Regina, SK- The Victoria Royals were upended 5-3 by the Regina Pats in a back-and-forth contest on Friday night at the Brandt Centre.
Royals – Jared Freadrich 1g-1a, Regan Nagy 1g-0a, Ralph Jarratt 1g-0a, Matthew Phillips 0g-1a, Igor Martynov 0g-1a, Dante Hannoun 0g-1a, Jared Legien 0g-1a, Chaz Reddekopp 0g-1a.
Regina – Matt Bradley 2g-0a, Marco Creta 1g-1a (Game Winner), Sam Steel 0g-2a, Bryan Lockner 1g-0a, Jonathan Smart 1g-0a, Wyatt Sloboshan 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (L) – 59:25 Min, 34 saves on 38 shots
Regina – Tyler Brown (W) – 60:00 min, 26 saves on 29 shots
Royals – 2/5=40.0%
Regina – 1/3=33.3%
Royal Return – Victoria blueliner Jared Freadrich registered a goal and an assist against his former team tonight. In 67 games with the Pats (2015-17), Freadrich earned a total of 21 points (5g-16a) before being traded to the Red Deer Rebels.
Hot Streak – Multiple Royals extended their point streaks in the contest. Victoria’s Matthew Phillips has recorded 27 points (10g-17a) in 12 games so far this year and is one match away from tying the Royals’ record for longest point streak which was set by Alex Forsberg (8g-14a) in the 2015-16 season. Igor Martynov (0g-3a) and Jared Legien (2g-1a) have registered points in three consecutive contests.
Familiar Faces – Regina’s Sam Steel and Josh Mahura both have connections with a pair of Victoria players. Steel, Mahura, and Tyler Soy are all prospects of the Anaheim Ducks, while Matthew Phillips is set to join the Regina duo as a member of Team WHL at the CIBC Canada Russia Series in November.
Pilot Butte Product – Royals’ forward Jared Legien, a native of Pilot Butte, SK played close to his hometown tonight and registered an assist on the opening marker. Pilot Butte is situated approximately 18 kilometres east of Regina.
WHL First – Pats’ defenseman Marco Creta, a native of Oak Bluff, MB recorded his first WHL marker in the final frame.
Next Up – The Royals will face the Brandon Wheat Kings tomorrow night at the Westman Place with puck drop set for 5:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.