Ryan Hughes scored in overtime to lift the Portland Winterhawks past the visiting Victoria Royals 5-4 Friday night.
“We gave away a point…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
Regan Nagy had given the Royals 4-3 lead in the third, but Henri Jokiharu tied the game with less than a minute to go and the goaltender pulled, before Hughes notched the winner.
“This game stinks…Much like the last time we were here, we created enough offense to win a hockey game and tonight we didn’t finish the job.” Said Lowry.
Victoria was outshot 51-37, as both goaltenders made many big saves each. Cole Kehler stopped Matthew Phillips on 3 breakaways, the last with :30 seconds to go in the third.
“We had some great chances, didn’t capitalize and their goalie made some great saves…” added Lowry.
Griffen Outhouse was valiant in the defeat making 46 saves.
It was a physical affair, with the Royals bringing the compete and battle element.
“I’m not disappointed in the effort, I though a lot of our guys had very strong games. We did enough to win, and that’s what makes it disappointing.” Said Lowry.
Portland led 2-1 after 20 minutes. Brett Clayton opened the scoring for Portland. Chaz Reddekopp responded by popping the water bottle on the power play, before the home side restored the lead courtesy of Colton Veloso.
Victoria then overcame a 3-1 second period deficit with the next 4 goals. The Royals comeback started after Portland struck just :30 seconds into the middle frame on the power play. Victoria responded just :23 seconds later as Hannoun finished a 2 on 1, set up by Mathew Phillips. Ryan Peckford tied the game at 3-3 with the assist to Phillips was just stymied on a breakway.
Dante Hannoun had a goal and two assists on a three point night.
“It was a tough one, but I thought we had a good push back after each of their goals but we came up short…” said Hannoun who now has 32 points in 32 games.
Phillips earned two great assists for Victoria.
Portland’s leading scorer Cody Glass had a 3 point night with a goal and two assists. Defenseman Caleb Jones had 3 assists, and Keoni Texiera chipped in with a pair of helpers.
The Royals were 1 for 5 on the power play, the Winterhawks 1 for 2.
It was the 2nd meeting of the season, as Victoria fell 4-2 in Portland on November 25th. They’ll now meet a total of 3 times in 6 days, as the Winterhawks visit the Island for a pair next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Royals pull into a 3rd place tie in the BC Division with the idle Blazers, and are 2 points back of the Rockets.
Victoria is tied with Portland for the 1st Wild Card spot in the West.
The Royals have points in 3 straight, and are now 2-1-1-0 on their 5 game in 9 night road trip after wins against the Cougars and the Chiefs.
Victoria visits Tri City Saturday to wrap up the trek.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 4 at Portland Winterhawks 5 (OT) – Status: End of Game
Friday, December 9, 2016 – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR
Victoria 1 2 1 0 – 4
Portland 2 1 1 1 – 5
1, Portland, Clayton 1 (Glass, Texeira), 2:43.
2, Victoria, Reddekopp 4 (Hannoun), 11:01 (PP).
3, Portland, Veloso 8 (Texeira, Overhardt), 18:20.
Penalties-Jarratt Vic (tripping), 0:41; Overhardt Por (interference), 6:22; Blichfeld Por (tripping), 10:39; Oliver Vic (interference), 19:08.
4, Portland, Glass 16 (Blichfeld, Jones), 0:30 (PP).
5, Victoria, Hannoun 12 (Phillips, Prowse), 0:53.
6, Victoria, Peckford 9 (Phillips, Pachal), 6:06.
Penalties-MacEachern Por (holding), 2:18; Gerth Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:04; De Jong Por (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:04; Folk Vic (embellishment), 19:16; Jones Por (tripping), 19:16.
7, Victoria, Nagy 9 (Walker, Hannoun), 5:52.
8, Portland, Jokiharju 5 (Jones, Glass), 19:06.
Penalties-Jokiharju Por (tripping), 0:49; Oliver Vic (major-fighting), 4:16; MacEachern Por (major-fighting), 4:16; Folk Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 6:38; Iverson Por (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 6:38; Jones Por (hooking), 6:38.
9, Portland, Hughes 13 (Jones, Weinger), 4:05.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 5;
Portland 1 / 2.
Goalies-Victoria, Outhouse 16-10-2-0 (51 shots-46 saves).
Portland, Kehler 14-8-0-0 (37 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Jarrod Boman (116), Erik Freeman (104).