Matthew Phillips Play’s Hero In Royal Comeback


Kent, WA – The Victoria Royals’ Matthew Phillips scored the overtime winner, his second of the night, as the club tallied three unanswered goals to upend the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2.


Game Summary





Royals – Matthew Phillips 2g-0a (Game Winner), Jeff de Wit 1g-0a, Andrei Grishakov 0g-1a, Braydon Buziak 0g-1a, Kade Jensen 0g-1a, Ralph Jarratt 0g-1a, Tyler Soy 0g-1a, Scott Walford 0g-1a.


Seattle – Austin Strand 1g-0a, Matthew Wedman 1g-0a, Turner Ottenbreit 0g-1a, Donovan Neuls 0g-1a, Blake Bargar 0a-1a.



Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 64:22 Mins, 38 saves on 40 shots


Seattle – Liam Hughes (OTL) – 64:22 Mins, 31 saves on 34 shots


Power Play:

Royals – 0/7=0.0%


Seattle – 1/8=12.5%




Making History – With an assist on the game winning goal, Royals’ forward Tyler Soy became the first player in franchise history to record 300 points (139g-161a). Soy is also 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.


Season Series – Tonight marked the fourth and final match-up of the season against Seattle. This season, the Royals have posted a record of 4-0-0-0 and outscored the Thunderbirds 15-7.


Milestone Night – Victoria blueliner Scott Walford, who tallied a helper on the overtime goal, skated in his 150th career WHL contest tonight. The Montreal Canadiens prospect has tallied 26 assists so far this season.


Extra Time – The Royals have taken part in nine contests that have required overtime this season and have posted a record of 6-3. Matthew Phillips is tied for the league lead in extra time markers with three.


On Fire – Phillips, who scored Victoria’s first and final goals, stretched his point streak to 14 straight games and has registered 26 points (10g-16a) in those contests.