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Victoria Royals doubled up the Kelowna Rockets 6-3 Wednesday

Rockets miscues magnified

The Victoria Royals only managed a handful of scoring chances Wednesday at Prospera Place.

Turns out, that's all they needed in a 6-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets.

The Royals scored three times on their first six shots, and got three more on their last six.

In between, the Rockets had the better of the play, more scoring chances and many more shots, but were unable to outscore their defensive miscues.

"After one mistake, you don't want to make a layer of mistakes, but I felt the first two goals were backed up by a second mistake," said head coach Adam Foote.

"It seemed like we weren't quite on tonight, and when that happens you just get puck focussed and you don't see guys flying to rebounds or the week side of the ice open. I felt there was a lot of that going on in our game.

"We out-chanced them, we outshot them, but our big mistakes went in our net. They didn't have too many big mistakes, and it's hard to come back from that."

Early on, it looked as if both teams could get to double digits. The game was barely 10 minutes old, and the Royals held a 3-2 lead.

The Royals hit the scoreboard first with a power play goals just 75 seconds in. The Rockets got that one back a minute and change later on their own power play.

Pavel Novak's initial shot was stopped by Brock Gould, but the rebound bounced high in the air in front of him. Leif Mattson took a swing at the puck before it eventually went behind Gould.

The goal was initially waved off, but upon video review, it was determined it had deflected off Victoria defenceman Will Warm's elbow. Novak was credited with his 10th of the season.

Jake Poole gave the Rockets a short-lived 2-1 lead three minutes later, but, two defensive mistakes led to a pair of Victoria goals, and the end of Roman Basran's night.

"I wouldn't put the first two on him, but I could sense something was off, which is OK.

"He can't be saving our bacon every time we fall asleep, so it's not on him for sure."

The Rockets came out flying in the second, and were rewarded when Alex Swetlikoff beat Gould from the top of the right faceoff circle just as a Royals penalty had expired.

But, goals two minutes part from defenceman Mitch Prowse and Sean Gulak gave the Royals a two-goal edge.

"We had a good push there through my goal. We were right there with them, but some turnovers, some penalties and they score...that's the way it goes," said Swetlikoff.

The Royals put it away late when Tarun Fizer beat Cole Schwebius on a Victoria power play.

The loss snapped the Rockets two-game winning streak.

The Rockets are at it again Friday when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The game kicks off a busy weekend for the Rockets, who hit the road for games in Spokane Saturday and Kamloops for a holiday Monday afternoon tilt.



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