The Victoria Royals received a two-goal performance from Kaid Oliver and 28 saves from Griffen Outhouse to defeat the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-1 on Saturday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
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Royals – Kaid Oliver 2g-0a (Game Winner), Ralph Jarratt 1g-0a, D-Jay Jerome 0g-1a, Tarun Fizer 0g-1a, Igor Martynov 0g-1a, Mitchell Prowse 0g-1a, Dino Kambeitz 0g-1a.
Brandon – Stelio Mattheos 1g-0a, Zach Wytinck 0g-1a, Connor Gutenberg 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 60:00 mins, 28 saves on 29 shots.
Brandon – Jiri Patera (L) – 58:21 mins, 26 saves on 28 shots.
Royals – 0/3=0.0%
Brandon – 1/5=20.0%
Eastern Battles: With tonight’s victory over Brandon, the Royals have improved to 2-0 this season against the East Division and Eastern Conference. Since the Royals inaugural season in 2011-12, the team has posted a record of 62-41-3-8 versus Eastern teams, which includes a mark of 27-13-2-2 against the Eastern Division.
Outhouse Returns: Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse made his return to the line-up after a two-game absence. He is one of two WHL netminders to rank in the league’s top five in wins, goals against average (GAA) and save percentage (SV%). He ranks third in SV% (0.942), tied for third in wins (8) and fourth in GAA (1.89).
Going Streaking: Royals’ forwards Kaid Oliver and Igor Martynov each extended their point streaks against Brandon. Oliver is on a four-game point streak where he has recorded seven points (4-3a), while Martynov has tallied an assist in each of his past five contests.
Out of the Gate: Royals’ forward Kaid Oliver, and Brandon forward Stelio Mattheos both have scored the first goal of the game on three sperate occasions, which ranks first in the WHL. Both players also lead their respective teams in scoring, as Oliver has registered 16 points (9g-7a) in 12 games, and Mattheos has collected 21 points (13g-8a) in 13 contests.
Return to YYJ: In tonight’s contest forward Sean Gulka made his Royals’ debut. Gulka was drafted by the Royals 182nd overall (ninth round) in the 2015 Bantam Draft, however had his rights traded to Spokane in November 2017. Gulka tallied two points in eight games over the course of two seasons with Spokane, before having his rights re-acquired by Victoria via trade this week.
Coming Up: The Royals begin a two-game road trip in Portland against the Winterhawks on Friday November 2nd, and Saturday November 3rd. Victoria’s next home game is on November 9th vs the Spokane Chiefs. 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.