Griffen Outhouse made 40 saves, but the Lethbridge Hurricanes upended the visiting Victoria Royals 4-1 Saturday night.
The Hurricanes had built up a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes before Dante Hannoun got the Royals on board. Lethbridge sealed it with an empty net goal, to sweep the 2 game season series.
“The biggest thing for me was the push back in the third,” said Royals head coach Dan Price,
“I was really proud of every single player on the team just emptied the tank, did what ever they could to direct pucks at the net and claw back…we really felt at some point we were going to tie it, it was unfortunate to see it stay out.”
Victoria wraps up their 4 game in 5 night road trip, winless in 4 (0-2-2-0), picking up a pair of points in overtime losses in Swift Current and Medicine Hat.
Saturday, Lethbridge forward Jake Elmer scored a pair, including the Teddy Bear toss goal 6 minutes into the open frame with a short handed breakaway goal, against the flow of play.
— Marlon Martens (@VoiceVicRoyals) December 3, 2017
Elmer put the ‘Canes up 2-0 in the second tipping a point shot past Outhouse.
Defenseman Ty Prefontaine scored a perfect shot to put the home team up by 3 heading to the final frame. Lethbridge out shot Victoria 23-11 in the middle frame.
Prefontaine added the empty net, and ended the night with two goals and added an assist. Giorgio Estephan added a pair of helpers.
Stuart Skinner earned the win with 30 saves, stopping all 7 attempts by Matthew Phillips.
Victoria’s rookies Tarun Fizer and Tyus Gent both assisted on Hannoun’s goal. For Gent it was his first WHL point.
The Royals were without defenseman Ralph Jarratt and 20 year forward Regan Nagy.
Up next Victoria hots Kootenay Friday Dec. 8th for the annual Teddy Bear Toss night.
– Marlon Martens
One to Remember – Royals’ forward Tyus Gent registered his first WHL point tonight with an assist. Before he was called up to Victoria, Gent lead the Delta Hockey Academy Midget Prep team with 34 points (16g-18a) in 20 games.
Four in a row – Royals’ forward Dante Hannoun extended his point streak to four games with a goal in the third period. The product of Delta, BC has tallied five points (1g-4a) during that span.
Coming Home – Tonight’s game marked the final contest of Victoria’s four-game road trip through Alberta and Saskatchewan. The club travelled a combined 3,653 kilometres and played four games in five nights.
WHL First – Hurricanes’ blueliner Ty Prefontaine recorded a pair of goals tonight that included the first of his WHL career.
Next Up – The Royals will face the Kootenay ICE on Friday, December 8th at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for Teddy Bear Toss night with puck drop set for 7:05 p.m. 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 GAME SUMMARY
Victoria Royals 1 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Enmax Centre – Lethbridge, AB
Victoria 0 0 1 – 1
Lethbridge 1 2 1 – 4
1, Lethbridge, Elmer 6 (Bellerive), 6:23 (SH).
Penalties-Addison Let (slashing), 5:05; Nagel Let (tripping), 9:50; Elmer Let (inter. on goaltender), 12:59; Phillips Vic (slashing), 19:28.
2, Lethbridge, Elmer 7 (Prefontaine, Tarzwell), 1:29.
3, Lethbridge, Prefontaine 1 (Estephan, Franklin), 14:21.
Penalties-Hannoun Vic (interference), 7:34; Freadrich Vic (tripping), 8:52; Bowen Let (cross checking), 17:56; Estephan Let (10-minute misconduct), 17:56.
4, Victoria, Hannoun 13 (Fizer, Gent), 2:49.
5, Lethbridge, Prefontaine 2 (Estephan), 17:56 (EN).
Penalties-Freadrich Vic (slashing), 3:09; Peckford Vic (checking to the head), 18:26.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Lethbridge 0 / 5.
Victoria, Outhouse 16-6-3-0 (43 shots-40 saves).
Lethbridge, Skinner 11-11-1-0 (31 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Mike Langin (67), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Michael Roberts (87), Aidan Henderson (78).