Griffen Outhouse made 34 saves, and Matthew Phillips scored the only goal as the Victoria Royals shutout the visiting Kamloops Blazers 1-0 Friday night, in the first of back to back games on the Island.
“It was good to have a tough game against Kamloops, and to get the win and bounce back from last weekend.” Said Phillips, the WHL Rookie of the Year.
The Royals (1-2) earned the first win of season after a pair of home losses to the Cougars last weekend. The Blazers (1-2) dropped their 2nd in a row, after a split the Rockets opening weekend.
Phillips scored on a breakaway in the third period against 19 year old Connor Ingram who went 23 for 24.
“It was great to come back, and those are the games you like to play, those tight playoff style games.” Added Phillips.
Victoria saw the return of 3 players back from NHL main camps. Phillips (CGY), Tyler Soy (ANH), and Jack Walker (TOR).
“It’s 100 plus goals you put back in…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
“It showed tonight we were a different team, you put in veteran leaders and guys that can increase the pace of play and they create opportunities…and a lot of opportunities are created by their speed. That’s how we have to play to be successful – and I thought tonight we did a good job of doing that.”
Both clubs were 0 for 6 on the power play, bringing the Royals penalty killing total to 15 for 15 on the season.
“We’re still taking too many unnecessary penalties, but the reason why we won a hockey game tonight was because our penalty killing was good.” added Lowry.
The 18 year old Outhouse earned his first win as the starter this season.
“Physically and mentally I felt good going into the game,” said Outhouse after earning his 5th career shutout,
“I’m only as successful as the team in front of me so the guys did a really good job there.”
“He was (good), I expect him to be good, and that’s not going to change…and now the big thing with (Outhouse) is he has to be good again tomorrow.” Commented Lowry.
It was also the first game back for Blazer forward Devin Sideroff (ANH), Garrett Pilon (WAS), and Ingram, a 3rd round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning and in the running for the goaltending job for Team Canada at the World Juniors.
The two clubs will meet again Saturday in Victoria, with puck drop at 7:05pm.
Kamloops Blazers 0 at Victoria Royals 1 – Status: Final
Friday, September 30, 2016 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kamloops 0 0 0 – 0
Victoria 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period- No Scoring.
Penalties-Chyzowski Kam (slashing), 6:07; Shepard Kam (hooking), 9:37; Dmytriw Vic (hooking), 14:56.
2nd Period- No Scoring.
Penalties-Balcers Kam (high sticking), 1:07; Bargar Vic (inter. on goaltender), 4:21; Gagnon Vic (tripping), 8:45; Chyzowski Kam (tripping), 10:36; Price Vic (inter. on goaltender), 19:09.
1, Victoria, Phillips 1 (Peckford), 10:20.
Penalties-Gagnon Vic (hooking), 0:21; Sideroff Kam (hooking), 1:30; Kneen Kam (delay of game), 3:50; Walford Vic (roughing), 6:15.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kamloops 0 / 6;
Victoria 0 / 6.
Kamloops, Ingram 0-1-0-0 (24 shots-23 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 1-2-0-0 (34 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Troy Paterson (60), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Nathan Van Oosten (115).