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The Victoria Royals headed out of town for their longest road trip of the season, which will see them play seven games over 12 days. They started the trip in Spokane Friday night and lost by the score of 8-6.
Regan Nagy has been riding a hot hand lately with seven goals in eight games; he scored his eighth at 4:14 of the first to open the scoring, while on the powerplay. Tyson Helgesen was off for high sticking. The goal was assisted by Scott Walford and Tyler Soy.
In a span of two minutes and 35 seconds, the Chiefs scored four goals, including a powerplay marker by Eli Zummack at 11:22.
Eric Florchuk completed a bookending of the four-goal Spokane outburst with his second of the season at 13:35.
The teams exchanged two goals each during the second period. Defenceman Chaz Reddekopp scored his second since returning to the line-up from the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign pre-season camp. Matthew Phillips scored his seventh.
Again the teams exchanged two goals each during the third period with Royals Florchuk and Tyler Soy, scoring, it wasn’t enough.
Griffen Outhouse started for the Royals, but was replaced by Dean McNabb with 16:41 left in the game. The two goalies faced a total of 40 shots, 11 of which McNabb faced. Dawson Weatherill faced just 26.
The powerplays were 1/4 for the Royals and 2/6 for the Chiefs.
Hot Streak – Four Royals’ players extended their point streaks in today’s game. Matthew Phillips has registered 22 points (7g-15a) in nine consecutive games. Tyler Soy has tallied nine points (3g-5a), while Scott Walford has earned assists in four straight contests. Eric Florchuk has recorded four points his last three games (2g-2a).
Shorthanded Success – Victoria’s Florchuk recorded the Royals’ fifth shorthanded goal of the year, which is the highest total among all WHL teams. The club has now tallied shorthanded markers in three straight games.
Offensive Outburst – Tonight’s game set the Royals’ record for most total goals in a regular season contest with 14. The previous record was 13 and most recently occurred on December 17, 2014 in a 7-6 shootout loss to the Everett Silvertips.
Offensive Flare – With five goals tonight, Victoria has now scored 56 times through nine contests for an average of 6.2 markers per game which is the best mark in the WHL.
Multi-Goal Games – Following Florchuk’s two-goal effort, the club has now tallied 11 multi-goal performances in nine games this year.
A First for Everything – Chiefs’ defenceman Filip Kral, who hails from Bransko, Czech Republic, registered his first WHL point in his first contest in the league.
Next Up – The Royals will continue their road trip tomorrow night when they face the Seattle Thunderbirds. Victoria will return from their season-long road trip on Saturday, October 28th to play the Vancouver Giants. Puck drop for both contests are set 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.