Griffen Outhouse made 41 saves, as the Victoria Royals edged the Kamloops Blazers 2-1 in a shoot out Friday night.
“I thought (Outhouse) played well, but I thought Connor (Ingram) played well too…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
With the quality of offensive guys on both teams, some night’s the goaltenders are going to steal the show…Both teams did a really good job of making it hard to get to the areas to score.”
Soy and Jack Walker scored in the shoot out, with Soy adding an assist in regulation, all on his 20th Birthday.
“It definitely felt good to get out on the ice and play a game on my birthday, my family’s here for the game, it’s pretty special, and definitely a nice way to end if off.” said Tyler Soy.
“It felt like a playoff game, intensity level was high, pucks were going to the net, guys were getting hit, it was an awesome game – but a tough one for sure.” Added Soy.
Outhouse stopped both in Lane Bauer and Collin Shirley in the shootout, while Dante Hannoun hit the crossbar, and Jack Walker beat Connor Ingram top shelf with a back hander.
Kamloops out shot Victoria 42-22 overall.
“When you come out with a win, and even (on quality scoring chances), and getting outshot 2 to 1, our guys did a really good job. I think a lot of the shots were from the outside tonight, and there wasn’t a lot of 2nd and 3rd shots in front of the net.” commented Lowry.
After a scoreless first, Matthew Phillips opened the scoring for the Royals with his 39th in the second period, before Andrej Vala struck from the point on the power play several minutes later to tie the game.
“That’s pretty much a playoff game,” said Phillips,
“We’re two evenly matched teams and I think we like to play similar styles.”
In overtime, Outhouse twice robbed Devin Sideroff of grade ‘A’ scoring chances, including a highlight reel glove save. Outhouse played in his 51st game, and earned his 30th win of the season, the most in the WHL.
Victoria was 0 for 5 on the power play against the 3rd best penalty kill, including a 5 on 3 play which lasted for 1:17. Kamloops went 1 for 3.
Soy stretched his point streak to 12 games, which is the club’s longest streak of the season, where he has earned 22 points (8g-14a).
With the extra point, the Royals move to within 6 points of the Blazers for 2nd in the BC Division, while remaining tied with the Rockets for 3rd.
Victoria improves to 4-1 in the 8 game season series, and the two clubs will meet again on the Island Saturday night.
– Marlon Martens
Kamloops Blazers 1 at Victoria Royals 2 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Friday, February 10, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kamloops 0 1 0 0 – 1
Victoria 0 1 0 0 – 2
Penalties-Sideroff Kam (high sticking), 0:59; served by Oliver Vic (too many men), 3:19; Valentine Kam (tripping), 19:14.
1, Victoria, Phillips 39 (Soy), 7:21.
2, Kamloops, Vala 9 (Valentine, Bauer), 11:09 (PP).
Penalties-Smith Kam (tripping), 8:17; Morrison Vic (tripping), 9:21.
Penalties-Zazula Kam (high sticking), 0:47; Gatenby Kam (hooking), 1:30.
Penalties-Walker Vic (hooking), 4:45.
Kamloops 0 (Bauer NG, Shirley NG), Victoria 2 (Hannoun NG, Walker G, Soy G).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kamloops 1 / 3;
Victoria 0 / 5.
Kamloops, Ingram 20-9-2-2 (21 shots-20 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 30-18-3-0 (42 shots-41 saves).
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Jeff Ingram (82).
Linesmen-Liam Reid (112), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).