Matthew Phillips scored a pair including his 50th goal of the season, but the Victoria Royals fell 5-3 on the road against the Vancouver Giants Tuesday night.
“A lot of missed chances, especially early and late…” said Royals Interim Head Coach Dan Price,
“…some defensive breakdowns after goals for, I think were the difference, and that’s what cost us.”
James Malm had 2 goals and 2 assists for the Giants, while rookie netminder David Tendeck earned the win with 39 saves, 18 in the third period alone.
The Royals trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes, and 3-1 after 40, three times clawing back to within one, but never fully recovered.
Phillips penalty shot goal early in the third got Victoria to within one, 3-2, but Ty Ronning struck just 1:23 later for the eventual game winner.
“It seemed like every time we got to within one, we didn’t have that next few shifts in a row, that we needed to tie it up right away and sustain pressure…they answered right back every time we came close.” Added Price.
It was Victoria’s first regulation loss in 10 meetings with Vancouver this season (8-1-1-0).
The Giants, who won’t make the post season, snapped a winless in 8 skid.
Phillips, the Calgary Flames 6th rounder, becomes the first Royal to 50 goals, coming in the teams 6th season on the Island. He’s one away from tying Ryan Howse of the Chilliwack Bruins for the franchise record of 51.
“It’s pretty crazy,” said Phillips who’s 2nd in goals in the WHL, one off the lead,
“I talk to people around the league and 50 goals is something that doesn’t happen too often. I’m pretty happy about and have had a lot of help along the way. I had my mom and one of my best friends here so it was pretty special.”
Blake Bargar added a single for the Royals, while Griffen Outhouse stopped 28 of 33 in the loss, while making his 62nd appearance.
Victoria was 0 for 3 on the power play, while Vancouver went 1 for 3.
The Royals wrapped up their 5 game BC Division road swing with just a single point (0-4-1-0) coming in an overtime loss against the Rockets.
Victoria was playing short of a full line up due to injury and illness. Still out are Tyler Soy (day-day), Chaz Reddekopp (2-3 weeks), Ryan Peckford (1-2 weeks) along with Mitchell Prowse (illness d-d) and Ralph Jarratt (upper week-week).
Royals Ryan Gagnon tied Brandon Mage for most games played in franchise history with 318.
Victoria holds down the 1st wild card spot in the West, and have 2 games remaining in the regular season – their opponent yet to be determined. They’ll return home to begin a home and home with Everett on Friday.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 3 at Vancouver Giants 5 – Status: Final
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC
Victoria 0 1 2 – 3
Vancouver 1 2 2 – 5
1, Vancouver, Watts 7 (Barberis, Wesley), 3:03.
Penalties-Walford Vic (tripping), 5:56; Barfoot Van (tripping), 8:18.
2, Vancouver, Malm 19 (Spencer, Watts), 9:48.
3, Victoria, Phillips 49 (Bobylev, Dmytriw), 9:58.
4, Vancouver, Wharrie 5 (Malm, Wesley), 14:48 (PP).
Penalties-Gerth Vic (inter. on goaltender), 13:31; Morrison Vic (high sticking), 17:17; Wharrie Van (holding), 18:57.
5, Victoria, Phillips 50 1:16 (PS).
6, Vancouver, Ronning 25 (Malm, Flaman), 2:39.
7, Victoria, Bargar 6 (Price, Florchuk), 7:06.
8, Vancouver, Malm 20 (Spencer, Watts), 12:18.
Penalties-Spencer Van (delay of game), 3:27.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 3;
Vancouver 1 / 3.
Victoria, Outhouse 34-23-3-1 (33 shots-28 saves).
Vancouver, Tendeck 5-12-0-0 (42 shots-39 saves).
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Nathan Van Oosten (115).