October 27, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – White Rock, BC native Kaid Oliver would score twice and goaltender Griffen Outhouse would turn aside 28 of 29 shots to back stop Victoria Royals in the second period, beating the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-1 in Saturday night WHL action.
For 4703 fans in attendance at Save-On-Foods Arena, the win marks an end to a short, two game skid for the Royals, improving their home record to .500 on the season.
The Wheat Kings would open the scoring in the first period as the game’s third star, Stelio Mattheos, would appear to handcuff Royals’ net minder Outhouse on the glove side to put the puck in the net and his Kings team up 1-0 five minutes into the opening period. The Royals’ Oliver would tie the score with six seconds left in the opening frame, beating Brandon’s goalie Jiri Patera over the mitt with a wrister to put the puck in the back of the net.
The Royals would outshoot the Wheat Kings 12-6 in the first period of play.
Not to douse a great, two way game effort by the Royal’s Oliver who is enjoying a four game point streak, but first and second stars could have easily been interchangeable with Outhouse taking the first star nod for his second period performance.
A chippy, mid-game frame would see the Wheat Kings pepper the Royal’s starting goalie, out gunning the home team 16-6 in the second period. Outhouse, in his first night back after missing the last two games, would shut the door on the visiting WHL – East Division rivals, turning aside everything Brandon would fire at the net, including three consecutive, point blank attempts to even the score.
Royals’ Kade Oliver would tally the game winner in the middle of the third period, beating Patera to a loose rebound off an Igor Martynov attempt from the side of the crease for the 2-1 lead.
Victoria’s Ralph Jarrett would score the empty net, short handed, insurance goal on an assist from Dino Kambeitz with 28 seconds remaining to down the Wheat Kings who are now 2-2-2-0 on the road.
The Royals improve to 9-3 with the win, sitting in third place in the Western Conference behind conference leading Vancouver Giants and second place Everett Silvertips.
Victoria Royals now hit the road for a two game stint against the Portland Winterhawks who are looking to climb out of a two game loosing streak.