Iain Scott, Victoria Royals
The Victoria Royals fell 4-2 to the Portland Winterhawks on Friday afternoon at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Winterhawks’ offense was led by forward Skyler McKenzie who scored two goals in the contest that included an empty net marker. Portland’s Colton Veloso tallied the game-winner in the second period, while Lane Gilliss registered the other marker.
The Royals earned a flurry of chances throughout Friday’s contest, which included two breakaways in the third period, but the team could only solve Winterhawks’ netminder Cole Kehler twice. Victoria’s Matthew Phillips scored in the first period and Regan Nagy registered a goal on the powerplay in the third period.
Victoria newcomer Spencer Gerth, who was acquired from the Everett Silvertips earlier this week, made his debut and recorded an assist on the club’s first goal.
Royals’ netminder Griffen Outhouse turned aside 39 out of the 42 shots he faced, while Portland goaltender Kehler stopped 33 out of the 35 shots fired his way.
Victoria held a 1/6=16.6% mark on the powerplay, whereas Portland went 1/7=14.2% on the man-advantage.
The Royals are back in action tomorrow evening when they take on the Seattle Thunderbirds at the ShoWare Center for a 7:05pm puck drop.
Victoria returns home on November 30th to face the defending WHL Champion Brandon Wheat Kings. The contest marks the return of the Ali Baba Pizza Friends and Family Nights. The pack includes four tickets, four Ali Baba pizza slice coupons and four Royals’ hats for only $59, including service charges and taxes. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, by phone at 250-220-7777 or online at www.victoriaroyals.com/friendsandfamily.
Give the gift of hockey this holiday season for only $60 with the Royals’ Holiday Combo Pack. The ticket pack includes four anytime vouchers valid for any remaining regular season game and a Royals’ scarf. Visit the Select Your Tickets Box Office or call 250-220-7889 to purchase.