Royals Elude Hitmen 4-1 Saturday
The Royals led 2-0 after 20 minutes, jumped to 3-0 before the clubs exchanged goals before the 2nd was out. There was no scoring in the third period.
Victoria has now won back to back games on their 3 game in 3 night swing which concludes with the rubber match against Calgary Sunday at 5pm.
Griffen Outhouse earned the win with 22 stops, while Nick Schneider was 18 for 22.
Victoria’s Tyler Soy had 3 assists, while Calgary got a single from Luke Coleman.
The Royals have won 6 of 7 since the trade deadline, and now sit 2nd in the BC Division, 4 points up on the Giants, and 4 back of the first place Rockets.
Hometown Team – Victoria Captain Matthew Phillips, who hails from Calgary, AB and is a Calgary Flames’ prospect, has had success in his career against the Hitmen. Adding two goals tonight, Phillips now has 11 points (8g-3a) in five career games against Calgary.
Game Winners – Victoria’s Tanner Kaspick registered his fourth game winning goal in his seventh game with the Royals tonight. The St. Louis Blues’ prospect has seven game winning goals in total this season, which is tied for the third highest amount among all WHL players.
On Fire – Multiple Royals’ skaters extended their point scoring streaks tonight. Phillips has points in 10 straight games and has recorded seven goals and 13 assists during that span. Dante Hannoun has recorded 10 points (6g-4a) in his last seven games, while Noah Gregor has a goal and four assists in his last five contests. Kaspick meanwhile has points in three straight games with a total of four goals and an assist.
Former Squad – Royals’ forward Andrei Grishakov took on his former club tonight. The product of Chelyabinsk, Russia played 107 contests with the Hitmen from 2016-2018 and tallied 61 points (22g-39a). Victoria acquired Grishakov on January 4th in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
Belarus Connection – A pair of Belarusian skaters played in tonight’s game. Victoria’s Igor Martynov is a product of Krasnoye and is third in the WHL rookie scoring race with 32 points (15g-17a). Calgary’s Vladislav Yeryomenko, who hails from Vitebsk, has the second most points among all import blueliners in the league with 30 (11g-19a).
Next Up – The Royals conclude their set of three games in as many days Sunday with another contest against the Hitmen. The game is CIBC Fan Night and will feature a Skate with the Players presented by CIBC following the contest. Puck drop is set for 5:05 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
Calgary Hitmen 1 at Victoria Royals 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Calgary 0 1 0 – 1
Victoria 2 2 0 – 4
1, Victoria, Phillips 34 (Soy, Jarratt), 1:01.
2, Victoria, Kaspick 17 (Zablocki), 12:03.
Penalties-Jarratt Vic (holding opp. stick), 7:05; Grishakov Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 15:30; Prowse Vic (delay of game), 17:31.
3, Victoria, Kaspick 18 (Soy, Gregor), 3:22 (PP).
4, Calgary, Coleman 10 (Kryski, Stotts), 12:57 (PP).
5, Victoria, Phillips 35 (Hannoun, Soy), 14:52 (PP).
Penalties-Schmiemann Cgy (slashing), 2:43; Jensen Vic (interference), 9:01; Freadrich Vic (tripping), 11:46; Schmiemann Cgy (cross checking), 13:43; Campbell Cgy (delay of game), 14:32.
Penalties-Kryski Cgy (boarding), 7:32; Jensen Vic (roughing, roughing), 7:32; Viggars Cgy (roughing), 11:36; Zablocki Vic (roughing), 11:36; Kastelic Cgy (roughing), 18:59; Buziak Vic (roughing), 18:59; Freadrich Vic (roughing), 18:59; Zablocki Vic (boarding), 19:31.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Calgary 1 / 9;
Victoria 2 / 3.
Calgary, Schneider 15-21-5-1 (22 shots-18 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 27-11-3-1 (22 shots-21 saves); McNabb 2-6-0-0 (2 shots-2 saves).
Referees-Ward Pateman (124), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Chris Van Deventer (145).