The visiting Victoria Royals were edged 3-2 by the Everett Silvertips Friday night.
Luke Ormsby broke a 2-2 third period draw early in the frame for the eventual winner, snapping the Royals 2 game win streak.
Twice Victoria had clawed back to tie on goals by Dante Hannoun and Noah Gregor, but couldn’t find the equalizer late.
The Royals were outshot 44-22, as Carter Hart earned the win and Griffen Outhouse was valiant with 41 stops in the loss.
Victoria clinched 2nd in the BC Division and home ice advantage against Vancouver in the first round, as the Giants lost at home to the Rockets.
The Silvertips are now just a single point away from clinching first place in the U.S. Division and the Western Conference title.
Victoria lost Lane Zablocki early with 5 and game for boarding. Scott Walford left in the first and did not return.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post Game:
The Silvertips take a 2-1 season series lead.
The back half of the home and home goes on the Island Saturday night at 7pm, both clubs final regular season game.
- Marlon Martens
Round 1 Playoff Schedule vs Vancouver Giants:
Game 1 – Friday, March 23rd – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday, March 24th – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday, March 27th – Langley Events Centre – 7:00 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday, March 28th – Langley Events Centre – 7:00 p.m.
Game 5 – Saturday, March 31st – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Monday, April 2nd – Langley Events Centre – 2:00 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tuesday, April 3rd – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)Make it 100 – Royals’ forward Tanner Kaspick recorded his 100th career WHL assist in the third period. The St. Louis Blues’ signed prospect has collected 158 career points (58g-100a) in 215 WHL games split between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Victoria.
Familiar Face – Victoria battled a former Royal tonight as Spencer Gerth played for Everett and earned an assist. The product of Langley, BC played in 90 career games for Victoria from 2016-2018 and registered seven points (3g-4a). The Royals traded Gerth to the Silvertips at the 2018 WHL Trade Deadline in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
On Fire – A pair of skaters extended their point streaks tonight. Veteran Tyler Soy now has points in six straight games and has registered 12 points (4g-8a) during that span. Tanner Kaspick has recorded four points (2g-2a) in his previous three contests.
Regular Season Finale – The Royals conclude their regular season tomorrow night with another contest against the Silvertips, this time at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for Fan Appreciation Night presented by Japanese Village. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. For ticket availability please call the Select Your Ticket Box Office at 250-220-7777 or visit www.selectyourtickets.com.
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Victoria Royals 2 at Everett Silvertips 3 – Status: Final
Friday, March 16, 2018 – XFINITY Arena – Everett, WA
Victoria 1 0 1 – 2
Everett 1 1 1 – 3
1, Everett, Wylie 6 (Dewar, Vala), 9:34.
2, Victoria, Hannoun 25 (Soy, Freadrich), 18:33.
Penalties-Zablocki Vic (major-boarding, game misconduct), 1:39; Richards Evt (roughing), 5:23.
3, Everett, Pilon 34 (Bajkov, Fonteyne), 14:36 (PP).
Penalties-Ormsby Evt (hooking), 8:04; Jensen Vic (holding), 13:45; Richards Evt (inter. on goaltender), 18:11.
4, Victoria, Gregor 29 (Reddekopp, Kaspick), 2:48.
5, Everett, Ormsby 2 (Vala, Gerth), 4:50.
Penalties-Jensen Vic (roughing), 7:11; Dewar Evt (roughing), 7:11; Fairbrother Evt (holding), 10:20; Soy Vic (roughing), 17:22.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Everett 1 / 3.
Victoria, Outhouse 35-17-4-1 (44 shots-41 saves).
Everett, Hart 30-6-1-3 (22 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Adam Griffiths (36), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Michael McGowan (41).