, Royals’ forwards Tyler Lees and Logan Doust faced off against their former team. Lees played in 39 games with the Blades while Doust dressed in three contests.
Ex Royal: In tonight’s game, Blades’ forward Eric Florchuk, who was traded to Saskatoon last January in exchange for two first-round draft picks, made his return to Victoria to face his former team. Florchuk spent parts of two campaigns with the Royals, from 2016-2018, where he collected 37 points (10g-27a) in 94 games.
Past Teammates: In the 2015-16 season, Royals’ forward Tarun Fizer along with Blades’ defenceman Majid Kaddoura and forward Kyle Crnkovic were teammates while playing for the Rocky Mountain Raiders Bantam AAA team of the Alberta Minor Bantam Hockey League (AMBHL). All three players are from Chestermere, AB.
New Team: Tonight, Blades’ defenceman Nolan Kneen, a product of Duncan, BC, suited up in his second contest with his new club. Kneen was acquired by Saskatoon on November 26th from the Kamloops Blazers.
Coming up: Victoria hits the road this weekend to start a five-game road trip with a contest versus the Prince George Cougars. After a back-to-back against the Cougars on Saturday and Sunday, the Royals will travel to Kamloops, Kelowna, and Vancouver, respectively.
Back to the Barn: The Royals return home on Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 12th to battle the Portland Winterhawks. 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 GAME SUMMARY
Saskatoon Blades 2 at Victoria Royals 1 – Status: Final
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Saskatoon 0 1 1 – 2
Victoria 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period- No Scoring.
Penalties-Schultz Vic (tripping), 4:00; Martynov Vic (hooking), 11:24; De La Gorgendiere Sas (slashing), 17:17.
1, Saskatoon, Roykas Marthinsen 8 (McKay, Bafaro), 12:39.
Penalties-served by Gerlach Sas (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 3:17; Wouters Sas (roughing), 17:45; Oliver Vic (major – checking to the head, game misconduct), 17:45; Kneen Sas (tripping), 19:49.
3rd Period-2, Victoria, Walford 2 (Hannoun, Martynov), 1:00. 3, Saskatoon, Huber 5 (Crnkovic), 3:45. Penalties-Hannoun Vic (tripping), 12:02; Bafaro Sas (tripping), 17:55.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Saskatoon 0 / 4;
Victoria 0 / 3.
Saskatoon, Luding 3-2-1-0 (31 shots-30 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 11-7-0-0 (32 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Cole Cooke (130), Chris Van Deventer (145).