Tyler Soy scored twice including the eventual winner, while Griffen Outhouse made 34 saves to backstop the visiting Victoria Royals (3-4) to a 4-1 decision over the Spokane Chiefs (1-3) Saturday night.
“I thought we were good,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry on the clubs bounce back effort,
“Our goaltender gave us a chance to win, and I really liked how we started the game, I liked the emotion in the first period and we were able to create…”
Victoria improves to 2-1 on their 6 game in 10 night road trip after defeating Vancouver 3-2 Wednesday, and falling 3-1 at Seattle Friday.
“We’re getting there,” said Lowry,
“We want to keep things in perspective. The way we play is a hard way to play and we have a lot of new players that haven’t been held to these standards throughout their careers. It is something that is a work in progress and it takes time.”
The Royals shut down the Chiefs red hot power play all four times, which had been operating at 50%.
“One of the keys was, we didn’t take any unnecessary penalties…” commented Lowry.
Victoria was 0 for 3 with the man advantage, but generated many chances including Chaz Reddekopp cranking one off the cross bar.
The Royals brought a strong physical element to the game, playing with a chip on their shoulder against a team they knocked out of the first round in 6 games during the 2016 playoffs.
“Early on we had a physical component in our game, we took pucks to the net, we were skating – we were playing the way we have to play, to be successful…” said Lowry,
“The good thing is, our guys and the new guys that come in, see that it works, and now the next step is to make sure we follow it up the next game.”
Victoria netminder Griffen Outhouse earned first star honours in a building he picked up his first career shutout, in his first WHL start (24 saves October 24th, 2015 in 3-0 win).
“Yeah it was,” said Outhouse, reflecting on that first start and win,
“It’s a fun rink to play in, seems like we’re always able to get up for it…we were playing for each other…everything we did was for the guy next to you.”
Chiefs’s Dawson Weatherill stopped 31 of the 34 in the loss.
The Royals took a 2-0 lead to the third on goals by Jared Dmytriw with a nice deke in the first, and Soy’s top corner snipe in the second.
Chiefs 1st overall pick in 2015, defenseman Ty Smith scored his first WHL goal to cut the lead to one, before Flames prospect Matthew Phillips restored the two goal lead with a breakaway goal after a great stretch pass from Ryan Gagnon.
“I think it showed a lot of character to travel through the night and come here and be ready for puck drop – and get a win.” Said Phillips on playing in Seattle the night before and the clubs 3rd game in 4 nights.
Soy put it out of reach with an empty net goal assisted by Carter Folk and Gagnon who ended with a pair of helpers.
There were a pair of fights beginning with Folk scrapping Evan Fiala,
“That’s kind of the main thing to my game and what I bring to the team…bringing energy and getting guys to follow my lead by playing the right way by finishing checks and create energy for the club.” Said the 20 year old Folk, who was acquired from Lethbridge, the second former club he’ll see on this road trip.
He was originally drafted by Seattle and played 7 games for the T-birds.
Royals Russian defenseman Marsel Ibragimov got into his first WHL fight against Tyson Helgesen.
“It’s confidence with Marsel,” said Lowry on Ibragimov’s strong play and fight,
“He fought a tough opponent…he stood in there, and that was a big lift for our guys.”
Up next, Victoria visits Medicine Hat at the Canalta Centre Tuesday, Lethbridge Wednesday, before wrapping up the trek in Edmonton next Friday.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 4 at Spokane Chiefs 1 – Status: End of Ga me
Saturday, October 8, 2016 – Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena – Spokane, WA
Victoria 1 1 2 – 4
Spokane 0 0 1 – 1
1, Victoria, Dmytriw 1 (Jarratt, Hannoun), 18:12.
Penalties-served by Vic (too many men), 8:43; Folk Vic (major-fighting), 12:44; Fiala Spo (major-fighting), 12:44; Yamamoto Spo (embellishment), 12:44; Walford Vic (cross checking), 16:42; Ostir Spo (slashing), 16:42; Ibragimov Vic (major-fighting), 20:00; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 20:00; Fiala Spo (cross checking, roughing), 20:00; Helgesen Spo (major-fighting), 20:00.
2, Victoria, Soy 2 (Walker, Price), 4:12.
Penalties-Soy Vic (holding), 16:13; Reddekopp Vic (delay of game), 17:06.
3, Spokane, Smith 1 (Najman, Keannu Yamamoto), 6:22.
4, Victoria, Phillips 2 (Gagnon), 14:44.
5, Victoria, Soy 3 (Folk, Gagnon), 19:26 (EN).
Penalties-Phillips Vic (hooking), 10:22; Yamamoto Spo (interference), 16:23.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 3;
Spokane 0 / 4.
Victoria, Outhouse 3-3-0-0 (35 shots-34 saves).
Spokane, Weatherill 0-1-0-0 (34 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Bryan Bourdon (45), Jeff Ingram (82).
Linesmen-Anthony Guzzo (135), Ward Pateman (124).