Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Game Report: Victoria 5 Saskatoon 2

VIC B. Magee (10) (R. Gagnon, T. Crunk) 3:10

VIC J. Crooks (10) (L. Nelson, B. Cote) 1:46 (PP)
SAS B. Walker (3) (D. Dietz)10:25
VIC J. Crooks (11) (S. Hodges) 12:29 (SH)
VIC A. Gogolev (10) (A. Carroll, B. Walker) 18:58

VIC T. Stahl (3) (A. Gogolev, A. Carroll) 3:43
SAS M. Stransky (9) (G. Craig, K. Schmidt) 9:05 (PP)

Andrey Makarov 22/26
Alex Moodie 8/9

Patrik Polivka 29/31

1. Matej Stransky RW - Continue to be impressed with Stransky's combination of size, strength and puckhandling. Tallied a goal tonight when the game was no longer in doubt. Stransky is off to a somewhat slow start this season, not as slow as some others but not as hot as Josh Nicholls, who has 18 goals early on this season. Stransky was a bit lethargic like some of his other teammates but can still contribute offensively even if he is a bit off.
2. Andrey Makarov G - Even though he let in four through his 2 periods of work, I was still impressed with his play. To say Saskatoon's defense was awful would be an understatement as Victoria controlled the play through 2 periods that pretty much sealed the deal. Makarov held the fort as long as he could but eventually Victoria's attack became too much for Makarov to hold off. To date, Makarov has only missed two periods of hockey between the pipes for Saskatoon. Makarov has pro written all over him.

1. Alex Gogolev LW - The deal that brought Alex Gogolev from Calgary to Victoria for Zane Jones was a real game changer for both sides. Improved both sides dramatically. In Gogolev, Victoria gets that dynamic scorer it was missing. Can get the puck from A to B and make a play when he gets there. Gogolev has been setting up teammates all year long and calls his own number on occasion. Great find for the Royals that will make him more competitive this season.
2. Tyler Stahl D - Impressed with Stahl's competitiveness and toughness. Really took a lot of the Blades' forwards to task along the end boards, winning his fair share of the battles. Stahl closed the scoring for the Royals on this night. A solid choice to be team captain of this particular club.

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