McDonald’s Pair Paces Royals Past Blazers 5-3 Wednesday
Kody McDonald scored his first two goals as a Royal, to help lead Victoria past the visiting Kamloops Blazers 5-3 Wednesday night.
The Royals held period leads of 2-0, and 3-0 and even went up 5-1 in the third before the Blazers notched a pair late.
Head Coach Dan Price:
Defenseman Jameson Murray had a goal and an assist, with singles coming from Brandon Cutler and Phillip Schultz. Tarun Fizer and Igor Martynov added a pair of assists each.
In a battle between two 20 year old netminders, Griffen Outhouse came out on top stopping 26 of 27, while Dylan Ferguson allowed 5 goals on 32 attempts. Brock Gould took over when the Royals had a 4 goal lead and allowed 2 goals on 3 shots.
Outhouse stopped a first period penalty shot by Jeff Faith, when the game was still scoreless.
Kody McDonald Post Game:
Victoria won the special teams game, going 2 for 6 on the power play, and shutting down all 3 Kamloops man advantages.
The Royals extended their winning streak to 3 games, as they opened a 3 game home-stand.
Up next Victoria will face Kamloops again on Friday night.
Home Sweet Home: Dating back to the 2013-14 season, the Royals are now 18-3-0-1 in the first home game after a road trip of four or more contests. In those games, the Royals have outscored their opponents by a margin of 104-55.
Besting the Blazers: After tonight’s victory, the Royals improve to 13-2-0-0 at home against the Blazers since the 2015-16 season. This includes going an undefeated 7-0-0-0 over the past two seasons.
First Impressions: Tonight, marked the first home game for a trio of Royals. Forward’s Kody McDonald and Carson Miller, as well as defenceman Jake Kustra all played their first home game in a Royals’ jersey. The 20-year-old McDonald also scored his first two goals for the club.
Going Streaking: Currently, Royals’ forwards Kaid Oliver and Phillip Schultz are riding five-game point scoring streaks in which both players have tallied six points. In those five games, Oliver has collected three goals and three assists, while Schultz has scored twice to go along with four helpers.
Chasing History: Tonight, Royals’ netminder Griffen Outhouse collected his 103rd career victory. This moves him to sole possession of 13th all-time for most regular season wins by a goaltender in WHL history. This brings him 17 away from the all-time-record of 120 wins, which was set by Tyson Sexsmith and Corey Hirsch.
Penalty Shots: In the first period of tonight’s game, Kamloops’ forward Jeff Faith was awarded a penalty-shot and was stopped by Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse. This was the first penalty-shot Outhouse has faced this season, and the second for the Royals. The initial one came on October 19, 2018 when Brock Gould saved Kelowna’s Leif Mattson.
Coming up: The Royals take on the Kamloops Blazers again on Friday at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre at 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
Kamloops Blazers 3 at Victoria Royals 5 – Status: Final
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Kamloops 0 0 3 – 3
Victoria 2 1 2 – 5
1, Victoria, Murray 2 (Fizer, Oliver), 11:19.
2, Victoria, McDonald 7 (Martynov, Murray), 17:57.
Penalties-Miller Vic (hooking), 0:50.
3, Victoria, McDonald 8 (Walford, Fizer), 10:23 (PP).
Penalties-Zazula Kam (holding), 9:03; Oliver Vic (delay of game), 15:25; Onyebuchi Kam (holding), 18:57.
4, Victoria, Cutler 10 8:00.
5, Kamloops, Lang 8 (Centazzo, Zary), 12:05.
6, Victoria, Schultz 7 (Martynov, Jarratt), 15:43 (PP).
7, Kamloops, Sopotyk 6 (Appelt, Faith), 17:45.
8, Kamloops, Franklin 20 (Zary, Zazula), 19:16.
Penalties-Centazzo Kam (slashing), 4:10; McDonald Vic (interference), 4:14; Onyebuchi Kam (interference), 5:37; Jarratt Vic (interference), 9:28; Schmiemann Kam (slashing), 9:45; Caller Kam (boarding), 14:59.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Kamloops 0 / 3;
Victoria 2 / 6.
Kamloops, Ferguson 9-15-2-0 (32 shots-27 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 16-11-1-0 (27 shots-26 saves); Gould 5-4-0-0 (3 shots-1 saves).
Referees-Adam Griffiths (36), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Chris Van Deventer (145), Jordan Browne (90).