Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals bested the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 in overtime on Friday night as Tyler Soy tied the game late in regulation and Noah Gregor recorded the winner early in the extra frame.
Gamesheet – http://bit.ly/2EeHDUp
Royals – Tyler Soy 1g-2a, Matthew Phillips 1g-1a, Kade Jensen 1g-1a, Noah Gregor 1g-0a (Game Winner), Tarun Fizer 0g-1a, Kaid Oliver 0g-1a, Jared Freadrich 0g-1a.
Medicine Hat – James Hamblin 2g-0a, Dylan MacPherson 0g-2a, Kristians Rubins 1g-0a, Ryan Chyzowski 0g-1a, Ryan Jevne 0g-1a, Trevor Longo 0g-1a, Josh Williams 0g-1a.
Royals – Dean McNabb (W) – 60:46 Mins, 27 saves on 30 shots
Medicine Hat – Jordan Hollett (OTL) – 60:51 Mins, 25 saves on 29 shots
Royals – 0/2=0.0%
Medicine Hat – 1/3=33.3%
Home Cooking – With a win in tonight’s game, the Royals have now won seven consecutive games on home ice. The last time Victoria won at least seven straight contests at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre was during the 2015-16 season when they won 13 consecutive games. The streak began on January 20, 2016 and ran until March 19, 2016.
Nearing History – With a goal tonight, Royals’ forward Tyler Soy (139) is one goal away from tying the all-time franchise record for most career goals. Former Chilliwack Bruin Ryan Howse currently holds the mark with 140 career goals.
Overtime Magic – Noah Gregor’s game winner in the extra frame gave the Royals their fifth overtime goal this season. The winner marked the second time this season that Victoria has scored a goal in the opening minute of the extra frame.
Staying Hot – A pair of Royals’ skaters extended their point streaks tonight. Matthew Phillips has points in 13 straight games and has registered 24 points (8g-16a) in that span. Noah Gregor has scored nine points (3g-6a) in eight consecutive games.
Island Boys – Tigers’ forward Dawson Heathcote and Corson Hopwo made their returns to the Island tonight. Heathcote, a native of Nanaimo BC, played for the Nanaimo Buccaneers (VIJHL) during the 2016-17 season, while Hopwo has spent this season with the Delta Hockey Academy Prep (CSSHL). Tigers’ forward Tyler Preziuso, who hails from Victoria, did not play in tonight’s game.
Former Teammates – Tonight’s contest saw Victoria’s Scott Walford, Mitchell Prowse and Medicine Hat’s Jordan Hollett cross paths once again. Walford and Hollett spent time as teammates for the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Bantam Prep and White Prep teams for two seasons from 2013-2015. Prowse meanwhile played with the two during the 2014-15 season.