Matthew Phillips scored twice including the winner as the Victoria Royals dropped the visiting Kelowna Rockets 6-1 Friday.
Victoria pulls into a tie for first in the BC Division with Kelowna, who have 2 in hand.
The Royals held period leads of 1-0 and 4-1 before adding a pair in the third.
Head Coach Dan Price on the victory:
Victoria won the special teams game as they struck for 3 power play goals on 8 chances, all while shutting down Kelowna’s 4 man advantages.
This included blanking the Rockets on a 4 minute power play early in the 2nd when the Royals led 1-0. Victoria would then go up 2-0 on a power play goal by Phillips a few shifts later for the eventual winner.
Dan Price on the PK coming through:
Griffen Outhouse earned the win 37 saves, while Brodan Salmond took the loss allowing 4 goals on 25 shots after 2 periods, and James Porter stopping 13 of 15 in the third as the Royals poured it on in the final frame.
Tyler Soy had 4 points with a goal and 3 helpers, while Dante Hannoun scored 3 points with a goal and 2 assists as his line with Phillips (2g) and Soy combined for 9 points.
The Royals got singles from Igor Martynov and Andrei Grishakov, while Tanner Kaspick added 3 assists along with a strong physical element.
Dillon Dube got the lone tally for the Rockets.
It’s back to back 4 point efforts for Soy, who’s riding a 4 game point streak with 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points in that span.
Phillips is one game away from tying the franchise point streak record he set earlier in the season at 17 games. Over 16 games Phillips has amassed 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points. Phillips tied his last years output of 90 points and is 1 shy of tying the Royals record for most points in a season held by Alex Forsberg.
Phillips on what was key in the win:
It was the 6th game of the season series, with Victoria winning 3, losing 2, and dropping one in a shootout.
It also kicked off 3 straight against the Rockets, with the rematch Saturday night on the Island before hitting the road for a Monday game at 2 pm.
The Philly Show – Royals’ captain Matthew Phillips skated in his 200th WHL contest tonight and recorded a pair of goals. Phillips (41g-49a) is now one point away from tying the Royals’ record for most points in a single season, which was set in the 2015-16 campaign when alumnus Alex Forsberg earned 91 points (31g-60a).
Home Cooking – Tonight’s win marked the eighth straight home victory for the Royals. In those eight wins, Victoria has outscored their opponents 44-18. Of the Royals’ remaining 16 games, 11 are on home ice.
Staying Hot – A pair of Royals’ skaters extended their point streaks tonight. Phillips has points in 16 consecutive games and has registered 31 points (13g-18a) during that span, while Tyler Soy has tallied 12 points (5g-7a) in his last four contests. Phillips is a game away from tying the franchise record for longest streak, which he set himself earlier this season when he tallied 34 points (15g-19a) in the team’s opening 17 contests.
Goals Galore – Victoria has managed to tally four or more goals in 14 of their previous 16 games. During that span the team holds a record of 12-4-0-0 and have averaged 4.43 goals per game.
Island Guys – The Rockets have a trio of players that hail from the Vancouver Island area. Ted Brennan is a product of Victoria, while Kyle Pow and Kyle Topping call Nanaimo and Salt Spring Island home respectively.
Next Up – The Royals continue their three-game series with the Rockets tomorrow night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The two teams will then travel to Kelowna and battle it out on Monday, February 12th. Puck drop for Saturday is 7:05 p.m, while Monday’s game is slated for 2:00 p.m. Tickets for tomorrow night 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:
Kelowna Rockets 1 at Victoria Royals 6 – Status: Final
Friday, February 9, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kelowna 0 1 0 – 1
Victoria 1 3 2 – 6
1, Victoria, Hannoun 22 (Kaspick, Soy), 16:36 (PP). Penalties-Prowse Vic (hooking), 1:42; Cowell Kel (tripping), 1:46; Bruggen-Cate Kel (holding), 11:32; Bruggen-Cate Kel (tripping), 15:31.
2, Victoria, Phillips 40 (Kaspick, Soy), 9:28 (PP).
3, Kelowna, Dube 24 (Bruggen-Cate, Mattson), 11:26.
4, Victoria, Martynov 16 (Kaspick, Gregor), 13:20.
5, Victoria, Phillips 41 (Hannoun, Soy), 17:19.
Penalties-Buziak Vic (slew-footing, slew-footing), 3:28; Twarynski Kel (high sticking), 8:44; Jensen Vic (interference), 13:51; Lind Kel (interference), 15:13.
6, Victoria, Soy 28 (Jarratt, Hannoun), 3:26.
7, Victoria, Grishakov 17 (Jensen, Buziak), 18:13 (PP).
Penalties-Foote Kel (major-fighting), 9:12; Gregor Vic (major-fighting), 9:12; Pow Kel (slashing), 11:30; Freadrich Vic (slashing), 11:30; Dube Kel (cross checking), 12:36; Pow Kel (interference), 16:57; Chizen Kel (delay of game), 17:47.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kelowna 0 / 4;
Victoria 3 / 8.
Kelowna, Salmond 7-7-0-1 (25 shots-21 saves); Porter 18-7-2-0 (15 shots-13 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 29-12-3-1 (38 shots-37 saves); McNabb 4-7-0-0 (2 shots-2 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Jeff MacAdams, Liam Reid (112).