Brandon, MB- The Victoria Royals broke open a 1-1 game early in the second period and skated to a 4-1 victory over the Canadian Hockey League’s fifth ranked Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night at Westman Place.
With the win, the Royals now sit in first place in the Western Hockey League with 27 points (13-5-0-1).
Victoria’s top line accounted for three goals and four points as Alex Forsberg scored the game winner six minutes into the middle frame. Dante Hannoun extended the Royals’ lead with under two minutes remaining in the period, while Matthew Phillips rounded out the scoring in the third stanza. Victoria’s other goal was scored by Tyler Soy.
Coming into the game Brandon had the highest scoring team in the WHL. The Royals defence, led by goaltender Coleman Vollrath, held the Wheat Kings’ high octane offence to one goal as he stopped 39 of the 40 shots fired his way. Victoria was able to keep all of Brandon’s forwards off of the scoresheet as defender Ivan Provorov tallied the lone marker.
Wheat Kings’ netminder Jordan Papirny turned aside 31 of the 35 shots he faced.
With the win, multiple Royals saw their scoring streaks extended; Hannoun has tallied goals in four consecutive contests and has collected nine points (7g-2a) in his last seven games, Joe Hicketts has netted 10 points (1g-9a) over his past five appearances, Phillips’ has notched six points (3g-3a) in four straight, Forsberg stretched his streak to three games with seven points (2g-5a) and Soy scored his third goal in as many games.
Neither team could capitalize on the powerplay, as Victoria went 0/1=00.0% and Brandon went 0/2=00.0%.
The Royals will head to Regina, SK tomorrow night to wrap-up their Eastern Conference road trip. Puck drop is slated for 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Victoria returns home for a pair of games against the U.S Division leading Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th for Turn Back the Clock Night. Saturday’s game will feature Victoria WHL alumni goaltender Grant Fuhr and former Royals’ captain Tyler Stahl. Both contests are slated for 7:05 p.m.