Regan Nagy got Victoria on board first, but the Chiefs responded with the next 4 goals in a span of 2:35. The first two were :20 seconds apart, the next on a 5 on 3, and the fourth after the second man advantage expired.
“The team to a man all understand that we weren’t good enough defensively,” said Royals Head Coach Dan Price on the difference in the game,
“We weren’t playing hard enough on the puck, or away from the puck. We were loose, very loose. It was a little bit of pond hockey there and that caught up to us…”
The Royals Eric Florchuk cut that in half to 4-2 before the period was out with a breakaway goal. The Chiefs out shot their visitors 18-6 after 20 minutes.
Both teams scored 2 a piece in the next two frames, and Spokane came out on top by a pair, to snap their 3 game losing streak.
“There was legitimate belief in the room that we could win the game, right to the end, you could see that in their eyes…” said Price on the clubs resolve, and no quit attitude.
Griffen Outhouse took the loss stopping 23 of 30 before being relieved by Dean McNabb who only allowed 1 goal on 10 shots.
“It’s an important lesson for us to learn that we can’t ever in games, beginning or end, playing loose like that…and expect our goalies to bail us out.” Added Price.
Dawson Weatherhill allowed 6 goals on 26 Royals shots for the victory.
Victoria was 1 for 4 on the power play while Spokane went 2 for 6.
Florchuk ended with two goals, the later short handed. Matthew Phillips had a 3 point night with a goal and 2 assists, while Tyler Soy notched a goal and assist. Regan Nagy and Chaz Reddekopp rounded out the scoring for the Royals.
It was Victoria’s first game of 7 straight on the road, and will visit Seattle Saturday night 7pm.
– Marlon Martens
Hot Streak – Four Royals’ players extended their point streaks in today’s game. Matthew Phillips has registered 22 points (7g-15a) in nine consecutive games. Tyler Soy has tallied nine points (3g-5a), while Scott Walford has earned assists in four straight contests. Eric Florchuk has recorded four points his last three games (2g-2a).
Shorthanded Success – Victoria’s Florchuk recorded the Royals’ fifth shorthanded goal of the year, which is the highest total among all WHL teams. The club has now tallied shorthanded markers in three straight games.
Offensive Outburst – Tonight’s game set the Royals’ record for most total goals in a regular season contest with 14. The previous record was 13 and most recently occurred on December 17, 2014 in a 7-6 shootout loss to the Everett Silvertips.
Offensive Flare – With five goals tonight, Victoria has now scored 56 times through nine contests for an average of 6.2 markers per game which is the best mark in the WHL.
Multi-Goal Games – Following Florchuk’s two goal effort, the club has now tallied 11 multi-goal performances in nine games this year.
Victoria Royals 6 at Spokane Chiefs 8 – Status: End of Game
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena – Spokane, WA
Victoria 2 2 2 – 6
Spokane 4 2 2 – 8
1, Victoria, Nagy 8 (Walford, Soy), 4:14 (PP).
2, Spokane, McGrew 2 (Hamaliuk), 10:12.
3, Spokane, Woods 5 (McIndoe, Helgesen), 10:32.
4, Spokane, Zummack 3 (Smith, Anderson-Dolan), 11:22 (PP).
5, Spokane, Ostir 2 (Kral, Elynuik), 12:47.
6, Victoria, Florchuk 2 13:35.
Penalties-Helgesen Spo (high sticking), 3:13; Jarratt Vic (major-fighting), 5:03; McKay Spo (major-fighting), 5:03; Nagy Vic (boarding), 10:56; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 10:56; McIndoe Spo (inter. on goaltender), 16:03.
7, Spokane, Anderson-Dolan 2 (Faith), 3:02.
8, Victoria, Reddekopp 2 (Soy, Phillips), 4:11.
9, Spokane, McGrew 3 (Smith, Zummack), 6:34.
10, Victoria, Phillips 7 19:35.
Penalties-Kambeitz Vic (boarding), 4:30; Reid Spo (tripping), 12:32; Martynov Vic (interference), 15:10.
11, Spokane, Ostir 3 (McIndoe, Anderson-Dolan), 1:43 (PP).
12, Spokane, McGrew 4 3:13.
13, Victoria, Florchuk 3 (Khomenko), 8:15 (SH).
14, Victoria, Soy 3 (Nagy, Phillips), 15:26.
Penalties-Prowse Vic (hooking), 0:35; Elynuik Spo (holding), 4:16; Phillips Vic (slashing), 6:33; Jarratt Vic (tripping), 15:47; Martynov Vic (roughing), 15:47; Anderson-Dolan Spo (roughing), 15:47; Weatherill Spo (roughing), 15:47.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Spokane 2 / 6.
Victoria, Outhouse 6-1-1-0 (30 shots-23 saves); McNabb 1-0-0-0 (10 shots-9 saves). Spokane, Weatherill 5-3-0-0 (26 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Bryan Bourdon (45), Trevor Nolan (51).
Linesmen-Michael Bean (148), Anthony Guzzo (135).