Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Silvertips broke the game open with 3 goals in a span of 4:20 seconds in the back half of the frame, to go up 4-0.
“We made a couple costly mistakes, this time of the year, good teams find ways to capitalize…” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,
“We were rolling along, and things were going alright,but you give them a little bit of time and space, a little bit of momentum and they take advantage of it.” continued Lowry.
It was a physical affair, with solid checks being thrown all night by Victoria.
“We had a lot of guys compete, but the difference at this time of year is you need everyone to bring their ‘A’ game. We had some guys tonight that were good, but they have to be better than good…” said Lowry.
Both clubs struck twice on the power play, the Royals 2 for 4, and the ‘Tips 2 for 5.
Victoria out shot Everett 32-25 overall, with Carter Hart earning the win and Griffen Outhouse taking the loss.
Patrik Bajkov had a 3 point evening with a goal and two assists. His line with Zwerger (2g 1a) and Matt Fonteyne (1a) collected 7 points. Defenseman Kevin Davis chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Jack Walker had a goal and an assist for the Royals, while Dante Hannoun collected the clubs other marker.
With the two points Walker tied the all-time franchise record for most playoff goals (13), assists (16), and points (29). All three records were set by former Royal Brandon Magee.
Victoria welcomed several players back into the fold, Chaz Reddekopp back after missing 14 straight, forward Ryan Peckford returned after an 18 game absence, Ralph Jarratt back after missing the last 5, and Regan Nagy did not play the last 2 contests.
“We’ll be better (Saturday), we’ll get back to doing what we need to do to win hockey games.” Quipped Lowry.
Game 2 goes Friday night at 7pm from Everett.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 2 at Everett Silvertips 4 – Status: Final
Friday, March 24, 2017 – XFINITY Arena – Everett, WA
Victoria 0 1 1 – 2
Everett 1 3 0 – 4
1, Everett, Davis 1 (Babych), 8:11 (PP).
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 6:53.
2, Everett, Bajkov 1 (Zwerger, Fonteyne), 12:04.
3, Everett, Zwerger 1 (Onyebuchi, Bajkov), 14:27.
4, Everett, Zwerger 2 (Bajkov, Davis), 16:24 (PP).
5, Victoria, Walker 1 19:03 (PP).
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 16:09; Juulsen Evt (tripping), 17:12; Skrumeda Evt (slashing), 18:07.
6, Victoria, Hannoun 1 (Walker, Phillips), 14:58 (PP).
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 2:52; Dewar Evt (roughing), 2:52; Dmytriw Vic (cross checking), 5:54; Morrison Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 9:11; Richards Evt (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 9:11; Bobylev Vic (roughing), 9:17; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 9:17; Fonteyne Evt (roughing), 9:17; Juulsen Evt (charging, roughing), 9:17; Onyebuchi Evt (faceoff interference), 13:03; Reddekopp Vic (spearing, spearing), 19:56.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 4;
Everett 2 / 5.
Victoria, Outhouse (25 shots-21 saves).
Everett, Hart (32 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Dexter Rasmussen (25), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Michael Bean (148), Ron Dietterle (121).