The Royals got off to a 2-0 start and led 2-1 after 20 minutes, but trailed 3-2 after 40 after 3 straight by the Tigers.
— Tommy Cigliani 🇨🇦 (@TommyCigliani) February 3, 2018
Tyler Soy forced overtime with just over a minute to go, with the goaltender pulled.
Soy then assisted on the winner as Gregor got past Mark Rassell and deked out Jordan Hollet, completing the comeback.
Head Coach Dan Price Post Game Interview:
Dean McNabb earned his 4th win in his rookie campaign, stopping 27 of 30. Hollett stopped 25 of 29 in the loss.
Soy led Victoria with a 3 point night (1g 2a), while Matthew Phillips and Kade Jensen had a goal and assist.
The Royals were 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Tigers went 1 for 3.
Victoria avenged the season series after falling 4-3 in overtime in Medicine Hat back on Dec 1st.
— Kevin Charach (@Kcharach_CHEK) February 3, 2018
Up next Victoria visits Seattle Saturday night.
— Victoria Sports News (@Vic_SportsNews) February 3, 2018
Home Cooking – With a win in tonight’s game, the Royals have now won seven consecutive games on home ice. The last time Victoria won at least seven straight contests at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre was during the 2015-16 season when they won 13 consecutive games. The streak began on January 20, 2016 and ran until March 19, 2016.
Nearing History – With a goal tonight, Royals’ forward Tyler Soy (139) is one goal away from tying the all-time franchise record for most career goals. Former Chilliwack Bruin Ryan Howse currently holds the mark with 140 career goals.
Overtime Magic – Noah Gregor’s game winner in the extra frame gave the Royals their fifth overtime goal this season. The winner marked the second time this season that Victoria has scored a goal in the opening minute of the extra frame.
Staying Hot – A pair of Royals’ skaters extended their point streaks tonight. Matthew Phillips has points in 13 straight games and has registered 24 points (8g-16a) in that span. Noah Gregor has scored nine points (3g-6a) in eight consecutive games.
Island Boys – Tigers’ forward Dawson Heathcote and Corson Hopwo made their returns to the Island tonight. Heathcote, a native of Nanaimo BC, played for the Nanaimo Buccaneers (VIJHL) during the 2016-17 season, while Hopwo has spent this season with the Delta Hockey Academy Prep (CSSHL). Tigers’ forward Tyler Preziuso, who hails from Victoria, did not play in tonight’s game.
Former Teammates – Tonight’s contest saw Victoria’s Scott Walford, Mitchell Prowse and Medicine Hat’s Jordan Hollett cross paths once again. Walford and Hollett spent time as teammates for the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Bantam Prep and White Prep teams for two seasons from 2013-2015. Prowse meanwhile played with the two during the 2014-15 season.
Next Up – The Royals head south of the border to face-off against the Seattle Thunderbirds tomorrow night. Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, February 9th and February when they take on BC Division rivals the Kelowna Rockets for a back-to-back series. 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
Medicine Hat Tigers 3 at Victoria Royals 4 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Friday, February 2, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Medicine Hat 1 2 0 0 – 3
Victoria 2 0 1 1 – 4
1, Victoria, Phillips 36 (Soy), 6:28.
2, Victoria, Jensen 4 (Fizer, Oliver), 7:37.
3, Medicine Hat, Hamblin 17 (Chyzowski, Jevne), 11:14 (PP).
Penalties-Oliver Vic (delay of game), 10:26; Jarratt Vic (tripping), 13:37; Williams Mh (hooking), 14:28; Hannoun Vic (kneeing), 19:34.
4, Medicine Hat, Hamblin 18 (Longo, MacPherson), 6:28.
5, Medicine Hat, Rubins 6 (MacPherson, Williams), 12:36.
Penalties-Jevne Mh (hooking), 6:53.
6, Victoria, Soy 24 (Jensen, Freadrich), 18:41.
OT Period-7, Victoria, Gregor 18 (Soy, Phillips), 0:51. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Medicine Hat 10-13-7-0-30. Victoria 11-9-8-1-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Medicine Hat 1 / 3; Victoria 0 / 2.
Goalies-Medicine Hat, Hollett 16-12-4-0 (29 shots-25 saves). Victoria, McNabb 4-6-0-0 (30 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Kyle Kowalski (15), Trevor Nolan (51).
Linesmen-Cole Cooke (130), Riley Friesen (76).