In a battle for first in the BC division, the Rockets pulled 3 up on the Royals who remain 2nd, 1 up on the Giants.
Victoria got to within one, 4-3, in the second frame on a pair of power play goals, before the Leif Mattson of the Rockets struck shorthanded to go up 5-3. Kelowna then notched 2 goals in the first minute of the third to go up 7-3, opening up a 4 goal lead.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price thoughts on the loss:
The Royals got goals from Tyler Soy, Phillips who added 2 assists, Dante Hannoun who added a helper and Igor Martynov who scored on a penalty show for the final tally of the game.
We've seen that move before…but Cole Tisdale has not. Igor Martynov with a nasty deke for a penalty-shot goal to cut deficit to 8-4. He made that exact same move here in a preseason game and scored then too. It's a wicked move. #WHL
— Larry Fisher (@LarryFisher_KDC) January 21, 2018
Victoria was out shot 42-27, with Griffen Outhouse taking the loss making 32 of 39 stops, and Dean McNabb 2 for 2.
15 year old Cole Tisdale earned the win with 23 saves in his first WHL start.
Cole Tisdale sets new @Kelowna_Rockets franchise record for youngest goalie to record a win in first WHL start. The 15 year-old makes 23 saves in a 8-4 win over Royals. Now lead Royals by three points for first in BC Division.
— Regan Bartel (@Reganrant) January 21, 2018
The Royals scored 3 power play goals on 7 chances, while the Rockets went 2 for 6 and added a shorty.
Both clubs were throwing the body, resulting in one fight between Braydon Buziak and James Hilsendagger.
Price on the physicality:
Up next Victoria visits Vancouver Friday night, to kick off a 3 in 3 with a pair of home games against Calgary.
– Marlon Martens
Royals former Captain Joe Hicketts looks to be the clubs first player to play a game in the NHL:
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 21, 2018
Powerplay Picassos – Registering three man-advantage goals tonight, the Royals have now scored a powerplay goal in six of their last seven games and have gone 10/29=34.5% in that span. This season, the Royals have registered 17 multi-powerplay goal contests.
300 Club – Royals’ veteran Tyler Soy played in his 300th career WHL contest tonight. Soy is the third Royal and fourth player in franchise history to play 300 WHL games. Former Victoria skaters Ryan Gagnon (320) and Jack Walker (318) reached the 300-game plateau during the 2016-17 campaign, while Brandon Magee skated in a total 318 games for the Royals and Chilliwack Bruins (2009-15).
Going Streaking – Multiple Victoria skaters stretched their point streaks tonight. Matthew Phillips is riding an eight-game streak where he has tallied 16 points (4g-12a). Dante Hannoun has recorded eight points (6g-2a) in his last five contests, while Tyler Soy (0g-3a) and Noah Gregor (1g-2a) have both found the scoresheet in three straight games.
I Know You – Tonight’s match-up saw Victoria’s Lane Zablocki, Noah Gregor and Kelowna’s Gordie Ballhorn renew acquaintances. The trio were all teammates on the Leduc Oil Kings Midget AAA in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) in the 2013-14 season.
The Road Ahead – The Royals wrap up their four-game road swing on Friday, January 26th against the Vancouver Giants. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. from Prospera Place.
Home Cooking – Victoria returns to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday, January 27th in the first of a back-to-back series against the Calgary Hitmen. 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 SCORING SUMMARY:
Victoria Royals 4 at Kelowna Rockets 8 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 20, 2018 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC
Victoria 1 2 1 – 4
Kelowna 3 2 3 – 8
1, Kelowna, Lind 22 (Bruggen-Cate, Korczak), 3:18.
2, Kelowna, Foote 9 (Dube, Hilsendager), 4:33.
3, Kelowna, Dube 21 (Lind, Foote), 8:20 (PP).
4, Victoria, Soy 22 (Phillips, Hannoun), 16:32 (PP).
Penalties-Soy Vic (tripping), 7:04; Jarratt Vic (kneeing), 8:57; Lind Kel (interference), 9:48; Pow Kel (interference), 16:19; Hannoun Vic (inter. on goaltender), 19:31.
5, Kelowna, Topping 17 (Hilsendager, Mattson), 0:31 (PP).
6, Victoria, Phillips 32 (Gregor, Kaspick), 12:23 (PP).
7, Victoria, Hannoun 20 (Phillips, Kaspick), 14:14 (PP).
8, Kelowna, Mattson 15 (Foote), 17:03 (SH).
Penalties-Buziak Vic (high sticking, major-fighting), 1:15; Hilsendager Kel (unsportsmanlike cnd., major-fighting), 1:15; Dube Kel (slashing), 8:54; Korczak Kel (hooking), 12:15; Dube Kel (interference), 12:32; Lind Kel (tripping), 16:44.
9, Kelowna, Cowell 9 (Lind, Bruggen-Cate), 0:16.
10, Kelowna, Twarynski 30 (Foote), 0:59.
11, Kelowna, Cowell 10 (Lind, Ballhorn), 14:28 (EN).
12, Victoria, Martynov 15 15:38 (PS).
Penalties-Buziak Vic (roughing), 8:33; Smith Vic (interference), 8:33; Pow Kel (roughing), 8:33; Chizen Kel (slashing), 12:01; Zablocki Vic (roughing), 17:30; Prowse Vic (roughing), 19:26; Walford Vic (roughing, boarding), 19:26; Cowell Kel (roughing), 19:26; Korczak Kel (roughing), 19:26.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 3 / 7;
Kelowna 2 / 6.
Victoria, Outhouse 25-11-3-1 (39 shots-32 saves); McNabb 2-6-0-0 (2 shots-2 saves). Kelowna, Tisdale 1-0-0-0 (27 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Steve Papp (17), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Kevin Crowell (141), Dustin Minty (86).