Thursday, 19 November 2015

Recap: EDM 3 - VIC 6

The Victoria Royals (15-7-0-1, 31pts) scored 4 times in the third period to come from behind and beat the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings 6-3 Wednesday night.

“We had a set back last weekend, and needed to bounce back,” said Enio Sacilotto, now interim Head Coach of the Royals with Dave Lowry away at the Canada-Russia Series, scouting for Team Canada’s World Junior squad,

“I thought we found another gear in the third, and that was quite evident with the speed and scoring chances we had.  I’m really proud of the guys for what they did in the third period.”

Rookie Matthew Phillips led the way with a hat trick, and Alex Forsberg collected 3 assists to help the Royals snap a 2 game skid and wrap up the 3 game home stand on a high note.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Phillips on his first hatty,

“I got a few lucky bounces, Forsberg made some great plays, and Hannoun was playing great as well – they made it easy for me.”

Victoria led 2-1 after 20, but trailed 3-2 going into the final frame before exploding for 4 straight on 13 shots.

With the victory, the Royals move back into a 3 way tie for first in the WHL standings with the Rockets and Raiders.  The club received honourable mention in the CHL Top 10 earlier in the day.

Coleman Vollrath earned his league leading 13th victory stopping 23 of 26, while Patrick Dea allowed 6 goals on 28 Royal shots.

Victoria was 1 for 6 on the power play while Edmonton struck twice with the man advantage both in the middle frame to retake the lead, going 2 for 6.

Royals sophomore forward Regan Nagy had a goal and an assist, Captain Joe Hicketts a pair of helpers, while the Royals also got goals from Dante Hannoun and Logan Fisher.

Phillips now has the most goals among rookies with 12, and is tied for 4th among newcomers in scoring (19 points).  He is also tied with Hannoun for the team lead in goals.

Joe Hicketts had a pair of assists to tie former Chilliwack Bruins Brandon Manning for most points by a defenceman in franchise history with 136 (25g-111a) in 11 fewer games, and now leads all rearguards in league scoring with 24 points, including a league high 23 assists.
Edmonton got goals from Lane Bauer, Victoria native Dysin Mayo, and Kobe Mohr.

Victoria heads out on a 2 game road trip, with stops in Vancouver Friday, and Tri City Saturday.

- Marlon Martens

Edmonton Oil Kings 3 at Victoria Royals 6 - Status: Final
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Edmonton 1 2 0 - 3
Victoria 2 0 4 - 6

1st Period-
1, Edmonton, Bauer 12 (Gorda, Pollock), 6:49.
2, Victoria, Phillips 10 (Forsberg, Hicketts), 7:37.
3, Victoria, Nagy 3   12:58.

Penalties-served by Phillips Vic (too many men), 2:26; Pollock Edm (slashing, roughing), 14:39; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 14:39; Baddock Edm (roughing, unsportsmanlike cnd.), 16:57; Reddekopp Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 16:57.

2nd Period-
4, Edmonton, Mayo 1 (Kehler), 1:59 (PP).
5, Edmonton, Mohr 2 (Irving, Carroll), 3:58 (PP).

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (high sticking), 0:30; Reddekopp Vic (interference), 2:23; Fisher Vic (tripping), 6:20; Gable Edm (slashing), 9:46; Mayo Edm (tripping), 10:19.

3rd Period-
6, Victoria, Hannoun 12 (Bobylev, Gagnon), 5:45.
7, Victoria, Phillips 11 (Forsberg, Soy), 9:12 (PP).
8, Victoria, Phillips 12 (Forsberg, Hicketts), 13:01.
9, Victoria, Fisher 3 (Nagy, Price), 17:29.

Penalties-Gorda Edm (holding), 1:33; Fisher Vic (roughing), 6:29; Meyer Edm (delay of game), 8:34; Baddock Edm (roughing), 18:00; Irving Edm (roughing), 18:00; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 18:00; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 18:00; Soy Vic (slashing), 18:00.

Shots on Goal-
Edmonton 9-11-6-26.
Victoria 9-6-13-28.

Power Play Opportunities
Edmonton 2 / 6;
Victoria 1 / 6.

Goalies-Edmonton, Dea 6-9-2-0 (28 shots-22 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 13-6-0-1 (26 shots-23 saves).

Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Jeff MacAdams.