Jack Walker scored a natural hat trick as the visiting Victoria Royals (2-3) edged the Vancouver Giants 3-2 in Langley Wednesday night.
“We scored early, scored on the power play and found a way to stay with our game tonight.” said Head Coach Dave Lowry on how they came away with the 2 points.
Griffen Outhouse made 28 saves, including 16 in the third period to earn the win. Outhouse made a highlight reel save off Alec Baer late in final period to preserve the victory.
The Royals dominated in the shot department 22-14 after 40 minutes, but then were outshot 16-6 in the third as the Giants (1-5) pressed hard for the equalizer.
“Out of those (shots), we scored one goal,” said Lowry,
“When we put ourselves in a position to grab the lead, we have to make sure we continue to play. We’ve done it against Kamloops and again tonight. We score a goal, we let our guard down, we stop playing and we start defending again.”
In the dying seconds of the 3rd, Vancouver had their goaltender pulled and Victoria was mistakenly called for icing. Lowry brought it to the officials attention, and the face off was relocated to center.
“With the new rule, we want to make sure the calls are right. I give the officials a lot of credit. They went and discussed it…”
The Royals power play went 1 for 2, striking for the first time this season. Their penalty kill remained perfect after 5 games stopping all the Giants man advantages.
“We talked about it before the game.” said Lowry about the power play,
“I’m not overly worried…but If we’re going to win hockey games our power play eventually was going to have to score. Tonight we got a big goal.”
It tied the game a 2-2.
Ryan Gagnon chipped in with a pair of helpers, and set the franchise record for most games played by a defenseman at 258.
After Walker opened the scoring by converting on a 2 on 1 just :14 seconds into the opening period, Ty Ronning and Brendan Semchuck struck 2 minutes apart in the second to take their only lead of the game. Walker tied it up before going into the third, and added the only goal of the final frame. It was Walker’s 3rd hat trick of his career.
“You don’t really plan on it, but it was nice to get that for sure.” Said Walker.
Ryan Kubic took the loss stopping 25 of 28 shots.
Victoria improved to 2-3 and continue their 6 game road trip Friday night in Seattle.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 3 at Vancouver Giants 2 – Status: Final
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC
Victoria 1 1 1 – 3
Vancouver 0 2 0 – 2
1, Victoria, Walker 1 (Phillips, Gagnon), 0:14.
Penalties-Folk Vic (interference), 9:54; Kichton Van (high sticking), 19:08.
2, Vancouver, Ronning 1 (Skeoch), 3:40.
3, Vancouver, Semchuk 3 (Holt), 5:45.
4, Victoria, Walker 2 (Hannoun, Peckford), 10:29 (PP).
Penalties-Flaman Van (tripping), 8:44; Ibragimov Vic (hooking), 19:38.
5, Victoria, Walker 3 (Reddekopp, Gagnon), 2:04.
Penalties-Florchuk Vic (tripping), 15:53.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 2;
Vancouver 0 / 3.
Victoria, Outhouse 2-3-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves).
Vancouver, Kubic 1-4-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Duncan Brow (19), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Nick Bilko (66).