Royals Defuse Rockets in Overtime 4-3 Saturday
It was Kaspick’s 2nd goal of the night, and it came on a 4 on 3 power play in the extra inning.
Noah Gregor’s second of the game had forced overtime mid way through the third, also with the man advantage.
Victoria reclaims first place in the BC Division by a single point over Kelowna, who have 2 games in hand.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post Game Interview:
The Royals had opened the scoring but trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes, they then tied at 2-2 after 40. Connor Bruggencate gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead, but Kelowna was unable to sustain it.
Cal Foote had a goal and an assist for the Rockets, while Kole Lind added a single.
The Royals had 3 point nights from Kaspick and Gregor, both with 2 goals and an assist. Dante Hannoun added a pair of helpers. Kaspick earned 6 points in the two game set (2g 4a).
Overtime hero @TKaspick16 on the playoff atmosphere over the weekend, @victoriaroyals take two big wins over the @Kelowna_Rockets and now gear up for a third meeting on Monday in Kelowna. #WHL pic.twitter.com/D8Pdks5Ow8
— Tyler Bennett (@TBennz) February 11, 2018
Matthew Phillips single assist tied the franchise longest point streak, one that he set earlier this year at 17 games. He also ties the Royals record for points in a season at 91, held by Alex Forsberg.
Victoria was 2 for 6 on the power play, while Kelowna went 1 for 1. The Royals have scored 5 power play goals in the two game set.
James Porter allowed 4 goals on 38 shots in the overtime loss.
In the season series, the Royals hold a record of 4-2-0-1.
Victoria’s home winning streak improves to 9 games. They play the last 10 of 15 on home ice.
Starting Strong – With Noah Gregor’s opening goal tonight, Victoria has now improved to 20-8-1-0 when they score the first tally. Gregor has opened the scoring on three occasions this season, which is the second-most among all Royals’ skaters.
Potent Powerplay – After tonight’s game, the Royals boast the top powerplay in the WHL while at home. Victoria has scored 41 goals on home ice with the man-advantage and hold a 29.3% mark. Over their past 10 home games, the Royals have earned a mark of 17/50=34.0%.
Record Chaser – With an assist tonight, Matthew Phillips tied the Royals record for most points in a season at 91 (41g-50a). The record was originally set by alumnus Alex Forsberg (31g-60a) in the 2015-16 season. The franchise mark is currently held by former Chilliwack Bruin Mark Santorelli who scored 101 points (27g-74a) in 2007-08.
New Kids on the Block – The Royals have scored 61 goals in their 14 games since the WHL Trade Deadline. Of those 61 goals, 26/61=42.6% have been scored by players acquired during the season. Tanner Kaspick leads Victoria with eight tallies, while Jeff de Wit sits in second with five.
Home Sweet Home – With their win Saturday, Victoria has now earned 9straight wins on home ice and out scored their opponents 48-21. The Royals’ 20 wins on home ice this season are the fourth-most in the WHL.
Streaking Skaters – Victoria had three skaters extend their point streaks in tonight’s game. Matthew Phillips has 32 points (13g-19a) over his past 17 games and has tied the franchise record for longest point streak, which he set at the start of the season. Tyler Soy meanwhile, has 13 points (5g-8a) in his past five contests and Dante Hannoun has earned eight points (1g-7a) over his last three games.
Coming Up – Victoria will now head to Kelowna to face the Rockets on Monday with puck drop for 2:05 p.m. The Royals will return home on Wednesday to kick off a five-game homestand against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Puck drop is slated 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
Kelowna Rockets 3 at Victoria Royals 4 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kelowna 2 0 1 0 – 3
Victoria 1 1 1 1 – 4
1, Victoria, Gregor 19 (Kaspick), 3:52.
2, Kelowna, Lind 29 (Dube, Foote), 8:36 (PP). 3, Kelowna, Foote 14 (Pow, Brennan), 13:18.
Penalties-Chizen Kel (high sticking), 7:09; Kaspick Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 7:09; Topping Kel (slashing), 8:02; Phillips Vic (cross checking), 8:02; Hannoun Vic (cross checking), 8:26; Bruggen-Cate Kel (tripping), 17:41; Kaspick Vic (misconduct – mouthguard), 17:41.
4, Victoria, Kaspick 19 (Gregor), 17:44.
Penalties-Chizen Kel (hooking), 7:12; Ballhorn Kel (slashing), 8:46; Topping Kel (delay of game), 19:35.
5, Kelowna, Bruggen-Cate 16 (Mattson), 8:22.
6, Victoria, Gregor 20 (Hannoun, Phillips), 10:19 (PP).
Penalties-Chizen Kel (checking from behind), 9:14; Chizen Kel (roughing), 12:37; Cowell Kel (roughing), 12:37; Kambeitz Vic (roughing), 12:37; Oliver Vic (roughing), 12:37.
7, Victoria, Kaspick 20 (Hannoun, Soy), 2:22 (PP).
Penalties-Topping Kel (tripping), 1:29.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kelowna 1 / 1;
Victoria 2 / 6.
Kelowna, Porter 18-7-3-0 (38 shots-34 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 30-12-3-1 (36 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Troy Paterson (60), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Cole Cooke (130), Riley Friesen (76).