The Victoria Royals tied the franchise record for most goals scored in a game as they dropped the visiting Saskatoon Blades 9-3 Tuesday night to open a 3 game home stand.
“This is a tough game, an out of conference game on a week night and sometimes these are hard games when you come back (from the road trip).” Said Head Coach Dave Lowry, on having his club prepared for the contest.
“Our concern was more with ourselves tonight…we wanted to make sure there wasn’t going to be any let downs (coming off a long road trip).”
Royals 17 year old forward Ryan Peckford led the way with a franchise record setting 6 point night, scoring once and adding 5 assists.
“It was really exciting,” said Peckford the Stony Plain native,
“It couldn’t have happened without the boys burying pucks…It’s definitely a good feeling and I’m going to look back on it, and it’ll be an exciting point in my career.”
Peckford and Matthew Phillips both tied the franchise record for most assists in a period with 3 each in the first. Peckford had a goal and 3 assists after 20 minutes matching a record for most points in a period with 4. He also tied the franchise mark for most assists in a game with 5.
“It was a big night for him,” said Lowry regarding Peckford,
“Give him credit, things were happening for him and he didn’t stop playing – that’s what good players do.”
The Royals held period leads of 5-1 and 7-3 before adding a pair in the final frame.
Victoria got goals from 8 different skaters, with Regan Nagy the only multi goal scorer while adding an assist. 16 year old forward Kaid Oliver scored his first WHL goal, Scott Walford his first of the season, Dante Hannoun, Chaz Reddekopp, Blake Bargar and Jack Walker also tallied.
Saskatoon was coming off a 4-2 win in Kelowna to kick off a 5 game BC Division road trip, got goals from Chase Wouters (1st WHL Goal), Braylon Shmyr, and Kolten Olynek.
The Royals struck 3 times on the power play on 6 chances, making it back to back games with 3 goals with the man advantage. The Blades went 1 for 4.
Griffen Outhouse earned the win stopping 20 of 23, while Brock Hamm allowed 9 goals on 35 shots.
The line of Peckford (1g 5a), Hannoun (1g) and Phillips (3a) contributed 10 points.
3 skaters had 3 point nights, as Ryan Gagnon and Matthew Phillips had 3 assists each, and Nagy two goals and a helper.
The Royals are 1 game over .500 (6-5) and 2-3 at home. Victoria now has won back to back games, and snapped Saskatoon’s undefeated in regulation streak at 5 games.
The franchise record for goals in a game was previously set by the Chilliwack Bruins Feb 2nd, 2010 in a 9-2 drubbing of Lethbridge.
16 year old forward Erik Florchuk earned his first WHL point with an assist.
The Royals conclude their 3 game home stand Friday against the 8-5-0-1 Swift Current Broncos, and Everett Silvertips (8-2-1-0) Saturday.
– Marlon Martens
Saskatoon Blades 3 at Victoria Royals 9 – Status: Final
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Saskatoon 1 2 0 – 3
Victoria 5 2 2 – 9
1, Victoria, Oliver 1 (Peckford, Pachal), 2:30.
2, Victoria, Walford 1 (Phillips, Peckford), 5:30.
3, Victoria, Peckford 1 (Phillips, Jarratt), 13:22.
4, Saskatoon, Wouters 1 (Kustra), 13:38.
5, Victoria, Hannoun 2 (Phillips, Peckford), 15:18 (PP).
6, Victoria, Reddekopp 2 (Nagy, Gagnon), 16:27 (PP).
Penalties-Rubinchik Sas (high sticking, high sticking), 13:57; Ibragimov Vic (tripping), 19:56.
7, Saskatoon, Shmyr 2 (Shynkaruk, Rubinchik), 12:11 (PP).
8, Victoria, Bargar 3 (Gagnon), 16:16.
9, Saskatoon, Olynek 3 (Leslie, McCarty), 17:11.
10, Victoria, Nagy 2 (Peckford, Gagnon), 19:47 (PP).
Penalties-Christensen Sas (interference), 5:51; Pachal Vic (cross checking), 10:13; Christensen Sas (slashing), 13:14; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 13:14; Hájek Sas (roughing, roughing), 17:20; Walker Vic (roughing), 17:20; Rubinchik Sas (elbowing), 18:10.
11, Victoria, Walker 6 (Soy), 0:21.
12, Victoria, Nagy 3 (Peckford, Florchuk), 11:01.
Penalties-Rubinchik Sas (roughing), 0:21; Gagnon Vic (roughing, roughing), 0:21; Hausinger Sas (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 4:26; Ibragimov Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 4:26; Gingras Sas (slashing, major-fighting), 8:43; Ibragimov Vic (major-fighting), 8:43; Walker Vic (tripping), 12:09.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Saskatoon 1 / 4;
Victoria 3 / 6.
Goalies-Saskatoon, Hamm 1-2-1-0 (35 shots-26 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 6-4-0-0 (23 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Mike Langin (67).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).