Royals Edged by Thunderbirds

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals fell to the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1 on Tuesday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre as Ryan Gropp recorded a hat-trick for the visitors.

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Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals fell to the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1 on Tuesday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre as Ryan Gropp recorded a hat-trick for the visitors.

 Thunderbirds #18 Sami Moilanen and #29 Matt Berlin Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Thunderbirds #18 Sami Moilanen and #29 Matt Berlin
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

Gropp scored twice in the first period, which included the game-winner, and then tallied an empty net goal in the final frame to round out the scoring. Victoria’s lone marker was scored on the powerplay by forward Dante Hannoun mid-way through the first period.

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

Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse turned aside 29 out of the 31 shots he faced. Seattle netminder Matt Berlin stopped 17 out of the 18 pucks fired his way.

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

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

Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

The Royals will face-off against the Seattle Thunderbirds, in the final regular season meeting between

Photo by Jay Wallace ISN
Photo by Jay Wallace ISN

the two clubs, tomorrownight at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

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