Alex Forsberg scored a hat trick while Tyler Soy had three points to lead the Victoria Royals (24-14-1-3) past the visiting Tri City Americans 6-2 Wednesday night to earn a split of the two game set, taking 3 of a possible 4 points.
“We got up two goals again and didn’t want to make the same mistake twice so we shut it down in the second period.” Said Forsberg who leads the club in scoring with 51 points, including 17 goals.
Griffen Outhouse made 38 saves for the Royals for the win after falling 4-3 in a shoot out one night earlier.
“We learned from what happened last night, I was proud of the guys.” Said Interim Head Coach Enio Sacilotto who’s record improves to 5-6-0-2 in the absence of Dave Lowry.
Victoria held period leads of 2-0 and 5-1 before exchanging goals in the third to snap a 3 game winless streak.
The Royals also got two point nights from Jack Walker with a goal and assist, while Vladimir Bobylev and Matthew Phillips chipped in with a pair of helpers each.
Tyler Soy had a shorthanded goal and two assists, while Logan Fisher scored the other goal for the home team.
Soy extends his point streak to 7 games, collecting 11pts (4g 7a) in that stretch.
Tri City got goals from Nolan Yaremko and Morgan Geekie.
The Royals won the special teams battle going 2 for 4 on the power play and shutting the 2nd best man advantage down on all 4 American attempts.
Tri City goaltender Evan Sarthou made 5 saves on 7 shots, before being replaced by Sanders in the first, who allowed 4 goals on 28 attempts.
Victoria remains 2nd in the West, 2 points up on Prince George whom they’ll face next in the interior Friday and Saturday.
It’s anticipated that World Junior participants Dave Lowry, Joe Hicketts and equipment manager Matt Auerbach will rejoin the club in Prince George.
- Marlon Martens
Tri-City Americans 2 at Victoria Royals 6 – Status: Final
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Tri-City 0 1 1 – 2
Victoria 2 3 1 – 6
1, Victoria, Walker 16 (Bobylev, Soy), 8:05.
2, Victoria, Fisher 7 11:13.
Penalties-James T.c (hooking), 18:50.
3, Victoria, Soy 17 (Gagnon), 3:36 (SH).
4, Victoria, Forsberg 15 (Phillips), 5:07.
5, Tri-City, Yaremko 2 (AuCoin), 7:00.
6, Victoria, Forsberg 16 (Walker, Soy), 8:30 (PP).
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (boarding), 2:06; Rayman T.c (holding), 7:18; Jarratt Vic (interference), 10:15.
3rd Period-7, Tri-City, Geekie 5 (McCue, Stewart), 10:40. 8, Victoria, Forsberg 17 (Phillips, Bobylev), 16:25 (PP). Penalties-Rutledge T.c (interference), 3:07; Soy Vic (kneeing), 6:57; Gagnon Vic (slashing), 11:18; Topping T.c (roughing), 14:32.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Tri-City 0 / 4;
Victoria 2 / 4.
Tri-City, Sarthou 14-18-2-0 (7 shots-5 saves); Sanders 3-3-0-0 (28 shots-24 saves). Victoria, Outhouse 6-2-1-1 (40 shots-38 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Mike Langin (67).
Linesmen-Curtis Craig (144), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).