Royals forward Mitch Deacon fights Blazers forward J.C. Lipon in Kamloops on Tuesday night.

Frustrations turn to suspensions as Royals look to end streak against Giants

Chaz Reddekop made his Victoria Royals debut, albeit brief, as the Royals nearly ended the 10 game losing streak in Kelowna

– With files from Marty Hastings/Kamloops This Week

The Victoria Royals nearly ended the 10 game losing streak in Kelowna on Wednesday night.

Alas, the streak reaches 11.

Jack Walker, Jamie Crooks and Austin Carroll each scored as the Royals fell to the Rockets 4-3 in a shootout. Despite the loss, it was a bounce back, start-fresh game for the Royals after the team went haywire in a 6-0 loss to Kamloops on Tuesday.

That streak could end Friday night (March 8) as the Royals (37-27-2-6) host the rebuilding Vancouver Giants, 7 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

As Kamloops This Week reporter Marty Hastings wrote, if the Royals were to face the Kamloops Blazers in the first round of the WHL playoffs — look out.

The teams combined for 156 penalty minutes at Kamloops’ Interior Savings Centre on Tuesday, a 6-0 Blazers’ win. Ninety-three of the penalty minutes assessed on Tuesday night went to the Royals in the third period.

Because of Tuesday’s actions the Royals were without head coach Dave Lowry (code of conduct), defenceman Keegan Kanzig (one-man fight) and forward Tim Traber on Wednesday as each have been suspended indefinitely.

Traber was the instigator of an an incident in which Kale Kessy of the Blazers was rendered unconscious in the third period, said Kamloops This Week. Perhaps unknown to Traber is that Kessy was being choked by his own jersey, by many Blazers’ accounts.

Length of the suspensions yet to be released.

The absence of 21-year-olds Alex Gogolev and now Tyler Stahl (suspension, injury) have certainly hurt the team.

Gogolev’s been out since Feb. 5. At that point Gogolev had a three-game goal scoring streak and had posted 22 points in 13 games in January, during which the Royals shot up to fourth place. He was the CHL Player of the Week and had established himself as the team’s clear cut MVP.

Stahl sat for eight games in January for a checking to the head suspension, his third banishment of the season. He is currently listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Despite dropping 11 straight, the Royals have clinched sixth place. With six games remaining it’s numerically possible to catch the fifth place Spokane Chiefs, though unlikely. Meanwhile the seventh-place Seattle Thunderbirds are too far behind to catch the Royals.

Should the Blazers finish third in the West, a Round 1 series with the Royals — a rough-and-tumble one, no doubt — will be in the cards.

sports@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Sooke woman is ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at Thetis Lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Mom who lost son to brain tumour in March joins the 24th annual Brain Tumour Walk

The Brain Tumour Walk takes place at the University of Victoria on Sunday, May 26

Throwback Thursday: Shamrocks revisit the 1950s with new uniforms

Victoria team introduces its new white jersey for the 2019 70th anniversary season

Comic Con announces winning artist in $500 ViGuy competition

Van Isle Comic Con announce judges’ award winner, People’s Choice voting now open

Forbes Group proposes a new medical clinic for Sooke

Four doctors will have space adjacent to a new pharmacy

VIDEO: Journey of SD62 Aboriginal graduates recognized at ceremony

‘Enriching and empowering’ ceremony encourages students to hold onto their identities

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Building a close-knit community in Sooke

Knit 2 Purl Together a community event

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Most Read