Victoria was without the services of 4 regulars, Regan Nagy (4-5 weeks), Dante Hannoun (illness), Kade Jensen (suspension), and Igor Martynov (selection camp Team Belarus WJ).
“You can’t fault the work ethic,” said Royals Head Coach Dan Price,
“A lot of young players in a lot of very difficult situations, so that’s great growth opportunity for them.”
Vancouver swept the home and home two games set after a 3-1 victory one night earlier in Langley.
Saturday the Royals got a goal and assist from Matthew Phillips, while Eric Florchuk notched a single early in the third period to tie the game at 2-2.
AUDIO: Dan Price addressed the media post game:
The Giants got the first of two by Plouffe just :15 seconds later which held for the eventual winner, and was the first of 4 unanswered in the final frame.
Ty Ronning and Brayden Watts had 2 goals each, while James Malm and Dawson Holt chipped in with a pair of helpers each.
Vancouver out shot Victoria 43-27 with Todd Scott earning the victory and Griffen Outhouse taking the loss.
The Royals went 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Giants scored once on three chances.
RECAP: The Giants got two goals each from @TyRonning7, @brayden_watts29 + @Dplouffe_61 and some rock-solid goaltending from @Todd_scott42 in a 6-2 road triumph over Victoria. G-Men take a five-game winning streak into Teddy Bear Toss.
📸: Jon Howe pic.twitter.com/XLOpucCIBY
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) December 17, 2017
Victoria suffered a third straight loss, while Vancouver won their 5th straight.
Royals Captain Matthew Phillips spoke to the media following the loss:
– Marlon Martens
Helping Hand – With an assist tonight, Tyler Soy (146) is within a helper of tying the Victoria record for most career assists, set by former Royal Jack Walker with 147 (2012-17). Former Royal and Chilliwack Bruin Brandon Magee holds the franchise record with 151 assists over his 318-game career (2010-15).
Halfway There – The Victoria Royals wrapped up the first half of their regular season with a record of 20-13-3-0. The club has posted a home mark of 11-4-1-0 and is tied with the Kelowna Rockets for the most points (43) in the BC Division through 36 games.
On Fire – Soy stretched his point streak to five games tonight and has registered eight points (2g-6a) during that span.
Welcome Home – Victoria forwards Noah Gregor and Tyus Gent took part in their first game at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre as members of the Royals. Victoria acquired Gregor earlier this week in trade with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Gent was recently called up by the club from the Delta Hockey Academy Prep in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
Next Up – The Royals return from the holiday break on Tuesday, December 27th and Wednesday, December 28th for a pair of contests against the Prince George Cougars. 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:
Vancouver Giants 6 at Victoria Royals 2 – Status: End of Game
Saturday, December 16, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Vancouver 0 2 4 – 6
Victoria 1 0 1 – 2
1, Victoria, Phillips 24 (Soy, Walford), 11:45.
2, Vancouver, Watts 9 (Malm, Holt), 14:37.
3, Vancouver, Ronning 30 (Barberis, Morrison), 19:42.
Penalties-Barfoot Van (interference), 4:25; Byram Van (tripping), 11:39.
4, Victoria, Florchuk 7 (Phillips, Freadrich), 1:09.
5, Vancouver, Plouffe 5 (Ho), 1:24.
6, Vancouver, Plouffe 6 (Benson, Kannok Leipert), 7:22 (PP).
7, Vancouver, Ronning 31 (Malm), 19:01 (EN).
8, Vancouver, Watts 10 (Holt), 19:49.
Penalties-Legien Vic (delay of game), 7:11; Prowse Vic (tripping), 8:14; Reddekopp Vic (cross checking), 10:07.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 1 / 3;
Victoria 0 / 2.
Vancouver, Scott 6-7-2-1 (27 shots-25 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 18-8-3-0 (43 shots-38 saves).
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Ward Pateman (124).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Cole Cooke (130).