The Victoria Royals defeated the Kamloops Blazers 5-3, in the club’s first home game of 2019, as newcomer Kody McDonald scored his first two goals as a Royal. Kyrell Sopotyk, Martin Lang and Zane Franklin had goals for the Blazers.
Dylan Ferguson took the loss in goal with 27 saves. The Blazers were 0-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-6 on the penalty kill.
Royals – Kody McDonald 2g-0a, Jameson Murray 1g-1a, Tarun Fizer 0g-2a, Igor Martynov 0g-2a, Brandon Cutler 1g-0a (Game Winner), Phillip Schultz 1g-0a, Matthew Smith 0g-1a, Kaid Oliver 0g-1a, Scott Walford 0g-1a, Igor Martynov 0g-1a, Ralph Jarratt 0g-1a.
Kamloops – Connor Zary 0g-2a, Zane Franklin 1g-0a, Martin Lang 1g-0a, Kyrell Sopotyk 1g-0a, Ryley Appelt 0g-1a, Jeff Faith 0g-1a, Orrin Centazzo 0g-1a, Luke Zazula 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 54:59 mins, 26 saves on 27 shots.
Brock Gould – 5:01 mins, one save on three shots.
Kamloops – Dylan Ferguson (L) – 59:35 mins, 27 saves on 32 shots.
Royals – 2/6 = 33.3%
Kamloops – 0/3 = 0.0%
Home Sweet Home: Dating back to the 2013-14 season, the Royals are now 18-3-0-1 in the first home game after a road trip of four or more contests. In those games, the Royals have outscored their opponents by a margin of 104-55.
Besting the Blazers: After tonight’s victory, the Royals improve to 13-2-0-0 at home against the Blazers since the 2015-16 season. This includes going an undefeated 7-0-0-0 over the past two seasons.
First Impressions: Tonight, marked the first home game for a trio of Royals. Forward’s Kody McDonald and Carson Miller, as well as defenceman Jake Kustra all played their first home game in a Royals’ jersey. The 20-year-old McDonald also scored his first two goals for the club.
Going Streaking: Currently, Royals’ forwards Kaid Oliver and Phillip Schultz are riding five-game point scoring streaks in which both players have tallied six points. In those five games, Oliver has collected three goals and three assists, while Schultz has scored twice to go along with four helpers.
Chasing History: Tonight, Royals’ netminder Griffen Outhouse collected his 103rd career victory. This moves him to sole possession of 13th all-time for most regular season wins by a goaltender in WHL history. This brings him 17 away from the all-time-record of 120 wins, which was set by Tyson Sexsmith and Corey Hirsch.
Penalty Shots: In the first period of tonight’s game, Kamloops’ forward Jeff Faith was awarded a penalty-shot and was stopped by Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse. This was the first penalty-shot Outhouse has faced this season, and the second for the Royals. The initial one came on October 19, 2018 when Brock Gould saved Kelowna’s Leif Mattson.