Logan Fisher had the hat trick to help lift the visiting Victoria Royals (38-16-3-3, 82pts) past the Vancouver Giants 5-2 Wednesday afternoon.
Trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes, the Royals struck twice a minute apart to retake the lead.
“We came out got back to work and started playing to our strengths,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry.
Fisher gave them the go ahead goal, and added another to take a 4-2 lead to the third. Fisher completed the natural trick into an empty net for the insurance marker.
“It was great, that felt really good – I couldn’t get the smile off my face…” said the 20 year old Fisher,
“It was a good thing for me personally, and It was nice to get a win to end off the trip.”
Victoria completed a stretch 4 games in 5 nights, picking up 5 of a possible 8 points all on the road (2-1-1-0). The Royals now have points in 2 straight after suffering a 2-1 overtime loss against the Winterhawks Monday.
“I liked the fact that we were winding down, coming off the road and we found a way to get the game turned back, and back under control.” Said Lowry.
Tyler Soy (33rd) opened the scoring for Victoria, while Vladimir Bobylev (19th) tied it at 2. Netminder Griffen Outhouse made 28 saves in the win.
Ryan Kubic stopped 30 of 34 in the loss, while Vancouver got goals from Radovan Bondra and Taylor Crunk a minute apart in the first to give them their only lead.
The Royals were 1 for 4 on the power play, holding off both Giants man advantages.
Victoria was ranked 9th in the CHL Top 10 earlier in the day, down from 6th a week earlier.
Vancouver remains last in the West, 11 back of Kamloops for the final Wild Card spot.
Ryan Gagnon was a +3 on the night, and earned 3rd star honours. Gagnon is now 3rd in WHL in plus/minus (+36).
The Royals lead the 10 game season series 5 – 3, winning their last 3 encounters.
Victoria returns home to face Kamloops for a pair of games Friday and Saturday, the later being the annual Pink in the Rink night.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 5 at Vancouver Giants 2 – Status: End of Game
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – Pacific Coliseum – Vancouver, BC
Victoria 1 3 1 – 5
Vancouver 2 0 0 – 2
1, Victoria, Soy 33 (Hicketts, Bobylev), 6:15.
2, Vancouver, Bondra 8 (Jones, Holt), 9:34.
3, Vancouver, Crunk 5 (Osipov, Foster), 10:36.
Penalties-Osipov Van (tripping), 2:14; Reddekopp Vic (cross checking), 16:42.
4, Victoria, Bobylev 19 (Walford), 5:29 (PP).
5, Victoria, Fisher 8 (Price), 6:29.
6, Victoria, Fisher 9 (Nagy, Dmytriw), 14:07.
Penalties-served by Dhaliwal Van (too many men), 3:37; Phillips Vic (high sticking), 7:55; Hicketts Vic (roughing), 8:18; Popoff Van (roughing), 8:18; Lang Van (roughing), 10:47.
7, Victoria, Fisher 10 (Forsberg), 18:27 (EN).
Penalties-Dhaliwal Van (slashing), 14:05.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Vancouver 0 / 2.
Victoria, Outhouse 14-3-3-1 (30 shots-28 saves).
Vancouver, Kubic 16-19-4-0 (34 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Mike Langin (67), Nick Swaine (35).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Bevan Mills (98).