Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals received two-goal performances from both Matthew Phillips and Tanner Kaspick to defeat the Calgary Hitmen 4-1 on Saturday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
Royals – Tyler Soy 0g-3a, Tanner Kaspick 2g-0a (Game Winner), Matthew Phillips 2g-0a, Lane Zablocki 0g-1a, Ralph Jarratt 0g-1a, Dante Hannoun 0g-1a, Noah Gregor 0g-1a.
Calgary – Luke Coleman 1g-0a, Riley Stotts 0g-1a, Jake Kryski 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 58:59 Mins, 21 saves on 22 shots
Dean McNabb – 1:01 Mins, two saves on two shots
Calgary – Nick Schneider (L) – 60:00 Mins, 18 saves on 22 shots
Royals – 2/3=66.7%
Calgary – 1/9=11.1%
Hometown Team – Victoria Captain Matthew Phillips, who hails from Calgary, AB and is a Calgary Flames’ prospect, has had success in his career against the Hitmen. Adding two goals tonight, Phillips now has 11 points (8g-3a) in five career games against Calgary.
Game Winners – Victoria’s Tanner Kaspick registered his fourth game winning goal in his seventh game with the Royals tonight. The St. Louis Blues’ prospect has seven game winning goals in total this season, which is tied for the third highest amount among all WHL players.
On Fire – Multiple Royals’ skaters extended their point scoring streaks tonight. Phillips has points in 10 straight games and has recorded seven goals and 13 assists during that span. Dante Hannoun has recorded 10 points (6g-4a) in his last seven games, while Noah Gregor has a goal and four assists in his last five contests. Kaspick meanwhile has points in three straight games with a total of four goals and an assist.
Former Squad – Royals’ forward Andrei Grishakov took on his former club tonight. The product of Chelyabinsk, Russia played 107 contests with the Hitmen from 2016-2018 and tallied 61 points (22g-39a). Victoria acquired Grishakov on January 4th in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
Belarus Connection – A pair of Belarusian skaters played in tonight’s game. Victoria’s Igor Martynov is a product of Krasnoye and is third in the WHL rookie scoring race with 32 points (15g-17a). Calgary’s Vladislav Yeryomenko, who hails from Vitebsk, has the second most points among all import blueliners in the league with 30 (11g-19a).