Eric Florchuk scored the Teddy Bear toss goal on a 5 point night to lead the Victoria Royals past the visiting Kootenay Ice 10-3 Friday, snapping a 4 game winless skid.
— Josef Faraguna (@joseffaraguna) December 9, 2017
The 10 goals sets the franchise record for most goals in a single game, all while completing the feat in front of a sell out crowd.
Victoria led 3-0 after 20 minutes, and 5-1 after 40 before scoring the next 5 of 7.
Victoria Royals light up the scoreboard on annual Teddy Bear Toss night https://t.co/onxNRRr6NQ
— CHEK News (@CHEK_News) December 9, 2017
The Royals got goals from eight different skaters, and 8 different players had multi point nights. Florchuk had 2 goals and 3 assists, Kaid Oliver 2 goals and 2 helpers, Igor Martynov, Tyler Soy, and Dino Kambeitz had a goal and an assist each. The club received 2 assist efforts from Scott Walford, Jared Freadrich and Chaz Reddekopp.
Victoria got single goals from Jeremy Masella, Spencer Gerth and Ralph Jarratt who returned from a 10 game absence due to injury.
Jarratt was paired up with newly acquired 20 year old defenseman Kade Jensen, who made his debut and made his physical presence felt.
“They were just very good at calming the game down, making good decisions, playing simple and that had a big impact on the game.” Said Royals head coach Dan Price on the tandem.
Florchuk also scored last season’s Teddy Bear Toss goal, joining Austin Carroll as the only two Royals who performed the feat multiple times.
“To be honest, it was just a lucky bounce, it landed on my stick…and I put in the back of the net.” said the modest Florchuk on the goals which saw a 10 minute delay as the bears were cleaned up off the ice.
All four netminders saw action.
Griffen Outhouse earned the win, while Bailey Brkin took the loss, as the Royals outshot the Ice 40-30.
Victoria’s power play was near perfect going 3 for 4, as Kootenay’s penalized player stepped out of the box seconds before the Royals scored on their final attempt.
Victoria never allowed Kootenay a man advantage, a 12 year franchise first. The Royals and Ice did trade 4 on 4 goals.
Victoria now heads out on a 3 game BC Division road swing beginning with a pair in Prince George, starting Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
– Marlon Martens
Double Digits – The Victoria Royals set the new franchise record for most goals in a single game with 10. The previous record was nine, which happened on three separate occasions, most recently on October 21, 2016 against the Swift Current Broncos.
Staying Disciplined – Tonight’s game marked the first time in the franchise’s 12-year history that the club did not take a penalty.
Mr. Teddy Bear – With the Teddy Bear Toss goal tonight, Royals’ forward Eric Florchuk has scored in two consecutive years. Florchuk becomes the second Royal to record back-to-back teddy goals after Austin Carroll in 2012 and 2013.
Potent Offence – Victoria had 16 players find the scoresheet tonight that included Eric Florchuk, who recorded a career high five-point (2g-3a) night.
A Royal Beginning – Newcomer Kade Jensen made his Royals’ debut tonight. Jensen was acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings for a fifth round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
I Know You – Victoria’s Jared Legien suited up in his first game against his former team. The Pilot Butte, SK native was drafted ninth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam and recorded nine points (4g-5a) in 84 games with the ICE (2014-17).
Up Next – The Royals will travel to Prince George to battle the Cougars on Sunday with puck drop set for 2:00 p.m.
Home Sweet Home – Victoria returns home on Saturday, December 16th versus the Vancouver Giants in their last home game before the holiday break. 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.
TEXT GAME SUMMARY
Kootenay ICE 3 at Victoria Royals 10 – Status: Final
Friday, December 8, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kootenay 0 1 2 – 3
Victoria 3 2 5 – 10
1, Victoria, Florchuk 6 (Oliver, Freadrich), 5:17 (PP).
2, Victoria, Oliver 3 (Freadrich, Reddekopp), 10:45 (PP).
3, Victoria, Martynov 11 (Oliver, Florchuk), 13:55.
Penalties-Russell Ktn (holding), 3:43; Hines Ktn (tripping), 8:55; Hines Ktn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 11:53.
4, Victoria, Soy 12 (Phillips, Walford), 10:26 (PP).
5, Kootenay, Krebs 7 (Russell, Hines), 15:49.
6, Victoria, Kambeitz 5 (Walford, Reddekopp), 16:43.
Penalties-Pouliot Ktn (holding), 10:17; Bodak Ktn (roughing), 15:24; Oliver Vic (roughing), 15:24.
7, Victoria, Jarratt 2 (Peckford, Soy), 0:49.
8, Victoria, Oliver 4 (Martynov, Fizer), 5:30.
9, Kootenay, Davis 8 (de Wit, Russell), 7:41.
10, Kootenay, Muir 1 (King, Hines), 13:28.
11, Victoria, Gerth 2 (Florchuk, Kambeitz), 14:08.
12, Victoria, Masella 2 (Legien, Florchuk), 15:33.
13, Victoria, Florchuk 7 (Prowse), 18:16.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kootenay 0 / 0;
Victoria 3 / 4.
Kootenay, Brkin 6-9-1-0 (26 shots-21 saves); McGovern 3-3-0-0 (14 shots-9 saves). Victoria, Outhouse 17-6-3-0 (27 shots-25 saves); McNabb 2-4-0-0 (3 shots-2 saves).
Referees-Stephen Campbell (14), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Jeff MacAdams, Liam Reid (112).