Matthew Phillips. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

The Victoria Royals bested the Vancouver Giants in overtime by a score of 4-3, as Tanner Kaspick recorded his second goal of the game, on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.

The Royals continue to roll with the changes that Cameron Hope made to the line up in December and up to trade deadline day. They are now 5-1 since January 12, two days after the trade deadline.

The Royals play three games in three days including Saturday and Sunday when they host the Calgary Hitmen.

Game Summary

Gamesheet –


Royals – Tanner Kaspick 2g-0a (Game Winner), Matthew Phillips 1g-1a, Andrei Grishakov 1g-0a, Igor Martynov 0g-1a, Dante Hannoun 0g-1a, Noah Gregor 0g-1a.

Vancouver – Tyler Benson 2g-0a, Dawson Holt 1g-1a, Alex Kannok Leipert 0g-1a, Matt Barberis 0g-1a, Brennan Riddle 0g-1a, Davis Koch 0g-1a.


Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 62:20 Mins, 22 saves on 25 shots

Vancouver – David Tendeck (OTL) – 61:24 Mins, 28 saves on 32 shots

Power Play:

Royals – 2/5=40.0%

Vancouver – 0/4=0.0%


End of the Road – Victoria concluded their four-game road swing tonight. The Royals posted a record of 3-1-0-0 as Matthew Phillips led the team in scoring with nine points (3g-6a) in those four games.

Potent Powerplay – Over their last three contests, the Royals have gone 6/14=42.9% on the man-advantage. Matthew Phillips and Dante Hannoun have each recorded a pair of goals on the powerplay during that span.

Going the Distance – Tonight’s overtime game was the third time this season that a game between the Royals and the Giants has gone past 60 minutes. Victoria earned shootout wins over Vancouver on October 28th and January 19th.

Extended Streaks – Multiple Royals’ skaters extended their point scoring streaks. Matthew Phillips stretched his scoring streak to nine games where he has recorded five goals and 13 assists, while Dante Hannoun has registered nine points (6g-3a) in his last six games. Meanwhile, Noah Gregor has tallied four points (1g-3a) in his last four contests and Igor Martynov has collected a goal and two assists in his last three games.

WHL Debut – Victoria defenceman Kaden Reinders (2002) made his WHL debut in tonight’s game. The Royals selected the blueliner in the third round, 52nd overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.

Coming Home – The Royals return home to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre tomorrow and Sunday to face-off against the Calgary Hitmen. Saturday is Hockey for Hospitals Night and will kick off at 7:05 p.m. On Sunday, CIBC Fan Night, the two teams will meet in a rematch at 5:05 p.m. with a Skate with the Players presented by CIBC taking place following the game. Puck drop is scheduled 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


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