Chris Douglas broke a 3-3 third period draw for the eventual winner while Riley Lamb made 33 saves to help lead the visiting Red Deer Rebels past the Victoria Royals 4-3 Friday night.
The Rebels have now won 3 in a row, and remain tied for 3rd in the Central Division.
Victoria had opened the scoring for a 6th straight game, on a Matthew Phillips goal which extended his franchise best point streak to 20 games.
Red Deer’s Kristian Reichel notched a power play goal late in the frame to tie the game at 1-1 after 20 minutes. The Royals had dominated most of the frame, and out shot the Rebels 13-6.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price post game audio:
Red Deer would use the late goal as a momentum boost, notching the next two goals in the third by Mason McCarty and Brandon Cutler, but Kade Jensen would bank one in with less than :10 seconds to go in the middle frame to cut the lead to 3-2 heading to the final frame. Jensen also added an assist and was named 3rd star.
In the third Lane Zablocki would convert on the power play versus his former squad to even the score, before Douglas redirected a point shot for the eventual winner with less than 8 minutes to go.
Dean McNabb stopped 23 of 27 in the loss, while Riley Lamb won his 3rd in a row, with his 33 saves.
Victoria was 1 for 3 on the power play against an aggressive Red Deer penalty kill, and the Rebels wnet 1 for 4 with the man advantage.
Final shots were 36-27 in favour of the Royals, who fall to winless in 2 on their 5 game homestand.
It was the first time Victoria had been defeated in regulation on home ice in 11 games. (9-0-0-1).
The Rebels take the season series 2-0, with both victories coming on the road.
Royals Game Notes:
Magical Man-Advantage – After Lane Zablocki’s powerplay goal in the third period tonight, Victoria has now scored at least once on the man-advantage in six of their past seven home games. The Royals lead the league with 43 powerplay goals scored on home ice, and sit second overall at home with a mark of 43/149=28.9%
Streaking Skater – Matthew Phillips scored the first goal of the night for Victoria and stretched his point streak to 20 games. Over his franchise record setting streak, Phillips has registered 37 points (16g-21a).
Red Deer Returnees – The Royals had a pair of former Rebels take part in tonight’s game. Defenceman Jared Freadrich played for Red Deer last season and tallied 30 points (6g-24a) in 64 games, while Lane Zablocki spent parts of two seasons (2016-18) with the Rebels and earned 48 points (28g-20a) in 62 contests.
Blueline Production – With a goal and an assist tonight, blueliner Kade Jensen continued to surpass his early season point total with the Brandon Wheat Kings. In the 22 games since he joined Victoria in early December Jensen has nine points (4g-5a), compared to five points (2g-3a) in 25 games with the Wheat Kings at the start of 2017-18.
Next Up – The Royals continue their five-game homestand at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre tomorrow against the Vancouver Giants. Puck drop is set 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.
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Red Deer Rebels 4 at Victoria Royals 3 – Status: Final
Friday, February 16, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Red Deer 1 2 1 – 4
Victoria 1 1 1 – 3
1, Victoria, Phillips 44 (Hannoun), 14:14.
2, Red Deer, Reichel 25 (Alexeyev, Hagel), 18:43 (PP).
Penalties-Douglas Rd (interference), 1:29; Jensen Vic (delay of game), 11:37; Pawlenchuk Rd (holding), 16:47; Zablocki Vic (roughing), 16:47; McNabb Vic (tripping), 18:27.
3, Red Deer, McCarty 31 (Sakowich, Herauf), 9:56.
4, Red Deer, Cutler 3 11:30.
5, Victoria, Jensen 6 19:52.
Penalties-Hannoun Vic (hooking), 2:08; Aquilon Vic (tripping), 7:46; McCarty Rd (slashing), 17:43.
6, Victoria, Zablocki 13 (Martynov, Jensen), 5:16 (PP).
7, Red Deer, Douglas 6 (Paradis, Johnson), 12:41.
Penalties-Bains Rd (boarding), 3:29.
Shots on Goal-
Red Deer 6-13-8-27.
Power Play Opportunities-
Red Deer 1 / 4;
Victoria 1 / 3.
Red Deer, Lamb 7-9-3-2 (36 shots-33 saves).
Victoria, McNabb 4-8-0-0 (27 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Stephen Campbell (14), Nick Swaine (35).
Linesmen-Cole Cooke (130), Jeff MacAdams.