Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals fell 4-1 to the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and now trail their best-of-seven series 2-0.
Royals – Dante Hannoun 1g-0a, Matthew Phillips 0g-1a, Jared Freadrich 0g-1a.
Tri-City – Michael Rasmussen 3g-1, Morgan Geekie 1g-0a, Anthony Bishop 0g-1a, Jordan Topping 0g-1a, Juuso Välimäki, Sasha Mutala 0g-1a, Dylan Coghlan.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (L) – 58:15 Mins, 37 saves on 40 shots
Dean McNabb – 1:19 Mins, zero saves on zero shots
Tri-City – Patrick Dea (W) – 60:00 Mins, 25 saves on 26 shots
Royals – 1/5=20.0%
Tri-City – 1/4=24.0%
Record Breaker – With an assist on the Royals’ first goal, forward Matthew Phillips passed alumnus Jack Walker to set the new franchise record for most points in a single playoff run. Phillips has scored 17 points (6g-11a) over nine post-season contests this year, while Walker earned 16 points (8g-8a) in 13 games during the 2016 WHL Playoffs.
Man-Advantage Mania – With Victoria’s powerplay goal tonight, forward Dante Hannoun and defenceman Jared Freadrich both tied a pair of franchise playoffs records. Hannoun’s tally was his seventh point (2g-5a) on the man-advantage this post-season that tied alumnus Jack Walker’s (3g-4a) mark that was set during the 2016 WHL Playoffs. Freadrich (1g-4a) meanwhile, tied former Royal Travis Brown’s record of five points (1g-4a) for most playoff points by a defenceman achieved in the 2014 post-season.
Start Strong – After tonight’s contest, the team who has scored the first goal of the game has earned a 7-1 record over Victoria’s opening two series this post-season. The lone exception was in Game 6 of Round 1 when Victoria won 4-3 in overtime versus the Vancouver Giants.
Light the Lamp – Following Dante Hannoun’s second period goal tonight, Victoria has now scored 11 times in the middle frame. This is the most of any period this post-season for the Royals as the club has scored seven times in both the first and third stanza.
The Road Ahead – The Royals are on the road to face-off against the Tri-City Americans for Game 3 and 4 Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.