Royals Best Giants 7-3, Even Series at 2
Tyler Soy scored a hat trick to help lead the visiting Victoria Royals past the Vancouver Giants 7-3 Thursday night, to even the best of seven playoff series at 2 games a piece.
It was Soy’s first game of the post season, returning from injury. His line of Dante Hannoun (1g-4a), Matthew Phillips (1g-3a) and Soy (3g) combined for 12 points (5g-7a).
After Dawson Holt took a charging minor with a hit to Matthew Phillips, Tyler Soy and Tyler Benson took roughing minors, but Soy left the game in the final frame and did not return.
Soy set the franchise mark for most career playoff goals with 17 passing Jack Walker’s 14, while tying Walker for the franchise’s most career post-season points at 31.
Hat-trick performance by @AnaheimDucks prospect @_SoySauce_ highlights #CHL action on @Sportsnet leading @victoriaroyals to a 7-3 victory over @WHLGiants to even their first round series 2-2 in @TheWHL: pic.twitter.com/oIGh2QUEjq
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) March 30, 2018
Griffen Outhouse earned the win stopping 24 of 26, while David Tendeck allowed 7 goals on 31 shots.
Victoria’s power play was 3 fo 7, while Vancouver was 1 for 4.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post Game:
The Royals led 3-0 after 20, but the Giants clawed back to within one before Victoria struck twice more to regain the 3 goal cushion heading into the third.
Victoria had to kill off a 5 on 3 for a full 2 minutes, before adding a pair to go up by 5 goals. Vancouver added a single late by Jared Dmytriw for the final tally of the game.
The Royals also got goals from Ralph Jarratt and Jeff DeWit, while Noah Gregor added a pair of assists.
Giants Head Coach Jason McKee post game media scrum:
The Giants were without veteran defense-man Darian Skeoch and Matt Barberis, both serving the final game of their suspensions.
Victoria remains without Tanner Kaspick, Scott Walford and Dino Kambietz.
Game 5 goes Saturday night at the SOFMC at 7pm, while Game 6 is at the LEC Monday at 2pm.
- Marlon Martens
Goals Galore – The Royals’ seven goals tonight set the franchise mark for most tallied scored in a single playoff game. The previous record of six goals happened twice, most recently in the 2016 WHL Playoffs in a 6-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs.
Super Soy – Victoria’s Tyler Soy set the franchise record for most career post-season goals with his 17th playoff tally tonight. Soy, who played in his 45th post-season game, passed alumnus Jack Walker’s mark of 15 goals that he set in 38 playoff contests from 2013-2017. Soy (17g-14a) also tied Walker (14g-17a) for the most post-season points in franchise history.
Record Setter – With a goal and four assists, Victoria forward Dante Hannoun set the franchise record for most points in a single playoff game. The previous record of four points was set by alumnus Brandon Magee in 2015 against the Prince George Cougars and by current Royal Tyler Soy in 2016 against the Spokane Chiefs.
Toss the Hats – Royals’ forward Tyler Soy scored three goals in his first game since March 17th for his first career WHL Playoff hat-trick. This is the fourth time in franchise history that a player has recorded a post-season hat-trick. The most recent playoff hat-trick for Victoria came from Greg Chase in Game 5 of the 2015 WHL Playoffs against the Prince George Cougars.
Playoff Debut – Victoria netminder Dean McNabb played in his first WHL post-season game tonight. McNabb made three saves over 2:50 minutes of ice time at the end of the third period.
Coming Home – Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday night for Game 5 of the series, with puck drop 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.
Friday, March 23rd – Vancouver 2 @ Victoria 1 Final
Saturday, March 24th – Vancouver 4 @ Victoria 5 Final
Tuesday, March 27th – Victoria 1 @ Vancouver 5 Final
Thursday, March 29th – Victoria 7 @ Vancouver 3 Final
Saturday, March 31st – Vancouver @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.
Monday, April 2nd – Victoria @ Vancouver – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3rd – Vancouver @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Victoria Royals 7 at Vancouver Giants 3 – Status: Final
Thursday, March 29, 2018 – Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC
Victoria 3 2 2 – 7
Vancouver 0 2 1 – 3
1, Victoria, Phillips 1 (Gregor), 7:18.
2, Victoria, Jarratt 1 (Fizer, Buziak), 13:52.
3, Victoria, Soy 1 (Gregor, Hannoun), 17:44 (PP).
Penalties-Plouffe Van (tripping), 8:42; Kichton Van (tripping), 15:48; Byram Van (hooking), 17:12; Reddekopp Vic (interference), 19:33.
4, Vancouver, Plouffe 1 (Byram, Holt), 1:33 (PP).
5, Vancouver, Koch 1 (Benson, Ronning), 7:20.
6, Victoria, Hannoun 1 (Phillips, Reddekopp), 12:22.
7, Victoria, Soy 2 (Phillips, Hannoun), 13:54 (PP).
Penalties-Bulych Van (high sticking), 2:03; Roman Van (high sticking), 12:28; served by Fizer Vic (too many men), 15:20; Gregor Vic (tripping), 19:12; Prowse Vic (high sticking), 19:12.
8, Victoria, Soy 3 (Hannoun, Phillips), 3:10.
9, Victoria, de Wit 2 (Freadrich, Hannoun), 11:52 (PP).
10, Vancouver, Dmytriw 1 (Popowich, Byram), 18:00.
Penalties-Soy Vic (roughing), 7:17; Benson Van (roughing), 7:17; Holt Van (charging), 7:17; Benson Van (interference), 9:58.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 3 / 7;
Vancouver 1 / 4.
Victoria, Outhouse (26 shots-24 saves); McNabb (4 shots-3 saves).
Vancouver, Tendeck (31 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Michael Bean (148), Nathan Van Oosten (115).