Victoria trailed 2-1 heading into the third before Captain Matthew Phillips forced overtime, as the Royals out shot the Rockets 16-9 in the period.
Phillips and Tyler Soy had a goal and assist each for the Royals.
Hear from Phillips post game:
Griffen Outhouse preserved the 2-2 draw with a minute left in regulation with arguably his best save of the season, going cross ice without his stick, to rob Jack Cowell of a sure goal with his glove.
— Victoria Royals (@victoriaroyals) December 31, 2017
Griffen Outhouse talks about what many call ‘the save of the season’:
Griffen Outhouse just made arguably the save of the #WHL season! Diving to rob Jack Cowell of a sure goal…absolute larceny with 56.2 seconds remaining in regulation to keep it tied 2-2. Simply stunning stop! #WHL
— Larry Fisher (@LarryFisher_KDC) December 31, 2017
In overtime, James Hilsendagger blocked Phillips attempt at the empty net to save the game for the Rockets while netminder Roman Basran got caught out of position and was struggling to get back to his net.
Basran was named 1st star with 36 saves while Outhouse got tapped for 2nd star honours with 30 stops.
AUDIO: Royals Head Coach Dan Price:
Victoria was 0 for 6 on the power play, while Kelowna went 1 for 3.
With the extra point, the Rockets move 3 points ahead of the Royals for top spot in the BC Division and extend their win streak to 5 games.
The season series is now tied at 2-2.
Victoria continues their 2 game BC Division trek with a 2pm matinee game on New Years Day in Kamloops Monday.
– Marlon Martens
A Helping Hand – Royals’ forward Tyler Soy recorded his 148th career assist in his 291st career game, which sets the new Victoria record for most assists. The franchise record is held by Royals and Chilliwack Bruins alumnus Brandon Magee, who earned 151 assists in 318 career games played.
Last of the Year – Tonight’s game marked the Royals’ final contest of 2017. Victoria earned a record of 37-28-4-2 in 2017 and were led offensively by Matthew Phillips, who tallied 101 points (51g-50a) over the calendar year.
Stretching it Out – A pair of Royals extended their point streaks tonight. Soy has found the score sheet in eight consecutive games and has registered 13 points (5g-8a), while Phillips has earned nine points (5g-4a) in five straight games.
Workhorse – Victoria netminder Griffen Outhouse surpassed the 1,000-save benchmark tonight and is the first WHL netminder to accomplish the feat this season.
Away at World Juniors – Both teams currently have players participating in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships taking place in Buffalo, NY. The Royals are represented by Igor Martynov who is playing for Team Belarus, while the Rockets boast Dillon Dube and Cal Foote on Team Canada. Victoria Assistant Coach J.F. Best is also serving as a consultant in Performance Analysis for Team Denmark.
Next Up – The Royals will face the Kamloops Blazers on Monday, January 1st at the Sandman Centre with puck drop set for 2:00 p.m.
Coming Home – Victoria returns home for a contest with the Everett Silvertips on Friday, January 5th at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for the team’s first home game of 2018. Puck drop is slated 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:
Victoria Royals 2 at Kelowna Rockets 3 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Saturday, December 30, 2017 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC
Victoria 1 0 1 0 – 2
Kelowna 1 1 0 0 – 3
1, Kelowna, Mattson 10 (Cowell, Brennan), 0:44.
2, Victoria, Soy 16 (Phillips, Florchuk), 3:52.
Penalties-Hilsendager Kel (roughing), 1:20; Prowse Vic (hooking), 4:36; Gerth Vic (roughing), 11:48; Hair Kel (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 11:48; Twarynski Kel (kneeing), 16:03.
3, Kelowna, Topping 14 (Foote, Twarynski), 6:23 (PP).
Penalties-Walford Vic (high sticking), 4:39; Foote Kel (slashing), 10:10; Hannoun Vic (slashing), 17:49.
4, Victoria, Phillips 28 (Jarratt, Soy), 14:56.
Penalties-Mattson Kel (slashing), 3:06; Topping Kel (delay of game), 7:33; Hilsendager Kel (high sticking), 16:03.
OT Period- No Scoring.
Victoria 2 (Hannoun G, Phillips G, Soy NG, de Wit NG, Florchuk NG),
Kelowna 3 (Lind NG, Foote G, Twarynski G, Cowell NG, Mattson G).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 6;
Kelowna 1 / 3.
Victoria, Outhouse 19-9-3-1 (32 shots-30 saves).
Kelowna, Basran 5-2-0-0 (38 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Duncan Brow (19), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Dave McMahon (134), Tim Plamondon (113).