The Victoria Royals overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring the next 7 goals, cruising to an 8-2 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers Wednesday.
“Tonight we went back to playing to our strengths…we did a lot of little things right.” Said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
“We put pucks to the net, we got into the area to score goals and hung around and battled to score.”
Ethan Price scored twice and Dante Hannoun had a 3 point night with a goal and two assists, as the Royals had 7 different goal scorers and 6 with multipoint games. It was their biggest offensive output of the season, as only 3 skaters were held off the score sheet.
Victoria out shot Medicine Hat 44-18, and 24-2 in the middle frame alone. Price had a quarter of the clubs shots with 11. The 24 shots for in a period is the most for the club this season.
The Royals trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes, but scored 4 times in the middle frame and added 4 more in the third to earn points in 4 straight games (3-0-1-0).
“When we started putting pucks in, started using our speed, getting a little more physical, we began creating chances…and then we were able to capitalize.” Said Lowry
Ralph Jarratt and Matthew Phillips had a goal and assist each, while Marsel Ibragimov, Regan Nagy and Tyler Soy shorthanded got the other goals for Victoria. Jared Dmytriw and Logan Fisher picked up a pair of assists each.
Phillips sets the Royals record for most goals by a rookie with 24, passing Logan Nelson’s 23. The franchise record is held by Oscar Moller who struck 32 times in 06-07. Phillips now has 50 points, 2nd most among rookies, and leads all freshman in goals.
Victoria is 3rd in the West, 1 back of Everett and 6 back of Kelowna, and lead Prince George by 3 points.
Coleman Vollrath earned the win making 16 stops on 18 shots, while Nick Schneider was relieved in the third after allowing 6 goals on 37 shots. Mack Shields stopped 5 of 7 the rest of the way, as Medicine Hat saw their 3 game win streak snapped.
There were 3 firsts for Victoria, Ibragimov scored his 1st WHL goal, while picking up their first points as assists were Scott Walford and Ty Westgard. Walford was back from injury after missing 23 games.
The Tigers got goals from Mason Shaw and Alex Mowbray, and remain 3 points out of a Wild Card spot in the East. Forward Brian Williams made his debut with the club but was held off the scoreboard.
The Royals went 1 for 5 on the power play while shutting down all 3 Tiger man advantages. Victoria has now stopped 17 of 18 opposition power plays over their last 6 games, ranked 3rd in the WHL.
Tyler Soy extends his goal scoring streak to 4 games with 5 goals in that span.
Victoria continues their 6 game homestand with a pair against Vancouver Saturday at 7, and Sunday at 2pm.
– Marlon Martens
Medicine Hat Tigers 2 at Victoria Royals 8 – Status: Final
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Medicine Hat 1 1 0 – 2
Victoria 0 4 4 – 8
1, Medicine Hat, Shaw 12 (Butcher, Stanton), 12:55.
Penalties-Clouston M.h (roughing), 5:25; Hannoun Vic (high sticking), 7:00; Clayton M.h (high sticking), 13:12.
2, Victoria, Nagy 6 (Dmytriw, Fisher), 0:37.
3, Medicine Hat, Mowbray 7 (Rassell, Heid), 2:18.
4, Victoria, Price 4 (Hannoun, Walford), 7:35 (PP).
5, Victoria, Hannoun 18 (Phillips, Reddekopp), 10:16.
6, Victoria, Price 5 (Jarratt, Bobylev), 18:45.
Penalties-Gerlach M.h (hooking), 7:14; Butcher M.h (slashing), 14:04; Shaw M.h (hooking), 15:19; Clouston M.h (roughing), 18:45; Westgard Vic (roughing), 18:45.
7, Victoria, Ibragimov 1 (Gagnon, Fisher), 1:50.
8, Victoria, Soy 22 (Dmytriw), 9:25 (SH).
9, Victoria, Phillips 24 (Forsberg, Hannoun), 12:17.
10, Victoria, Jarratt 3 (Westgard), 13:11.
Penalties-Walford Vic (hooking), 2:03; Walford Vic (slashing), 8:39.
Shots on Goal-
Medicine Hat 8-2-8-18.
Power Play Opportunities-
Medicine Hat 0 / 3;
Victoria 1 / 5.
Schneider 11-16-1-0 (37 shots-31 saves); Shields 8-7-0-0 (7 shots-5 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 19-12-0-2 (18 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Bryan Bourdon (45).
Linesmen-Curtis Craig (144), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).