— Marlon Martens (@VoiceVicRoyals) January 18, 2018
The Royals scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart in the third period to break a 2-2 draw. Tanner Kaspick notched the eventual winner, while Phillips snuck in behind the defense for the insurance marker.
Victoria never trailed, holding 1-0 and 2-1 leads.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price on the win:
Phillips had 1 goal and 2 assists and was named 1st star, while Tyler Soy scored shorthanded and rookie defenseman Matthew Smith added a goal and assist.
Phillips thoughts on the road victory:
Phillips on winning in Portland:
Griffen Outhouse made 28 saves for the win, while 20 year old signed prospect of the LA Kings Cole Kehler made 29 stops in the loss. The Royals out shot the Winterhawks 33-30.
Victoria went into the game shorthanded on the back end. Without a pair of 20 year defenseman, Chaz Reddekopp (4-6 weeks), and suspended Kale Jensen (4 games) along with Mitchell Prowse (undisclosed). The club brought up AP 16 year old Remy Aquilon to give them 5 rearguards.
Price comments on being short-handed defensively:
Portland scored both their goals with the man advantage by Cody Glass and Skyler McKenzie, going 2 for 3. Victoria was shut out on the their 3 man advantages.
The Winterhawks got two assists each from Henri Jokiharju and Dennis Cholowski.
Forward Lane Zablocki played his first full game as a Royal and got the primary assist on Kaspick’s winner, his first point with Victoria.
The Royals pull into a tie for 2nd in the BC Division with the Giants, whom they’ll face in Langley Friday night at 7:30.
– Marlon Martens
Record Watch – Registering his 135th career WHL goal in his 298th career contest, Tyler Soy is now five markers away from tying the franchise record for most all-time goals. The mark is currently held by former Chilliwack Bruin Ryan Howse who tallied 140 goals in 262 contests from 2006-11.
Moving on Up – With a pair of assists tonight, Matthew Phillips moved into second among all players in the Western Conference with 40 helpers. The Calgary Flames’ prospect is one of three skaters in the league with at least 30 goals and 40 assists.
First as a Royal – Newcomer Lane Zablocki tallied his first point in a Royals’ uniform with an assist on Tanner Kaspick’s game winner in the third period.
Goalie Battle – Tonight’s game featured two of the winningest goaltenders in the WHL. Victoria’s Griffen Outhouse ranks third in the WHL with 24 victories, while Portland’s Cole Kehler has earned 21 wins this season which places him with the fifth most.
Stretching it Out – Dante Hannoun, Phillips and Kaspick all extended their point streaks tonight. Phillips has found the scoresheet in six straight games and has registered 12 points (3g-9a) during that span, while Hannoun has five (4g-1a) in his past three contests. Recently acquired Kaspick has recorded a point (2g-1a) in each of his opening three games with Victoria.
Next Up – The Royals continue their four-game road swing with contests on Friday and Saturday against the Vancouver Giants and Kelowna Rockets respectively. Friday’s puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m, while Saturday’s contest is slated for 7:05 p.m.
Coming Home – Victoria returns home for a weekend series with the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, whereas Sunday’s game will begin at 5:05 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 4 at Portland Winterhawks 2 – Status: Final
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR
Victoria 1 1 2 – 4
Portland 1 0 1 – 2
1, Victoria, Soy 20 (Phillips), 8:28 (SH).
2, Portland, McKenzie 34 (Jokiharju, Cholowski), 9:09 (PP).
Penalties-Grishakov Vic (hooking), 8:04; Newkirk Por (high sticking), 14:22.
3, Victoria, Smith 3 (Phillips, Freadrich), 15:06.
Penalties-Walford Vic (slashing), 13:22; Blichfeld Por (slashing), 14:47.
4, Portland, Glass 25 (Jokiharju, Cholowski), 7:21 (PP).
5, Victoria, Kaspick 14 (Zablocki), 11:14.
6, Victoria, Phillips 31 (Smith, Hannoun), 12:02.
Penalties-Oliver Vic (slashing), 6:10; Blichfeld Por (tripping), 13:42.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 3;
Portland 2 / 3.
Victoria, Outhouse 24-10-3-1 (30 shots-28 saves).
Portland, Kehler 21-10-1-3 (33 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Bryan Bourdon (45), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Jarrod Boman (116), Erik Freeman (104).