Matthew Phillips

Calgary, AB- The Victoria Royals continued their offensive success on Friday night as the club exploded for seven goals to knock down the Calgary Hitmen 7-2 in a game that saw Matthew Phillips (3g-1a) and Vladimir Bobylev (1g-3a) each record four points.


Victoria’s Phillips, a Calgary, AB native, tallied goals in each period to complete his second hat-trick in as many nights, and assisted on a goal from Chaz Reddekopp later in the game. The Calgary Flames prospect’s night was punctuated by a highlight-reel marker in the opening frame when he slid the puck through the Hitmen defence, kicked it to himself, outwaited netminder Kyle Dumba, and beat the outstretched goalie. Bobylev opened the scoring to give the visitors a lead they would never relinquish and would assist on goals from Regan Nagy and Reddekopp, as well as Phillips’ second tally. Ralph Jarratt registered his first marker of the season mid-way though the final stanza.


In the game, both Phillips and Bobylev tied career highs with their fourth and second four-point nights respectively.


Calgary received goals from Beck Malenstyn and Matteo Gennaro.


Royals’ netminder Griffen Outhouse stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced. The Hitmen started Dumba in goal, who made 11 saves on 16 shots, before being replaced by Trevor Martin who stopped 13 of the 15 pucks directed his way.


Victoria held a mark of 0/3=0.0% on the powerplay, while Calgary went 1/4=25.0% with the man-advantage.


The Royals will wrap up three games in three nights tomorrow when they face the Red Deer Rebels at the ENMAX Centrium. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for back-to-back games against the Giants on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th. Saturday’s contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. while puck drop for Sunday is slated for 5:05 p.m.