The visiting Victoria Royals picked up a single point after falling 2-1 in overtime on the road against the Portland Winterhawks 2-1 Monday night.
“They capitalized on their opportunities,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
“We had some good quality chances tonight, but didn’t get any breaks around their net tonight.”
Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon had a goal, and then assisted on defenseman Caleb Jones winner in the extra frame for the Winterhawks.
Royals rookie Ryan Peckford gave Victoria a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The Royals playing 3 in 3, out shot the ‘Hawks 30-26.
“Our guys battled, played hard, played a lot of hockey, and it caught up with us tonight.” Said Lowry.
‘Hawks netminder Adin Hill earned the win making his 24th straight start, while Griffen Outhouse took the loss.
“The defense was really good for us tonight, they let me see pucks and limited chances,” said Outhouse.
Both clubs were 0 for 2 on the power play.
Matthew Phillips picked up an assist, passing Logan Nelson for most points by a Royals’ rookie with 63 (31g-32a). Nelson previously set the record when he recorded 62 points (23g-39a) during the 2011-12 season. The franchise record is currently held by former Chilliwack Bruin Mark Santorelli who tallied 82 points (29g-53a) in the 2006-07 campaign.
Victoria moves to within a single point of top spot in the WHL, held by Lethbridge and Kelowna.
The Royals win the season series with the ‘Hawks 3-0-1-0.
Victoria wraps up 4 in 5 on the road in Vancouver Wednesday at noon.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 1 at Portland Winterhawks 2 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Monday, February 15, 2016 – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR
Victoria 1 0 0 0 – 1
Portland 0 1 0 1 – 2
1, Victoria, Peckford 7 (Phillips), 6:29.
Penalties-McKenzie Por (tripping), 3:56; Texeira Por (cross checking), 19:36.
2, Portland, Turgeon 28 (Weinger), 13:45.
Penalties-Hicketts Vic (tripping), 19:54.
Penalties-Walker Vic (hooking), 4:29.
3, Portland, Jones 9 (Turgeon, Weinger), 1:13.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 2;
Portland 0 / 2.
Victoria, Outhouse 13-3-3-1 (26 shots-24 saves).
Portland, Hill 27-22-2-0 (30 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Mike Campbell (89).
Linesmen-Erik Freeman (104), Joel Nyberg (145).