Thunderbirds Edge Royals 5-4 Wednesday
Ethan Bear’s third period power play goal broke a 4-4 draw, and propelled the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds past the Victoria Royals 5-4 Wednesday.
The Royals clawed their way back to tie the game after being down 4-1 mid way through the second.
“I liked the way we battled back, we showed some good resiliency against a really good team.” Said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry.
They scored the next three into the final frame, including back to back power play markers in the middle frame roughly 2 minutes apart by Tyler Soy and Matthew Phillips.
“The big positive that we can take out of here is, we were down, stayed with it, fought really hard…” added Lowry.
Victoira’s Jared Dmytriw tied the game with a perfect shot bar down in the third, while defenseman Ralph Jarratt got the clubs first goal in the opening frame.
Dante Hannoun led the way for the Royals with 3 assists while Phillips and Soy had a goal and assist each.
New York Islander’s first round pick, Matthew Barzal had 4 assists, while Rangers prospect Ryan Gropp had a 4 point night with a goal and 3 helpers. Their linemate and Blue Jackets 3rd rounder Keegan Kolesar struck twice as the trio combined for 10 points.
Defenseman Austin Strand added a single for the T’birds who are now just 1 point back of the US Division leading Silvertips.
The Thunderbirds swept the 4 game season series, and the two game set after a 3-1 win Tuesday.
Seattle has won 15 of their last 17, and points in 10 straight (9-0-0-1).
Victoria netminder Griffen Outhouse made 23 saves on 28 shots, while 20 year old Seattle goaltender Rylan Toth stopped 19 of 23 attempts.
The Royals went 2/6 on the power play, while the Thunderbirds went 3 for 5.
Victoria remains tied for 3rd in the BC Division with Kelowna who fell in Kamloops 6-0. The Royals entertain the 2nd place Blazers Friday and Saturday looking to close in on Kamloops 7 point lead.
- Marlon Martens
Seattle Thunderbirds 5 at Victoria Royals 4 – Status: Final
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Seattle 3 1 1 – 5
Victoria 1 2 1 – 4
1, Seattle, Kolesar 13 (Barzal, True), 3:55 (PP).
2, Seattle, Strand 6 (Gropp, Barzal), 6:47.
3, Victoria, Jarratt 2 (Phillips, Hannoun), 15:33.
4, Seattle, Gropp 19 (Ottenbreit, Barzal), 18:56 (PP).
Penalties-Morrison Vic (hooking), 2:39; Reddekopp Vic (cross checking), 17:32.
5, Seattle, Kolesar 14 (Gropp, Harsch), 8:10.
6, Victoria, Soy 25 (Reddekopp, Hannoun), 10:57 (PP).
7, Victoria, Phillips 38 (Soy, Hannoun), 13:03 (PP).
Penalties-Ibragimov Vic (tripping), 5:07; Ibragimov Vic (high sticking), 8:25; Bear Sea (holding), 8:50; Bishop Sea (slashing), 9:51; Gropp Sea (slashing), 12:51; Kolesar Sea (roughing), 20:00.
8, Victoria, Dmytriw 10 (Folk, Price), 2:04.
9, Seattle, Bear 19 (Barzal, Gropp), 7:15 (PP).
Penalties-Gerth Vic (slashing), 6:14; Lee Sea (high sticking), 10:25; Ottenbreit Sea (holding), 18:49.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Seattle 3 / 5;
Victoria 2 / 6.
Seattle, Toth 27-15-1-1 (23 shots-19 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 29-18-3-0 (28 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Adam Griffiths (36), Ward Pateman (124).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Jeff MacAdams.