The Royals twice found themselves down by 3 goals, but scored 5 of the last 6 goals. Down 3-0 after 20 minutes, the club struck twice in both the second and third period.
Head Coach Dan Price on the comeback win:
The club had travelled all day Saturday from the Island after beating the Silvertips 5-0 Friday, while the Blazers had not played since beating the Royals 4-1 New Years day in Kamloops.
Price on shaking the bus legs:
Matthew Phillips forced overtime with his 30th, and then set up Reddekopp for the winner on 2 on 1 in the extra frame. Phillips had a 3 point night with a goal and 2 assists, while Reddekopp and Tyler Soy notched a goal and assist each.
Victoria also got singles from Dino Kambietz and Jared Freadrich on the power play.
Griffen Outhouse earned the win with 32 saves, while Dylan Ferguson took the loss making 30 stops.
Victoria pulls to within 1 point of first place of the BC Division shared by Vancouver and Kelowna.
The Royals lead the season series 4-1 against the Blazers, and will meet for a pair of games next Friday and Saturday on the Island.
Up next Victoria wraps up 3 in 3 in Everett Sunday afternoon at 4pm.
Dan Price on facing the ‘Tips:
Extra Frame – Victoria took part in their sixth overtime game this season. The club has earned a 3-3 record this season in extra time.
On Fire – A trio of Royals extended their point streaks in tonight’s game. Tyler Soy leads the team with 17 points (7g-10a) in his last 11 contests. Dante Hannoun (1g-3a) and Scott Walford (3a) meanwhile have points in their previous three games.
First Game – Newcomer D-Jay Jerome made his Royals’ debut tonight. Jerome was acquired from the Prince Albert Raiders this past Thursday.
Phill-ing the Net – With a goal tonight, Matthew Phillips reached the 30-goal mark. The Victoria forward is the eighth player in the WHL this year to reach 30 goals, and has scored at least 30 in each of his three seasons in the league.
Record Watch – Victoria’s Tyler Soy moved within one assist of tying the franchise record for most helpers tonight. Soy has tallied 150 assists through his WHL career, while the franchise mark is help by former Royal and Chilliwack Bruin Brandon Magee who recorded 151 career assists.
Island Connection – The Blazers had three Vancouver Island natives on their roster in tonight’s game. Nolan Kneen is from Duncan, while Sean Strange and Dylan Ferguson call Saanich and Lantzville home respectively.
On the Road Again – The Royals will now head to Everett to wrap up their three games in three nights against the Silvertips. Puck drop is set for 4:05 p.m. from the Angels of the Winds Arena.
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Victoria Royals 5 (OT) at Kamloops Blazers 4 – Status: Final OT
Saturday, January 6, 2018 – Sandman Centre – Kamloops, BC
Victoria 0 2 2 1 – 5
Kamloops 3 1 0 0 – 4
1, Kamloops, Chyzowski 13 (Kneen), 0:51.
2, Kamloops, Pilon 18 (Denomie, Kneen), 4:44.
3, Kamloops, Walton 1 (Smith, Gatenby), 19:08.
Penalties-Reagan Kam (holding), 1:34; Jarratt Vic (cross checking), 10:10.
4, Victoria, Soy 18 (Phillips), 14:52.
5, Kamloops, Gatenby 9 (Pilon, Benjafield), 15:59.
6, Victoria, Kambeitz 9 (Walford, Hannoun), 16:52.
Penalties-Oliver Vic (roughing), 14:19; Walton Kam (roughing), 14:19.
7, Victoria, Freadrich 9 (Florchuk, Reddekopp), 10:12 (PP).
8, Victoria, Phillips 30 14:36.
Penalties-Kambeitz Vic (high sticking), 2:34; Gatenby Kam (high sticking), 10:00; Freadrich Vic (tripping), 14:17; Loewen Kam (high sticking), 14:21.
9, Victoria, Reddekopp 5 (Phillips, Soy), 0:23.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 3;
Kamloops 0 / 3.
Victoria, Outhouse 21-10-3-1 (36 shots-32 saves).
Kamloops, Ferguson 13-14-1-2 (35 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Stephen Campbell (14), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Dustin Minty (86), Cody Wanner (56).