The Victoria Royals improved to 3-0 on the season after edging the Kamloops Blazers 4-3 Saturday night on the Island.
Victoria’s Ryan Peckford struck twice on the power play, including the winner in the final minute of the third period. Newly minted Captain Matthew Phillips chipped in for 3 helpers, while Dante Hannoun added a goal and an assist. Kaid Oliver added single for the home team.
WHL Goaltender of the Week, Griffen Outhouse turned aside 38 shots for the win, while Lantzville’s Dylan Ferguson made 35 saves in the loss.
The Royals power play continued it’s torrid pace with 3 goals on 6 chances, while the Blazer went 1 for 3.
Victoria never trailed, while Kamloops tied the game 3 times until Peckford blasted home his 5th of the season.
Kamloops dropped their 4th in a row to start the season.
The two teams will clash Sunday afternoon at 3pm, with a skate with the Royals to follow.
Leading the Pack – Tonight’s contest marked the first game of the season with the team’s new leadership group. Matthew Phillips became the eighth player in franchise history to be named captain, while Dante Hannoun, Regan Nagy and Scott Walford dressed as assistant captains.
Powerplay Party – The Royals tallied three powerplay goals in the contest. The club ranks first in the WHL in powerplay goals, with eight, and is fifth in powerplay percentage with a mark of 8/21=38.1%.
Royal Debut – Defenceman Matthew Smith made his WHL debut for the Royals tonight. Smith, a product of Saskatoon, SK, was selected by Victoria in the Round 7, 145th overall, in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
Points in Bunches – Victoria’s Phillips, Hannoun and Ryan Peckford all recorded multiple points in the victory. Through the team’s three games this year, Victoria has received 13 multi-point performances from their players.
Starting Strong – With nine points (3g-6a), Phillips has set the new Victoria record for most points by a player in the club’s opening three contests. The previous record was held by Alex Forsberg who tallied eight points (2g-6a) in his first three matches of the 2015-16 campaign.
Island Kids – The Blazers had a trio of players take part in the contest who hail from Vancouver Island: Netminder Dylan Ferguson (Lantzville), blueliner Nolan Kneen (Duncan) and defenceman Sean Strange (Saanich).
In the Pros – The Royals were missing 20-year-old’s Chaz Reddekopp and Tyler Soy who are both with AHL teams. Reddekopp, who is a prospect of the Los Angeles Kings, is currently with the Ontario Reign, while Soy, an Anaheim Ducks prospect, is with the San Diego Gulls.
Pucks to the Net – The two teams combined for 80 shots on goal tonight. Coming in to the contest, Victoria averaged 29 shots on goal while the Blazers held an average of 37.
Kamloops Blazers 3 at Victoria Royals 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kamloops 1 0 2 – 3
Victoria 1 1 2 – 4
1, Victoria, Peckford 4 (Hannoun, Phillips), 6:04 (PP).
2, Kamloops, Shepard 1 6:13.
Penalties-Shepard Kam (high sticking), 4:10; Sigrist Kam (slashing), 10:35.
3, Victoria, Hannoun 3 (Phillips, Legien), 7:17 (PP).
Penalties-Kneen Kam (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 4:04; Miller Kam (charging), 4:04; Jarratt Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 4:04; Nagy Vic (roughing), 4:04; Smith Kam (roughing), 4:40; Masella Vic (roughing), 4:40; Pilon Kam (tripping), 5:18; served by Appelt Kam (bench), 11:49; Ferguson Kam (delay of game), 11:49; Phillips Vic (slashing), 19:59.
4, Kamloops, Gatenby 2 (Pilon, Chyzowski), 7:11 (PP).
5, Victoria, Oliver 1 (Gerth), 9:05.
6, Kamloops, Holowko 2 (Chyzowski, Kneen), 12:10.
7, Victoria, Peckford 5 (Phillips, Freadrich), 19:19 (PP).
Penalties-Legien Vic (slashing), 7:06; Zazula Kam (misconduct – mouthguard), 12:10; Nagy Vic (hooking), 13:16; Gatenby Kam (tripping), 19:09.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kamloops 1 / 3;
Victoria 3 / 6.
Kamloops, Ferguson 0-4-0-0 (39 shots-35 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 3-0-0-0 (41 shots-38 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Fraser Lawrence (10).
Linesmen-Nathan Van Oosten (115).