Spokane, WA- Victoria Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse notched his first career shutout in a 3-0 win against the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night.
Outhouse became the first Royal, and second netminder, in franchise history to record a shutout in his first WHL start. Former Chilliwack Bruins’ goaltender Braden Gamble also posted his first shutout in his first WHL start back on December 6, 2009 in a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants.
Victoria’s Outhouse was steady throughout the contest as he stopped all 24 Chiefs’ shots he faced in the victory. The Royals’ Matthew Phillips scored the game-winning goal two minutes into the game when he deflected a shot past Spokane goaltender Tyson Verhelst. Victoria’s Jack Walker tallied moments later on the powerplay for a 2-0 lead. Ryan Peckford rounded out the scoring in the third period for the Royals.
Spokane’s Verhelst turned aside 23 of the 26 shots he faced.
Victoria went 1/6=16.7% on the man-advantage. The Chiefs were unable to capitalize on the powerplay as they went 0/5=0.0%.
The Royals return home on Tuesday to face the Lethbridge Hurricanes for Winter Driving Awareness Night presented by Mainroad, Kal Tire and Wallace Driving School. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Victoria heads back out on the road for a six-game swing starting in Prince Albert, SK to battle the Raiders on Friday, October 30th. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.