Royals Edge Giants 4-3 in Overtime Friday
With the extra point, the Royals move 2 points ahead of the Giants for 2nd in the BC Division, while trailing the 1st place Rockets by 5.
Vancouver Captain Tyler Benson forced overtime with his 2nd of the night in the final minute of the 3rd period.
It was a back and forth affair as Victoria trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes, but pulled ahead with a pair of power play goals in the 2nd to take a 3-2 lead to the third.
The Royals also got goals from Andrei Grishakov, and Matthew Phillips who added an assist. Dante Hannoun who was stopped on a breakaway and rang a shot off the crossbar chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Victoria was 2 for 5 on the power play, while shutting out all 4 Vancouver man advantages.
Royals netminder Griffen Outhouse stopped 22 shots for the win, while David Tendeck made 28 saves.
Victoria now leads the season series 6 games to 3.
The Royals return home to entertain the Calgary Hitmen for a pair games Saturday night and Sunday at 5pm.
RECAP: @TylerBenson_17's late heroics helped the Giants earn another point against Victoria, but the Royals escaped with the 4-3 OT victory Friday night in Langley. Giants return to action Wednesday at home against @WHLHitmen.
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) January 27, 2018
End of the Road – Victoria concluded their four-game road swing tonight. The Royals posted a record of 3-1-0-0 as Matthew Phillips led the team in scoring with nine points (3g-6a) in those four games.
Potent Powerplay – Obbver their last three contests, the Royals have gone 6/14=42.9% on the man-advantage. Matthew Phillips and Dante Hannoun have each recorded a pair of goals on the powerplay during that span.
Going the Distance – Tonight’s overtime game was the third time this season that a game between the Royals and the Giants has gone past 60 minutes. Victoria earned shootout wins over Vancouver on October 28th and January 19th.
Extended Streaks – Multiple Royals’ skaters extended their point scoring streaks. Matthew Phillips stretched his scoring streak to nine games where he has recorded five goals and 13 assists, while Dante Hannoun has registered nine points (6g-3a) in his last six games. Meanwhile, Noah Gregor has tallied four points (1g-3a) in his last four contests and Igor Martynov has collected a goal and two assists in his last three games.
WHL Debut – Victoria defenceman Kaden Reinders (2002) made his WHL debut in tonight’s game. The Royals selected the blueliner in the third round, 52nd overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
Coming Home – The Royals return home to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre tomorrow and Sunday to face-off against the Calgary Hitmen.
Saturday is Hockey for Hospitals Night and will kick off at 7:05 p.m.
On Sunday, CIBC Fan Night, the two teams will meet in a rematch at 5:05 p.m. with a Skate with the Players presented by CIBC taking place following the game. 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:
Victoria Royals 4 (OT) at Vancouver Giants 3 – Status: Final OT
Friday, January 26, 2018 – Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC
Victoria 1 2 0 1 – 4
Vancouver 2 0 1 0 – 3
1, Vancouver, Holt 8 (Kannok Leipert), 2:54.
2, Victoria, Grishakov 15 (Martynov), 7:34.
3, Vancouver, Benson 18 (Barberis, Riddle), 9:22.
4, Victoria, Kaspick 15 (Phillips), 7:25 (PP).
5, Victoria, Phillips 33 (Hannoun, Gregor), 10:28 (PP).
Penalties-Phillips Vic (inter. on goaltender), 2:52; Riddle Van (cross checking), 6:04; Zablocki Vic (major-fighting), 9:21; Benson Van (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 9:21; Kaspick Vic (high sticking), 19:21.
6, Vancouver, Benson 19 (Koch, Holt), 19:06.
Penalties-Skeoch Van (tripping), 9:12; Martynov Vic (hooking), 11:27; Buziak Vic (tripping), 13:48; Benson Van (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:06; Ronning Van (tripping), 15:41.
7, Victoria, Kaspick 16 2:28.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 5;
Vancouver 0 / 4.
Victoria, Outhouse 26-11-3-1 (25 shots-22 saves).
Vancouver, Tendeck 17-9-2-2 (32 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Michael Labbe (73), Bradley Parker (129).