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The Victoria Royals are off to round two after toppling the Vancouver Giants 4-3 in game 7 last night.
Matthew Phillips scored twice including the winner on a three point night, while singles came from Chaz Reddekopp and Lane Zablocki. Dante Hannoun added a pair of assists.
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Griffen Outhouse made 30 saves for the win including a point blank save on Dawson Holt late in the third. Phillips made a potentially series saving block at the buzzer.
@timescolonist reporter Cleve Dheensaw with a wonderful description of the last seconds of the @victoriaroyals @whlgiants game. – The game ended with captain Matthew Phillips throwing himself almost head-first at the puck to block Vancouver’s last-gasp point shot as the crowd of 6,467, sounding more like 16,000, erupted almost as much in relief as glee. It was a moment reminiscent, in reverse, of 2016 when the Kelowna Rockets scored on the Royals with 0.02 seconds remaining, before winning in overtime, in Game 7 of the second round. “Absolutely, that was playing in my mind,” said Phillips. As it was for Outhouse, another veteran of that 2016 team. “I joked with Matthew before the game about how it could come down to a play like that again,” said Outhouse. “Matthew almost took it off the face. He told me he would have taken if off the face if that’s what it took.”
Post Game Interviews:
The Royals held leads of 3-0 and 4-1, before the Giants added a pair late in the middle frame.
Victoria then held off Vancouver in the third for the Royals first game 7 victory.
Victoria was 1 for 2 on the power play while never going shorthanded in the contest.
Matthew Phillips 16 points in round 1, ties him for the league lead in the post season.
Up next the Royals will entertain the Tri City Americans beginning Friday and Saturday night in Victoria.
- Marlon Martens
Steve Ewen of The Province recap:
Series Recap – Victoria and Vancouver both registered 25 goals in the seven-game series. The Royals posted a mark of 8/31=25.8% with the man-advantage, whereas the Giants held a record of 2/16=11.1%. Victoria’s Matthew Phillips earned a total of 16 points (6g-10a) that led all players in the series. Vancouver was led by Tyler Benson who earned 11 points (3g-8a).
Record Breaker – Matthew Phillips is the new franchise leader for most points in a single series with 16 (6g-10a). The previous record was nine points, which was set by Jack Walker and Tyler Soy in Round 1 of 2016 WHL Playoffs and Brandon Magee in Round 1 of the 2015 WHL Playoffs.
Game 7 – Tonight’s contest marked the second Game 7 the Royals have taken part in, and their first victory in a winner take all contest. The last time Victoria was involved in a series that went the distance was the 2016 WHL Playoffs when they faced the Kelowna Rockets in Round 2.
On Fire – The Royals had three skaters extend their point streaks tonight. Noah Gregor has 10 points (4g-6a) in his last six games, Matthew Phillips has tallied 14 points (6g-8a) in his previous four contests, while Dante Hannoun has 11 points (3g-8a) in that same span.
Graduating 20’s – The Giants had a trio of 20-year-old skaters take part in their final WHL playoff contest tonight. Ty Ronning, Darian Skeoch and Brennan Riddle, who collected a combined total of 401 games played with Vancouver, concluded their WHL careers.
Next Up – Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday and Saturday night for Games 1 and 2 of Round 2 against the Tri-City Americans. Puck drop for both nights are 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
Round 2 Playoff Schedule:
Friday, April 6th – Tri-City @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 7th – Tri-City @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10th – Victoria @ Tri-City – 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11th – Victoria @ Tri-City – 7:05 p.m.
Friday, April 13th – Tri-City @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Sunday, April 15th – Victoria @ Tri-City – 5:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Wednesday, April 18th – Tri-City @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Vancouver Giants 3 at Victoria Royals 4 – Status: Final
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Vancouver 0 3 0 – 3
Victoria 1 3 0 – 4
1, Victoria, Reddekopp 1 (Gregor, Hannoun), 18:36 (PP).
Penalties-Plouffe Van (tripping), 9:06; Malm Van (high sticking), 17:32.
2, Victoria, Zablocki 1 (Phillips), 1:17.
3, Victoria, Phillips 5 (Hannoun, Jarratt), 6:01.
4, Vancouver, Popowich 1 7:49.
5, Victoria, Phillips 6 (Prowse, Jensen), 9:36.
6, Vancouver, Barberis 2 (Benson, Holt), 14:27.
7, Vancouver, Riddle 2 (Koch, Benson), 18:40.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 0 / 0;
Victoria 1 / 2.
Vancouver, Tendeck (20 shots-17 saves); Miner (4 shots-3 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse (33 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Jeff Ingram (82).
Linesmen-Michael McGowan (41), Michael Roberts (87).