February 24,2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals dropped their second game in as many nights to the visiting Portland Winterhawks, falling short by a 3-2 margin in front of a an announced crowd of 7,006 fans packed into sold out Save On Foods Arena Saturday on a much anticipated “Pink In The Rink” night.
After dropping a 2-1 decision Friday night, the Royals looked to bounce back with a decisive win over the U.S. Division second place Winterhawks. With two consecutive game losses, the Royals fall seven points behind the B.C. Division leading Kelowna Rockets.
Out shot 42-23, Royal’s starting netminder Griffen Outhouse would have to ever-contend with the crease presence of the Winterhawks most of the game in a physical matchup that saw Outhouse get his fair share of knocks in net.
The Royal’s Noah Gregor would figure the lone scorer for his team, potting a pair of power play goals in the his team’s defeat. For Gregor, a San Jose Sharks 2016 draft choice, the pair of goals Saturday, and another scored against Portland in Friday night’s loss, puts him in fourth place in team scoring so far this season.
Portland Winterhawk’s Kiefer Bellows would shine for his team, scoring a pair of goals, including a power play marker in the first period to open the game’s scoring after an earlier Winterhawks goal would be disallowed. Bellows would add his second goal of the game in the second period on a lazy shot from the wing that would handcuff Royal’s goalie Griffen Outhouse. A late, game winning power play goal by Cody Glass with just three minutes remaining would seal the 3-2 win.
Despite the loss, three Royals record milestones with their performances Saturday night.
Victoria goaltender Griffen Outhouse (4,107) surpassed alumnus Coleman Vollrath’s franchise mark (4,072) for most career saves. Outhouse (83) remains one victory shy from tying the franchise record for all-time wins, which was also set by Vollrath who recorded 84 victories from 2012-2016.
Victoria’s Dante Hannoun and Mitchell Prowse skated in their 250th and 100th career WHL games respectively tonight. Hannoun has recorded 204 points (76g-128a) over his WHL career, while Prowse has totaled 26 points (3g-23a).
On a team note, with a pair of goals on the man-advantage tonight, the Royals have now scored 76 powerplay goals this season. This sets the Victoria record for most man-advantage goals in a season. The previous record was set when the Royals scored on the powerplay 75 times during the 2015-16 season.
The Royals embark on the road as they head to Kamloops to face the Blazers on Wednesday night at the Sandman Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.