Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals were toppled 4-3 by the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday night at the Save-On-Foods Centre.

Winterhawks Celebrate  Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Winterhawks Celebrate
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Portland’s Ilijah Colina scored the game winner mid-way through the third period to break a 3-3 tie. The Winterhawks’ other goals were scored by Conor MacEachern, Skyler McKenzie and Cody Glass.

Winter hawks #8 Cody Glass  Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Winter hawks #8 Cody Glass
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Victoria’s line of Ryan Peckford, Matthew Phillips and Dante Hannoun all tallied goals on the man-advantage.

Royals #19 Dante Hannoun Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #19 Dante Hannoun
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Royals pushed for a late equalizer in the third period but were unable to solve Portland netminder Michael Bullion, who turned away all 15 shots fired his way in the frame.

Winter hawks #35 Michael Bullian  Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Winter hawks #35 Michael Bullian
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse started in net and made 23 saves on the 27 pucks directed his way.

Royals #30 Griffen Outhouse  Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #30 Griffen Outhouse
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Winterhawks’ goalie Bullion stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced throughout the contest.

Winterhawks #35 Michael Bullian Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Winterhawks #35 Michael Bullian
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Victoria held a 3/8=37.5% mark on the powerplay, while Portland went 1/6=16.7% with the man-advantage.

Royals #8 Ethan Price Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #8 Ethan Price
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Royals will battle the Vancouver Giants on Saturday in their annual Teddy Bear Toss contest at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre at 7:05 p.m. Saturday’s contest will mark last time before the Christmas Holidays that fans can see the Royals in action.

Royals #11 Matthew Phillips Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Royals #11 Matthew Phillips
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Victoria returns home on Tuesday, December 27th and Wednesday, December 28th for a pair of contests against the Prince George Cougars.  Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.