The Victoria Royals scored 4 unanswered in the third period to defeat the visiting Spokane Chiefs 7-3 Tuesday night.
The Royals held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before breaking the 3-3 draw in the final frame to open up a 4 game home stand with a victory.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post Game Media Scrum:
Victoria snapped Spokane’s 5 game win streak, and have now earned back to back wins, while collecting points in 3 straight.
Victoria’s Griffen Outhouse earned the win with 28 saves, and set the franchise record for most career victories with 85 passing Coleman Vollrath. Dawson Weatherill took the loss stooping 16 of 22 shots.
The Royals got goals from 7 different skaters, while 6 had multiple point nights.
Victoria’s Tanner Kaspick led the way with a goal and two assists, while goal and assist nights game from Dante Hannoun, Matthew Phillips, Noah Gregor, and Jeff DeWit who returned after an 11 game absence. Tyler Soy added a pair of assists, while single goals game from Braydon Buziak and Scott Walford who has goals in back to back games.
Kailer Yamamoto and Jaret Anderson-Dolan had a goal and assist each for Spokane. Hudson Elynuik added a single goal.
With 5 games left, Victoria is 2nd in the BC Division, just 2 points back Kelowna for first, who have a game in hand, and 5 points up on the 3rd place Giants with 2 in hand.
The rematch goes Wednesday night in Victoria with the Royals leading the season series 2 games to 1.
The Winning Way – With his 33rd win of the season, Royals’ netminder Griffen Outhouse set the new franchise record for most career wins at 85. The previous mark was set by alumnus Coleman Vollrath who totaled 84 wins in his four-season career (2012-16). Outhouse (33) is now also one victory away from tying the franchise mark for most wins in a single season at 34, which he set himself last season.
Red Hot Royals – Victoria had a trio of players extend their point streaks tonight. Blueliner Chaz Reddekopp has points in seven straight games and has earned two goals and five assists during that span. Captain Matthew Phillips has six points (1g-5a) in his previous three outings, while Noah Gregor has three goals to go with an assist in the same span.
Powerplay Picassos – Victoria’s powerplay scored in their third straight game tonight and the club has gone 6/12=50.0% during that span. Over the club’s last 12 games, the Royals have managed to record a powerplay mark of 16/51= 31.4%
Just “de Wit” – Royals’ forward Jeff de Wit, who recorded a goal and an assist tonight, returned to Victoria’s line-up after an 11-game absence. Since being acquired by the Royals in December of this season, de Wit has tallied 13 points (7g-6a) in 17 contests.
Big League Connection – The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings both had a pair of prospects face each other tonight. San Jose was represented by Victoria’s Noah Gregor and Spokane’s Jake McGrew, while Los Angeles had the Royals’ Chaz Reddekopp and the Chiefs’ Jaret Anderson-Dolan play in the contest.
Coming Up – The Royals are back in action tomorrow for a rematch against the Spokane Chiefs with puck drop slated 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.
TEXT BOX SCORE
Spokane Chiefs 3 at Victoria Royals 7 – Status: Final
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Spokane 0 2 1 – 3
Victoria 2 1 4 – 7
1, Victoria, Buziak 5 (Soy, Phillips), 3:14.
2, Victoria, Hannoun 23 (Soy, Gregor), 6:54 (PP).
Penalties-Buziak Vic (hooking), 1:05; Smith Spo (holding), 6:07; Yamamoto Spo (holding), 11:02; Jensen Vic (kneeing), 14:44.
3, Spokane, Elynuik 28 (Toporowski), 11:48.
4, Victoria, Gregor 28 (Reddekopp, Kaspick), 16:08.
5, Spokane, Anderson-Dolan 36 (Yamamoto), 19:39.
Penalties-Jerome Vic (interference), 4:40; Helgesen Spo (interference), 12:21; Fafrak Spo (tripping), 15:14; Phillips Vic (embellishment), 15:14.
6, Spokane, Yamamoto 20 (Anderson-Dolan, McIndoe), 4:22.
7, Victoria, Walford 2 (de Wit), 4:46.
8, Victoria, Phillips 45 (Kaspick, Hannoun), 10:05 (PP).
9, Victoria, Kaspick 23 (Jensen), 17:29 (EN).
10, Victoria, de Wit 11 (Grishakov, Martynov), 18:48.
Penalties-Freadrich Vic (high sticking), 7:32; Helgesen Spo (slashing), 9:57; Kral Spo (hooking), 14:17; McKay Spo (major-fighting), 17:41; Jerome Vic (major-fighting), 17:41.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Spokane 0 / 4;
Victoria 2 / 5.
Spokane, Weatherill 25-11-3-2 (22 shots-16 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 33-15-4-1 (31 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Fraser Lawrence (10), Trevor Nolan (51).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Jeff MacAdams.