The Victoria Royals fell 7-6 in a shoot out Wednesday night to the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings.
Noah Gregor forced overtime in the final minute for the Royals, before the Oil Kings outscored the Royals 2-1 in the shoot out.
Thomas Soustal notched the winner, after adding two goals and an assist in regulation.
Five times the Royals had pulled even with the Oil Kings throughout the game, until the shoot out where the clubs 9 game home win streak was snapped. Edmonton extended their winning streak to 3 games.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price takeaway in loss:
Victoria’s Tanner Kaspick had 2 goals and an assist, while Tyler Soy added a goal and two helpers for three point nights. A trio of Royals had a goal and assist, Matthew Phillips, Kade Jensen, and Noah Gregor. Mitchell Prowse added 2 assists.
Outhouse, who is the only netminder to have played in 50 games this season, was scratched. Head Coach Dan Price, “…Just making sure he’s fully recovered, and fully healthy going forward.”
It was the debut of Royals netminder Joel Grzybowski, stopping 21 of 27 in the shoot out loss. He was acquired from the Blades for Hunter Arps in early December. Grzybowski was playing for the Battleford North Stars of the SJHL, where he put up a 1.82 gaa and 0.930 save % in 15 games. He had previously played 6 games for Saskatoon.
Grzybowski on his debut and shoot out loss:
With the extra point Victoria pulls into a tie for first in the BC Division with Kelowna, who fell to Red Deer. The Royals entertain the Rebels Friday night.
Mr. 200 – Victoria forward Dante Hannoun registered his 200th career point when he assisted on Tanner Kaspick’s second goal of the game. The product of Delta, BC is the fifth player in Royals’ history to reach the 200-point benchmark.
Staying Hot – Multiple Royals’ skaters extended their point streaks tonight. Matthew Phillips stretched his franchise record longest streak to 19 games and has registered 36 points (15g-21a) during that span. Tyler Soy (7g-9a) has found the score sheet in his last seven contests, while both Kaspick (4g-6a) and Noah Gregor (3g-4a) have recorded points in four straight games.
Fresh Faces – Victoria’s line-up featured multiple new bodies tonight. Forward Ty Yoder (2002) played in his first WHL game, while goaltender Joel Grzybowski (1999) made his first start as a Royal. The club also recalled blueliner Remy Aquilon (2001) who skated in his sixth WHL game.
Fast Start – Victoria opened the scoring in tonight’s game and have now tallied the contest’s first goal in five straight contests.
Next Up – The Royals continue their five-game homestand at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre this weekend with contests against the Red Deer Rebels and Vancouver Giants on Friday and Saturday night respectively. Puck drop for both games is set 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
Edmonton Oil Kings 7 (SO) at Victoria Royals 6 – Status: Final SO
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Edmonton 3 2 1 0 – 7
Victoria 3 1 2 0 – 6
1, Victoria, Soy 30 (Prowse, Walford), 1:02.
2, Edmonton, Fix-Wolansky 24 (Soustal, Mohr), 6:36 (PP).
3, Edmonton, Kope 10 (Keeler, Robertson), 7:54.
4, Victoria, Phillips 43 (Soy, Smith), 8:33.
5, Edmonton, Murray 1 (Souch, Bowman), 14:15.
6, Victoria, Kaspick 21 (Jensen, Gregor), 17:35.
Penalties-Aquilon Vic (hooking), 5:55.
7, Edmonton, Gorda 1 (Murray, Bowman), 2:44.
8, Victoria, Jensen 5 (Grishakov, Prowse), 9:52.
9, Edmonton, Soustal 14 (Robertson, Kemp), 14:09.
Penalties-Soustal Edm (hooking), 0:16; Gerla Edm (slashing), 3:06; Cap Edm (tripping), 6:31; Robertson Edm (high sticking), 8:51; Zablocki Vic (slashing), 9:04.
10, Victoria, Kaspick 22 (Soy, Hannoun), 2:51 (PP).
11, Edmonton, Soustal 15 (Fix-Wolansky, Kemp), 16:29.
12, Victoria, Gregor 22 (Kaspick, Phillips), 19:02.
Penalties-McDonald Edm (slashing), 1:51; Leslie Edm (slashing), 4:46.
Edmonton 2 (Kehler G, Fix-Wolansky NG, Soustal G), Victoria 1 (Phillips NG, Hannoun G, Martynov NG).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Edmonton 1 / 2;
Victoria 1 / 6.
Edmonton, Dechaine 9-7-2-2 (38 shots-32 saves).
Victoria, Grzybowski 0-1-1-1 (27 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Liam Reid (112), Chris Van Deventer (145).