It hasn’t been this best week for the Royals since we last checked in.
A tremendously entertaining game against Medicine Hat last Friday saw a hat trick by the Tigers’ Emerson Etem only to be overshadowed by a dramatic third period Royals comeba. Hayden Rintoul scored the game winning goal, his fourth point of the night, with just 24 seconds remaining.
That would be the high point for the Royals week however as they would lose 5-4 in Seattle the next night and watched helplessly as Vancouver Giant Brendan Gallagher tore them apart at the Pacific Coliseum on Monday, notching a hat trick and adding two helpers.
The Royals kicked off the weekend with a barnburner at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre last night. The Royals once again relied on third period magic, scoring four unanswered goals in the frame to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 win. The teams will play again tonight in the only other Royals game this week.
News and Notes
Your official replica Victoria Royals home & away jerseys went on sale for the first time yesterday in a special pre-sale for ticket holders to last night’s game. A limited number of adult and youth sizes will be on sale during every Royals home game with a limit of one per person.
The Royals this week elected to place goalie Braden Gamble in the over-age dispersal draft, which means Jared Rathjan has earned the chance to back up Keith Hamilton this year.
The Royals first pick in the 2011 bantam draft, defenceman Joe Hicketts, will join fellow Royals draft picks Ryan Gagnon and Michael Bell in representing British Columbia at the 2011 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup.
Defencemen Tyler Stahl and Zack Habscheid and forward Brandon Magee are still sidelined with injuries.
One of the pleasant surprises for the Royals so far has been the play of Steven Hodges. After putting up just 11 points in 58 games for the Bruins last year, the 17-year-old Delta native has 9 points in his first 10 games for the Royals. He’s already secured his place inVictoria hockey lore, as one of his two goals this year was the first goal in Royals franchise history.
In the Community
The Victoria Royals organization has decided to continue the Hat Trick for Literacy program founded by the Salmon Kings in 2005. The program involves scheduled visits by members of the Royals to Victoria area elementary schools to encourage reading and literacy. Kids will have a chance to read three books and write three book reports in exchange for a ticket to an upcoming Royals home game.
It’s the Kelowna Rockets again at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and if the action is anything like last night, it should be a barnburner. Puck drop is at 7:05 and you can catch the action on 91.3 The Zone.