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Schaber's hat trick leads Kamloops Blazers over Victoria Royals 4-3

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VICTORIA - Chase Schaber had a hat trick and Brandon Ranford added four assists as the Kamloops Blazers beat the Victoria Royals 4-3 in Western Hockey League action Tuesday.

Blazers winger JC Lipon had the other goal for Kamloops (17-7-1), while goalie Cole Cheveldave made 26 saves.

Royals left winger Jamie Crooks scored twice and Logan Nelson added a single for the Royals (11-15-1).

Kamloops opened the scoring midway through the first when centre Schaber's pass bounced off a Royals defender and into the net.

The Royals tied the game near the 15-minute mark on a broken play, as Crooks pounced on the puck and snapped a shot low glove side on Cheveldave.

Schaber and Crooks traded their second goals of the game in the second.

Schaber put the Blazers up 2-1 on a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Ranford, but Crooks tied the game a few minutes later with a backhanded tally.

Royals star forward Kevin Sundher got the second assist on the goal, moving him into first all-time for Royals/Chilliwack Bruins franchise points at 218.

Schaber's game-winning third goal came just over five minutes into the final period on a breakaway.

Lipon added his ninth goal of the season late in the game to seal the deal.

Keith Hamilton also finished with 26 saves for Victoria.

Notes: The game marked Kamloops' first time on Vancouver Island in 17 years.

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