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Royals drop T-Birds again, 4-1


The Victoria Royals defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1 Wednesday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, British Columbia.

This was the second of back-to-back games in Victoria for the T-Birds. The Royals won 4-1 on Tuesday night as well.

Seattle (19-31-4-1) has dropped seven of its last eight games.

The T-Birds take on the Red Deer Rebels at 7:35 p.m. Friday at the ShoWare Center, and host the Hitmen at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

Victoria (30-19-1-3) took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Austin Carroll at 2:23 of the first period. Brandon Magee and Brandon Fushimi had the assists.

The Royals went in front 2-0 at 11:01 of the first when Ben Walker scored. Carroll and Jack Walker were credited with the assists.

Jamie Crooks gave Victoria a 3-0 lead with a power-play goal at 19:11 of the first. Ben Walker and Joel Hicketts had the assists.

Both teams had 11 shots on goal in the first period.

Danny Mumaugh started the second period in net for Seattle replacing Brandon Glover. Glover stopped eight of 11 shots in the first period and his record falls to 18-23-4-1 with the loss.

Seattle got on the board at 3:40 of the second period. Shea Theodore took a slap shot from center ice with traffic in front of Victoria goalie Patrik Polivka. The puck rebounded to Luke Lockhart who took a shot that was stopped. Connor Sanvido got Lockhart's rebound and backhanded it past Polivka for the goal.

Crooks scored at 17:03 of the second to put Victoria back in front by three goals. Ben Walker and Jack Walker were credited with the assists.

Both teams had 13 shots on goal in the second period and 24 shots on goal after two periods.

Seattle outshot Victoria 8-6 in the third period and 32-30 in the game.

Mumaugh stopped 18 of 19 shots in two periods of action.

Polivka made 31 saves on 32 shots and his records is now 26-11-1-2.

T-Birds tickets are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.


First period - 1, Victoria, Carroll 12 (Magee, Fushimi), 2:23 (pp). 2, Victoria, B. Walker 14 (Carroll, J. Walker), 11:01. 3, Victoria, Crooks 25 (B. Walker, Hicketts), 19:11. (pp). Penalties - Hickman, Sea (tripping), 1:19. Traber, Vic (checking to the head), 8:14. Hicketts, Vic (high-sticking), 13:08. Sanvido, Sea (tripping), 17:21.

Second period - 4, Seattle, Sanvido 13 (Lockhart, Theodore), 3:40. 5, Victoria, Crooks 26 (B. Walker, J. Walker), 17:03. Penalties - Forsberg, Sea (roughing), 1:04. Crooks, Vic (roughing), 1:04. Carroll, Vic (roughing), 4:38. Johnson, Sea (tripping), 6:36. Cote, Vic (holding), 13:04. Bench, Vic (too many men-served by Fushimi), 16:34. Green, Sea (roughing), 16:34.

Third period - No scoring. Penalties - Johnson, Sea (roughing), 7:04. Smith, Sea (tripping), 17:33.

Shots on goal - Seattle 11-13-8 32, Victoria 11-13-6 30. Goalies - Seattle, Glover 11 shots-8 saves (18-23-4-1), Mumaugh 19-18; Victoria, Polivka 32-31 (26-11-1-2). Power plays - Seattle 0-4; Victoria 2-5. A - 4,509. Referees - Adam Griffiths, Sean Raphael. Linesmen - Riley Friesen, Kirk Van Helvoirt.

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