Sunday, 13 December 2015

Recap: VAN 1 - VIC 6 (Sat. Dec.12.2015)

The Victoria Royals (20-9-1-1, 42pts) avenged a 4-1 loss in Vancouver Friday with a 6-1 home win over the Giants (9-19-2-2, 22pts) Saturday night.

“I thought the whole team responded,” said Enio Sacilotto, interim head coach for Victoria,

“Griffen Outhouse made some great stops, our defense played a lot better than they did last night, and it was a great performance by everybody.”

The Royals who held period leads of 1-0 and 3-1, buried the Giants with a 3 goal third period.

“We were just moving our feet, getting pucks in deep, and putting shots on net – those things were turning points for us tonight.” said forward Ethan Price, who scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal midway through the first period. 

“Technically I didn’t see it go in…” said Price,

“Once I saw fans get up, scream and throw teddy bears on the ice, I had to think of a celebration really quick, so I just threw my hands in the air and celebrated.”

Price joins Zane Jones, Austin Carroll (twice), and Axel Blomqvist as Royals who’ve provided the famed score.

Jack Walker and Matthew Phillips had 3 point nights, and Outhouse earned the victory between the pipes for Victoria making 33 saves.

It was the second of four straight encounters between the clubs, as they’ll meet again on the Island Sunday afternoon at 3pm, then Wednesday back at the Pacific Coliseum.

Victoria now leads the 10 game season series 2-1.

It was a chippy affair with two fights, and 108 penalty minutes, 54 assessed to both sides.  Keith Anderson of the Royals dropped defenseman Josh Thrower, and 17 year old Ralph Jarratt was involved in a spirited tilt with veteran tough guy Dakota Odgers of the Giants.

“There was a lot of emotion in the game, which is good,  for both sides,” commented Sacilotto,

“Tonight was a good rivalry game.”

Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes, Dante Hannoun converted on a feed from Matthew Phillips to go up 2-0.  Jack Walker 10th on the power play gave the home side a 3-0 lead.

With less than :04 seconds remaining in the middle frame, Giants Chase Lang struck on the power play to breathe some life into Vancouver heading into the 3rd down 3-1.

Ryan Kubic played the first 40 minutes stopping 16 of 19, but was replaced by newcomer Jake Morrissey to start the final 20.

Victoria put the pedal to the metal in the final frame with 3 unanswered goals, Matthew Phillips added his team leading 18th of the season, Tyler Soy notched his 13th, which was followed by Walker’s 2nd of the night.

Morrissey allowed 3 goals on 13 shots.

Both clubs went 1 for 4 on the power play.

The line of Alex Forsberg (2a), Phillips (1g 2a), and Hannoun (1g 1a) collected 7 points, and now have contributed 80 points over their last 16 games (30g 50a).  Walker (2g 1a), Soy (1g 1a) and Vladimir Bobylev (1a) combined for 6 points.

Phillips is now 3rd in rookie scoring with 33 points in 31 games, including the most goals by a freshman with 18.

- Marlon Martens

Vancouver Giants 1 at Victoria Royals 6 - Status: Final
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Vancouver 0 1 0 - 1
Victoria 1 2 3 - 6

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Price 3 (Gagnon, Peckford), 12:04.

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (checking to the head), 0:24; Semchuk Van (high sticking), 14:58.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Hannoun 16 (Phillips, Forsberg), 6:43.
3, Victoria, Walker 10 (Phillips, Reddekopp), 16:06 (PP).
4, Vancouver, Lang 9 (Benson, Thomas), 19:56 (PP).

Penalties-Ibragimov Vic (hooking), 8:20; Thrower Van (major-fighting), 11:57; Anderson Vic (major-fighting), 11:57; Baer Van (roughing), 15:19; Benson Van (roughing), 15:19; Lang Van (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:19; Forsberg Vic (roughing), 15:19; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 15:19; Nagy Vic (charging), 19:36.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Phillips 18 (Forsberg, Hannoun), 2:49.
6, Victoria, Soy 13 (Bobylev, Walker), 4:57.
7, Victoria, Walker 11 (Soy, Reddekopp), 11:56.

Penalties-Odgers Van (major-fighting), 1:28; Jarratt Vic (major-fighting), 1:28; Barberis Van (roughing), 6:35; served by Anderson Vic (too many men), 13:05; Barberis Van (10-minute misconduct), 13:51; Benson Van (cross checking, roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 13:51; Dmytriw Vic (10-minute misconduct), 13:51; Reddekopp Vic (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 13:51; Thrower Van (10-minute misconduct), 15:14; Menell Van (10-minute misconduct), 18:17; Price Vic (10-minute misconduct), 18:17.

Shots on Goal-
Vancouver 14-12-8-34.
Victoria 9-10-13-32.

Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 1 / 4;
Victoria 1 / 4.

Vancouver, Kubic 4-9-1-0 (19 shots-16 saves); Morrissey 0-2-0-0 (13 shots-10 saves). Victoria, Outhouse 4-1-1-0 (34 shots-33 saves).

Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Jeff MacAdams, Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).