Adam McKinnon

The Victoria Royals earned a 3-2 shootout victory versus the Red Deer Rebels as Kody McDonald scored the ggame-winnerin the fifth round of the shootout on Saturday night.

Game Summary: 

Gamesheet – bit.ly/2TtJSXK

Scoring:

Royals – Jameson Murray 1g-0a, Kaid Oliver 1g-0a, Tarun Fizer 0g-1a, Kody McDonald (Shootout Winner).

Red Deer – Carson Sass 0g-2a, Oleg Zaytsev 1g-0a, Brett Davis 1g-0a, Brandon Hagel 0g-1a.

Goaltending:

Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 65:00 mins, 32 saves on 34 shots. Stopped three of four attempts in the shootout.

Red Deer – Byron Fancy (SOL) – 65:00 mins, 34 saves on 36 shots. Stopped three of five attempts in the shootout.

Powerplay:

Royals – 0/5 = 0.0%.

Red Deer – 0/4 = 0.0%.

Notes:

Road Trip Recap: The Royals concluded their season long, six-game in nine days, road trip with a record of 4-2-0-0. During their trip, Victoria travelled over 3,900 km and made stops in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer.

Shorthanded: With his tally tonight, Royals’ forward Kaid Oliver scored his third shorthanded goal of the season. His goal also marked the seventh time this season that Victoria has scored while a man down. The Royals’ seven shorthanded goals are tied for the third most in the WHL.

Coming Home: Since the 2013-14 season, the Royals have posted an 9-3-1-0 record in the last contest of a road trip of five or more games.

Career Milestone: In tonight’s contest, Royals’ defenceman Ralph Jarratt played in his 250th career WHL regular season game. This was Jarratt’s first game since December 11th vs. the Portland Winterhawks. In his career, he has recorded 66 points (12g-44a).

Former Rebels: Victoria forwards Brandon Cutler and D-Jay Jerome played against their former team as members of the Royals for the first time tonight. Cutler, who tallied 14 points (7g-7a) in 106 games for the Rebels, was acquired by the Royals this past off-season. Jerome, who joined the club last season, from Prince Albert, played in 23 games for the Rebels in 2016-17 where he registered eight points (5g-3a).

Familiar Faces: Rebels’ forwards Jeff de Wit and Dallon Melin both used to be members of the Royals. Last season, de Wit played in 21 regular-season games for Victoria where he recorded 14 points (8g-6a). He was acquired by the Royals, prior to last year’s trade deadline, from the Kootenay ICE. Melin was selected by Victoria in the second round, 32nd overall, in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. He was traded to Red Deer in the deal that saw Brandon Cutler join Victoria.

Back to the Island: Victoria will return home from their longest road trip of the season to face the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday, January 9th and Friday, January 11th. The Royals will also host the Western Conference-leading Everett Silvertips on Saturday, January 12th. Puck drop for all three games is at 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.

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