Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals defeated the league leading Regina Pats by a score of 5-3 in a game that highlighted speed and skill on Saturday evening at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
Royals’ goalie Griffen Outhouse was stellar throughout the contest in which he earned the game’s first star. Outhouse turned aside 43 of the 46 shots fired his way that included 14 in the final stanza.
Victoria’s Tyler Soy opened the scoring in fashion on a penalty shot in the first period as he went five-hole past Pats’ netminder Tyler Brown. In doing so, Soy set a new team record for most goals scored by a Royal with 102. The record was previously held by Royals’ alumnus Brandon Magee.
Regina, SK native Carter Folk scored the game winner, and his first goal as a Royal, late in the third period.
Victoria’s Chaz Reddekopp registered a marker mid-way through the second stanza on a breakaway when he received an impressive stretch pass from Scott Walford.
The Royals’ Dante Hannoun and Jack Walker scored the other tallies.
Victoria was able to keep all of Regina’s forwards from scoring as defender Connor Hobbs tallied two goals and Chase Harrison recorded the other.
The Pats’ Brown stopped 20 out of 25 shots he faced.
The Royals went 1/4=25.0% on the powerplay, while the Pats went 1/5=20.0% on the man advantage.
Victoria is back in action tomorrow evening against the Kelowna Rockets to continue their franchise-high eight game homestand. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.