Tyler Benson and Jared Dmytriw had a goal and assist each to lead the Vancouver Giants past their BC Division rivals, the Victoria Royals 3-1 Friday night in Langley.
The Giants won their 4th in a row, while the Royals suffered a second consecutive set back to wrap up their 3 game Divisional road swing (1-2).
Vancouver scored a pair of goals in the final minute of the 1st with Darian Skeoch notching the eventual winner with 2.5 seconds left in the first.
The clubs exchanged goals in the middle frame, while netminder Griffen Outhouse kept his club within striking distance, stopping 16 of 17 second period shots.
AUDIO: Head Coach Dan Price Post Game Comments:
Noah Gregor scored his first goal as a Royal, set up by Tyler Soy and Matthew Phillips.
James Malm added a pair of assists for the Giants.
Neither club scored in the final frame, and David Tendeck earned the win with 21 stops, his 4 win in a row.
Victoria went 0 for 2 on the power play, while Vancouver was 1 for 2.
The Royals were without 20 year old Regan Nagy, and 19 year old Dante Hannoun. Overage defenseman Kade Jensen was serving the 2nd of a 3 game suspension.
AUDIO: Jared Dmytriw Post Game:
Jason McKee, coach of @WHLGiants, on 3-1 win over @victoriaroyals: “I thought we got a really complete effort from our whole group tonight. It was probably one of our best of the year. We’ll take it."
— Steve Ewen (@SteveEwen) December 16, 2017
Victoria will look to avenge the loss Saturday night on the Island, their final game before the Christmas break.
Puck drop at 7pm.
– Marlon Martens
Vancouver Giants stretch win streak to four by crowning Victoria Royals https://t.co/vHR2tyiH5W
— Langley Advance (@LangleyAdvance) December 16, 2017
Streaking Skaters – A pair of Victoria skaters extended their point streaks in tonight’s game. Tyler Soy recorded an assist and now has seven points (2g-5a) in his last four contests, while Noah Gregor’s goal gives him six points (3g-3a) in as many games dating back to his time with the Moose Jaw Warriors.
New Kid on the Block – Recently acquired forward Noah Gregor scored his first goal as a Royal tonight. The 2016 San Jose Sharks’ draft pick earned his first point with Victoria on Tuesday with an assist.
Former Royal – The Giants’ Jared Dmytriw played against his former team tonight. Dmytriw took part in 179 games for Victoria over his first three years in the WHL and was traded to the Red Deer Rebels this summer. Vancouver acquired Dmytriw from Red Deer in November.
Dish Master – With an assist tonight, Tyler Soy (145) is within two helpers of tying the Victoria record for most career assists, set by former Royal Jack Walker with 147 (2012-17). Former Royal and Chilliwack Bruin Brandon Magee holds the franchise record with 151 assists over his 318-game career (2010-15).
Top Prospects – In tonight’s contest the Royals and Giants were each represented by a player named to the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game tonight. Victoria’s Eric Florchuk and Vancouver’s Milos Roman will both take part in the contest on Thursday, January 25, 2018 in Guelph, ON.
Hometown Player – Tonight, four Victoria skaters returned home as Spencer Gerth (Langley), Scott Walford (Coquitlam), Tyus Gent (Delta), and Kaid Oliver (White Rock) all originate from the Greater Vancouver Area.
Next Up – Victoria will return home tomorrow night to take on the Giants for the team’s final game before the 10-day Christmas break. Puck drop is slated for 7:05 p.m. 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 GAME SUMMARY:
Victoria Royals 1 at Vancouver Giants 3 – Status: Final
Friday, December 15, 2017 – Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC
Victoria 0 1 0 – 1
Vancouver 2 1 0 – 3
1, Vancouver, Dmytriw 7 (Kannok Leipert, Plouffe), 19:29 (PP).
2, Vancouver, Skeoch 1 (Benson, Malm), 19:58.
Penalties-Jarratt Vic (interference), 19:04.
3, Vancouver, Benson 13 (Malm, Dmytriw), 3:32.
4, Victoria, Gregor 15 (Soy, Phillips), 19:15.
Penalties-Kannok Leipert Van (hooking), 11:09.
3rd Period- No Scoring.
Penalties-Jarratt Vic (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 9:33; Benson Van (charging), 9:33; Semchuk Van (slashing), 14:40; Soy Vic (slashing), 19:23.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 1;
Vancouver 1 / 2.
Victoria, Outhouse 18-7-3-0 (37 shots-34 saves).
Vancouver, Tendeck 11-6-0-1 (22 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Ryan O’Keeffe (30), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Scott Mackey (48), Bradley Parker (129).