ROYALS KNOCK OFF GIANTS TO ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND OF PLAYOFFS
Victoria edges Vancouver 4-3 in Game 7 to win series.
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals scored three goals in the second period to defeat the Vancouver Giants 4-3 and take the best-of-seven first round series 4-3.
Gamesheet – http://whl.ca/gamecentre/1015458/boxscore
Royals – Matthew Phillips 2g-1a (Game Winner), Dante Hannoun 0g-2a, Chaz Reddekopp 1g-0a, Lane Zablocki 1g-0a, Noah Gregor 0g-1a, Ralph Jarratt 0g-1a, Mitchell Prowse 0g-1a, Kade Jensen 0g-1a.
Vancouver – Tyler Benson 0g-2a, Tyler Popowich 1g-0a, Matt Barberis 1g-0a, Brennan Riddle 1g-0a, Dawson Holt 0g-1a, Davis Koch 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 60:00 Mins, 30 saves on 33 shots
Vancouver – David Tendeck – 53:32 Mins, 17 saves on 20 shots
Trent Miner (L) – 4:55 Mins, three saves on four shots
Royals – 1/2=50.0%
Vancouver – 0/0=00.0%
Series Recap – Victoria and Vancouver both registered 25 goals in the seven-game series. The Royals posted a mark of 8/31=25.8% with the man-advantage, whereas the Giants held a record of 2/16=11.1%. Victoria’s Matthew Phillips earned a total of 16 points (6g-10a) that led all players in the series. Vancouver was led by Tyler Benson who earned 11 points (3g-8a).
Record Breaker – Matthew Phillips is the new franchise leader for most points in a single series with 16 (6g-10a). The previous record was nine points, which was set by Jack Walker and Tyler Soy in Round 1 of 2016 WHL Playoffs and Brandon Magee in Round 1 of the 2015 WHL Playoffs.
Game 7 – Tonight’s contest marked the second Game 7 the Royals have taken part in, and their first victory in a winner take all contest. The last time Victoria was involved in a series that went the distance was the 2016 WHL Playoffs when they faced the Kelowna Rockets in Round 2.
On Fire – The Royals had three skaters extend their point streaks tonight. Noah Gregor has 10 points (4g-6a) in his last six games, Matthew Phillips has tallied 14 points (6g-8a) in his previous four contests, while Dante Hannoun has 11 points (3g-8a) in that same span.
Graduating 20’s – The Giants had a trio of 20-year-old skaters take part in their final WHL playoff contest tonight. Ty Ronning, Darian Skeoch and Brennan Riddle, who collected a combined total of 401 games played with Vancouver, concluded their WHL careers.
Next Up – Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday and Saturday night for Games 1 and 2 of Round 2 against the Tri-City Americans. Puck drop for both nights are slated for 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com
Round 2 Playoff Schedule – The Royals’ second round playoff schedule against the Tri-City Americans is as follows:
Friday, April 6th – Tri-City @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 7th – Tri-City @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10th – Victoria @ Tri-City – 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11th – Victoria @ Tri-City – 7:05 p.m.
Friday, April 13th – Tri-City @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Sunday, April 15th – Victoria @ Tri-City – 5:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Wednesday, April 18th – Tri-City @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
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