Tyler Soy had 2 goals and an assist to lead the visiting Victoria Royals (49-16-3-3, 104pts) past the Everett Silvertips 4-2 Friday night.
Soy scored a pair of goals :13 seconds apart to give the Royals a 2-1 lead, and now has 44 goals to lead his club.
“I liked how we played after we gave up the first goal,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
“We stayed with our fundamentals, Soy hits two within twenty seconds and took control of the game, and we elevated the pace.”
Victoria set a few franchise records by winning their 49th of the season,12th consecutive and setting the record for points in a season with 104. The club had already clinched the WHL regular season championship Wednesday in Kelowna.
“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to our leadership group, our veteran players…our young guys have come in and adjusted to the way we play,” said Lowry,
“The best thing is our leadership group has made sure the group is held to our standards.”
The Royals regular season concludes Saturday night in Victoria in a rematch against Everett (38-25-5-3, 84pts). The Royals have a 3-0 record in the season series. Everett has locked up 2nd in the US Divison.
Friday, Victoria led 2-1 after 20 minutes, and 3-1 after 40 after Jack Walker’s 2nd period goal his 36th of the season. Alex Forsberg (31st) scored into the empty net for a 4-1 lead before Everett scored with just under :03 seconds left.
“I was disappointed in that said,” said Lowry on the late goal against,
“We’ve had a lot of guys that paid a price to defend, and it’s a shame that you give up a goal that late in the game.”
Vladimir Bobylev had a pair of assists, as his line with Walker and Soy combined for 6 points.
The Royals out shot the Silvertips 31-24, with Griffen Outhouse earning the win and Mario Petit taking the loss in his 3rd straight start with Carter Hart scratched.
Victoria has now out shot the opposition in 18 straight games (16-1-1-0).
“I think it’s the way that we play, we play fast and want to play an attacking style,” according Lowry,
“…and we have a bunch of guys that like to score goals.”
The Royals won their 7th in a row on the road, and 24th overall, 2 shy of the record.
Victoria was 0 for 1 on the power play while shutting down both Everett man advantages.
The Royals remain the stingiest team in the WHL, allowing 3 fewer goals than the Silvertips.
Defenseman Chaz Reddekopp was a physical presence and contributed with an assist as well. Ralph Jarratt celebrated his 18th birthday.
Forsberg extended his point streak to 12 games and 20 points, Walker pushed his streak to 11 games with 23 points along with a goal streak to 8 games and 10 goals.
Victoria has won their last 12 at home, with a franchise best 25 wins.
Saturday night is a sell out at the SOFMC, with puck drop at 7:05.
“We’re not going to change the way we play, we expect to win and we’ll prepare like that – we’re getting ready for next weekend.” Said Lowry.
Tickets for the playoffs against a yet to be determined opponent are on sale for games next Friday and Saturday.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 4 at Everett Silvertips 2 – Status: Final
Friday, March 18, 2016 – XFINITY Arena – Everett, WA
Victoria 2 1 1 – 4
Everett 1 0 1 – 2
1, Everett, Stadnyk 21 (Laurencelle), 5:34.
2, Victoria, Soy 43 (Bobylev, Walford), 15:23.
3, Victoria, Soy 44 15:36.
4, Victoria, Walker 36 (Soy, Bobylev), 1:36.
Penalties-Forsberg Vic (holding), 1:52; Reddekopp Vic (charging), 6:12.
5, Victoria, Forsberg 31 (Reddekopp), 18:16 (EN).
6, Everett, Skoleski 9 (Martin, Ralph), 19:57.
Penalties-Bajkov Evt (cross checking), 12:54.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 1;
Everett 0 / 2.
Goalies-Victoria, Outhouse 17-3-3-1 (24 shots-22 saves).
Everett, Petit 3-2-4-0 (30 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Fraser Lawrence (10), Nick Swaine (35).
Linesmen-Adam Brastad (132), Bevan Mills (98).