Royals Claw Back to Beat Cougars 4-2 in Overtime
Tanner Kaspick scored his second of the game in overtime to lift the Victoria Royals past the visiting Prince George Cougars 4-3 Friday night.
The Royals had to come from behind after leading 2-0 in the game. Tyler Soy forced overtime with 3 minutes to go, before Kaspick’s heroics cutting in alone to go 5 hole on Tavin Grant.
Tanner Kaspick Post Game Audio:
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Thoughts Post Game:
With 3 games remaining, Victoria holds 2nd place in the BC Division 3 back of Kelowna, and 5 up on Vancouver. The Rockets have 4 games left, the Giants 5.
Dante Hannoun and Kaspick had the Royals up 2-0 until the final minute of the second period. The Cougars notched their first of three straight, taking the lead 3-2, and chasing starter Dean McNabb from the nets after making 30 saves.
Outhouse came in to stop all 5 shots he faced to earn the win which tied the franchise season wins record at 34, a record he set last season.
Grant made 39 saves to earn second star honours.
Neither club converted on their power plays, the Royals 0 for 3, and the Cougars 0 for 1.
Victoria improves to 8-4 in overtimes this season.
It was WHL Suits Up With Don Cherry Night, with Victoria wearing blue tartan blazers, while raising awareness for organ donation. Royals Tyler Soy’s Mom dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff, as she was a kidney transplant recipient.
Tyler Soy addressed the media following the victory:
Soy tied the franchise record for most games played at 320, while adding a goal and assist, Hannoun added two assists for a 3 point night, Kaspick his 24th and 25th of the season, and Matthew Phillips added two helpers for Victoria – now up to 109 points, 5th most in the WHL.
Prince George got goals from Reid Perepeluk, his 1st in the WHL, Rhett Rhinehart, and Josh Maser. Aaron Boyd added two assists.
Victoria leads the season series with a record of 4-2-1-0.
The two clubs will clash again Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
– Marlon Martens
— Ryan Sinclair (@TheVerbz) March 10, 2018
Super Soy – Royals’ veteran Tyler Soy skated in his 320th career WHL game tonight, which tied the franchise record for most career games played. Former captain Ryan Gagnon set the original record when he played in 320 games for the Royals from 2012-2017.
Record Watch – Royals’ netminder Griffen Outhouse tied the single-season franchise record for most wins in a campaign at 34 tonight. The current mark was set by Outhouse when he recorded 34 victories during the 2016-17 season.
Mr. Clutch – Victoria forward Tanner Kaspick recorded his ninth game winning goal of the season, his sixth as a member of the Royals, and his fourth overtime winner of the campaign. Kaspick leads all WHL players with his four extra-time goals.
Going the Distance – Tonight’s overtime game was the 16th contest this season for Victoria that went beyond 60 minutes. This surpasses the single season franchise record for most games to go past regulation, which happened in both 2012-13 and 2006-07.
Streaking Skaters – A pair of skaters extended their point streaks in tonight’s victory against the Cougars. Matthew Phillips has registered nine points (1g-8a) over five consecutive games, while Tyler Soy has nine points (4g-5a) in four straight contests.
WHL First – Cougars’ forward Reid Perepeluk scored his first career WHL goal in tonight’s contest. Perepeluk was selected in the sixth round, 114th overall, in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
Next Contest – The Royals and Cougars take the ice once again on Sunday afternoon in the Guides and Scouts Game, followed by a Skate with the Players Presented by BCAA and is scheduled for a 2:05 p.m. start. 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
Prince George Cougars 3 at Victoria Royals 4 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Friday, March 9, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Prince George 0 1 2 0 – 3
Victoria 1 1 1 1 – 4
1, Victoria, Hannoun 24 (Soy, Phillips), 10:55.
Penalties-Lakusta Pg (hooking), 8:31; Buziak Vic (tripping), 13:32.
2, Victoria, Kaspick 24 (Reddekopp, Zablocki), 4:55.
3, Prince George, Perepeluk 1 (Kryski), 19:30.
Penalties-Crossley Pg (delay of game), 1:58.
4, Prince George, Rhinehart 2 (Boyd, Colina), 3:58.
5, Prince George, Maser 28 (Boyd, Curtis), 7:19.
6, Victoria, Soy 36 (Phillips, Hannoun), 17:03.
Penalties-Curtis Pg (roughing), 1:57; Phillips Vic (high sticking), 1:57; Bethune Pg (10-minute misconduct), 15:00; O’Brien Pg (holding), 15:00.
7, Victoria, Kaspick 25 (Hannoun, Martynov), 2:39.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 11-16-10-1-38.
Power Play Opportunities-
Prince George 0 / 1;
Victoria 0 / 3.
Prince George, Grant 13-16-4-1 (43 shots-39 saves).
Victoria, McNabb 4-9-0-0 (33 shots-30 saves); Outhouse 34-16-4-1 (5 shots-5 saves).
Referees-Bryan Bourdon (45), Nick Swaine (35).
Linesmen-Cole Cooke (130), Riley Friesen (76).