The Victoria Royals defeated the Vancouver Giants 4-2, in front of an electric crowd on their annual Teddy Bear Toss night, as Outhouse recorded his 100th career WHL victory. D-Jay Jerome paced the Royals with two goals (including their 2018 Teddy Bear Toss goal) while Ty Yoder and Dante Hannoun added singles. Owen Hardy and Tristen Nielsen responded with goals for the Giants.
D-Jay Jerome sent the crowd of 6800-plus into a Teddy Bear frenzy at 4:50 when he converted off a two-on-one rush with Brandon Cutler. Jameson Murray added the second assist. Once the bears were cleaned off the ice, the Giants went to work. Owen Hardy evened the score at 9:22 when he parked himself in the slot, took a Dawson Holt feed and roofed a shot over the left shoulder of Outhouse and in for his seventh. Late in the period the Giants took a 2-1 lead when Tristen Nielsen raced down the left-wing and snuck a Dawson Holt pass underneath the sprawling Outhouse. Shots were 9-7 favouring the Giants.
The lone second period goal came off Ty Yoder at 15:20. Yoder took a pass from Brandon Cutler and managed to sneak a backhand shot past David Tendeck’s glove and home for his second of the season. The Royals outshot the Giants 9-6 in the middle frame.
D-Jay Jerome’s second goal of the night and 14th goal of the season came off a two-on-one rush with Dante Hannoun at 8:46. The Giants responded well, and kept play in the Royals end for a majority of the 11 minutes, but Griffen Outhouse was sharp when called upon and his teammates blocked a high number of Giant shot attempts. Dante Hannoun ended all hopes of a Giants comeback with an empty-netter that came with 19 seconds left.
Departed for Vancouver: After tonight, Royals’ forward Phillip Schultz and assistant coach J.F. Best will travel to Vancouver to represent Denmark at this year’s IIHF World Junior Championships. Best will serve as the Danish consultant in Performance Analysis, while Schultz, who is a product of Rodovre, Denmark, will be playing as a member of the national junior team.