It’s been a long time coming!
On Wednesday night the Victoria Royals left it all out on the ice and shocked a crowd roaring in support.
In the second of back-to-back games, the Royals recorded their first upset victory of the season after a 5-2 win over the Kamloops Blazers, marking several milestones for the home team.
The win ended the Blazer’s 24th consecutive win streak against the Royals since February 8th, 2020, the Royals also notched their first home game victory since October 12th against the Kelowna Rockets.
Jake Poole (2), Teague Patton, Tanner Scott and Matthew Hodson scored for Victoria (4-21-3), which posted its first win over the Blazers (14-6-3-2) dating back nearly two and a half years.
Nicholas Cristiano, the Royals’ most recent recruit, recorded his first win in the black and blue, stopping 25 of 27 shots in front of 1,941 fans at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.
With pride, Royals Head Coach, Dan Price says the win represents a well-rounded game that is a long time coming.
“It was a very complete game as far as just committing to each other, doing the difficult things it takes to win, blocking shots, getting pucks in and getting pucks out, so I’m very proud of them, it’s been a long time coming,” says Royals Head Coach, Dan Price.
A big win to lead us into a two game road trip 💪
Check out last nights highlights!#ReadyToRoar pic.twitter.com/Z8UNTO6gAS
— Victoria Royals (@victoriaroyals) December 8, 2022
Now back in the win column, fans are hopeful this marks a turning point for the Royals who have fought hard to turn around a turbulent season.
In three weeks, four players have been traded including, Luke Shipley, Caleb Willams and the Wilson brothers, Wyatt and Anthony.
With a few new faces on the team including Teydon Trembecky (forward), Robin Sapoušek (forward), and Alex Thacker (forward) the royals are back on the road for a matchup against the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place on Friday, December 9th before facing the Blazers for the fifth time this season.