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The Royals have continued to slide in 2012 but have thankfully pulled out of the complete tailspin they were in during early January.
The team split a a pair of games in Victoria with the Kamloops Blazers last weekend. The Royals took the first game Friday night 4-2 scoring all four goals unanswered. Ben Walker’s late second period goal was the game-winner.
The Blazers came back with a fury Saturday night, burying the Royals 5-1. Tim Traber opened the scoring for the Royals but Tim Bozan equalized in the second and Branden Ranford scored shorthanded less than a minute later to put the Blazers up for good.
Tuesday kicked off a similar two game homestand Tuesday against the former Victoria Cougars.
The Royals stormed out to a 2-1 lead before yet again allowing their opponents to comeback and take the game 4-2. The result was more favourable Wednesday as the Royals defeated Prince George 5-1.
Ben Walker and two goals an an assist while Brandon Magee had three helpers.
It’s a roadtrip weekend for the Royals as they face-off against the Spokane Chiefs Friday and are in Tri-City to play the Americans Saturday. Both clubs have had strong seasons and any points gained this weekend could go a long way towards strengthening the Royals slipping grasp on a playoff spot.
The team is back in Victoria to take on the Everett Silvertips in a pair of games Tuesday and Wednesday. The Silvertips are dead last in the WHL.
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Right Winger Ben Walker was named the Royals’ Tip Top Tailor-Made Player of the Month for January. He had one goal and seven assists in 11 games during the month and has 20 points in 26 games this year.
The Saturday game against the Kamloops Blazers was the inaugural “Pink in the Rink Game” to support the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
The Royals wore special pink jerseys that were auctioned off during and after the game, part of night-long fundraising efforts that raised over $30,000 for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
The team has now raised over $200,000 for local organizations and charities this season.
Before he came to Victoria in the Kevin Sundher trade, Jordan Fransoo had never been to Vancouver Island. The Saskatchewan-raised Country music lovin farmboy is a seventh round pick of the Ottawa Senators and a key piece for the Royals in their ongoing roster building process.
Fransoo has fit right in during his first ten games, notching five assists on the best scoring streak of his career.
The Royals are in Spokane Friday to take on the Chiefs as they try to hang on to the seventh seed in the Western Conference.