The Victoria Royals’ line of Dante Hannoun (1g-4a), Matthew Phillips (1g-3a) and Tyler Soy (3g) combined for 12 points (5g-7a) on Thursday night as the club defeated the Vancouver Giants 7-3 to even their best-of-seven series 2-2.
Gamesheet – http://whl.ca/gamecentre/1015455/boxscore
Royals – Dante Hannoun 1g-4a, Matthew Phillips 1g-3a, Tyler Soy 3g-0a, Noah Gregor 0g-2a, Ralph Jarratt 1g-0a, Jeff de Wit 1g-0a, Tarun Fizer 0g-1a, Braydon Buziak 0g-1a, Chaz Reddekopp 0g-1a, Jared Freadrich 0g-1a.
Vancouver – Bowen Byram 0g-2a, Dylan Plouffe 1g-0a, Davis Koch 1g-0a, Jared Dmytriw 1g-0a, Dawson Holt 0g-1a, Tyler Benson 0g-1a, Ty Ronning 0g-1a, Tyler Popowich 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 57:10 Mins, 24 saves on 26 shots
Dean McNabb – 2:50 Mins, three saves on four shots
Vancouver – David Tendeck (L) – 59:40 Mins, 24 saves on 31 shots
Royals – 3/7=42.9%
Vancouver – 1/4=25.0%
Goals Galore – The Royals’ seven goals tonight set the franchise mark for most tallied scored in a single playoff game. The previous record of six goals happened twice, most recently in the 2016 WHL Playoffs in a 6-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs.
Super Soy – Victoria’s Tyler Soy set the franchise record for most career post-season goals with his 17th playoff tally tonight. Soy, who played in his 45th post-season game, passed alumnus Jack Walker’s mark of 15 goals that he set in 38 playoff contests from 2013-2017. Soy (17g-14a) also tied Walker (14g-17a) for the most post-season points in franchise history.
Record Setter – With a goal and four assists, Victoria forward Dante Hannoun set the franchise record for most points in a single playoff game. The previous record of four points was set by alumnus Brandon Magee in 2015 against the Prince George Cougars and by current Royal Tyler Soy in 2016 against the Spokane Chiefs.
Toss the Hats – Royals’ forward Tyler Soy scored three goals in his first game since March 17th for his first career WHL Playoff hat-trick. This is the fourth time in franchise history that a player has recorded a post-season hat-trick. The most recent playoff hat-trick for Victoria came from Greg Chase in Game 5 of the 2015 WHL Playoffs against the Prince George Cougars.
Playoff Debut – Victoria netminder Dean McNabb played in his first WHL post-season game tonight. McNabb made three saves over 2:50 minutes of ice time at the end of the third period.
Coming Home – Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday night for Game 5 of the series, with puck drop 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.
Round 1 Playoff Schedule – The Royals’ first round playoff schedule against the Vancouver Giants is as follows:
Game 5 – Saturday, March 31st – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m.
Game 6 – Monday, April 2nd – Langley Events Centre – 2:00 p.m.
Game 7 – Tuesday, April 3rd – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
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