Vladimir Bobylev scored twice and added two assists as the Victoria Royals defeated the visiting Vancouver Giants 7-3 Saturday night, sweeping the home and home set.
Bobylev scored on a penalty shot in the final minute of the second period to break a 3-3 draw,
“That was a goal that came at a critical time and it was the difference in the hockey game.” Said Head Coach Dave Lowry.
The Royals added 3 more in the final frame.
“We found a way to play in the third period…I felt our conditioning in the third was the difference.” said Lowry, who’s club just returned from a 10 day road trip, while Vancouver was playing 4 in 5.
“We had an understanding that if we didn’t get to work, that we were going to work this week – there was going to be a price to pay…” added Lowry,
“It doesn’t matter if you’re tired or not, these games are critical and of the utmost importance.”
Victoria pulls 5 points ahead of Kelowna for top spot in the WHL, with 5 games remaining.
“We have to continue to stay in the moment, and continue to win our hockey games.” according to Lowry.
The Royals have now won 8 straight, and have points in 9. With 94 points, the club needs to win 3 of their last 6 games to hit 100 and tie the franchise record.
The Giants who’ve missed the post season for a 2nd year in a row are now winless in 7.
Tyler Soy scored twice and has 40 goals this season, setting the Royals record for goals in a season, 2 more than Austin Carroll last year.
“Definitely feels special, but I have to give a lot of credit to the guys I’m playing with…my line mates have been great all season.” Said Soy
Victoria out shot Vancouver 39-30 with Griffen Outhouse earning the win, and Jake Morrissey taking the loss.
With the victory, the Royals set the franchise record for most home wins in a regular season with 23, and have won a franchise best 10 straight at the SOFMC.
Victoria was 1 for 2 on the power play, while Vancouver was 1 for 3.
The Royals got a goal and an assist each from Jack Walker and Alex Forsberg, while Braden Pachal and Joe Hicketts chipped in with a pair of helpers. Ethan Price scored the other goal for Victoria.
Vancouver who opened the scoring got goals from Owen Hardy, Thomas Foster, and Ty Ronning.
Victoria faces 3rd place Prince George Friday night and Sunday at noon.
– Marlon Martens
Vancouver Giants 3 at Victoria Royals 7 – Status: Final
Saturday, March 5, 2016 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Vancouver 2 1 0 – 3
Victoria 3 1 3 – 7
1, Vancouver, Hardy 3 (Ronning, Jones), 1:20.
2, Victoria, Soy 39 (Walker), 4:48.
3, Victoria, Forsberg 25 (Hannoun, Hicketts), 7:47 (PP).
4, Vancouver, Foster 8 (Menell, Cox), 10:51 (PP).
5, Victoria, Price 10 (Fisher, Pachal), 13:25.
Penalties-Cox Van (holding opp. stick), 6:39; Pachal Vic (tripping), 9:31; Walker Vic (hooking), 16:53.
6, Vancouver, Ronning 31 (Foster, Cox), 5:13.
7, Victoria, Bobylev 24 19:20 (PS).
Penalties-Cox Van (hooking), 9:00; Dmytriw Vic (checking from behind), 15:16.
8, Victoria, Bobylev 25 (Forsberg, Hicketts), 3:16.
9, Victoria, Walker 31 (Bobylev, Pachal), 5:27.
10, Victoria, Soy 40 (Bobylev, Hicketts), 14:18.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 1 / 3;
Victoria 1 / 2.
Vancouver, Morrissey 1-7-0-0 (39 shots-32 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 16-3-3-1 (30 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Jeff Ingram (82).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).