Dillon Dube scored twice, the latter into an empty net as the visiting Kelowna Rockets came from behind to upend the Victoria Royals 4-2 Friday night.
The Royals led 2-1 after 20 minutes on goals by Jared Legien and Dante Hannoun before 3 unanswered by the Rockets who now have points in 5 straight.
Kelowna out shot Victoria 38-27 with James Porter earning the win and Griffen Outhouse taking the loss.
The Rockets went 2 for 3 on the power play, while the Royals were 1 for 7, which included a trio of 2 man advantages.
Dube had a 3 point night with 2 goals and an assist, Cal Foote had a goal and an assist, and the game winner went to Lief Mattson. Kole Lind added 2 assists.
Matthew Phillips had his franchise best 17 game point streak snapped.
The 8 game season series sits tied at 1-1 and the two clubs will clash again Saturday night.
Victoria suffered their first regulation loss on home ice, and first loss to a BC Division opponent this season (8-1).
– Marlon Martens
20-Point Players: Five skaters on the Royals’ roster have earned at least 20 points this season. Matthew Phillips (15g-19a), Dante Hannoun (10g-16a), Jared Legien (8g-14a), Regan Nagy (16g-5a) and Tyler Soy (7g-14a) have all paced the club offensively.
Extending Streaks: A trio of Royals’ skaters extended their point streaks tonight. Dante Hannoun has tallied nine points (2g-7a) over seven consecutive games, while Tyler Soy lengthened his point streak to six contests where he has registered eight points (3g-5a). Ryan Peckford has points (2g-1a) in three straight games.
Quarterly Report: Tonight’s game was the 18th contest for the Royals this season which concludes the first quarter of the campaign. Victoria has a league-leading 25 points and a record of 12-5-1-0, to go with the most goals scored in the WHL (89).
Returning Home: Kelowna forwards Ted Brennan (Victoria), Kyle Topping (Salt Spring Island), and defenceman Kyle Pow (Nanaimo) are all from the Vancouver Island area.
Calgary Prospects: A pair of Calgary Flames’ selections from the 2016 NHL draft were in action tonight. Royals’ forward Matthew Phillips was selected in the sixth round, 166th overall, while Rockets’ forward Dillon Dube was taken in the second round, 57th overall.
Saturday Night: The clock will be turned back to the 80’s Saturday night at the Save-On- Foods Memorial Centre as the Royals and the Rockets complete the second half of their back-to-back series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.
Kelowna Rockets 4 at Victoria Royals 2 – Status: Final
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kelowna 1 1 2 – 4
Victoria 2 0 0 – 2
1, Victoria, Legien 8 (Florchuk, Martynov), 0:24.
2, Kelowna, Dube 6 (Lind, Foote), 14:03 (PP).
3, Victoria, Hannoun 10 (Soy, Peckford), 17:10 (PP).
Penalties-Kindree Kel (slashing), 11:14; Soy Vic (inter. on goaltender), 12:09; Lind Kel (high sticking), 15:08; Ballhorn Kel (delay of game), 15:25; Foote Kel (inter. on goaltender), 18:37; Lind Kel (slashing), 20:00.
4, Kelowna, Foote 5 (Lind, Dube), 17:53 (PP).
Penalties-Masella Vic (high sticking), 16:38; Mattson Kel (charging), 18:50; Masella Vic (cross checking), 18:50.
5, Kelowna, Mattson 4 (Ballhorn, Topping), 16:50.
6, Kelowna, Dube 7 (Bruggen-Cate), 19:30 (EN).
Penalties-Gerth Vic (slashing), 4:50; Chizen Kel (kneeing), 8:53; Twarynski Kel (major-boarding, game misconduct), 9:53.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kelowna 2 / 3;
Victoria 1 / 7.
Kelowna, Porter 5-2-2-0 (28 shots-26 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 10-3-1-0 (37 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Ryan O’Keeffe (30), Fraser Lawrence (10).
Linesmen-Jeff MacAdams, Chris Van Deventer (145).