Royals Come From Behind, Upend Blazers 5-4 Saturday
The Royals had trailed 3-0 and 4-3, but scored the final two goals of the game to earn the sweep after edging the Blazers 6-5 Friday.
Head Coach Dan Price on overcoming the 3 goals first period deficit:
Jeff DeWit also had a pair of goals Saturday while adding an assist. Andrei Grishakov had a goal and an assist, while Igor Martynov chipped in with a pair of helpers. Griffen Outhouse earned the win with 38 saves.
DeWit on the come from behind victory:
Dylan Ferguson made 23 saves in the loss.
Both clubs notched a shorthanded and a power play goal.
DeWit was denied the hatrick on a 2nd period penalty shot by Ferguson.
Over the two games, Hannoun scored 4 goals and was first star both nights. DeWit 5 points (3g 2a) new comer Tanner Kaspick had 3 points (1g 2a) in his weekend debut, while Grishakov (1g 2a), Martynov (1g 2a) and Phillips (3a) contributed 3 points.
Blazers never trail until 3:31 to play… Hannoun's 2nd of the game is the go-ahead goal. Blazers can't seem to close the deal against this veteran Royals club. Feb 28th will be the final meeting head-to-head.
— Jon Keen (@JonKeenNLSports) January 14, 2018
Tyler Soy had his 13 game point streak snapped (8g 12a) 20 pts.
The Royals sit 3rd in the BC Division, 2 back of the Giants and 3 behind the Rockets, both whom they’ll face on the road next Friday and Saturday.
– Marlon Martens
Royals Post Game Notes:
Top Rookies – Tonight’s contest featured two of the top rookies in the WHL. Victoria’s Igor Martynov (14g-15a) and Kamloops’ Brodi Stuart (12g-17a) each recorded two points and are tied for fourth place in points (29) among freshman skaters.
Lights Out – Victoria forward Dante Hannoun recorded his second straight multi-goal game against the Blazers. Hannoun has now scored nine goals in seven games versus Kamloops this season.
Streaking Skaters – Multiple Royals’ skaters extended their points streaks in tonight’s game. Matthew Phillips stretched his point streak to five games and has tallied nine points (2g-7a) in that span. Chaz Reddekopp has seven points (2g-5a) in five straight games, Jeff de Wit has registered six points (4g-2a) in his last three games, and Andrei Grishakov has totaled four points (2g-2a) in three straight games.
Shorthanded Specialist – Newly acquired forward Tanner Kaspick registered his fifth shorthanded assist of the season. Kaspick leads the WHL in helper while on the penalty kill.
A Welcome Addition – With a three-point performance, Royals’ forward Jeff de Wit has registered nine points (5g-4a) in six games since being acquired from the Kootenay ICE. In 22 games this season prior to joining the Royals, de Wit earned six points (3g-3a) split between the ICE and the Regina Pats.
The Road Ahead – The Royals embark on a four-game road trip starting in Portland on Wednesday, January 17th when they take on the Winterhawks. Victoria returns to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday, January 27th in the first of a back-to-back series against the Calgary Hitmen. Puck drop is scheduled 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:
Kamloops Blazers 4 at Victoria Royals 5 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kamloops 3 0 1 – 4
Victoria 2 1 2 – 5
1, Kamloops, Loewen 18 (Smith, Kneen), 2:33 (PP).
2, Kamloops, Gatenby 10 (Benjafield), 9:57.
3, Kamloops, Stuart 12 (Kneen), 10:36.
4, Victoria, Hannoun 17 (Phillips, Reddekopp), 11:02.
5, Victoria, de Wit 7 (Kaspick), 14:24 (SH).
Penalties-Jensen Vic (cross checking), 0:54; Loewen Kam (interference), 5:32; Walford Vic (hooking), 13:41; Reddekopp Vic (checking to the head), 16:17; Buziak Vic (inter. on goaltender), 19:48.
6, Victoria, de Wit 8 (Martynov, Grishakov), 3:07 (PP).
Penalties-Kneen Kam (tripping), 2:03; Jensen Vic (interference), 13:05; Walford Vic (interference), 17:10.
7, Kamloops, Smith 11 (Stuart), 5:29 (SH).
8, Victoria, Grishakov 14 (Martynov, de Wit), 8:19.
9, Victoria, Hannoun 18 16:29.
Penalties-Shepard Kam (interference), 4:17; Reagan Kam (roughing), 9:07; Buziak Vic (embellishment), 9:07; Zazula Kam (roughing), 20:00; Jensen Vic (major-cross checking, game misconduct), 20:00; Kambeitz Vic (roughing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kamloops 1 / 6;
Victoria 1 / 3.
Kamloops, Ferguson 14-17-1-2 (28 shots-23 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 23-10-3-1 (42 shots-38 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Liam Reid (112), Jeff MacAdams.