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Royals Complete Comeback against Rockets

March 12, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Victoria Royals News Release

Kelowna, BC - The Victoria Royals scored a pair of third period goals to erase a 2-1 deficit, and killed off a six-on-three powerplay in the final 88 seconds of regulation, to secure a 3-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place.

Game Summary

Gamesheet - bit.ly/3aRw0PP.

Scoring:

Royals - Brayden Tracey 1g-1a (Game Winner), Tarun Fizer 1g-1a, Gary Haden 1g-0a, Mitch Prowse 0g-1a, Will Warm 0g-1a, Kaid Oliver 0g-1a.

Kelowna - Ethan Ernst 1g-0a, Matthew Wedman 1g-0a, Pavel Novak 0g-1a, Tyson Feist 0g-1a, Jonas Peterek 0g-1a.

Goaltending:

Royals - Adam Evanoff (W) - 60:00 mins, 22 saves on 24 shots.

Kelowna - Roman Basran (L) - 58:23 mins, 30 saves on 33 shots.

Powerplay:

Royals - 0/1 - 0.0%.

Kelowna - 0/4 - 0.0%.

Notes

Season Series Finale: Tonight's contest marked the ninth and final regulation season game between Victoria and Kelowna this season. The Royals posted an overall record of 6-3-0-0 against the Rockets, which included a mark of 4-1-0-0 at Prospera Place.

Wrapping Up Against the Rockets: Since the 2011-12 season, the Royals have posted a record of 6-1-1-1 in the final regular season game versus Kelowna. In those contests, Victoria has averaged 4.22 goals for per game.

Weekday Warriors: Tonight marked Victoria's final weekday game of the season. Over the course of all Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday games the Royals posted a record of 12-5-2-1. In six of those games, the club matched up against Kelowna. In those games, Victoria earned a record of 4-2-0-0.

Penalty Killing: The Royals have now successfully killed off 21 straight Kelowna powerplays. Kelowna's last goal on the man advantage against Victoria took place on November 6, 2019.

Streaking: In tonight's contest, Victoria's Brayden and Mitch Prowse extended their point streaks. Tracey has recorded five points (3g-3a) in his last four games, while Prowse has registered three assists in his past three contests.

Called Up: Royals' affiliated player Braden Smith played in his first career WHL game tonight. The 2003-born defenceman was recalled from the Thompson Blazers of the British Columbia Hockey Major Midget League (BCMML). The Kamloops, BC, native has tallied five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 33 games played this season for the Blazers. Smith has also skated in one contest for the Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). Victoria drafted Smith in the sixth round, 117th overall, in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.

Next Home Game: The Royals will return home Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th for a two-game homestand against the Prince George Cougars. Friday's game also plays host to WHL Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation - Presented by RE/MAX, where the Royals will wear special themed jerseys. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. for both games and 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.


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