Panic Chicken Little
The wheels have fallen off the Victoria Royals’ season, losers in six of their last seven and dead last in goals allowed. At 11-13-0-1, the team is still holding down sixth place in a weak Western Conference.
It began with a horror show against the Vancouver Giants. The Royals headed into last Friday’s contest having never won in Vancouver during three previous attempts. Outshot 46-17, the Royals were embarrassed 11-3. Armed with his new NHL contract, Branden Gallagher had a goal and three assists while Nanaimo-borne defenceman Neil Manning and centre Dalton Sward both recorded hat tricks.
The score was 10-0 before Steven Hodges finally broke through and put one past Adam Morrison.
In their four losses at the Pacific Colisuem this year, the Royals have been outscored 29-7.
The Royals boarded a ferry the next day to take on the Kootenay Ice at home. This one had all the marking of a hangover game as the Ice spanked the Royals 8-3. Kootenay forward Elgin Pearce was the recipient of the hat trick in this one while Jesse Ismond had a five point night including the game’s first goal just 53 seconds in.
The Ice scored the game’s first eight goals.
Back in action last night, the Royals managed to lose in a not so embarrassing fashion. A 4-1 loss to the Kamloops Blazers in Kamloops saw the Royals once again outplayed and outshot 40 to 18. Dylan Willick had two goals for the Blazers.
Tonight is a chance for revenge against the Ice in Kootenay. Tuesday and Wednesday, the Royals will play host to the Kamloops Blazers.
News and Notes
The Royals announced the signing of three players this weekend. On Monday, the club came to terms with 18-year-old forward Ben Walker. The Minnesota native has captained the Edna High School Hornets for the past two years. He had 32 points in 24 games last year and arrived in town this week.
Wednesday, the club announced that it had signed goaltender Coleman Vollrath and defenceman Brodie Clowes. Vollrath was the 55th pick in the 2010 Bantam Draft and stops the puck for the Calgary Bufalloes of the Alberta Midget Hockey League. Clowes was picked 90th in the same draft and currently plays for the Olds Grizzlies in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Kevin Sundher probably won’t get a lot of sleep Sunday night. The Royal’s franchise player will find out Monday morning if he will represent Canada in Alberta for the 2012 Word Junior Ice Hockey Championship. He wasn’t part of the Summer Camp, but Sundher’s strong year has made him part of the conversation.
Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast will release the roster at 8:30 am on Monday.
The Royals are in action tonight against the Kootenay Ice, just a week removed from a not so Ice 8-3 loss.