The Kelowna Rockets scored three times in the second period to break a 2-2 draw, helping propel them to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Victoria Royals Monday afternoon.
The Royals held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Rockets scored late in the first on the power play to begin the first of 4 straight. Victoria cut the lead to 2 before the 2nd was out, and added a single in the third to make it a close finish.
Victoria Head Coach Dan Price on the loss:
The Royals had won the previous 2 games against the Rockets on the Island Friday and Saturday by 6-1 and 4-3 overtime scores.
Price on the 3 games against the Rockets:
Kelowna leap frogs Victoria back into top spot in the BC Division by a single point.
It was the final game in the season series, with the Royals holding a record of 4-3-0-1.
Phillips set the Royals’ single season points record and extended his franchise-long point streak to 18 games.
Phillips on the 3 game set:
Kole Lind had 2 goals and an assist for the Rockets, while Dillon Dube a goal and 2 helpers. Cal Foote and Kyle Topping chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Royals defenseman Ralph Jarratt laid a big hit on Lind in the second period and did not return to the contest.
Kole Lind gets rocked on this hit on the PP
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Dube shoved Martynov into netminder James Porter who then left the game in the third stopping 21 of 25.
Victoria was 1 for 3 on the power play, while Kelowna was 2 for 5.
Up next the Royals open a 5 game homestand Wednesday as they entertain the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Fantastic Philly – With a penalty shot goal and an assist, Royals’ Captain Matthew Phillips (42g-51a) passed alumnus Alex Forsberg (2015-16) to set the new Victoria record for most points in a single season with 93. The franchise record is held by former Chilliwack Bruin Mark Santorelli who played in 72 contests in 2007-08 and tallied 101 points (27g-74a).
Red Hot Royals – Multiple Royals’ skaters stretched their point streaks today. Phillips set the new franchise record for longest point streak at 18 games and has registered a total of 34 points (14g-20a). Tyler Soy, who was named the WHL Player of the Week today, has tallied 13 points (6g-7a) in his last six contests. Tanner Kaspick (2g-5a) and Noah Gregor (2g-3a) have also found the score sheet in their past three games.
Season Series – This long weekend saw the Royals and Rockets conclude their season series. With today’s loss and wins on Friday and Saturday, Victoria finished their eight-game series with Kelowna with a 4-3-0-1 record. The Royals have outscored Kelowna 34-29.
Goals Galore – Victoria has managed to tally four or more goals in 16 of their previous 18 games. In those 18 contests, the club holds a record of 13-5-0-0 and have averaged 4.38 goals per game.
Kelowna Kids – The Royals’ Mitchell Prowse and Ralph Jarratt both suited up against their hometown team today as the rearguards both call Kelowna home.
Home Sweet Home – The Royals return home to face off against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday night at 7:05 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.
Victoria Royals 4 at Kelowna Rockets 5 – Status: Final
Monday, February 12, 2018 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC
Victoria 2 1 1 – 4
Kelowna 2 3 0 – 5
1, Victoria, Phillips 42 5:02 (PS).
2, Kelowna, Lind 30 (Dube, Porter), 5:31.
3, Victoria, Gregor 21 (Kaspick, Martynov), 8:29.
4, Kelowna, Lind 31 (Foote, Topping), 19:07 (PP).
Penalties-Buziak Vic (major-fighting, game misconduct), 0:10; Pow Kel (major-fighting, game misconduct), 0:10; Ballhorn Kel (tripping), 10:05; Jensen Vic (roughing), 17:24; Kambeitz Vic (hooking), 17:44; Bruggen-Cate Kel (embellishment), 17:44.
5, Kelowna, Dube 25 (Bruggen-Cate, Lind), 4:03.
6, Kelowna, Twarynski 35 (Mattson, Topping), 8:09.
7, Kelowna, Ballhorn 4 (Foote, Dube), 13:52 (PP).
8, Victoria, Soy 29 (Phillips), 16:04.
Penalties-Zablocki Vic (slashing), 9:54; Soy Vic (hooking), 11:24; Brennan Kel (bench – coach), 11:49; Jarratt Vic (roughing), 13:16; Walford Vic (roughing), 13:16; Chizen Kel (roughing), 13:16.
9, Victoria, Grishakov 18 (Zablocki, Martynov), 11:01 (PP).
Penalties-Martynov Vic (hooking), 4:35; Zablocki Vic (high sticking), 7:33; Topping Kel (slashing), 7:33; Cowell Kel (slashing), 9:27.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 3; Kelowna 2 / 5.
Victoria, Outhouse 30-13-3-1 (35 shots-30 saves).
Kelowna, Porter 19-7-3-0 (25 shots-21 saves); Salmond 7-7-0-1 (1 shots-1 saves).
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Ward Pateman (124).
Linesmen-Kevin Crowell (141), Tim Plamondon (113).