Roy­als’ of­fence rolls over Chiefs

VIC­TO­RIA 7 SPOKANE 5

Times Colonist - - Sports - CLEVE DHEENSAW cd­heen­saw@times­colonist.com Twit­ter.com/tc_vic­sports

A speedy start was of the essence Fri­day night as the Vic­to­ria Roy­als de­feated the Spokane Chiefs 7-5 in WHL ac­tion be­fore 4,626 fans at Save-on-Foods Memo­rial Cen­tre.

Sopho­more Vic­to­ria for­ward Tarun Fizer scored at nine sec­onds, cleanly from an acute and un­likely an­gle, to tie for the fastest goal in fran­chise his­tory. Tay­lor Crunk also scored at nine sec­onds against Kam­loops on March 8, 2014, and Ryan Howse against Seat­tle on Jan. 9, 2011, when the team was lo­cated in Chilli­wack.

D-Jay Jerome then wristed home his first of two goals for Vic­to­ria be­fore the game was twomin­utes old.

The Roy­als held stand­out Chiefs de­fence­man Ty Smith, the 2018 first-round New Jersey Devils draft pick, point-less and to a mis­er­able and un­char­ac­ter­is­tic mi­nus-5 night.

Bran­don Cut­ler had a goal and two as­sists and Dante Han­noun and Fizer each a goal and as­sist as Vic­to­ria snapped a two-game los­ing skid to move to 10-5.

Roy­als de­fence­man Scott Wal­ford, who was on Team WHL with Smith in its set against the Rus­sian ju­niors this week, scored his first goal of the sea­son. The other Vic­to­ria goal came from Dan­ish U-20 in­ter­na­tional Phillip Schultz.

Sean Gulka of the Roy­als had three as­sists against his old team and blue-liner Remy Aquilon his first ca­reer WHL point.

Sniper Ri­ley Woods led Spokane (8-7-3) with two goals. The Chiefs have lost their last three games.

The Roy­als and Chiefs meet again tonight on Blan­shard on Mil­i­tary Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Night.

LOOSE PUCKS: Af­ter tonight, the Roy­als don’t play again un­til next Sat­ur­day when the Regina Pats pay a visit to Save-on-Foods Memo­rial Cen­tre.

DAR­REN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Roy­als for­ward Kaid Oliver bat­tles for the puck with Chiefs de­fence­man Egor Ar­bu­zov in front of goal­tender Daw­son Weather­ill dur­ing the first pe­riod Fri­day at Save-on-Foods Memo­rial Cen­tre.

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