The visiting Red Deer Rebels scored the last 3 goals of the game to come from behind and upend the Victoria Royals 5-3 Tuesday night.
The Royals had overcome a 2-0 deficit on goals by Matthew Phillips, Jared Legien and Regan Nagy.
The Rebels responded with the next 3 in the third period including an empty net to snap their winless in 6 slide.
The Royals edged the Rebels in shots 31-30, as Riley Lamb earned the win, and Dean McNabb suffered the loss.
Victoria was 1 for 5 on the power play, and had hit a post with the man advantage when leading 3-2 before Red Deer struck on the next play to tie the game. The visitors went 0 for 2 with the man advantage.
The Rebels got a goal and two assist nights from both Austin Pratt and Mason McCarty. Alex Alexeyev chipped in with a pair of helpers. Singles came from Kristian Reichel, Lane Zablocki and the game winner from Reese Johnson.
Former Royal Jared Dmytriw was held off the scoresheet, but managed 3 shots on goal and was named 3rd star. The player he was traded for, defenseman Jared Freadrich picked up an assist.
Victoria has now lost back to back games and head out on a 2 game US road trip beginning in Spokane Friday, and wrapping up at Tri City Saturday.
– Marlon Martens
Chasing History – After registering an assist in tonight’s game, Royals’ forward Tyler Soy is now only four points from the all-time franchise record for most career points. Currently, the record is held by former Royal and Chilliwack Bruin Brandon Magee, who totalled 264 points (113g-151a) over 318 games.
100 Goals – Victoria became the first team in the WHL to record 100 markers with their three-goal effort tonight. Leading the way in goal scoring for the Royals are Regan Nagy (17), Matthew Phillips (16) and Ryan Peckford (12).
Former Clubs – Royals’ defenceman Jared Freadrich and Rebels’ forward Jared Dmytriw faced off against their former clubs tonight. The two skaters were traded for one another in an off-season move that occurred prior to the start of the 2017-18 regular season. Coincidentally, Dmytriw skated in his 200th career WHL game tonight.
Remarkable Rookies – Tonight’s contest featured two of the top rookies in the WHL. Royals’ forward Igor Martynov (6g-7a) and Rebels’ forward Kristian Reichel (8g-10a) are among the league leaders in scoring for first year skaters.
Next Game – The Royals head on a two-game road swing in Washington State as they face the Spokane Chiefs on Friday and then battle the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night. Both games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Victoria returns to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre next week to face-off against the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday, November 21st.
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Red Deer Rebels 5 at Victoria Royals 3 – Status: Final
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Red Deer 0 2 3 – 5
Victoria 0 1 2 – 3
Penalties-Donohoe Rd (tripping), 1:56; Masella Vic (interference), 8:38; Zablocki Rd (major-fighting), 17:45; Gerth Vic (major-fighting), 17:45; Johnson Rd (tripping), 18:50.
1, Red Deer, Pratt 6 (McCarty), 3:02.
2, Red Deer, Reichel 8 (Pawlenchuk, Alexeyev), 4:38.
3, Victoria, Phillips 16 (Peckford, Soy), 10:13.
Penalties-Reichel Rd (inter. on goaltender), 5:19; Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 7:28.
4, Victoria, Legien 9 (Khomenko, Florchuk), 2:04.
5, Victoria, Nagy 17 (Freadrich, Reddekopp), 5:15 (PP).
6, Red Deer, McCarty 11 (Hagel, Pratt), 12:18.
7, Red Deer, Johnson 6 (McCarty, Pratt), 14:52.
8, Red Deer, Zablocki 7 (Sass, Alexeyev), 19:13 (EN).
Penalties-Flaman Rd (hooking), 4:33; Dmytriw Rd (high sticking), 9:39.
Shots on Goal-
Red Deer 6-14-10-30.
Power Play Opportunities-
Red Deer 0 / 2;
Victoria 1 / 5.
Red Deer, Lamb 1-0-0-0 (31 shots-28 saves).
Victoria, McNabb 2-3-0-0 (29 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Duncan Brow (19).
Linesmen-Jeff MacAdams, Liam Reid (112).