Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals’ Kaid OIiver scored the shootout winner in the 11th round of a nail biting contest to knock off the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
The Royals tied their franchise record for the longest shootout. The last time this occurred was on March 7, 2015 against the Prince George Cougars when Taylor Crunk scored to earn a 4-3 victory.
Victoria’s Kaid Oliver sent the fans to their feet when he deked forehand-to-backhand and roofed the puck past Lethbridge netminder Stuart Skinner to secure the win.
Both goaltenders were solid throughout the contest, and especially in overtime. Victoria’s Griffen Outhouse and Skinner exchanged highlight-reel breakaway saves in a frantic 3-on-3 overtime stanza. Outhouse was the game’s second star, and turned aside 36 of the 38 pucks he faced, while Skinner denied 25 of the 27 shots fired his way.
The Royals’ Jack Walker registered a pair of goals in the opening frame, which included a tally on the powerplay. The Hurricanes’ Jesse Zaharichuk scored both markers for the visitors in the second and third periods.
Victoria went 1/3=33.3% on the powerplay. Lethbridge held a mark of 0/1=0.0% on the man-advantage.
The Royals will continue their franchise high eight-game homestand with a weekend series against the Tri-City Americans on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th. Friday’s game will see Victoria honour the Canadian Armed Forces and veterans for Remembrance Day. Puck drop for both contests are scheduled for 7:05 p.m