Hicketts sets record against hometown team

Blazers searching for elusive first victory
By Gregg Drinnan
October 3, 2015 10:24 P.M.
Defenceman Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals, with his record-setting puck, and equipment manager Matt Auerback after Saturday's victory. (Photo: @victoriaroyals)

Defenceman Joe Hicketts, who is from Kamloops, spun a Victoria Royals franchise record on Friday night.
Hicketts drew three assists as his Victoria Royals beat the visiting Kamloops Blazers, 5-1. That leaves him with more career assists than any defenceman in Royals/Chilliwack Bruins franchise history.
The 19-year-old Hicketts, who is the Royals’ captain, had two assists on Friday in a 4-2 victory over the Blazers. The five assists in the two games give him 94 in 170 career games. That is three more than Brandon Manning recorded in 200 games with the Bruins, who moved to Victoria over the summer of 2011.
Hicketts’ performance helped the Royals remain unbeaten, at 4-0-0, while sending the Blazers to their fourth straight loss. Kamloops is in its 35th WHL season; this is the first time it has opened a season with four straight losses.
The Blazers, the only winless team in the B.C. Division, will return home to face the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday and the Royals on Saturday.
Last night, Victoria opened a 2-0 lead on first-period goals from forwards Matthew Phillips and Regan Nagy while outshooting the visitors, 14-6.
Kamloops got to within one when forward Nick Chyzowski scored at 10:49 of the second period. But the Royals got that one right back as forward Tyler Soy, who had scored twice on Friday, found the range on a power-play at 14:16.
The Royals pretty much iced it when forward Alex Forsberg counted another power-play goal, this one at 5:51 of the third period, for a 4-1 lead.
Jack Walker, who also had two assists, closed out Victoria’s scoring at 13:01.
Victoria goaltender Coleman Vollrath, who has gone the distance in all four of his club’s games, stopped 25 shots, while Connor Ingram of the Blazers made his fourth straight start and turned aside 30.
JUST NOTES: The announced attendance was 4,101. . . . The Royals were 2-for-4 on the power-play; the Blazers were 0-for-3. . . . Victoria was 4-0-0 against the Blazers in Saturday games last season. . . . The Blazers scratched F Deven Sideroff (ill), D Conner McDonald (undisclosed injury), F Matt Revel (undisclosed injury) and D Marc McNulty. Revel had played his first game of the season on Friday after suffering a shoulder injury on Sept. 11. McNulty was scratched as the extra 20-year-old, with F Luke Harrison inserted back into the lineup.

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