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Victoria Salmon Kings Week in Review

November 21, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Victoria Salmon Kings News Release

Victoria, BC - The Victoria Salmon Kings hosted the Idaho Steelheads in week five of the 2005-06 ECHL campaign. The Steelheads defeated the Salmon Kings on Wednesday night 5-2 and again on Friday, 6-3. The Salmon Kings play improved throughout the series culminating in a 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday night.

Victoria opened their second series in the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Wednesday. Goaltender Rob Muntain made his 11th straight start between the pipes for the Salmon Kings, but re-aggravated an injury from the end of last season and was replaced by emergency third Lance Mayes. With Muntain going on the 7-day injured reserve, BJ Boxma started for the Salmon Kings in game two. The Salmon Kings came back with a tremendous effort in game three of the series, defeating the Steelheads 3-2, on Defenseman Steve Lingren's overtime game winner.

Week in Review

Wednesday November 16, 2005 vs. Idaho Steelheads - 5-2L

Friday November 18, 2005 vs. Idaho Steelheads - 6-3L

Saturday November 19, 2005 vs. Idaho Steelheads - 3-2W


Wednesday November 16, 2005 vs. Idaho Steelheads - 5-2L

The ECHL leading Idaho Steelheads made their first and only visit to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre this past week and showed why they are the class of the league. But the Salmon Kings who were down a couple of goals early also showed that they have the heart and determination to climb back into any game. Idaho received goals by Jarad Bourassa, D'arcy McConvey, Mike Stutzel, Jonathan Zion and Garett Bembridge while the Salmon Kings replied with goals by Pete Gardiner and Seth Leonard. Goaltender Rob Muntain was charged the loss, while Steelheads Netminder Matt Yeats earned the win. Victoria's man advantage was held goalless in four chances and their penalty killing unit stopped one of the Steelheads two opportunities on the powerplay.

Friday November 18, 2005 vs. Idaho Steelheads - 6-3L

On Friday Idaho jumped out to a quick lead in the first period against Salmon Kings Goaltender BJ Boxma who made his debut between the pipes at home. The Salmon Kings were never able to recover from the 4-0 deficit after 20 minutes of play, but they were able to swing the momentum their way and began figuring out the Steelheads defensive trap, working the puck deep in the Idaho zone on several occasions. The Steelheads goal scorers were Jarad Bourassa, Kurt MacSweyne, David Bararuk, Mike Stutzel, Greg Hornby and Garett Bembridge. The Salmon Kings started to control the play late in the game putting the Steelheads on their heels, scoring a couple late. With the score 6-1, and the only Salmon Kings goal so far coming from the stick of Jade Galbraith, Nate Forster notched his first of the season, and Seth Leonard scored a beautiful goal on a penalty shot. But the Salmon Kings were only victims of the time left on the clock, and were forced to finish what they started Friday, on Saturday night.

Saturday November 19, 2005 vs. Idaho Steelheads - 3-2W

Victoria did finish on Saturday what they couldn't on Friday. As the series went on the Salmon Kings had figured out the Steelheads and made them pay for the swagger a first place team has. Idaho jumped out to a one goal lead just a minute in to the opening period but that was it. Victoria worked the play into their favor and half way through the first period scored two goals to take a 2-1 lead to the first intermission. The Steelheads tied the game early in the second period and the two teams went on to skate the next 39 minutes into the books. Victoria received regulation time goals from Forward Lanny Gare and a powerplay marker from Defenseman Steve Lingren, while Justin Cox and Marty Flichel replied for the Steelheads. Lingren was not finished though and made the Steelheads defense pay for an aggressive fore-check only 13 seconds into the overtime period. Lingren took a pass from his defensive partner Kurt Drummond behind the four Idaho skaters and broke in on Yeats all alone. Lingren buried his second goal of the game high over the goalie's blocker arm to lift the Salmon Kings over the Steelheads. Victoria finished one for five on the powerplay and held the Steelheads at bay both of their opportunities on the man advantage.

Looking Ahead

The Salmon Kings play the next five games on the road beginning Monday night against the Phoenix Roadrunners. They find themselves in San Diego on Wednesday before traveling to Las Vegas to play the Wranglers on Saturday evening. Victoria's week ends in Long Beach on Sunday when they play the Ice Dogs for the first time in the 2005-06 season.

Monday November 21, 2005 @ Phoenix Roadrunners

Wednesday November 23, 2005 @ San Diego Gulls

Saturday November 26, 2005 @ Las Vegas Wranglers

Sunday November 27, 2005 @ Long Beach Ice Dogs

Injured Reserve


F - Ryan Wade

F - Steve Roberts


G - Rob Muntain

F - Derek Campbell



Forward Jan Sochor


Future Considerations to Johnstown for G - David Currie

F - Pete Gardiner to Pensacola for F - Dallas Anderson and D - Pat Sutton

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