The visiting Vancouver Giants defeated the Victoria Royals 5-3 Saturday night, to take a 3-2 best of seven playoff lead back home for Game 6 Monday afternoon at 2pm.
The Giants killed of 4 first period power plays, while Davis Koch’s single gave them 1-0 lead into the 2nd period where they broke the game open with 3 goals in a span of 2:28.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price post game scrum:
Bowen Byram notched a pair :45 seconds apart, before Jared Dmytriw tipped one in to go up 4-0.
Matthew Phillips cut into the 4-0 lead with a nice deke before the frame was out.
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Noah Gregor converted in the third to cut lead in half, but shortly after James Malm got one past Outhouse to restore the 3 goal cushion 5-2.
Dante Hannoun midway through the period scored on the power play to get to within two, but the Royals would ultimately fall short.
Phillips had 3 points with a goal and two assists, Hannoun 1 goal and 1 assist, while Kade Jensen added two helpers.
David Tendeck earned the win with 26 saves, Outhouse the loss with 26 saves.
Victoria was 1 for 6 on the power play, while shutting down Vancouver’s single man advantage.
Giants Head Coach Jason McKee:
Royals veteran defenseman Ralph Jarratt took a slash from Matt Barberis and did not return to the game in the first period.
Victoria was already without their top 2 centerman in Tyler Soy and Tanner Kapsick. They were also missing Dino Kambietz and defenseman Scott Walford.
Vancouver saw the return of a pair of veteran defenseman in Darian Skeoch and Matt Barberis both from suspension.
– Marlon Martens
Friday, March 23rd – Vancouver 2 @ Victoria 1 Final
Saturday, March 24th – Vancouver 4 @ Victoria 5 Final
Tuesday, March 27th – Victoria 1 @ Vancouver 5 Final
Thursday, March 29th – Victoria 7 @ Vancouver 3 Final
Saturday, March 31st – Vancouver 5 @ Victoria 3 Final
Monday, April 2nd – Victoria @ Vancouver – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3rd – Vancouver @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Bounce Back – In Royals playoff history, the club has taken part in a pair of Game 6’s following a loss on home ice in Game 5. In those two games, Victoria has posted a record of 2-0 on the road and have outscored their opponents 9-4.
PK Party – At home during these playoffs, the Royals’ penalty kill has recorded a mark of 6/6 (100.0%), which is tops in the WHL.
Red Hot Royal – With a goal tonight, Victoria forward Noah Gregor has found the score sheet in his last four playoff games as he has collected six points (3g-3a) during that span. The native of Beaumont, AB has totaled 17 points (8g-9a) in 22 career WHL playoff games.
Game 7 – If necessary, Victoria will return home for Game 7 on Tuesday, April 3rd at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre with puck drop set for 7:05 p.m.
TEXT GAME SUMMARY
Vancouver Giants 5 at Victoria Royals 3 – Status: Final
Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Vancouver 1 3 1 – 5
Victoria 0 1 2 – 3
1, Vancouver, Koch 2 (Benson, Holt), 9:41.
Penalties-Skeoch Van (high sticking), 5:17; Bulych Van (delay of game), 9:56; Bulych Van (holding), 15:36; Barberis Van (slashing), 17:50.
2, Vancouver, Byram 2 (Holt, Hardy), 7:28.
3, Vancouver, Byram 3 (Ronning), 8:13.
4, Vancouver, Dmytriw 2 (Bulych, Popowich), 9:56.
5, Victoria, Phillips 2 (Hannoun, Jensen), 10:22.
Penalties-Martynov Vic (high sticking), 15:15.
6, Victoria, Gregor 3 (Phillips, Jensen), 7:21.
7, Vancouver, Malm 2 (Roman), 8:43.
8, Victoria, Hannoun 2 (Phillips, Martynov), 11:41 (PP).
Penalties-Plouffe Van (slashing), 4:57; Jensen Vic (slashing), 4:57; Barberis Van (tripping), 10:43; Dmytriw Van (delay of game), 15:31.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 0 / 1;
Victoria 1 / 6.
Vancouver, Tendeck (29 shots-26 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse (31 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Michael Bean (148), Ron Dietterle (121).