Jack Walker had a pair for the Royals, his second tied the game at 2-2 in the first minute of the middle frame. The Silvertips quickly responded just over a minute later with a pair of goals by Eetu Tuulola and a breakaway strike from Fonteyne to put the visitors ahead by a pair just 1:27 apart for the eventual final score.
Everett leap frogs idle Seattle into first in the US Division, while Victoria dropped into the final Wild Card spot with Tri City earning an overtime win over Spokane. The two clubs would meet in the first round of the playoffs if the post season started today, however nothing has been decided yet.
The Royals are now winless in 6 (0-5-1-0), while the Silvertips won back to back games to wrap up a 6 game road trip, earning 4 victories on their journey.
Victoria outshot Everett 27-22, testing Silvertip netminder Carter Hart with some quality chances especially in the second period.
“We created enough opportunities to win,” said Royals coach Dave Lowry.
Griffen Outhouse suffered the loss stopping 18 of 22.
Victoria gave no quarter, throwing the body all night as they ramped up their physical play.
“To win at this time of year, you need your guys to score, but you also need your guys to be able to battle and compete. They played to their size and tonight was a real good indication of how they can play to their strengths.” Said Lowry.
Both clubs were 1 for 3 on the power play.
Kevin Davis also scored for the Silvertips, while the line of Fonteyne (2g), Nanaimo’s Patrik Bajkov (2a), and Dominic Zwerger (2a) combined for 6 points.
Royals defenseman Scott Walford added a pair of assists.
In the season series, Victoria has lost twice in regulation and once in overtime to Everett.
Defenseman Ryan Gagnon set the franchise record for most games played at 319, passing Brandon Magee.
“Time really flies and I am not sure where it went, but looking back, I wouldn’t change it for anything.” Said Gagnon,
“I am just honoured that I got to play as long as I did and I am thankful to all the people that helped me and supported me for the past five years. I couldn’t do it without them.”
The Royals welcomed back Tyler Soy to the lined up after missing 13 games due to injury. Victoria only dressed 11 forwards. Scratched were five regulars including forwards Regan Nagy and Ethan Price, Ralph Jarratt, Chaz Reddekopp and Ryan Peckford.
Walkers first goal of the night, which opened the scoring was his 30th of the year and 100th career goal.
“For it to be my 100th was a huge goal for me. I’m not going to forget this game.” said Walker who also played in his 317th game.
The two clubs will meet in Everett Saturday night at 7, in Victoria’s final regular season game.
Victoria’s next home-ice action will come on Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 29th for Game’s 3 and 4 of Round 1 of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. The team’s opponent is yet to be determined. Tickets can be purchased in person at the SelectYour Tickets Box Office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7889 or by visiting www.selectyourtickets.com.
The Royals’ sixth annual awards ceremony will take place Sunday at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. with appetizers available for guests in attendance. The awards portion of the event will start at 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Royals’ Ticket Office at 250-220-7889 or visit www.selectyourtickets.com.
– Marlon Martens
Everett Silvertips 4 at Victoria Royals 2 – Status: End of Game
Friday, March 17, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Everett 2 2 0 – 4
Victoria 1 1 0 – 2
1, Victoria, Walker 30 (Walford, Phillips), 5:56 (PP).
2, Everett, Davis 9 (Zwerger, Bajkov), 8:24 (PP).
3, Everett, Fonteyne 18 (Bajkov, Zwerger), 11:44.
Penalties-Skrumeda Evt (interference), 3:19; Tuulola Evt (hooking), 5:33; Masella Vic (interference), 7:19; King Evt (embellishment), 15:48; Prowse Vic (holding), 15:48.
4, Victoria, Walker 31 (Walford, Bobylev), 0:22.
5, Everett, Tuulola 18 (Wylie), 1:32.
6, Everett, Fonteyne 19 (Juulsen, Skrumeda), 2:59.
Penalties-Walker Vic (slashing), 4:29; Wylie Evt (delay of game), 12:00; Irving Evt (major-fighting), 18:29; Bobylev Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd., major-fighting), 18:29.
No Scoring.Penalties-Bajkov Evt (roughing), 8:27; Bargar Vic (roughing), 8:27; Bajkov Evt (slashing), 16:22; Gagnon Vic (slashing), 16:22.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Everett 1 / 3;
Victoria 1 / 3.
Everett, Hart 31-11-6-2 (27 shots-25 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 34-24-3-1 (22 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).