Victoria Royals #34 Alexei Slepstov tries to corral a bouncing puck as Kelowna Rockets #22 Chance Braid sprawls on the ice behind him during first period action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Royals won 5-2.

Royals, Rockets head to tie-breaker in three game series

The Royals and the Rockets, each with a win in Victoria, head back to Kelowna for the conclusion of their three game series

The Victoria Royals defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-2 Saturday night with a four-goal third period performance at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Royals’ forward Logan Fisher tallied four assists to mark a new career high for the 19-year-old centre. Victoria’s Brandon Magee and Jack Walker notched goals 1:25 apart in the final frame to break the 1-1 deadlock. Taylor Crunk scored a pair of goals and Travis Brown (empty net) potted the other marker for Victoria. Kelowna’s goal scorers were Dillon Dube and Leon Draisaitl.

Justin Paulic got the nod in net for the Royals and turned aside 31 of 33 shots he faced for the win. Kelowna countered with netminder Michael Herringer who stopped 34 of 38 shots.

The win followed a loss Friday when a late third period comeback by the Kelowna Rockets saw a loss handed to the local squad 3-2.

The Rockets’ Leon Draisaitl scored with 43 seconds remaining in regulation for the win. Kelowna’s Josh Morrissey pulled the visitors even at the 7:24 mark of the third period with a powerplay marker. The other three goals in the contest also came via the powerplay. Victoria’s goals were notched by Austin Carroll and Greg Chase, while Cole Linaker tallied Kelowna’s other marker.

The Royals’ Coleman Vollrath stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced. Michael Herringer manned the net for the Rockets and turned away 25 of 27 shots in the victory.

The Royals will now head to Kelowna to meet the Rockets for a third consecutive contest on Wednesday, February 25th. Victoria will then head to Kamloops to face-off against the Blazers on Friday, February 27th.

Victoria returns home on Monday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd to welcome the Seattle Thunderbirds for the first time this season in a two-game set.  Puck drop for both contests is slated for 7:05pm.


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