Royals Grounded by Silvertips in Game Three

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Everett forward Matt Fonteyne (17) has a tough time finding his way past Victoria defender Chaz Reddekopp (29) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

March 28, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Carter Hart stopped all 25 shots that he saw, while teammates Patrick Bajkov and Eetu Tuulola took care of the scoring, as the Everett Silvertips defeated the Victoria Royals 2-0 Tuesday evening in Western Hockey League (WHL) playoff action at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

Victoria's Vladimir Bobylev (23) drives to the net on Everett defender Kevin Davis (38) during first period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria’s Vladimir Bobylev (23) drives to the net on Everett defender Kevin Davis (38) during first period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Everett's Kevin Davis (38) looks for a way to clear the puck by Victoria forechecker Dante Hannoun (19) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Everett’s Kevin Davis (38) looks for a way to clear the puck by Victoria forechecker Dante Hannoun (19) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The win gives the Silvertips a 2-1 lead in the first round, best-of-seven playoff series between the two teams, with game four scheduled for 7:05 pm Wednesday night in Victoria.

The Royal's Tyler Soy (right) tries to speed away from Everett's Brian King (left) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Royal’s Tyler Soy (right) tries to speed away from Everett’s Brian King (left) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria's Marsel Ibragimov (28) works his way past Everett's Sean Richards (15) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria’s Marsel Ibragimov (28) works his way past Everett’s Sean Richards (15) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Silvertips capitalised on a pair of power plays to score both their goals, the first coming just 22 seconds into the second period as Nanaimo, BC native Bajkov – the ‘Tips leading scorer on the season – picked the corner over the blocker of Royals goaltender Griffen Outhouse for his third of the playoffs.

Everett's Noaj Juulsen (3) tries to work his way past the stick check of Victoria's Mitchell Prowse (5) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Everett’s Noaj Juulsen (3) tries to work his way past the stick check of Victoria’s Mitchell Prowse (5) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Everett's Eetu Tuulala (82) would score the second goal for the Silvertips on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Everett’s Eetu Tuulala (82) would score the second goal for the Silvertips on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Bajkov added an assist on Everett’s second goal later in the period (at 17:37), when Tuulola deflected his shot past Outhouse for an insurance marker.

Victoria defenceman Ralph Jarratt (4) skates the puck away from danger during second period action on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria defenceman Ralph Jarratt (4) skates the puck away from danger during second period action on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria's Vladimir Bobylev (23) drives to the net on Everett defender Kevin Davis (38) during first period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria’s Vladimir Bobylev (23) drives to the net on Everett defender Kevin Davis (38) during first period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Royals, who much to the chagrin of the 4,790 in attendance, were out-power-played 6-3, did not look good on their power play chances, in one instance in the third period, giving up two breakaways to the ‘Tips while having the man advantage.

Victoria's Carter Falk (21) looks to get off a shot during third period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria’s Carter Falk (21) looks to get off a shot during third period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria's Tyler Soy (17) gets set to take a backhand shot on Everett goaltender Carter Hart after squeezing by Everett defender Jake Christiansen (23) in the third period Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria’s Tyler Soy (17) gets set to take a backhand shot on Everett goaltender Carter Hart after squeezing by Everett defender Jake Christiansen (23) in the third period Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The game was a defensive struggle with Canadian Junior team Hart stopping the 25 Royals shots to earn the third star of the game, while Outhouse faced just 21 shots from the Silvertips.

Victoria goaltender Griffen Outhouse would stop 19 of 21 shots Tuesday in the 2-0 loss to the Silvertips (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria goaltender Griffen Outhouse would stop 19 of 21 shots Tuesday in the 2-0 loss to the Silvertips (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria's Jared Dmytriw (27) heads into the Everett zone during the third period Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria’s Jared Dmytriw (27) heads into the Everett zone during the third period Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Royals were without forward Jack Walker and defenceman Scott Walford who were injured in Game 2 in Everett.

Victoria's Matthew Phillips (11) bears down on net during first period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Victoria’s Matthew Phillips (11) bears down on net during first period action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Following Wednesday’s fourth game, the team head to Everett for game five on Friday March 31, while game six, if needed, will be back in Victoria at 2:05 pm.  Should a seventh game be required, it is scheduled for Tuesday April 4 in Everett.

See ALL photos from this game at http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/royals.

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