Royals Edge Giants 4-3 in Shoot Out Friday
Igor Martynov celebrated his 19th birthday with a great deke to score in the 6 round shoot out, while Tyler Soy also struck for the Royals. The Giants got goals from James Malm and Tyler Benson.
Griffen Outhouse earned the win the 40 saves, while David Tendeck stopped 22 of 25.
Victoria got singles in regulation from Dante Hannoun, Jeff DeWit and Tyler Soy. Ronning had a pair for Vancouver, now 42 on the year, while Benson and Owen Hardy chipped in with a pair of helpers. Dylan Plouffe scored in the third to force overtime.
The Royals took sole possession of 2nd place in the BC Division with the extra point, 1 up on the Giants, and now 1 back of the Rockets whom they’ll visit in Kelowna Saturday.
Victoria has now won 4 in a row, and 5 of their last 6. Vancouver has not lost in regulation in 10 games (7-0-2-1).
Both club exchanged singles in each period. Ty Ronning opened the scoring, before Dante Hannoun tied the game at 1-1 after 1. Jeff Dewit gave the Royals a 2-1 lead in the 2nd before Ronning tied the game.
In the first minute of the third Tyler Soy scored on a wrap around, but Dylan Plouffe seven minutes later struck from the point to force overtime, which solved nothing.
The Royals were 1 for 2 on the power play, while the Giants went 0 for 2.
Victoria leads the 10 game season series 5 games to 3, and will meet again in Langley next Friday night.
– Marlon Martens
Extra Time – The Royals competed in their third shootout of the year tonight and have earned a 2-1 record. Victoria’s other shootout victory also came against Vancouver on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
Road Wins – Victoria collected their 12th road victory tonight. This is the third-most in the Western Conference, and fifth-highest mark in the WHL.
On Fire – A pair of Royals’ skaters extended their point streaks tonight. Matthew Phillips is riding a seven-game streak where he has recorded 13 points (3g-10a). Dante Hannoun meanwhile, has six points (5g-1a) over his past four contests.
Welcome to the Club – Tanner Kaspick has enjoyed success with Victoria since his acquisition from the Brandon Wheat Kings. In four games, the forward has earned three points (2g-1a) and scored tonight’s shootout winner.
The Road Ahead – The Royals continue their road trip Saturday night against the Kelowna Rockets. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. from Prospera Place.
Home Cooking – 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 SCORING SUMMARY:
Victoria Royals 4 (SO) at Vancouver Giants 3 – Status: Final SO
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC
Victoria 1 1 1 0 – 4
Vancouver 1 1 1 0 – 3
1, Vancouver, Ronning 41 (Hardy, Riddle), 5:23.
2, Victoria, Hannoun 19 (Phillips, Walford), 17:20 (PP).
Penalties-Prowse Vic (tripping), 7:24; Barberis Van (elbowing), 17:08.
3, Victoria, de Wit 9 (Martynov, Prowse), 4:48.
4, Vancouver, Ronning 42 (Benson, Hardy), 11:11.
Penalties-Prowse Vic (holding), 1:18.
5, Victoria, Soy 21 1:00.
6, Vancouver, Plouffe 8 (Benson, Bulych), 7:51. Penalties-Byram Van (hooking), 18:10.
OT Period- No Scoring.
Victoria 3 (Gregor NG, Martynov G, Kaspick G, Hannoun NG, Phillips NG, Soy G), Vancouver 2 (Holt NG, Malm G, Koch NG, Benson G, Ronning NG, Ho NG).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 2;
Vancouver 0 / 2.
Victoria, Outhouse 25-10-3-1 (43 shots-40 saves).
Vancouver, Tendeck 17-7-1-2 (25 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Stephen Campbell (14).
Linesmen-Scott Mackey (48), Ron Dietterle (121).