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Noah Gregor scored 7 minutes into overtime to lead the Victoria Royals past the Vancouver Giants 4-3 Monday afternoon in Langley, forcing a deciding game 7 Tuesday night in Victoria.
A pair of goals by Matthew Phillips early in the third period gave the Royals a 3-1, before Ty Ronning and Tyler Benson’s second of the game forced the extra inning.
Matthew Phillips assisted on the winner and took home first star honours with 2 goals and 2 assists. Gregor had 3 points with a goal and two helpers. Dante Hannoun had a goal and assist.
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Royals Head Coach Dan Price Interview:
Griffen Outhouse made 40 saves for the win, while David Tendeck stopped just 16 shots as the Giants out shot the Royals 43-20.
Outhouse was big early as the Giants came out flying, and he weathered the storm stopping 14 of 15 first period attempts.
Victoria’s penalty kill came through shutting down all 5 Vancouver chances, while going 1 for 2 with the man advantage.
Royals rookie Tarun Fizer was unable to strike on a 2nd period penalty shot after being hooked on a breakaway when he stepped out of the penalty box.
Victoria was still without their top 2 centerman Tyler Soy and Tanner Kaspick, also missing Dino Kambietz and defenseman Scott Walford.
– Marlon Martens
Winner Takes All – Tomorrow night’s Game 7 marks the second winner-take-all contest in Royals’ history. The previous seventh game occurred on April 19th in Round 2 of the 2016 WHL Playoffs against the Kelowna Rockets.
Overtime Magic – Today’s overtime contest marked the first time in this series that a game went past regulation. During the regular season, the Royals and Giants played into overtime on three occasions, where Victoria won all three times.
Staying Hot – A trio of Royals’ skaters extended their point streaks in tonight’s game. Noah Gregor has nine points (4g-5a) over his last five games, Matthew Phillips has scored 11 points (4g-7a) in three straight contests, and Dante Hannoun has collected nine points (3g-6a) during a three-game point streak.
Opening Goal – For the first time this series between Vancouver and Victoria, the club who scored the opening goal of the game did not win the contest.
Record Setter – With a pair of helpers, Royals’ forward Matthew Phillips set the franchise record for the most assists (9) in a single playoff run. Austin Carroll (14-15) and Jack Walker (15-16) previously held the mark when they both recorded eight helpers.
Tomorrow Night – Game 7 between the Royals and Giants goes tomorrow night from the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, with puck drop scheduled for 7:05. This will be one of the most heavily attended games of the year, and fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance to avoid line-ups at the box office. Tickets are available over the phone at 250-220-7777, online at www.victoriaroyals.com or in-person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office.
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Victoria Royals 4 (OT) at Vancouver Giants 3 – Status: Final OT
Monday, April 2, 2018 – Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC
Victoria 0 1 2 1 – 4
Vancouver 1 0 2 0 – 3
1, Vancouver, Benson 2 (Koch, Holt), 7:07.
Penalties-Gregor Vic (cross checking), 20:00; Hannoun Vic (roughing), 20:00; Plouffe Van (roughing), 20:00.
2, Victoria, Hannoun 3 (Phillips, Gregor), 14:57.
Penalties-Fizer Vic (tripping), 6:18; Zablocki Vic (high sticking), 10:18; served by de Wit Vic (too many men), 15:45.
3, Victoria, Phillips 3 (Gregor), 0:18.
4, Victoria, Phillips 4 (Freadrich, Hannoun), 2:15 (PP).
5, Vancouver, Ronning 1 (Byram, Skeoch), 6:10.
6, Vancouver, Benson 3 (Skeoch, Koch), 14:37.
Penalties-Malm Van (interference), 0:57; Martynov Vic (hooking), 7:15; served by Hardy Van (too many men), 17:28.
7, Victoria, Gregor 4 (Phillips), 7:06.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 2;
Vancouver 0 / 5.
Victoria, Outhouse (43 shots-40 saves).
Vancouver, Tendeck (20 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Reagan Vetter (39).
Linesmen-Michael Bean (148), Brett Mackey (75).