SPORTS IN BRIEF: Royals bop T-Birds; Ryan Cochrane aquatic athlete of 2012; Local wrestlers and figure skating

Victoria-bred goalie Brandon Glover of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been strong this season but his team couldn’t stop the Victoria Royals

Austin Carroll is on a roll. He scored the Teddy Bear toss goal on Saturday against the Swift Current Broncos and had a Gordie Howe hat trick versus the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday.

Royals win crucial points from Thunderbirds

Victoria-bred goalie Brandon Glover of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been strong this season but his team couldn’t stop the Victoria Royals on Tuesday.

The Royals (17-13-0-1) took a 6-2 road win, and moved into sixth in the Western Conference, two points ahead of the Thunderbirds (16-15-1-0).

Glover, a former South Island Royals (Thunderbirds) major midget player made 37 saves on 43 shots.

Alex Gogolev opened the scoring for the Royals with his 12th goal of the year in the first period and scored one of the Royals’ three power play goals late in the game for his 13th.

Austin Carroll, Brett Cote, Jamie Crooks and Logan Fisher also scored for the Royals.

The Royals are in Red Deer tonight (Dec. 14) and Edmonton tomorrow, before a 13-day break.

Ryan Cochrane named Canada’s aquatic athlete of the year

Ryan Cochrane of Saanich and diver Emilie Heymans of St. Lambert, Que., are Aquatics Canada’s male and female athletes of the year for 2012.

Aquatics Canada athletes compete in diving, swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo.

Cochrane, 24, won silver in the 1,500m freestyle at the London Olympics, adding to his Olympic bronze medal from 2008. Heymans, 30, won a bronze medal in the 3m synchronized diving with partner Jennifer Abel, and made history by being the first Canadian Olympian to win medals at four straight Olympics.

Esquimalt wrestlers take wins from Abby tournament

A select group of Island wrestlers attended last weekend’s Abby Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Abbotsford, and came home with good results.

Athletes from Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Campbell River, Victoria, Cowichan, and Nanaimo attended as the Vancouver Island Wrestling club, and trained together for the first time in Abbotsford on Friday night.

“By the end of the day Saturday both the girls and the boys had put in dominant earning impressive overall team points,” said coach Mike Thompson of Esquimalt High.

Esquimalt’s Warren Clark was able to dominate the 70 kgs weight class. His only real challenge came from teammate Mitchell Keeping in the finals, Thompson said.

Also impressive was John Fayad from the Victoria Bulldogs club team who won the cadet boys 60 kgs class.

Racquet Club qualifies ice dance team to nationals

Ice dance team Andie Lynn Gingrich and Liam Kinrade of the Racquet Club Figure Skating Club of Victoria placed seventh overall at the novice dance at the Skate Challenge in Regina last weekend.

Their rendition of the compulsory Westminister programme was tops among all 26 teams.

The pair will attend the Skate Canada 2013 Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 13 to 20 in Mississauga, Ont.

Coach Matt Willis said he’s extremely happy with their accomplishment. Willis has now left to coach brother-sister dance team Leo and Pilar Maekawa as they compete in Zagreb, Croatia.

sports@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Pacific FC looks for first win of the fall season in Toronto Wednesday

The Island team is currently 0-2-0 this season

Garbage piles up at Mount Doug Park in Saanich

Local resident blames the design of the garbage bins

Central Saanich makes moves to alieviate business transit concerns

Councillor calls for enhanced service and long-term transit passes

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

Saanich sponsors Jeux de la Francophonie giving $50,000 for the French-language Games

Couns. Susan Brice and Nathalie Chambers opposed funding, citing substantive and procedural concerns

VIDEO: Black bear caught climbing tree in Langford neighbourhood

Triangle Mountain residents on alert following bear sighting

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

15-year-old with imitation gun caused ‘dynamic’ scene at Nanaimo mall

No one was harmed in Monday’s incident, say Nanaimo RCMP

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

New home cost dips in B.C.’s large urban centres

Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver prices decline from last year

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

Most Read