“I really liked our effort,” said Head Coach Dan Price,
“We definitely felt like we had a chance to win as well…”
Tyler Soy forced overtime with a power play goal in the third, setting the franchise record for career points at 265 in the process, passing Brandon Magee.
“It’s definitely a pretty special feeling,” said Soy,
“I’ve played with a lot of great guys that have helped me get points, and get me to this point in my career…and hopefully I can just keep adding on to it for the rest of the season.”
Glen Gawdin scored the winner with the man advantage, handing The Royals a second consecutive set back on their 4 game in 5 night road trip. The Broncos are ranked 6th in the CHL Top 10, while Victoria earned Honourable Mention earlier in the day.
The Royals clawed back a 2-0 first period deficit, as Jared Freadrich notched the lone goal in the middle frame with the man advantage to bring the club to within 1 heading into the third.
Victoria went 2 for 6 on the power play while the Swift Current was 2 for 7.
Griffen Outhouse made 36 saves for 2nd star honours in the defeat, while Logan Flodell earned the win making 35 saves.
The Royals had held off the top 3 scorers in the WHL until overtime, as Aleki Heponiemi set up the winner extending his point streak 17 games and 41 points in that span. The leagues leading goal getter Tyler Steenbergen (32g) was held off the score sheet.
“Credit to the players taking responsibility for being sound defensively…everybody saw that line at some point. We were sound as a pack of 20 guys, and gave ourselves a chance to win.” Said Price
17 year old Tyus Gent wore #16 in his WHL debut for Victoria, as the club was missing 20 year old forward Regan Nagy. Defenseman Ralph Jarratt is still out with injury.
Up next Victoria’s 4 game in 5 night Eastern Conference road trip continues in Medicine Hat Friday, and wraps up in Lethbridge Saturday.
– Marlon Martens
Royals Game Notes:
Record Setter: Scoring a powerplay goal in the third period, Royals’ forward Tyler Soy set the franchise record for most career points in his 281st WHL game. With his 265th (125g-140a) career point, he passed former Royal and Chilliwack Bruin Brandon Magee, who scored 264 points (113g-151a) in 318 games.
WHL Debut: Tyus Gent played in his first career WHL game for the Royals tonight. Gent has been playing with the Delta Hockey Academy Prep this season where he has totaled 34 points (16g-18a) in 20 games.
Lethal Scorers: Tonight featured four of the top five scorers in the WHL in the Broncos’ Aleksi Heponiemi (17g-44a), Tyler Steenbergen (32g-24a), Glenn Gawdin (20g-28a), and the Royals’ Matthew Phillips (21g-26a).
Career First: Broncos’ rookie Ethan Regnier recorded his first WHL goal in tonight’s contest. The Prince Albert, SK native was selected by Swift Current in the 11th round, 230th overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
This Weekend: Victoria continues their road swing as they take on the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night with puck drop set for 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Coming Home: The Royals return to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on December 8th as they take on the Kootenay ICE on Teddy Bear Toss Night. This event is one of the most popular games of the season and fans are encouraged to secure their seats in advance. 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.
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY:
Victoria Royals 2 at Swift Current Broncos 3 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – Credit Union i-plex – Swift Current, SK
Victoria 0 1 1 0 – 2
Swift Current 2 0 0 1 – 3
1, Swift Current, Regnier 1 (Wight, Stanley), 6:54.
2, Swift Current, Gable 1 (Khaira, Elder), 9:18 (PP).
Penalties-Oliver Vic (slashing), 4:14; Stanley Sc (high sticking), 4:14; Prowse Vic (holding), 8:36; Reddekopp Vic (hooking), 12:10; Walford Vic (interference), 13:47.
3, Victoria, Freadrich 6 (Reddekopp, Martynov), 11:47 (PP).
Penalties-Gawdin Sc (holding), 5:50; Patterson Sc (high sticking), 9:54; Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 14:37; Gawdin Sc (interference), 14:52; Gawdin Sc (high sticking), 17:06.
4, Victoria, Soy 10 (Hannoun, Legien), 4:08 (PP). Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 1:05; Barlage Sc (hooking), 2:35; Gerth Vic (inter. on goaltender), 4:41; Barlage Sc (holding), 12:33.
5, Swift Current, Gawdin 20 (Heponiemi, Sissons), 2:51 (PP).
Penalties-Soy Vic (checking from behind), 2:40.
Shots on Goal-
Swift Current 20-10-8-1-39.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 6;
Swift Current 2 / 7.
Victoria, Outhouse 16-5-2-0 (39 shots-36 saves).
Swift Current, Flodell 16-4-2-0 (37 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Adam Bloski (16), Adam Byblow (23).
Linesmen-Aydon Brown, Devan Thiessen (94).