Victoria Downed 4-3 by Brandon Despite a Matthew Phillips Hat-trick.

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals’ Matthew Phillips recorded a hat-trick, but the club fell 4-3 to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday night.

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Matthew Phillips looks for a lane on the power play Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Victoria, BC-  The Victoria Royals’ Matthew Phillips recorded a hat-trick, but the club fell 4-3 to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday night.

Wheat Kings #24 Connor Gutenberg waits for the hats to be cleared from the ice  Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Wheat Kings #24 Connor Gutenberg waits for the hats to be cleared from the ice. The wheat kings went on to score the winning goal shortly after. 
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Royals’ Phillips opened the scoring for the home team and tallied two goals in the final frame to complete his third career hat-trick.

Royals #11 Matthew Phillips sends a saucer pace  to Jack Walker before driving to the net Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #11 Matthew Phillips sends a saucer pace to Jack Walker before driving to the net
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Phillips’ first marker came on the man-advantage when he received a cross-ice pass from Jack Walker and fired the puck over the glove of netminder Jordan Papirny.

Royals #11 Matthew Phillips celebrates with teammates after his third goal of the night. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #11 Matthew Phillips celebrates with teammates after his third goal of the night.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Wheat Kings’ Zach Russell scored the game winner late in the third period. Brandon’s other goals were registered by Reid Duke, Tanner Kaspick, and Ty Lewis.

Wheat Kings #25 Zach Russell celebrates after scoring the go ahead goal late in the third  Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Wheat Kings #25 Zach Russell celebrates after scoring the go ahead goal late in the third
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Royals started Dylan Myskiw in net, who made 29 saves on the 33 shots directed his way.

Royals #33 Dylan Myskiw warms up before the start of the second period Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #33 Dylan Myskiw warms up before the start of the second period
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Wheat Kings’ Papirny stopped 29 of the 32 pucks he faced.

Wheat Kings #33 Jordan Papirn stays calm during a scramble in front of the net. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Wheat Kings #33 Jordan Papirn stays calm during a scramble in front of the net.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Victoria held a 1/7=14.3% mark on the powerplay, while Brandon went 1/3=33.3% with the man-advantage.

Royals #10 Ryan Peckford skates hard into the zone. Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #10 Ryan Peckford skates hard into the zone.
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Royals will now embark on a five-game road trip that begins this weekend. Victoria will play the Prince George Cougars on Friday and Saturday with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. for both contests.

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