Flames prospect Eetu Tuulola scored in overtime to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Victoria Royals Friday night, taking a 3-2 best of seven series lead.
The goal did not come without controversy, as the play appeared to be offside.
“Offside…” said Royals Head Coach Lowry about the play,
“You watch their players, their body language – they stopped playing, they knew it was offside. At this time of the year, you can’t make mistakes like that.”
The play was non re-viewable however, and after a delay it stood as the winner.
The Royals trailed going into the third before Jared Dmytriw forced overtime by banging in a rebound off a Matthew Phillips shot.
According to Everett shot counters, the home team out shot Victoria 36-19. *This was widely disputed on media row however, as the Royals were not credited several times for shots on goal.
Carter Hart was credited with the win, while Griffen Outhouse make 33 saves for 3rd star honours in the defeat.
The Royals were 0 for 1 on the power play, while the ‘Tips went 1 for 3.
“I have a real hard time with only getting one power play,” said Lowry,
“We take two tripping penalties, but any time we go near (one of their players)…they fall, – it’s amazing.”
Everett has scored 8 of their 13 total goals in the series on the man advantage.
Twice the Royals had come back to tie the game.
After a scoreless first, Matt Fonteyne converted on a short 3 on 2. Less than a minute later, Carter Folk tipped a Chaz Reddekopp shot past Hart to even the score.
The Silvertips retook the lead as Patrik Bajkov banged in his own rebound with just :01 second left on the clock in the middle frame, while on the power play.
“I like the way that we had an answer…” said Lowry on responding after the late goal,
“We pushed it, continued to battle, and found a way.”
Bajkov and Matt Fonteyne had a goal and an assist each, while Dominic Zwerger and Kevin Davis had 2 assists a piece.
The Royals will look to stave off elimination and force a game 07 on Sunday afternoon at 2pm in Victoria.
“It doesn’t matter if you lose 10-0 or if you lose in overtime, you have to be ready for the start of the next game. We’ll prepare our group to win one game, that’s it.” added Lowry.
– Marlon Martens, Play By Play Voice of the Victoria Royals
Victoria 2 @ Everett 4 (Mar 24 2017)
Victoria 4 @ Everett 3 (Mar 25 2017)
Everett 2 @ Victoria 0 (Mar 28 2017)
Everett 1 @ Victoria 2 (Mar 29 2017)
Victoria 2 @ Everett 3 OT (Mar 31 2017)
Sunday, April 2nd – Everett @ Victoria – 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4th – Victoria @ Everett – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
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Victoria Royals 2 at Everett Silvertips 3 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Friday, March 31, 2017 – XFINITY Arena – Everett, WA
Victoria 0 1 1 0 – 2
Everett 0 2 0 1 – 3
Penalties-Florchuk Vic (tripping), 1:49; Bobylev Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:08; Dewar Evt (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:08; Bajkov Evt (high sticking), 19:00.
1, Everett, Fonteyne 2 (Bajkov, Zwerger), 5:14.
2, Victoria, Folk 1 (Reddekopp, Gagnon), 6:02.
3, Everett, Bajkov 5 (Zwerger, Davis), 19:59 (PP).
Penalties-Gagnon Vic (tripping), 15:32; Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 19:02.
4, Victoria, Dmytriw 1 (Phillips), 14:20.
5, Everett, Tuulola 2 (Fonteyne, Davis), 7:02.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 1;
Everett 1 / 3.
Victoria, Outhouse (36 shots-33 saves).
Everett, Hart (19 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Adam Brastad (132), Mark Heier (125).