Jeff DeWit broke a 4-4 draw late in the second period for the eventual winner as the Victoria Royals edged the visiting Vancouver Giants 5-4 Saturday night to even the Series at 1-1.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) March 25, 2018
The Royals never trailed, twice holding two goal leads, but the Giants wouldn’t go away – clawing back to twice to tie the game.
Vancouver pressured hard in the third, out shooting Victoria 13-4 but Griffen Outhouse shut the door and earned the win with 33 saves. Trent Minor took the loss with 21 stops.
Victoria went 1 for 5 on the power play, while Vancouver was 0 for 1.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post Game Media Scrum:
The Royals got a goal and assist performance from Noah Gregor and Jared Freadrich. Singles also came from Braydon Buziak and Tarun Fizer. Tanner Kaspick chipped in with 2 assists.
The Giants got 2 goals from Dawson Holt, with singles from Brennan Riddle and Milos Roman. Tyler Benson added 2 assists.
It was physical again, with big hits thrown by both clubs, notably Chaz Reddekopp on Brayden Watts who left the game and did not return.
Giants Head Coach Jason McKee:
Victoria saw the return of veteran defenseman Ralph Jarratt from injury, and forward Lane Zablocki from suspension. The Royals were still without 92 point man Tyler Soy, and steady rearguard Scott Walford.
Vancouver’s overage defenseman Darian Skeoch sat out, awaiting the leagues decision after receiving 5 and a game for a check to the head of Dino Kambietz Friday night. Kambietz was also scratched Saturday.
The series shifts now to Vancouver for a pair, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, then back to Victoria next Saturday for game 5.
– Marlon Martens
— The WHL (@TheWHL) March 25, 2018
Home Sweet Home – With five goals tonight, the Royals tied the club record for the most markers scored in a home playoff game. Victoria has scored five times on seven separate occasions, most recently on March 25, 2016 against the Spokane Chiefs.
Tarun’ It Up – Victoria rookie Tarun Fizer, who played in his second career WHL Playoff game, recorded his first career post-season point with a goal in the opening frame. The Chestermere, AB product skated in 45 games during the regular season, where he totaled seven points (2g-5a).
Streaking Skater – Tanner Kaspick extended his playoff point streak to four games after he recorded two assists in tonight’s contest. Dating back to the 2017 WHL Playoffs, Kaspick has amassed five points (1g-4a) in his last four post-season games.
Royal First – Royals’ forward Lane Zablocki made his Victoria playoff debut tonight in Game 2. Zablocki has 19 games of playoff experience under his belt with the Regina Pats (2016) and the Red Deer Rebels (2017), where he has collected 17 points (14g-3a).
Coming Home – Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday night for Game 5 of the series, 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.
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Summary by the WHL:
Royals 5, Giants 4: Split happens in Victoria, WHL series tied 1-1 https://t.co/ZfLj2O8A4q
— Steve Ewen (@SteveEwen) March 25, 2018
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Vancouver Giants 4 at Victoria Royals 5 – Status: Final
Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Vancouver 1 3 0 – 4
Victoria 3 2 0 – 5
1, Victoria, Buziak 1 (Oliver), 8:44.
2, Victoria, Gregor 1 (Kaspick), 15:04.
3, Vancouver, Holt 1 (Barberis, Benson), 16:34.
4, Victoria, Fizer 1 (Jensen, Freadrich), 17:22.
Penalties-Popowich Van (unsportsmanlike cnd., roughing), 11:59; Kaspick Vic (roughing), 11:59; Byram Van (hooking), 19:08.
5, Vancouver, Riddle 1 (Hardy, Watts), 3:11.
6, Vancouver, Roman 2 (Ronning), 4:26.
7, Victoria, Freadrich 1 (Kaspick, Gregor), 12:01 (PP).
8, Vancouver, Holt 2 (Benson, Byram), 12:18.
9, Victoria, de Wit 1 (Phillips), 18:02.
Penalties-Benson Van (roughing), 4:04; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 4:04; Hardy Van (slashing), 8:19; Plouffe Van (roughing), 11:44; Bulych Van (roughing), 13:11; Popowich Van (roughing), 13:11; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 13:11; Kaspick Vic (interference), 18:23.
Penalties-Benson Van (roughing), 20:00; Ronning Van (roughing), 20:00; de Wit Vic (roughing), 20:00; Hannoun Vic (roughing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 0 / 1;
Victoria 1 / 5.
Vancouver, Miner (26 shots-21 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse (37 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Nathan Van Oosten (115).