“It feels pretty special…” said Soy, “The boys battled hard tonight, and I was fortunate enough to get the empty netter to seal the hat trick so It’s definitely been a special night.”
The Royals scored twice on the power play and added two short handed markers for their 3rd consecutive win, handing the Rebels (28-17-3-5, 64pts) their 2nd loss in a row.
“Specialty teams were a factor again tonight, we got some power play goals, and some key kills early…we had a pretty good all around effort from all our guys tonight.” said Royals assistant coach Enio Sacilotto
Coleman Vollrath earned his 22nd victory and 3rd straight win stopping 26 of 28, while Rylan Toth allowed 5 goals on 33 shots in the defeat.
Vollrath who had been nominated for CHL Goaltender of the Week, has only allowed 4 goals in his last 3 starts.
Victoria sweeps the season series 3-0 after winning 2-1 in a shoot out and 6-5 overtime in Red Deer earlier this season.
The Royals now have 9 wins in their last 11 games, with just 1 regulation loss in that span (9-1-1-0).
Victoria had a franchise best month of January with a 10-2-1-0 record, with Soy leading the way with 15 points.
Soy, in front of his parents who were in attendance, now has 20 goals in his draft year after scoring one on the power play, shorthanded and at even strength. He’s ranked 152nd by NHL Central Scouting for the upcoming NHL entry draft.
The Royals also got a goal and assist from Greg Chase, and singles from Chaz Reddekopp and Brandon Magee who’s shorthanded tally late in the second period with 16.6 seconds left regained a 2 goal cushion heading into the final frame 4-2.
Colton Bobyk and Austin Adamson scored for the Rebels.
Victoria never trailed, and out shot Red Deer 34-28, holding the Rebels to without a shot for over 12 minutes to begin the game.
The Royals went 2 for 7 on the power play, but were 2 for 3 with the man advantage at one point in the middle frame. They held the opposition to 1 for 6.
Victoria’s Alex Forsberg fought Colton Bobyk in the final frame.
Alexey Sleptsov made his Royals debut after being acquired from the Warriors at the trade deadline. He had been sidelined due to injury.
Victoria will return to action this Monday to take on the Edmonton Oil Kings in a Family Day match-up with puck drop scheduled for 2:05 p.m. The Royals will then take to the road on Friday, February 13th for a three game in three night road trip with stops in Kelowna, Kamloops and Seattle.
- Marlon Martens
Red Deer Rebels 2 at Victoria Royals 6 - Status: Final
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Red Deer 1 1 0 - 2
Victoria 2 2 2 - 6
1, Victoria, Soy 18 (Brown, Hicketts), 6:58 (PP).
2, Victoria, Chase 16 (Soy), 16:18.
3, Red Deer, Bobyk 4 (Cote, Sheen), 18:48 (PP).
Penalties-Magee Vic (interference), 3:10; Bobyk R.d (tripping), 6:20; Magee Vic (hooking), 11:27; Doetzel R.d (holding), 14:38; Forsberg Vic (slashing), 14:38; Fushimi Vic (10-minute misconduct), 18:06; Palmer Vic (tripping), 18:06.
4, Victoria, Reddekopp 4 (Chase, Walker), 14:12 (PP).
5, Red Deer, Adamson 5 (Johnson, Nogier), 17:33.
6, Victoria, Magee 16 19:43 (SH).
Penalties-Gagnon Vic (checking from behind), 0:51; Nell R.d (tripping), 6:02; Fleury R.d (interference), 12:36; Musil R.d (high sticking), 15:15; Crunk Vic (charging), 18:03; Johnson R.d (roughing), 19:55.
7, Victoria, Soy 19 3:55.
8, Victoria, Soy 20 16:31 (SH EN).
Penalties-Bobyk R.d (major-fighting), 4:31; Forsberg Vic (major-fighting), 4:31; Johnson R.d (10-minute misconduct), 8:13; Kopeck R.d (tripping), 8:13; Magee Vic (holding), 14:45; Bobyk R.d (spearing, spearing), 16:31; Musil R.d (10-minute misconduct), 16:31; Reddekopp Vic (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 16:31.
Shots on Goal-
Red Deer 5-13-10-28.
Power Play Opportunities-
Red Deer 1 / 6;
Victoria 2 / 7.
Red Deer, Toth 22-13-3-4 (33 shots-28 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 22-12-3-1 (28 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Blake Copeland (95), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).