January 13, 2013 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Victoria Royals
Kent, WA - Saturday night saw the Victoria Royals conclude a three-game road trip at ShoWare Center as they went up against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Patrik Polivka was given the start in net for the Royals, while the Thunderbirds countered with Victoria native Brandon Glover.
Victoria opened the scoring at 8:01 of the first period when Jordan Fransoo's point shot created a scramble in front of the Seattle net. Austin Carroll spotted the loose puck and jammed it past Glover for his ninth goal of the season. Victoria increased their lead with a powerplay goal at the 10:31 mark. Trent Lofthouse picked up a loose puck behind the Thunderbirds' net and walked out front into the low slot. Lofthouse found Steven Hodges at the right post who then snapped the puck past the Seattle goaltender. The Royals made it 3-0 courtesy of their second powerplay tally of the night with 32 seconds remaining in the frame. From the left point Alex Gogolev threw a backhand pass to the front of the Thunderbirds' net where Brandon Magee stood alone. Magee quickly chipped the puck up and over the left shoulder of Glover. With an assist on Magee's goal, Gogolev reached the 100 point mark in his WHL career in his 107th game. Victoria held the 3-0 lead as the two teams headed into the first intermission.
Seattle brought in 16-year-old Danny Mumaugh to relieve Glover in the Thunderbirds' net to open the second period. Jamie Crooks added to Victoria's lead 6:27 into the middle frame on the team's third powerplay strike of the night. After a turnover at the Seattle blueline Crooks drove hard to the net and wristed a quick shot inside the far post from the bottom of the right face-off circle. Seattle would cut the deficit to three goals with a powerplay goal of their own at the 10:17 mark. Defenceman Shea Theodore walked to the middle of the Victoria blueline and wristed a shot that found its way through a screen and past Polivka. The Thunderbirds struck again at the 15:24 mark. From the right point Theodore made a move around a Victoria defender and snapped a shot on net. The initial save was made by Polivka, but Seth Swenson was able to slide the rebound through the netminder's legs. After two periods of play Victoria owned a 4-2 advantage.
Jamie Crooks notched his second goal of the game to give Victoria a 5-2 lead 4:37 into the third period. Off of a face-off to the right of Seattle goaltender Crooks grabbed the loose puck and roofed a shot high over the blocker of Mumaugh. Victoria fought off a late charge by the Thunderbirds and Crooks completed the hat-trick at the 18:58 mark of the final frame. Crooks buried an empty-netter from his own blueline to record his 100th point as a Victoria Royal and seal the victory. Victoria 6 Seattle 2.
Victoria went 3/5 60.0% on the powerplay while Seattle was 1/4 25.0%. The Thunderbirds outshot the Royals 39-28.
The Royals now return home for a mid-week set against the Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday, January 15th and Wednesday, January 16th at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck drop for each game is set for 7:05 p.m.
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