Roy­als bat­tle Rock­ets; Grizz tan­gle with Caps

KELOWNA 2 VIC­TO­RIA 0

Times Colonist - - Business -

The Vic­to­ria Roy­als got some key vet­er­ans back from in­jury, but it didn’t help Fri­day night at Pros­pera Place in Kelowna.

The host Rock­ets scored two third-pe­riod goals to knock off the Roy­als 2-0 in front of a crowd of 4,822 in the Okana­gan.

The vic­tory moved the Rock­ets (14-15-2-0) four points ahead of the strug­gling Roy­als (13-12) in the race for sec­ond place in the B.C. Divi­sion. Vic­to­ria lost for the third straight game.

The Roy­als wel­comed back a pair of 20-year-olds as goal­tender Grif­fen Out­house re­turned af­ter miss­ing three games with an in­jury, and de­fence­man Ralph Jar­ratt re­turned af­ter miss­ing 11 games due to in­jury.

Out­house made 31 saves, while Ro­man Bas­ran faced just 16 Vic­to­ria shots to pick up his first shutout of the sea­son.

The game was score­less un­til mid­way through the third pe­riod when for­mer Roy­als for­ward Lane Zablocki buried a nice feed from Salt Spring Is­land prod­uct Kyle Top­ping. Nolan Foote, ‘A’ rated by Cen­tral Scout­ing for the 2019 NHL draft, added an emp­tynet­ter with 50 sec­onds re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion.

The Roy­als now head to Van­cou­ver to face the red-hot Gi­ants tonight at the Pa­cific Coli­seum. The B.C. Divi­sion­lead­ing Gi­ants (20-6-2-0), who were idle Fri­day night, come into the game on a six-game win­ning streak. The game is also the Gi­ants’ an­nual Teddy Bear Toss game. The Roy­als’ next home game is Tues­day night when the Port­land Win­ter­hawks visit Save-on-Foods Me­mo­rial Cen­tre for the first of back-to-back games.

LOOSE PUCKS: The Roy­als were mi­nus im­port winger Igor Mar­tynov as the 19-year-old is rep­re­sent­ing Be­larus at the ‘B’ world junior cham­pi­onship in Ger­many.

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