Royals Take Out Hitmen 7-3 Sunday, Earn The Sweep
The Royals swept the 2 game set on the Island after a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Hitmen.
Victoria won a trio of games in 3 days, beginning with a 4-3 overtime road victory against Vancouver Friday.
Victoria sits firmly in 2nd place in the BC Division, 6 ahead of Vancouver and 2 back of Kelowna. Both the Rockets and Giants have 2 games in hand.
Sunday the Royals got a goal and assist performance from 4 skaters, Noah Gregor, Lane Zablocki, Tyler Soy and Dante Hannoun. Victoria got singles from Andrei Grishakov, Braydon Buziak and Kade Jensen.
Royals back up netminder Dean McNabb earned the win stopping 28 of 31, while 20 year old Nick Schneider got the start but pulled after allowing 4 goals on 19 shots by the middle frame. Matthew Armitage came in relief and made 18 saves on 21 attempts.
Victoria allowed the first the goal, but led 2-1 after 20 minutes, and 5-2 after 40, going up 7-2 in the third before Jakob Stukel added a single for Calgary.
The Royals have now scored 4 or more goals in 11 straight games and have the 2nd most goals for in the WHL.
Victoria went 2 for 8 on the power play, and now have 10 power play goals over their last 5 games (10/25) = 40%. The Royals shut down all 3 Hitmen man advantages, however Calgary did get a short handed goal from Luke Coleman who also added an assist.
Up next Victoria visits Tri City Wednesday before returning home to face the Medicine Hat Friday.
Super Soy – With a goal tonight, Royals’ forward Tyler Soy (138), now sits two goals away from tying former Chilliwack Bruin Ryan Howse’s all-time franchise record for most career goals at 140.
Three-in-Three – The Royals took home all six points this weekend as the club defeated the Hitmen on Saturday and Sunday, while also picking up a victory against the Vancouver Giants on Friday night. In the three games over the weekend, Victoria outscored their opponents 15-6.
First of Many – Victoria forward Lane Zablocki and blueliner Kade Jensen, who were both acquired prior to the WHL Trade Deadline, each recorded their first goals as Royals.
Seventh Heaven – In 51 contests this season, the Royals have now scored seven or more goals on eight separate occasions. Last year, the club completed four contests where the club recorded seven or more tallies.
The Boys Are Rollin’ – Multiple Royals’ skaters stretched their point scoring streaks tonight. Matthew Phillips has found the score sheet in 11 straight games and has recorded 21 points (7g-14a) during that span and Dante Hannoun has recorded 12 points (7g-5a) in his last eight contests. Noah Gregor has netted two goals and five assists in his last six contests. Tanner Kaspick has recorded points in four straight games with a total of six points (4g-2a).
Next Up – Victoria will travel to Kennewick, WA to face the Tri-City Americans this Wednesday, with puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m.
Coming Home – The Royals return home on Friday, February 2nd for a match-up against the Medicine Hat Tigers at 7:05 p.m. The game is Eco Night presented by BYD .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 3 at Victoria Royals 7 – Status: Final
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Calgary 1 1 1 – 3
Victoria 2 3 2 – 7
1, Calgary, Coleman 11 3:38 (SH).
2, Victoria, Gregor 17 16:57.
3, Victoria, Jensen 3 (Gregor, Zablocki), 17:57.
Penalties-Krebs Cgy (slashing), 2:10; Jensen Vic (tripping), 7:09; Stukel Cgy (boarding), 10:38; de Wit Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 10:38; Kastelic Cgy (tripping), 13:27; Wiesblatt Cgy (hooking), 19:50.
4, Victoria, Zablocki 12 2:30.
5, Victoria, Soy 23 (Kaspick, Hannoun), 6:14 (PP).
6, Calgary, Nielsen 9 10:46.
7, Victoria, Buziak 4 (Kambeitz, Prowse), 12:26.
Penalties-Kaspick Vic (slashing), 3:20; Coleman Cgy (interference), 5:18; Schmiemann Cgy (roughing), 8:11; Buziak Vic (roughing), 8:11; Walford Vic (interference), 13:08; Stotts Cgy (playing w/out helmet), 14:00.
8, Victoria, Grishakov 16 (de Wit, Walford), 0:32.
9, Victoria, Hannoun 21 (Phillips, Soy), 5:32 (PP).
10, Calgary, Stukel 23 (Coleman, Kastelic), 15:06.
Penalties-Kastelic Cgy (high sticking, high sticking), 4:37; Schmiemann Cgy (slashing), 16:58; Oliver Vic (tripping), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Calgary 0 / 3;
Victoria 2 / 8.
Calgary, Schneider 15-22-5-1 (19 shots-15 saves); Armitage 0-6-0-0 (21 shots-18 saves). Victoria, McNabb 3-6-0-0 (31 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Troy Paterson (60).
Linesmen-Cole Cooke (130), Liam Reid (112).