Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
January 20, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits with four goals in each of the second and third periods to cruise to an 8-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
The Royals’ Jared Dmytriw drives to the net while under pressure from the Tiger’s Brad Forrest (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The eight goals was the largest offensive output for the Royals this season and fittingly, almost all the players on the roster played a role in the outcome, with 15 of the 18 Victoria skaters registering at least a single point in the game.
The Royals’ Logan Fisher (20) looks for an early scoring chance (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Notable among those was first star Ethan Price, who notched a pair of goals, both in the second period and registered 11 of the Royals 44 shots on net. Speedy Dante Hannoun also had a strong night with a goal and two assists.
The Royal’s Jack Walker (9) was one of only three Royals who did not register a point on Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Tigers got an early jump on the Royals on a goal from Mason Shaw midway through the first period and after Regan Nagy responded for the Royals just 37 seconds into the second period, the Tigers would re-establish their lead less than two minutes later on Alex Mowbray’s seventh goal of the season.
Tyler Soy (17) looks for a passing opportunity while avoiding the stick check of the Tiger’s Chad Butcher (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
That would be the high point of the night for the Tigers, as it would be all Royals after that. Price would notch his first of the night, on the power play, at 8:35 of the second and that would be followed up by goals from Hannoun, his 18th, and Prices’ second of the night, his fifth of the season, to give the Royals a 4-2 lead at the second intermission.
The Tiger’s Chad Butcher (21) looks to move past the Royals Marsel Ibragimov (28) during Wednesday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In the third, Marsel Ibragimov would notch his first ever WHL goal at 1:50 of the period with a top-shelf beauty scored from a sharp angle as he drove down low. Tyler Soy would then score his 22nd of the season on a short-handed breakaway to give the Royals a 6-2 lead and end the night of Tigers starting goaltender Nick Schneider who was replaced by Mack Shields.
Royal’s defenceman Chaz Reddekopp (29) pokes the puc away from the Tiger’s Alex Mowbray (24) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Shields fared no better, as Matthew Phillips would establish a new Royals record for goals by a rookie when he scored his 24th of the season at the 12:17 mark and Ralph Jarratt would then score his third of the season at the 13:11 mark to round out the scoring.
The Royals’ Tyler Soy (17) drives in on a first period rush (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
With the win, the Royals snap the Tigers four game winning streak and move their record to 27-15-2-3, keeping them in third place in the Western Conference just a single point behind the second place Everett Silvertips and three points ahead of the Prince George Cougars.
The Royals Logan Fisher (20) would avoid a hooking penalty when he broke up this second period scoring chance by the Tigers Mark Rassell (27) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Tigers with the loss, fall to 18-23-3-1 and they sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, three points back of the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Royals Tyler Soy (17) would manage to score on this third period short-handed, breakaway opportunity despite a hook from Medicine Hat defender Brian Williams (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Royals, who are in the midst of a six-game home stand, are next in action on Saturday and Sunday Jan. 23 and 24 when they host the Vancouver Giants. Saturday’s game is a 7:05 pm start, while Sunday’s matinee begins at 2:00 pm.
The Royals Regan Nagy (24) lets a shot go under the watch of Medicine Hat defenceman Ty Stanton (4) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Game Notes: Royals Ty Westgard and Scott Walford both had assists on Wednesday to register their first career WHL points. Coleman Vollrath earned the win, his 19th of the year, stopping 16 of 18 Tigers shots. Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts, who was one of the three Royals held off the scoreboard Wednesday, played in his 200th WHL game against the Tigers.