Royals Rally to Clip Cougars 4-3 Sunday
Matthew Phillips second goal of the game proved to be the winner as the Victoria Royals came from behind to upend the visiting Prince George Cougars 4-3 Sunday afternoon.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post Game:
Down 3-2 after 40 minutes, the Royals used a pair of third period goals by Igor Martynov and Phillips on the power play to overcome the Cougars again and sweep the two game set.
Griffen Outhouse made 33 saves to set the franchise record for most wins in a season with 35.
Tavin Grant took the loss making 30 saves, as his club falls to winless in 5.
The Royals were 2 for 2 on the power play, while the Cougars went 1 for 3.
Phillips now has 47 goals on the year, and team leading 111 points.
Matthew Phillips talks to the media following the win:
Aaron Boyd opened the scoring just :15 seconds in before Fizer tied it and Phillips first on the night with the man-advantage put Victoria on top 2-1. Joel Lakusta buried a rebound before the end of the frame to tie the game at 2-2.
Jackson Leppard notched the only goal of the second period on the power play before the Royals responded with two unanswered in the third.With 2 games left, Victoria remains 2nd in the BC Division, 3 back of Kelowna and 5 up on Vancouver, both hold a game in hand.
The Royals take their 2 game winning streak on the road against the Silvertips this Friday in a home and home set.
– Marlon Martens
Goals Galore – With four goals today, Victoria has now scored 284 times this season, which sets the new franchise record for most goals recorded in a season. The previous best was set by the club in the 2015-16 season when they registered 281 goals.
Sensational Soy – Royals’ veteran Tyler Soy, who registered two assists, skated in his 321st career WHL contest tonight to set the new franchise record for most career games played. Former captain Ryan Gagnon held the previous record when he played in 320 contests for Victoria from 2012-2017.
Record Watch – With his 35th victory of the season, Royals’ netminder Griffen Outhouse became the single-season franchise leader for most wins in a campaign. The previous mark was set by Outhouse when he recorded 34 victories last season.
BC Division Wrap-Up – Today’s game versus the Cougars marked the club’s final regular season contest against the BC Division. This season, the Royals compiled a record of 22-10-1-1 against divisional opponents. This includes a mark of 5-2-1-0 against Prince George.
Mr. 200 – Royals’ forward Lane Zablocki took part in his 200th career WHL contest today. In 200 career contests split between Victoria, Regina Pats, Red Deer Rebels and Lethbridge Hurricanes, Zablocki has registered 122 points (58g-64a) to go along with 292 penalty minutes.
Gone Streaking – A pair of skaters extended their point streaks in today’s victory against the Cougars. Matthew Phillips has registered 11 points (3g-8a) over six consecutive games, while Tyler Soy has 11 points (4g-7a) in five straight contests.
Up Next – Victoria will travel to Everett to take on the Silvertips on Friday, March 16th for the last road game of the regular season with puck drop set for 7:35 p.m.
Home Sweet Home – The Royals return home to finish off the home-and-home series, and the 2017-18 WHL regular season, against the Silvertips on Saturday, March 17th on Fan Appreciation Night. 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.
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Prince George Cougars 3 at Victoria Royals 4 – Status: Final
Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Prince George 2 1 0 – 3
Victoria 2 0 2 – 4
1, Prince George, Boyd 13 (MacPhee), 0:15.
2, Victoria, Fizer 2 (Walford, Oliver), 2:36.
3, Victoria, Phillips 46 (Kaspick, Soy), 13:53 (PP).
4, Prince George, Lakusta 9 (O’Brien, Bethune), 17:14.
Penalties-MacPhee Pg (cross checking, major-fighting), 13:28; Buziak Vic (major-fighting), 13:28; Crossley Pg (roughing), 16:11; Zablocki Vic (roughing), 16:11; Maser Pg (roughing), 19:11; Jarratt Vic (roughing), 19:11; Jensen Vic (roughing), 19:11.
5, Prince George, Leppard 15 (O’Brien, Bethune), 19:02 (PP).
Penalties-Crossley Pg (roughing), 16:14; Hannoun Vic (slashing), 16:14; Hannoun Vic (interference), 18:53; Maser Pg (roughing), 19:27; Zablocki Vic (cross checking), 19:27.
6, Victoria, Martynov 18 8:09.
7, Victoria, Phillips 47 (Soy, Gregor), 13:08 (PP).
Penalties-Jensen Vic (cross checking), 3:22; Schoettler Pg (roughing), 11:05; Zablocki Vic (embellishment), 11:05; Moberg Pg (hooking), 11:41.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 12-12-12-36.
Power Play Opportunities-
Prince George 1 / 3;
Victoria 2 / 2.
Prince George, Grant 13-17-4-1 (34 shots-30 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 35-16-4-1 (36 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Adam Bloski (16), Ryan O’Keeffe (30).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Chris Van Deventer (145).