Matthew Phillips had a 4 point night, including the hat trick as the visiting Victoria Royals (5-5) dropped the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-1 Friday night.
“I think we did a really good job of bouncing back [after the loss in Lethbridge],” said Phillips the 6th round pick of the Flames,
“We came out strong, got the lead in the first period, and played our style after that.”
Tyler Soy also had a 4 point night with a goal and 3 assists, Jack Walker had a goal and assist while Regan Nagy added a single.
“It feels great,” said Soy, the 7th round pick of the Ducks,
“We didn’t have the game we wanted to against Lethbridge, but I thought the team came out, accepted the challenge that we were given, and had a great game throughout.”
Soy ties Brandon Magee for most goals in Royals history with 95, just 6 off Austin Carroll’s 101.
Victoria netminder Griffen Outhouse was the 3rd star making 39 saves in the win, while 19 year old Patrick Dea allowed all 6 goals on 42 Royal shots.
The Royals wrapped up their 6 game in 10 night road trip, winning 4 games. Victoria is now back to .500 and back in the win column.
“It was a really important game for us, especially after the game in Lethbridge…” said assistant coach Dan Price,
“To get a good start in a tough building against a good team was important for us, to get the power play going early was big for us…to keep the moment up over the course of the game – I thought we played for the most part, a complete game.”
It was Phillips 2nd career hat trick, the first coincidentally was also against Edmonton when they visited the Island last November.
The Royals lead 2-0 after 20 minutes, 4-0 after 40, and held a 6-0 lead In the third until Tyler Robertson ended Griffen Outhouses shut out bid with just over 5 minutes to go.
Victoria exploded for 3 power play goals on 7 chances, scoring back to back 1:36 apart with man advantage during a Brayden Gorda double minor for high sticking in the second.
“It was great, they’ve been getting some great looks, we’ve been working hard on it…” said Price on the man advantage,
“Especially early in the game, to get the lead, for them to make a big impact on the game in that way was great their confidence, great for the team – it was exactly what we needed.”
Both were scored by Phillips.
Edmonton was 1 for 4 with the man advantage.
Victoria earned their wins on their 3500 km trek against Vancouver, Spokane, Medicine Hat and Edmonton, with the losses coming in Seattle and Lethbridge.
“4 of 6 is good, It’s not great, we’re not going to be satisfied losing 2 games, but definitely happy with the way we responded tonight.” said Price.
They open up a 3 game home stand Tuesday against Saskatoon.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 6 at Edmonton Oil Kings 1 – Status: Final
Friday, October 14, 2016 – Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB
Victoria 2 2 2 – 6
Edmonton 0 0 1 – 1
1, Victoria, Phillips 4 8:38.
2, Victoria, Soy 5 (Phillips, Walker), 12:03 (PP).
Penalties-Baltruk Edm (checking from behind), 4:18; Folk Vic (roughing), 7:18; Kehler Edm (slashing), 7:18; Berg Edm (hooking), 10:48; Klatt Edm (checking from behind), 14:43; Bargar Vic (holding), 16:49.
3, Victoria, Phillips 5 (Hannoun, Soy), 8:18 (PP).
4, Victoria, Phillips 6 (Soy, Walford), 9:54 (PP).
Penalties-Gorda Edm (high sticking), 7:19; Gorda Edm (high sticking), 8:18; Pachal Vic (roughing), 12:03; Murray Edm (charging), 14:24; Pachal Vic (interference), 18:35.
5, Victoria, Walker 5 (Phillips, Dmytriw), 11:37.
6, Victoria, Nagy 1 (Folk), 13:13.
7, Edmonton, Robertson 4 (Irving, Kehler), 14:45 (PP).
Penalties-Cap Edm (roughing), 3:59; Walford Vic (holding), 14:17.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 3 / 7;
Edmonton 1 / 4.
Victoria, Outhouse 4-4-0-0 (40 shots-39 saves).
Edmonton, Dea 2-2-0-0 (40 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Bryce Sebastian (64), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Jonathan Spurgeon (7), Dustin Zelenak (83).