WHL – Victoria Royals force game 7 with Giants

in playoffs


April 2, 2018

Langley, BC – The Victoria Royals’ Noah Gregor recorded the game-winning goal in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Vancouver Giants to force Game 7 that goes Tuesday at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Game Summary


Royals – Matthew Phillips 2g-2a, Noah Gregor 1g-2a (Game Winner), Dante Hannoun 1g-1a, Jared Freadrich 0g-1a.

Vancouver – Tyler Benson 2g-0a, Davis Koch 0g-2a, Darian Skeoch 0g-2a, Ty Ronning 1g-0a, Dawson Holt 0g-1a, Bowen Byram 0g-1a.

Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 67:02 Mins, 40 saves on 43 shots

Vancouver – David Tendeck (OTL) – 67:06 Mins, 16 saves on 20 shots

Power Play:
Royals – 1/2=50.0%

Vancouver – 0/5=0.0%


Winner Takes All – Tomorrow night’s Game 7 marks the second winner-take-all contest in Royals’ history. The previous seventh game occurred on April 19th in Round 2 of the 2016 WHL Playoffs against the Kelowna Rockets.

Overtime Magic – Today’s overtime contest marked the first time in this series that a game went past regulation. During the regular season, the Royals and Giants played into overtime on three occasions, where Victoria won all three times.

Staying Hot – A trio of Royals’ skaters extended their point streaks in tonight’s game. Noah Gregor has nine points (4g-5a) over his last five games, Matthew Phillips has scored 11 points (4g-7a) in three straight contests, and Dante Hannoun has collected nine points (3g-6a) during a three-game point streak.

Opening Goal – For the first time this series between Vancouver and Victoria, the club who scored the opening goal of the game did not win the contest.

Record Setter – With a pair of helpers, Royals’ forward Matthew Phillips set the franchise record for the most assists (9) in a single playoff run. Austin Carroll (14-15) and Jack Walker (15-16) previously held the mark when they both recorded eight helpers.