Royals complete two-game sweep of Blazers

Kamloops moves on for date in Vancouver
February 20, 2016 10:35 P.M.

The Victoria Royals completed a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night and, in the process, moved into first place in the WHL’s overall standings.
The Royals, who beat the Blazers 4-1 on Friday night, won by a 6-3 count last night as they became the third WHL team with at least 40 victories this season. Victoria (40-16-6), 15-2-1 in its last 18 games, now leads the overall standings by one point over the Kelowna Rockets (41-16-3) and by five over the Lethbridge Hurricanes (40-19-1).
The Blazers (27-24-8) are eighth in the 10-team Western Conference and are in sole possession of its second wild-card spot. The Tri-City Americans, 4-2 losers to the Chiefs in Spokane last night, are three points behind Kamloops.
Forward Vladimir Bobylev led the Royals with two goals and an assist. His second goal, his 21st this season, gave a Victoria 2-1 lead at 14:58 of the first period and the Blazers chased the game from that point.
Bobylev opened the scoring 27 seconds into the game, with Kamloops winger Matt Needham scoring his 17th goal, on a power play, at 8:32 to tie the score.
Forward Tyler Soy, with his 34th, stretched Victoria’s lead to two goals with a shorthanded effort at 6:42 of the second period. The Royals nursed that lead late into the period, only to have freshman Spencer Bast get Kamloops to within one with his third goal at 19:55.
The Royals, who won the season series, 6-2-0, then scored three of the third period’s four goals.
Jack Walker got his 26th, on a PP, at 2:40, with Matt Campese getting that one back for the Blazers just 1:17 later. That was Campese’s eighth goal.
The home side put it away when Dante Hannoun scored his 23rd only 21 seconds later. Matt Phillips rounded out the scoring with No. 32, on a power play, at 19:24.
Goaltender Coleman Vollrath stopped 30 shots for the Royals. Dylan Ferguson, making his 10th start of the season, turned aside 35 shots for the Blazers. Connor Ingram had started the previous six games for Kamloops.
The Blazers are right back at it again today as they meet the Giants in Vancouver. Game time is 5 p.m.
Vancouver (22-31-7) is 11 points behind Kamloops after beating visiting Kelowna 4-2 last night.
JUST NOTES: The announced attendance was 7,006, a sellout on Pink The Rink Night. . . . The Blazers were 1-for-6 on the power play; the Royals were 2-for-5. . . . D Nolan Kneen returned to the Blazers’ lineup after a four-game absence due to a knee isue. . . . The Blazers scratched F Erik Miller, F Gage Quinney and D Conner McDonald. . . . In the B.C. Division, the Blazers remain six points behind the third-place Prince George Cougars. . . . After playing in Vancouver, the Blazers will return home and then hit the road for a single against the Everett Silvertips on Friday. Kamloops is next at home on Saturday against the Giants, with the Seattle Thunderbirds here on Feb. 28.
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