Royals Blank ‘Tips 3-0 Saturday, Win 11th Straight
Tyler Soy scored twice and Griffen Outhouse made 28 saves for the shutout as the visiting Victoria Royals (37-15-2-3, 79pts) blanked the Everett Silvertips 3-0 Saturday night.
“I like the way we played start to finish.” Said Head Coach Dave Lowry.
After a scoreless first, the Royals struck twice on goals by Jack Walker and Soy in the second before he added his second of the night into an empty net with 2 seconds left.
“It was a fast first period, and we took over the game in the second. We did a good job of managing our opportunities…” added Lowry.
The Royals had good special teams game, going 1 for 5 on the power play, and stopping all 5 Silvertip man advantages.
“Special teams were the difference…the power play generated a lot of good looks, got us the momentum, got us a big goal, and the penalty kill came through when we needed it to.” Commented Lowry.
Outhouse earned his 4th shut out in his rookie campaign for the Royals, and was named 1st star.
Carter Hart stopped 32 of 34 to suffer the ‘Tips 3rd loss in a row. Hart is ranked 1st among North American netminders by NHL’s Central Scouting for the upcoming draft.
“They have a really good goalie, so it was huge that we got those 3 goals.” Said Walker who got the game winner and was named 2nd star.
“Griffen played great too. It was a good team win for us, let’s hopefully keep that moving forward.”
Victoria extends their franchise best win streak to 11 games, and ties the franchise record for points in consecutive games with 14 (13-0-1-0). The Royals were ranked 6th in the CHL Top 10 earlier this week.
“Yeah, it’s great,” said Captain Joe Hicketts,
“We’re trying not to think about it too much. We’re trying to go out and win every period, that’s the goal. Knock on wood, hopefully we can keep this going, but it’s been a lot of fun.”
Soy now leads the team in goals with 32, one more than rookie Matthew Phillips who was held off the scoresheet.
Victoria pulls into a tie for 2nd in the overall standings with Lethbridge, 2 points back of Kelowna who won in Prince George. Everett remains 3rd in the West, 11 points back of Victoria.
The Royals lead the season series 2-0 after beating the ‘Tips 6-4 on the Island Monday afternoon. They’ll meet for a home and home at the end of the regular season.
Victoria kicked off a stretch of 4 games in 5 nights, and play in Seattle at 5pm on Sunday night, followed by a 4pm start Monday in Portland.
The Royals are 0-3 so far this season against the Thunderbirds.
“They’re (Seattle) a team that has presented challenges for us. We have make sure we’re prepared to play, prepared to skate, and manage the puck the right way.”
Seattle won 6-5 in overtime at home to Portland Saturday night.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 3 at Everett Silvertips 0 – Status: Final
Saturday, February 13, 2016 – XFINITY Arena – Everett, WA
Victoria 0 2 1 – 3
Everett 0 0 0 – 0
Penalties-served by Winkler Evt (too many men), 1:44.
1, Victoria, Walker 24 (Forsberg, Hicketts), 11:21 (PP).
2, Victoria, Soy 31 (Bobylev), 17:03.
Penalties-King Evt (tripping), 1:24; Ibragimov Vic (tripping), 5:37; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 7:09; Gerth Evt (inter. on goaltender), 10:10; Fonteyne Evt (charging), 13:08; Fisher Vic (cross checking), 17:40.
3, Victoria, Soy 32 19:58 (EN).
Penalties-Davis Evt (tripping), 1:18; Forsberg Vic (slashing), 2:47; Forsberg Vic (boarding), 15:09.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 5;
Everett 0 / 5.
Victoria, Outhouse 13-3-2-1 (28 shots-28 saves).
Everett, Hart 31-18-1-2 (34 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Reid Anderson (53), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Tim Digby (75), Justin Nicol (147).