Dino Kambietz scored his second of the game with :10 seconds left to lift the Victoria Royals past the visiting Vancouver Giants 4-3 Saturday night.
Giants Ty Ronning had tied the game in the final minute with his second of the night, with the belief of forcing overtime – before the rookie Kambietz got sprung by Ralph Jarratt and went 5 hole on rookie starter Trent Miner.
It was a potential playoff preview as Victoria pulls 5 points up on Vancouver for 2nd spot in the B.C. division, however the Giants have 3 games in hand. The Royals trail the Rockets by a single point for top spot.
Tyler Soy scored twice for Victoria, while Matthew Phillips added 3 assists to extended his franchise best point streak to 21 games (16g 24a) 40 pts. Phillips now has 99 points on the year, and is 2 away from tying the franchise best 101 held by Mark Santorelli of the Chilliwack Bruins.
Griffen Outhouse returned to the line up after a 2 game absence and stopped 24 of 27 for his 31st win.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price:
Miner made his second career WHL start and earned second star honours with 38 saves on 42 shots, including stopping all 19 first period attempts. Miner shut the door on a Phillips first period penalty shot to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.
In the second, Ronning got the Giants on board first via the power play, after only producing 3 first period shots. Kambietz went coast to coast to even the score.
In the third, Soy put the home side up early for the first time, but Brayden Watts tied the game mid way through. Soy banged home a rebound to retake the lead 3-2, but in the final minute with the goaltender pulled and on the power play, Ronning struck for his 53rd of the year to stun the crowd.
Kambietz struck just :27 seconds later for the winner.
Kambietz post game audio:
The Royals snapped a 3 game winless streak, while halting the Giants at 2 wins in a row.
Victoria wraps up the season series winning 7 of 10 games.
— Tyler Bennett (@TBennz) February 18, 2018
The Royals wrapped up a stretch of 7 games in 11 nights with a record of (3-3-0-1).
Up next the Portland Winterhawks visit for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.
- Marlon Martens
— Paul Figler (@Paul_Figler) February 18, 2018
Milestone Man – Royals’ defenceman Kade Jensen played in his 300th career WHL game tonight. Jensen, who has split time between the Royals, Brandon Wheat Kings (2017), Swift Current Broncos (2015-17), and Lethbridge Hurricanes (2013-15), has recorded a total of 65 points (21g-44a) to go along with 393 penalty minutes in 300 career contests.
Red Hot – With three assists on the night, Matthew Phillips has extended his point streak to 21 games. Phillips has registered 40 points (16g-24a) during the span of his franchise record setting streak. The Calgary Flames’ prospect sits one point away from the 100-point benchmark, in which he would become the first Royal and second skater in franchise history to reach the feat.
Brickhouse – With his victory tonight, Royals’ netminder Griffen Outhouse (83) is just one win from tying the all-time franchise mark for most career wins at 84, which is held by alumnus Coleman Vollrath (2012-16).
Coming Up – Victoria will close out their five-game homestand with a weekend set against the Portland Winterhawks on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Saturday’s contest marks the Royals’ seventh annual Pink in the Rink Night, This event is one of the most popular games of the season and fans are encouraged to secure their seats in advance. 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
Vancouver Giants 3 at Victoria Royals 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Vancouver 0 1 2 – 3
Victoria 0 1 3 – 4
No Scoring.Penalties-Byram Van (hooking), 9:09; Riddle Van (roughing), 16:29; Phillips Vic (embellishment), 16:29; Hendren Van (hooking), 17:08; Gregor Vic (inter. on goaltender), 17:08.
2nd Period-1, Vancouver, Ronning 52 (Byram, Watts), 1:41 (PP). 2, Victoria, Kambeitz 10 (Phillips), 11:57. Penalties-Jensen Vic (cross checking), 1:25; Benson Van (roughing), 15:14; Hannoun Vic (roughing, roughing), 15:14.
3, Victoria, Soy 31 (Phillips, Martynov), 1:59.
4, Vancouver, Watts 15 (Dmytriw, Riddle), 13:15.
5, Victoria, Soy 32 (Phillips, Walford), 16:06.
6, Vancouver, Ronning 53 (Malm, Benson), 19:23 (PP).
7, Victoria, Kambeitz 11 (Jarratt), 19:49.
Penalties-Jensen Vic (interference), 19:15.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 2 / 3;
Victoria 0 / 1.
Vancouver, Miner 1-1-0-0 (42 shots-38 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 31-13-3-1 (27 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Adam Byblow (23).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Riley Friesen (76).