Victoria Royals #2 Joe Hicketts takes down Kelowna Rockets #3 Riley Stadel during first period action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Victoria Royals #2 Joe Hicketts takes down Kelowna Rockets #3 Riley Stadel during first period action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Royals lose to Rockets in Kelowna

The Victoria Royals lost 4-2 to the Kelowna Rockets in the final game of a three game series in Western Hockey League action.

The Victoria Royals fell 4-2 to the Kelowna Rockets as the home side scored four unanswered goals Wednesday night.

The Royals and Rockets entered the third period deadlocked at 2-2 before Kelowna’s Leon Draisaitl and Tyson Baillie each tallied a marker.

Victoria’s goals were scored by Austin Carroll and Greg Chase in the opening period and the Rockets’ other goals were notched in the second by Madison Bowey and Chance Braid.

Victoria netminder Justin Paulic stopped 25 out of 29 shots directed at him. Kelowna goaltender Michael Herringer turned away 25 of 27 shots.

The Royals went 0/7=0.0% on the man advantage, while the Rockets went 1/3=33.3%.

Victoria will now head to Kamloops to face-off against the Blazers on Friday.

The Royals then return home with games on Monday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 3 to host the Seattle Thunderbirds for the first time this season in a two-game set.  Puck drop for both contests is slated for 7:05 p.m.

 

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