February 11, 2018
Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals’ Tanner Kaspick scored a pair of goals, which included the overtime winner, to earn a 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
Kaspick, the former Brandon Wheat Kings captain who joined the Royals 11 games ago in mid January, buried a nice feed from Dante Hannon for the win. The 20 year old is a signed 4th round prospect of the St. Louise Blues.
The Royals took an early lead as Noah Gregor (19) beat Rockets goaltender James Porter at 3:52 of the opening stanza. Kole Lind (29) evened things up for Kelowna just under five minutes later before Cal Foote (14) gave the Rockets a 2-1 lead that they took into the first intermission.
Kaspick (19) evened things at 2-2 at 17:44 of the middle period and the game was tied after 40 minutes.
Conner Bruggen-Cate (16) regained the Rockets lead at 8:22 of the final stanza, but Gregor (20) notched his second of the night to even things up at 3-3.
Regulation would solve nothing and the game needed overtime.
In overtime Kaspick(20) ended the Rockets night on a Royals power play at 2:22 of the extra frame. 4-3 Royals final.
James Porter’s record falls to 18-7-3-0 after stopping 34 of 38 shots he faced. Kelowna outshot Victoria 38-36.
Kelowna’s record falls to 33-17-4-1, while the Royal’s improves to 34-10-3-1.
It was the second win in as many nights vs the Rockets for Victoria, who opened the weekend series with a 6-1 win on Friday.
The two wins put the Royals in first place in the BC Division, with 72 points, one up on the Rockets. However, the Rockets have two games in hand.
The Vancouver Giants, who downed Seattle 2-1 Friday night and lost to Everett 5-0 Saturday, are six back of the Royals, also with two games in hand.
BC Division Standings, Feb. 10, 2018
Gamesheet – http://whl.ca/gamecentre/1015228/boxscore
Royals – Tanner Kaspick 2g-1a (Game Winner), Noah Gregor 2g-1a, Dante Hannoun 0g-2a, Matthew Phillips 0g-1a, Tyler Soy 0g-1a.
Kelowna – Cal Foote 1g-1a, Kole Lind 1g-0a, Conner Bruggen-Cate 1g-0a, Dillon Dube 0g-1a, Kyle Pow 0g-1a, Ted Brennan 0g-1a, Leif Mattson 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 62:22 Mins, 33 saves on 36 shots
Kelowna – James Porter (OTL) – 62:22 Mins, 34 saves on 38 shots
Royals – 2/6=33.3%
Kelowna – 1/1=100.0%
Starting Strong – With Noah Gregor’s opening goal tonight, Victoria has now improved to 20-8-1-0 when they score the first tally. Gregor has opened the scoring on three occasions this season, which is the second-most among all Royals’ skaters.
Potent Powerplay – After tonight’s game, the Royals boast the top powerplay in the WHL while at home. Victoria has scored 41 goals on home ice with the man-advantage and hold a 29.3% mark. Over their past 10 home games, the Royals have earned a mark of 17/50=34.0%.
Record Chaser – With an assist tonight, Matthew Phillips tied the Royals record for most points in a season at 91 (41g-50a). The record was originally set by alumnus Alex Forsberg (31g-60a) in the 2015-16 season. The franchise mark is currently held by former Chilliwack Bruin Mark Santorelli who scored 101 points (27g-74a) in 2007-08.
New Kids on the Block – The Royals have scored 61 goals in their 14 games since the WHL Trade Deadline. Of those 61 goals, 26/61=42.6% have been scored by players acquired during the season. Tanner Kaspick leads Victoria with eight tallies, while Jeff de Wit sits in second with five.
Home Sweet Home – With their win tonight, Victoria has now earned nine straight wins on home ice and out scored their opponents 48-21. The Royals’ 20 wins on home ice this season are the fourth-most in the WHL.
Streaking Skaters – Victoria had three skaters extend their point streaks in tonight’s game. Matthew Phillips has 32 points (13g-19a) over his past 17 games and has tied the franchise record for longest point streak, which he set at the start of the season. Tyler Soy meanwhile, has 13 points (5g-8a) in his past five contests and Dante Hannoun has earned eight points (1g-7a) over his last three games.
Coming Up – Victoria will now head to Kelowna to face the Rockets on Monday with puck drop for 2:05 p.m. The Royals will return home on Wednesday to kick off a five-game homestand against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Puck drop is 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.