The Spokane Chiefs scored 4 goals in the third period, including a pair of empty netters to upend the host Victoria Royals 5-2 Wednesday, splitting the two game set.
Tyler Soy scored twice for the Royals, once on the power play and the other shorthanded to get the club to within one in the third, but ultimately had their 2 game win streak snapped.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post Game Media Scrum:
Victoria remains 2nd in the BC Division, 3 back of Kelowna and 3 up on Vancouver with both clubs holding games in hand. The Royals have 4 games remaining, the Rockets 5, and the Giants 6.
Griffen Outhouse took the loss stopping 26 of 29, while Dawson Weatherill earned his 26th win with a 27 save performance.
— Robert Murray (@NovaCanuck) March 8, 2018
Both clubs went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Luke Toporowski opened the scoring in the first, before Soy struck on a breakaway in the 2nd.
The game was tied at 1-1 going into the third, before Spokane struck twice on goals by Kailer Yamamoto and Eli Zummack to go up 3-1.
Tyler Soy’s 2nd of the game shorthanded, got the Royals to within one, before the Chiefs scored twice with Royals goalie pulled off the stick of Zummack and Hudson Elynuik.
Zummack and Elynuik had 3 point nights, while Ty Smith and Luke Toporowski added a pair of points each.
Up next Victoria entertains Prince George Friday and Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
Milestone Contest – The Royals took part in their 500th WHL regular season game tonight. The club has earned a mark of 270-190-21-19 since they relocated to Vancouver Island in 2011, which included a 147-81-10-10 home ice record. Over their seven-year tenure, Victoria has scored a total of 1,734 goals, and have allowed 1,608 tallies.
Spectacular Special Teams – Victoria tied a pair of franchise special team records tonight. The Royals’ powerplay goal, their 83rd of the season, tied the mark which was set during the 2010-11 season by the Chilliwack Bruins. Victoria also tallied their 12th shorthanded goal of the year to tie the record that was set in 2009-10 by the Bruins.
Sensational Soy – Following two goals tonight, Royals’ forward Tyler Soy now has 87 points (35g-52a) in 62 games this season. This passes his previous personal best of 85 points (46g-39a) that was set over 72 contests during the 2015-16 campaign. Soy becomes the seventh player on Victoria this season to set a new career high single-season point total.
Home Cooking – Victoria will continue their homestand this weekend for a pair of games against the Prince George Cougars on Friday and Sunday. Friday’s contest is WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX, and is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start. Sunday meanwhile, is the Guides and Scouts Game, followed by a Skate with the Players Presented by BCAA and is slated for a 2:05 p.m. start. 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
Spokane Chiefs 5 at Victoria Royals 2 – Status: Final
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Spokane 1 0 4 – 5
Victoria 0 1 1 – 2
1, Spokane, Toporowski 10 (Elynuik, Smith), 7:58.
Penalties-Kral Spo (tripping), 10:58.
2, Victoria, Soy 34 (Gregor), 14:47 (PP).
Penalties-Faith Spo (charging), 6:40; Gregor Vic (delay of game), 11:04; served by McGrew Spo (too many men), 14:05; Kambeitz Vic (tripping), 15:04.
3, Spokane, Yamamoto 21 (McGrew, Smith), 7:58 (PP).
4, Spokane, Zummack 13 (Toporowski, Elynuik), 10:05.
5, Victoria, Soy 35 (Phillips), 16:02 (SH).
6, Spokane, Zummack 14 18:51 (EN).
7, Spokane, Elynuik 29 (Zummack), 19:23 (EN).
Penalties-Walford Vic (tripping), 7:23; Toporowski Spo (holding opp. stick), 12:51; Kaspick Vic (slashing), 14:13.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Spokane 1 / 4;
Victoria 1 / 4.
Spokane, Weatherill 26-11-3-2 (29 shots-27 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 33-16-4-1 (29 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Cole Cooke (130), Jeff MacAdams.