Matthew Phillips scored the lone goal in the shoot out as the Victoria Royals staved off the visiting Vancouver Giants 6-5 Saturday.
Victoria saw a 5-2, 3rd period lead evaporate as Vancouver stormed back with 3 straight late to force overtime.
Giants Ty Ronning notched the tying goal in the final minute on the power play with the goaltender pulled.
Griffen Outhouse made 43 saves, and all 3 in the shoot out to get the Royals back in the win column, to kick off a 5 game home stand.
Outhouse stopped Ronning, Dawson Holt and Milos Roman in the shoot out.
David Tendeck stopped 37 in the loss, including Tyler Soy and Igor Martynov in the shoot out.
Both goaltenders made many great saves throughout the evening.
Royals Captain Phillips had a goal and assist, with singles coming from Ryan Peckford, Eric Florchuk, Regan Nagy’s 15th, and Jared Legien. Scott Walford added a pair of assists.
Giants Owen Hardy and Matthew Barberis notched a goal and assist each, with singles from James Malm, and Tyler Popowich, while Dylan Plouffe added 2 helpers.
Edmonton Oilers 2nd round pick Tyler Benson did not play, but is expected in the line up Sunday in the rematch at 3pm.
Victoria was 1 for 9 on the power play, while Vancouver went 1 for 6.
The Royals are now 3-0 against the Giants in their 10 game season series.
– Marlon Martens
Record Setter – Matthew Phillips has registered a point in 16 consecutive games (13g-19a), which is the new franchise record for longest point streak. The previous high was set by Mark Santorelli (11g-16a) during the 2006-2007 season with the Chilliwack Bruins.
Captain Phillips – With an assist tonight, Victoria’s Phillips registered his 200th career WHL point and 100th career WHL assist. The Calgary Flames’ prospect is the fastest player in franchise history to accomplish both feats.
Awesome October – The Royals have now earned eight wins this month, which is the most the club has earned in any October since the club relocated to Victoria.
Saturday Night Shootout – Tonight’s game marked the first shootout of the season for Victoria and second for Vancouver. Phillips’ shootout marker was the first of his WHL career.
BC Division – With the win, Victoria remains perfect against BC Division opponents this year as they have collected a record of 7-0-0-0 and have outscored the opposition 35-17.
Milestone Night – Royals’ forward Jared Legien took part in his 100th WHL contest tonight. The native of Pilot Butte, SK has registered 29 points (10g-19a) in his time in the league. Legien played 84 games with the Kootenay ICE from 2014-2017, and has played in all 16 games this season for Victoria.
Island Product – Vancouver forward Owen Hardy played close to home tonight, and earned a goal and an assist. The 1999-born skater is originally from Nanaimo, BC and played midget hockey for the North Island Silvertips of the BCMML.
Next Up – The Royals will face the Giants again tomorrow afternoon at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre with puck drop set for 3:05 p.m. Victoria will continue their homestand on Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th against the Kelowna Rockets. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Vancouver Giants 5 at Victoria Royals 6 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Vancouver 1 1 3 0 – 5
Victoria 1 2 2 0 – 6
1, Vancouver, Barberis 1 (Dhaliwal, McNabb), 12:36.
2, Victoria, Peckford 8 (Phillips, Walford), 12:45.
Penalties-Barberis Van (roughing), 7:50; Soy Vic (interference), 9:26; Semchuk Van (hooking), 14:50; McNabb Van (slashing), 18:31; Soy Vic (slashing), 20:00.
3, Victoria, Florchuk 4 (Masella), 8:30.
4, Victoria, Phillips 13 (Soy, Hannoun), 11:45 (PP).
5, Vancouver, Malm 4 (Byram, Kichton), 14:42.
Penalties-served by Peckford Vic (too many men), 2:35; Morrison Van (slashing), 10:00; Kannok Leipert Van (interference), 17:55.
6, Victoria, Nagy 15 (Kambeitz, Reddekopp), 7:48.
7, Victoria, Legien 7 (Oliver, Walford), 8:04.
8, Vancouver, Hardy 5 (Holt, Plouffe), 13:50.
9, Vancouver, Popowich 2 (Hardy), 15:56.
10, Vancouver, Ronning 11 (Plouffe, Barberis), 19:01 (PP).
Penalties-Holt Van (tripping), 8:35; Florchuk Vic (interference), 11:24; Prowse Vic (high sticking), 12:03; served by Morrison Van (too many men), 13:06; Bulych Van (slashing), 16:32; Legien Vic (interference), 17:43.
Penalties-Morrison Van (hooking), 1:02.
Vancouver 0 (Ronning NG, Holt NG, Roman NG),
Victoria 1 (Martynov NG, Phillips G, Soy NG).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 1 / 6;
Victoria 1 / 9.
Vancouver, Tendeck 3-3-0-1 (42 shots-37 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 10-2-1-0 (48 shots-43 saves).
Referees-Duncan Brow (19), Stephen Campbell (14).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Jeff MacAdams.