Vegas Golden Knights 1st round pick Cody Glass scored a late power play goal to push the visiting Portland Winterhawks past the Victoria Royals 3-2 Saturday night, sweeping the two game Island set.
Kieffer Bellows, New York Islander 1st rounder, twice had given the Winterhawks the lead, but both times San Jose Sharks 4th rounder, Noah Gregor evened the score, until Glass put the visitors up for good.
Both clubs scored twice on the power play, Victoria had 4 chances, while Portland had 6. The game winner was scored as Tanner Kaspick sat in the box for a controversial check to head penalty with just over 3 minutes left.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post Game Audio:
The Winterhawks outshot the Royals 42 – 23, with Shane Farkas earning the win and Griffen Outhouse taking the loss, while earning 3rd star.
Glass had a 3 point night with a goal and two assists, while Detroit Red Wings first round pick Dennis Cholowski added 3 assists. Bellows goals were his 31st and 32nd of the season for the New York Islander 1st rounder.
Cody Glass picked up the game winner and his 200th career point in tonight’s 3-2 Hawks win over Victoria.
— Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks) February 25, 2018
Matthew Phillips franchise best point streak was halted at 22 games (16-25) 41pts.
The Royals remain 2nd in the BC Division but fall 7 back of the Rockets, while the ‘Hawks also remain in 2nd in the US Division.
Victoria wraps up their 5 game home stand with just 1 win, 3 losses and a shoot out loss (1-3-0-1).
Up next the Royals kick off a 3 game BC Division road trip, beginning with the Blazers in Kamloops Wednesday, then a pair next weekend in Prince George.
Shot Stopper – Victoria goaltender Griffen Outhouse (4,107) surpassed alumnus Coleman Vollrath’s franchise mark (4,072) for most career saves. Outhouse (83) remains one victory shy from tying the franchise record for all-time wins, which was also set by Vollrath who recorded 84 victories from 2012-2016.
Milestone Nights – Victoria’s Dante Hannoun and Mitchell Prowse skated in their 250th and 100th career WHL games respectively tonight. Hannoun has recorded 204 points (76g-128a) over his WHL career, while Prowse has totaled 26 points (3g-23a).
Potent Powerplay – With a pair of goals on the man-advantage tonight, the Royals have now scored 76 powerplay goals this season. This sets the Victoria record for most man-advantage goals in a season. The previous record was set when the Royals scored on the powerplay 75 times during the 2015-16 season.
Pink in the Rink – After tonight’s seventh annual Pink in the Rink game, Victoria’s record now stands at 5-2-0-0. Tyler Soy leads all current Royals’ players with five points (1g-4a) in those contests.
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY:
Portland Winterhawks 3 at Victoria Royals 2 – Status: Final
Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Portland 1 1 1 – 3
Victoria 1 1 0 – 2
1, Portland, Bellows 31 (Cholowski, Glass), 3:50 (PP).
2, Victoria, Gregor 24 (Hannoun, Soy), 17:08 (PP).
Penalties-Soy Vic (slashing), 1:57; Hughes Por (interference), 12:17; De Jong Por (roughing), 15:43; McKenzie Por (slashing), 20:00; Kaspick Vic (roughing), 20:00.
3, Portland, Bellows 32 (Glass, Cholowski), 0:54.
4, Victoria, Gregor 25 (Martynov, Hannoun), 6:28 (PP).
Penalties-Mannek Por (hooking), 5:13; Freadrich Vic (high sticking), 8:20; Bellows Por (slashing), 9:12; Jarratt Vic (slashing), 9:12; Jarratt Vic (cross checking), 17:38.
5, Portland, Glass 29 (Jokiharju, Cholowski), 16:56 (PP).
Penalties-Prowse Vic (high sticking), 0:22; Overhardt Por (holding), 2:18; Jensen Vic (delay of game), 13:41; Kaspick Vic (checking to the head), 16:50.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Portland 2 / 6;
Victoria 2 / 4.
Portland, Farkas 11-5-0-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 31-15-3-1 (42 shots-39 saves).
Referees-Fraser Lawrence (10), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Chris Van Deventer (145).