The Regina Pats, the number one ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League and for that matter, pretty much the world, had their 18-game undefeated (in regulation time) streak halted, by the slick Victoria Royals. The win was backed by stellar goaltending from Griffen Outhouse.
He was on his game throughout the contest in which he earned the game’s first star. Outhouse turned aside 43 of the 46 shots fired his way that included 14 in the final stanza, by a team that was unaccustomed to losing.
Victoria’s Tyler Soy opened the scoring in fashion on a penalty shot at 13:44 in the first period as he went five-hole past Pats’ netminder Tyler Brown. In doing so, Soy set a new team record for most goals scored by a Royal with 102. The record was previously held by Royals’ alumnus Brandon Magee.
It was Soy’s 12th goal of the season.
Dante Hannoun scored his ninth goal on a two-man advantage. Hannoun now has 22 points in 23 Royals games this season.
Regina, SK native Carter Folk scored the game winner, and his first goal as a Royal, late in the third period. The goal put the Royals up by the score of 4-2. Victoria’s Chaz Reddekopp registered a marker mid-way through the second stanza on a breakaway when he received an impressive stretch pass from Scott Walford. The Royals’ Dante Hannoun and Jack Walker scored the other tallies.
Victoria was able to keep all of Regina’s forwards from scoring as defender Connor Hobbs tallied two goals and Chase Harrison recorded the other.
The Pats’ Brown stopped 20 out of 25 shots he faced.
The Royals went 1/4=25.0% on the powerplay, while the Pats went 1/5=20.0% on the man advantage.
Victoria is back in action tomorrow evening against the Kelowna Rockets to continue their franchise-high eight game homestand. 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 250-220-7889 or by visiting www.selectyourtickets.com.