Royals Clinch Playoff Birth With 4-3 OT Win Over Chiefs Saturday
Matthew Phillips scored the overtime winner as the Victoria Royals beat the visiting Spokane Chiefs 4-3 Saturday night, sweeping the two game set and the season series.
The victory clinched a playoff birth for the Royals, for a 6th consecutive season.
Victoria overcame yet another 3-1 second period deficit on back to back nights, tying the game at 3-3 before going to a scoreless third.
Phillips then notched his second of the night, and added an assist for consecutive 3 point nights, while scoring back to back winners. The Royals had won by a 4-3 score one night earlier.
Phillips now has 46 goals and ties Tyler Soy’s single-season record for the most scored in the six seasons the team has played in Victoria. Chilliwack Bruin Ryan Howse holds the franchise record with 51 markers in 2011.
Hayden Ostir opened the scoring for Spokane, but in the final minute of the first, Victoria responded with a power play goal by Matthew Phillips.
The Chiefs capitalized on a 5-3, as Hudson Elynuik scored twice to jump to a 3-1 second period lead. Royals defenseman Loch Morrison responded just :40 seconds later, and Regan Nagy notched his 17th of the season the power play just over two minutes later to tie the game at 3.
Victoria’s power play was 2 for 3 on the night and 5 for 6 in the two game set. Spokane went 2 for 7 on the evening.
Griffen Outhouse continues to set the franchise record for most wins in a season now with 34 after earning first star honours by stopping 37 of 40 shots. Jayden Sittler fell for a second consecutive night kicking out 24 of 28 attempts.
Victoria defenseman Scott Walford and forward Jared Dmytriw collected a pair of assists each.
Phillips extends his point streak to 8 games with 18 points (7g-11a). Dante Hannoun has 9 points (4g-5a) in his past 5 games, while Jack Walker has collected four points (1g-3a) in his last three outings.
The Royals win their 6th in a row, and have points in 7 straight, holding down the 1st Wild Card spot in the West, now just 3 back of the Blazers, and 6 back of the Rockets.
Victoria is in Kelowna Tuesday and Kamloops Wednesday and Friday, before returning to Kelowna Saturday and back to Vancouver a week Tuesday.
– Marlon Martens
Spokane Chiefs 3 at Victoria Royals 4 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Spokane 1 2 0 0 – 3
Victoria 1 2 0 1 – 4
1, Spokane, Ostir 8 (Gallagher, Ross), 12:48.
2, Victoria, Phillips 45 (Walker, Walford), 19:02 (PP).
Penalties-Masella Vic (hooking), 5:14; McKay Spo (major-fighting), 10:15; Masella Vic (major-fighting), 10:15; Yamamoto Spo (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 18:47.
3, Spokane, Elynuik 24 (Yamamoto, Yamamoto), 11:21 (PP).
4, Spokane, Elynuik 25 (Smith, Anderson-Dolan), 12:19 (PP).
5, Victoria, Morrison 3 (Hannoun, Phillips), 12:59.
6, Victoria, Nagy 17 (Florchuk, Dmytriw), 15:10 (PP).
Penalties-Bobylev Vic (tripping), 0:32; Oliver Vic (inter. on goaltender), 5:19; Morrison Vic (slashing), 10:06; Walford Vic (delay of game), 10:29; McKay Spo (holding), 13:44.
Penalties-Woods Spo (high sticking), 6:58; Nagy Vic (slashing), 7:35; Hannoun Vic (interference), 15:52; Elynuik Spo (roughing), 16:53; Walford Vic (roughing), 16:53.
OT Period-7, Victoria, Phillips 46 (Dmytriw, Walford), 2:42. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Spokane 2 / 7;
Victoria 2 / 3.
Spokane, Sittler 15-13-3-1 (28 shots-24 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 34-20-3-1 (40 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Troy Paterson (60).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).