Matthew Phillips scored the overtime winner on a 4 point night, as the visiting Victoria Royals edged the Spokane Chiefs 6-5 Wednesday night.
“It was big,” said Phillips, “…building off our win in Prince George, then coming in here and bouncing back after going down 2-0 was big and everyone played pretty well tonight.”
Victoria remains 4th in the BC Division, 1 point back of both Kelowna and Kamloops. They leap frog Portland into the 1st wild card spot in the Western Conference. They’ll visit the Winterhawks Friday.
It was a back and forth affair, with the Royals overcoming a 2-0 first period deficit, scoring the next 4, into the second frame.
“Once we settled in, and our guys decided that we would start playing…I didn’t like the way started, but I liked the way we responded, carried the play…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
The Chiefs scored the next 2 to tie the game at 4 in the third. Victoria went ahead 5-4 with under 6 minutes to go in the third on Marsel Ibragimov’s 2nd of the year, but Spokane pulled the goalie and tied the game on Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s hat trick goal to force overtime.
The Royals were 3 for 6 on the power play, while the Chiefs were 2 for 2.
“I thought our power play was good tonight, and was the difference in the game.” added Lowry.
Phillips 22nd of the year with the man advantage, ties him for most goals scored in the WHL with Jayden Halbgewachs and Zak Zborovsky.
The Royals won their second straight on the road, and are now 2-1, on the 5 game in 9 night road trip. They also lead the season series 2-0, both wins on the road.
Victoria also got goals from Jared Dmytriw, Regan Nagy and Marsel Ibragimov. Griffen Outhouse made 28 saves in the clubs second straight win.
Spokane goaltender Jayden Sittler started in net and allowed three goals on six shots. Dawson Weatherill stopped 13 of the 16 shots in relief.
Markson Bechtold struck twice and added an assist for the Chiefs, as they got two assist nights from Kailer Yamamoto, Hayden Ostir, and Tyson Helgesen.
Royals Captain Ryan Gagnon served the first of a four game suspension after a Charging Major and game misconduct Saturday against the Cougars. Forward Blake Bargar made his return to the line up after being out with an upper body injury.
Victoria is 2-1 on their road trip, and will wrap up the trek with stops in Portland Friday and Tri City Saturday.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 6 (OT) at Spokane Chiefs 5 – Status: Final OT
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena – Spokane, WA
Victoria 3 1 1 1 – 6
Spokane 2 1 2 0 – 5
1, Spokane, Anderson-Dolan 11 (Smith, Yamamoto), 1:41 (PP).
2, Spokane, Bechtold 3 (Ostir, Helgesen), 5:54.
3, Victoria, Dmytriw 8 10:37 (PP).
4, Victoria, Nagy 8 (Masella, Jarratt), 13:50.
5, Victoria, Hannoun 11 (Phillips), 15:56.
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (interference), 1:25; Fiala Spo (cross checking), 8:39; Spo (too many men), 11:49; Yamamoto Spo (hooking), 19:11.
6, Victoria, Phillips 21 (Peckford), 11:58 (PP).
7, Spokane, Bechtold 4 (Najman, Ostir), 16:49.
Penalties-Weatherill Spo (interference), 11:19; Nagy Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 20:00; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 20:00; Fiala Spo (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 20:00; Yamamoto Spo (roughing), 20:00.
8, Spokane, Anderson-Dolan 12 (Yamamoto, Yamamoto), 5:55 (PP).
9, Victoria, Ibragimov 2 (Hannoun, Phillips), 14:05.
10, Spokane, Anderson-Dolan 13 (Bechtold, Helgesen), 19:01.
Penalties-Masella Vic (roughing), 1:27; Bechtold Spo (roughing), 1:27; Yamamoto Spo (roughing), 3:16; Jarratt Vic (interference), 5:35.
11, Victoria, Phillips 22 (Walker, Reddekopp), 3:02 (PP).
Penalties-Fiala Spo (charging), 2:31.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 3 / 6;
Spokane 2 / 2.
Victoria, Outhouse 16-10-1-0 (33 shots-28 saves).
Spokane, Sittler 7-6-2-0 (6 shots-3 saves); Weatherill 4-5-3-1 (16 shots-13 saves).
Referees-Jason Nissen (91), Nick Swaine (35).
Linesmen-Michael Boisvert (111), Jeremi Del Campo (44). (111), Jeremi Del Campo (44).