Flames prospect Matthew Phillips had the hat trick on a 4 point night as the visiting Victoria Royals dropped the Calgary Hitmen 7-2 Friday.
The Royals won their 4th in a row, while snapping the Hitmen’s 2 game win streak.
Friday the Royals led 3-0 after 20 minutes while out shooting the Hitmen 12-4.
“A solid 60 minute team game from the goaltending out, we came prepared to play and accomplished our goal of getting an early lead.” Said Royals Assistant Coach Dan Price.
Victoria then out scored Calgary by 2-1 margins in the 2nd and third frame.
Phillips also had a hat trick one night earlier, as Victoria doubled Edmonton 6-3 to kick off 3 in 3 nights in Alberta, which wraps up Saturday in Red Deer. Phillips now has 35 goals, 2nd most in the WHL, 3 back of Halbgewachs of Moose Jaw.
Phillips was playing in his hometown in the rink of the Calgary Flames, the team that drafted in the 6th round this past summer.
“It’s pretty unique to play in the rink that I grew up watching the Hitmen and Flames play, and hopefully be there one day…” said Phillips.
Phillips scored a highlight reel goal in the first, putting the puck from behind his back off his skate to his stick and out waiting Dumba. He had given the Royals a 4-0 lead scoring just :29 seconds into the second, and finished the hat trick in the 3rd, after getting sent in alone by Soy, sniping top corner over the glove of Trevor Martin.
Vladimir Bobylev had a 4 point night with a goal and 3 assists. Tyler Soy who had 4 assists one night earlier chipped in with 3 more against the Hitmen. Chaz Reddekopp had a goal and assist, while Regan Nagy and Ralph Jarratt added singles.
The Royals chased starter Kyle Dumba from their nets after their 5th goal on 16 shots, replaced by 20 year old Trevor Martin who stopped 13 of 15 in relief including a couple breakaways by Blake Bargar and Vladimir Bobylev in the 2nd period.
Outhouse earned his 26th win stopping 25 of 27.
Victoria pulls into a tied for 3rd in the BC Division with Kelowna, and 3 back of Kamloops.
Calgary will visit the Island February 4th.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 7 at Calgary Hitmen 2 – Status: Final
Friday, January 20, 2017 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB
Victoria 3 2 2 – 7
Calgary 0 1 1 – 2
1, Victoria, Bobylev 5 (Soy), 2:51.
2, Victoria, Phillips 33 (Soy), 8:35.
3, Victoria, Nagy 13 (Dmytriw, Bobylev), 16:02.
Penalties-Nagy Vic (tripping), 10:34; served by Grishakov Cgy (too many men), 14:01.
4, Victoria, Phillips 34 (Reddekopp, Bobylev), 0:29.
5, Calgary, Malenstyn 19 (Stukel, Gennaro), 5:01 (PP).
6, Victoria, Reddekopp 9 (Bobylev, Phillips), 7:14.
Penalties-Morrison Vic (high sticking), 3:38; Martin Cgy (roughing), 12:20; Gerth Vic (slashing), 14:58.
7, Victoria, Jarratt 1 (Bargar, Oliver), 9:57.
8, Calgary, Gennaro 26 (Esposito, Malenstyn), 15:20.
9, Victoria, Phillips 35 (Soy), 16:51.
Penalties-Grishakov Cgy (holding), 2:18; Gennaro Cgy (tripping), 5:57; Phillips Vic (tripping), 6:35.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 3;
Calgary 1 / 4.
Victoria, Outhouse 26-15-3-0 (27 shots-25 saves).
Calgary, Dumba 3-6-2-1 (16 shots-11 saves);
Martin 3-2-0-1 (15 shots-13 saves).
Referees-Kyle Kowalski (15), Kyle Scrivens (77).
Linesmen-Jared Mackey (52), Mason Stewart (93).