The Victoria Royals’ Dante Hannoun and Jeff de Wit each scored two goals as the club earned a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
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Royals – Jeff de Wit 2g-1a, Dante Hannoun 2g-0a (Game Winner), Andrei Grishakov 1g-1a, Igor Martynov 0g-2a, Matthew Phillips 0g-1a, Chaz Reddekopp 0g-1a, Tanner Kaspick 0g-1a.
Kamloops – Brodi Stuart 1g-1a, Luc Smith 1g-1a, Nolan Kneen 0g-2a, Jermaine Loewen 1g-0a, Joe Gatenby 1g-0a, Quinn Benjafield 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 60:00 Mins, 38 saves on 42 shots
Kamloops – Dylan Ferguson (L) – 58:28 Mins, 23 saves on 28 shots
Royals – 1/3=33.3%
Kamloops – 1/6=16.7%
Top Rookies – Tonight’s contest featured two of the top rookies in the WHL. Victoria’s Igor Martynov (14g-15a) and Kamloops’ Brodi Stuart (12g-17a) each recorded two points and are tied for fourth place in points (29) among freshman skaters.
Lights Out – Victoria forward Dante Hannoun recorded his second straight multi-goal game against the Blazers. Hannoun has now scored nine goals in seven games versus Kamloops this season.
Streaking Skaters – Multiple Royals’ skaters extended their points streaks in tonight’s game. Matthew Phillips stretched his point streak to five games and has tallied nine points (2g-7a) in that span. Chaz Reddekopp has seven points (2g-5a) in five straight games, Jeff de Wit has registered six points (4g-2a) in his last three games, and Andrei Grishakov has totaled four points (2g-2a) in three straight games.
Shorthanded Specialist – Newly acquired forward Tanner Kaspick registered his fifth shorthanded assist of the season. Kaspick leads the WHL in helper while on the penalty kill.
A Welcome Addition – With a three-point performance, Royals’ forward Jeff de Wit has registered nine points (5g-4a) in six games since being acquired from the Kootenay ICE. In 22 games this season prior to joining the Royals, de Wit earned six points (3g-3a) split between the ICE and the Regina Pats.
The Road Ahead – The Royals embark on a four-game road trip starting in Portland on Wednesday, January 17th when they take on the Winterhawks. Victoria returns to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday, January 27th in the first of a back-to-back series against the Calgary Hitmen. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.