September 29, 2018
Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals’ Phillip Schultz electrified the crowd with the game winning goal with 1:05 remaining in regulation as the club edged the Kamloops Blazers 3-2 on Friday night.
Dante Hannoun lead the Royals with two assists, while Griffen Outhouse got the win, stopping 36 of 38.
Hannoun’s ex-NSWC bantam teammate, defenseman Nolan Kneen, led the Blazers with two assists. Dylan Ferguson took the loss with 35 saves on 38 shots.
Royals – Dante Hannoun 0g-2a, Phillip Schultz 1g-0a (Game Winner), Kaid Oliver 1g-0a, Igor Martynov 1g-0a, Ralph Jarratt 0g-1a, D-Jay Jerome 0g-1a.
Kamloops – Nolan Kneen 0g-2a, Kobe Mohr 1g-0a, Kyrell Sopotyk 1g-0a, Zane Franklin 0g-1a, Orrin Centazzo 0g-1a,
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 60:00 mins, 36 saves on 38 shots.
Kamloops – Dylan Ferguson (L) – 59:09 mins, 35 saves on 38 shots.
Royals – 1/6=16.7%
Kamloops – 0/4=0.0%
First of Many: Victoria rookie forward Phillip Schultz scored his first career WHL goal tonight. The product of Rodovre, Denmark was selected by the Royals in the first round, 38th overall, in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
Back in Black: Royals’ defenceman Scott Walford played in his first game of the regular season tonight. The 19-year-old blueliner returned to Victoria earlier this week after he participated in the Montreal Canadiens Training Camp. Walford was selected by Montreal in the third round, 68th overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
PK Magic: For the second consecutive game, the Royals opened the scoring with a shorthanded marker. Both of these goals were scored by Kaid Oliver, the first two shorhanded tallies of his WHL career.
Island Connection: There are four players on the Kamloops Blazers who call Vancouver Island home. These players are goaltenders Dylan Ferguson (Lantzville) & Dylan Grand (Victoria), along with defencemen Nolan Kneen (Nanaimo) and Sean Strange (Saanich).
Up Next: Victoria wraps up their four game homestand tomorrow night against the Kamloops Blazers . Puck drop is at 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.