The visiting Everett Silvertips dropped the Victoria Royals 8-1 in front of a sell out crowd on Saturday night, sweeping the two game home and home set.
The Silvertips held period leads of 3-0, and 6-1 before adding the only two in the third to clinch the Western Conference title and an opening round playoff date with the Thunderbirds.
Victoria is set to host Vancouver in the first round Friday and Saturday.
Everett out shot their hosts 34-19, while striking 3 times on the power play on 6 chances. Victoria was 1 for 5.
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Carter Hart earned the win, stopping 13 of 14 during the first 40 minutes of play. Dustin Wolf came in for the third and stopped all 5 shots he faced.
Royals back up netminder Dean McNabb surrendered all 8, making 26 stops in the loss.
Matthew Phillips netted his 48th, had a goal disallowed due to an early whistle and hit a post in his attempt to reach 50 goals in back to back season. His 112 points is a franchise best.
Nanaimo’s Patrick Bajkov netted the hat trick on a 4 point night, Matt Fonteyne had a goal and 4 assists, Connor Dewar totaled 4 points with 2 goals and 2 assists, Bryce Kindopp netted a pair, while defenseman Kevin Davis chipped in with 3 helpers.
Victoria was short a defenseman as Ralph Jarratt and Scott Walford did not dress. Forward Lane Zablocki did not play due to suspension.
It was the final regular season game for both clubs.
Graduation – Tonight’s game was the final regular season contest for Victoria’s 20-year old players Tyler Soy, Chaz Reddekopp and Kade Jensen. Soy and Reddekopp spent their entire junior careers with the Royals and played in 322 and 279 games respectively. Jensen meanwhile, took part in in 309 games split between Victoria (32), the Brandon Wheat Kings (57), the Swift Current Broncos (110) and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (110).
Potent Powerplay – With a goal tonight, the Royals’ powerplay at the home ranks atop the WHL standings this season. Victoria leads the league with a man-advantage percentage of 29.4% (52/177) on home ice, while their 52 powerplay goals at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre also ranks first in the WHL.
Island Kid – Silvertips’ forward Patrick Bajkov played close to home in tonight’s game. Bajkov is a native of Nanaimo, BC and played Major Midget with the North Island Silvertips of the British Columbia Major Midget League during the 2012-13 season.
Awards Ceremony – The Royals’ seventh annual Awards Ceremony will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The event will commence at 3:00 p.m. with a mix and mingle available for guests, players and staff in attendance. The awards portion of the event will begin at 4:00 p.m.
Regular Season Finale – The Royals will begin Round 1 of the 2018 WHL Playoffs on Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th when they host the Vancouver Giants. Puck drop for both contests is set for 7:05 p.m. Single game tickets are available now and can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone at 250-220-7777 or by visiting www.selectyourtickets.com.
Round 1 Playoff Schedule – The Royals’ first round playoff schedule against the Vancouver Giants is as follows:
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)
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Everett Silvertips 8 at Victoria Royals 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Everett 3 3 2 – 8
Victoria 0 1 0 – 1
1, Everett, Kindopp 23 (Dewar, Fonteyne), 4:48.
2, Everett, Bajkov 31 (Davis, Fonteyne), 15:07 (PP).
3, Everett, Dewar 37 (Vala, Sutter), 17:19.
Penalties-Gregor Vic (elbowing), 13:46; Sutter Evt (tripping), 17:25; Oliver Vic (high sticking), 20:00.
4, Everett, Dewar 38 (Pilon, Fonteyne), 0:39 (PP).
5, Victoria, Phillips 48 (Gregor, Hannoun), 5:55 (PP).
6, Everett, Bajkov 32 (Davis, Fonteyne), 10:37 (PP).
7, Everett, Bajkov 33 19:26.
Penalties-Ormsby Evt (boarding), 1:10; Richards Evt (roughing), 1:10; Reddekopp Vic (interference), 1:10; Christiansen Evt (checking from behind), 4:58; Freadrich Vic (tripping), 9:30; Grishakov Vic (hooking), 11:38; Buziak Vic (slashing), 13:46; Dewar Evt (interference), 15:03.
8, Everett, Kindopp 24 (Dewar), 6:46.
9, Everett, Fonteyne 35 (Davis, Bajkov), 15:51.
Penalties-Vala Evt (interference), 1:01; Butt Evt (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 7:54; Kaspick Vic (cross checking), 7:54; Kambeitz Vic (high sticking), 18:11.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Everett 3 / 6;
Victoria 1 / 5.
Everett, Hart 31-6-1-3 (14 shots-13 saves); Wolf 13-6-0-0 (5 shots-5 saves).
Victoria, McNabb 4-10-0-0 (34 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Bryan Bourdon (45), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Jeff MacAdams.