Tyler Wong had a goal and assist including the shoot out winner as the Lethbridge Hurricanes edged the visiting Victoria Royals 5-4 Friday night.
Royals forward Regan Nagy’s second of the game forced overtime with 1:31 left in third and the goaltender pulled.
“I liked the way we stayed with it…got the goalie out and tied it up. That’s a big point,” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,
The Royals were without injured forwards Tyler Soy and Ryan Peckford, Jared Dmytriw serving the 2nd of a 3 game suspension. Defenseman Chaz Reddekopp also did not play.
“…Especially playing with a depleted line up against a really good team. I really liked for the most part, a lot of our guys games.” Continued Lowry.
The shoot out went just the 3 rounds with Canes netminder Stuart Skinner coming out on top after attempts by Dante Hannoun, Jack Walker and Matthew Phillips. Skinner stopped 35 of 39 after overtime, including stoning former teammate Carter Folk on a 3rd period breakaway.
Royals netminder Griffen Outhouse stopped 36 of 40 before denying Georgio Estephan and Zak Zborosky in the shoot out. Wong with the extra deke, earned his club the extra point.
Victoria earned a single point, but are winless in their last 3 (0-2-0-1). Lethbridge takes the season series, with the home team winning each game, two of which going to a shoot out.
The Royals Blake Bargar opened the scoring converting on a 3 on 2 passing play. ‘Canes Tyler Wong countered with his 41st, before Matthew Phillips, got his 41st on a breakaway with under :02 seconds left, restoring the lead to 2-1 after 20 minutes.
Lethbridge would take the lead with the next two, on goals by Alec Baer, and Egor Babenko before Nagy on a great individual effort drew them even at 3-3. Zborosky restored the lead jumping on a Wong rebound putting Lethbridge up 4-3 going into the third.
“You have to play a certain way, you can’t trade chances and you have to manage the game. We got back to that in third, we got some saves and we found a way to squeeze a point out of it.” Said Lowry
Victoria went 0 for 4 on the power play while holding the 5th best man advantage to just 1 opportunity, 0 for 1.
Rookie Kaid Oliver threw a big hip check on Wong in the game, and also dropped the mitts with Zane Franklin.
Victoria wraps up their 3 game Central Division swing in Cranbrook looking to end on a high note against the Kootenay Ice in their only meeting of the season Saturday. The Ice snapped a winless in 7 skid with a 3-2 overtime win over the Blades Friday.
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Victoria Royals 4 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Friday, February 17, 2017 – Enmax Centre – Lethbridge, AB
Victoria 2 1 1 0 – 4
Lethbridge 1 3 0 0 – 5
1, Victoria, Bargar 4 (Folk, Florchuk), 10:03.
2, Lethbridge, Wong 41 (Menell, Riddle), 11:51.
3, Victoria, Phillips 41 19:59.
Penalties-Alfaro Let (boarding), 15:08; Bargar Vic (holding opp. stick), 18:01; Alfaro Let (high sticking), 19:04.
4, Lethbridge, Baer 12 (Estephan, Bellerive), 2:38.
5, Lethbridge, Babenko 20 (Vandervlis, Addison), 7:53.
6, Victoria, Nagy 14 11:24.
7, Lethbridge, Zborosky 37 (Wong), 14:53.
Penalties-Walford Vic (charging), 8:25; Merezhko Let (interference), 8:25; Gagnon Vic (cross checking), 19:56; Bellerive Let (slashing), 19:56.
8, Victoria, Nagy 15 (Walker, Hannoun), 18:29.
Penalties-Oliver Vic (major-fighting), 3:02; Franklin Let (major-fighting), 3:02; Yewchuk Let (interference), 5:06; Bobylev Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 11:47; Nagel Let (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 11:47; Menell Let (slashing), 18:45.
Victoria 0 (Hannoun NG, Walker NG, Phillips NG),
Lethbridge 1 (Estephan NG, Zborosky NG, Wong G).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Lethbridge 0 / 1.
Victoria, Outhouse 30-20-3-1 (40 shots-36 saves).
Lethbridge, Skinner 29-14-3-2 (39 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Kyle Kowalski (15), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Aidan Henderson (78), Michael Roberts (87).