Victoria Royals rock the Rockets in Kelowna, 8-3
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The Victoria Royals just extended their win streak to a franchise-record five games by defeating the powerful Kelowna Rockets in Kelowna by the score of 8-3.
If there was any concern for the Royals taking four wins against two weaker opponents (Vancouver and Kamloops), the Royals put that to rest with an explosive second period where they buried six goals.
They scored seven unanswered from 1:57 of the second to 2:52 of the third, after getting down 2-0 during the first period.
Dillon Dube had opened the scoring at 1:42 of the first. Kole Lind put the home team up 2-0 at 13:50.
The Royals came out of the dressing room for the second period on a rampage, taking 14 shots and scoring a pair of powerplay markers.
Regan Nagy scored a hat-trick, newcomer Jared Legien earned a goal and a pair of assists. Newly crowned captain Matthew Phillips picked up three assists on the night, while the red-hot Ryan Peckford continues to score, picking up a goal. Thirteen players hit the score sheet.
Griffen Outhouse, the hottest goaltender in the WHL and perhaps all of junior hockey was back between the pipes after get a game rest, stopping 26 of 29 shots fired his way.
The Royals hot powerplay continued to steam on, going 3/8, while the PK, prevented the Rockets from scoring on their two opportunities.
With six goals in the second period, the Royals set the new franchise record for most goals in a single period. The previous was five, which has occurred on eight separate occasions over the franchise’s 12 years, most recently on October 21, 2016 against the Swift Current Broncos.
The Royals sit first in the Canadian Hockey League for the most goals scored with 31. Through five games, the Royals have averaged 6.2 goals per game.
Brodan Salmond started the game for the Rockets, but was pulled in favour of backup James Porter at 14:48 of the second period, letting in three goals on 11 shots, while Brodan was scored on five times on 15 shots.
The Royals play Friday in Kamloops for their third matchup between each other in four games.
Victoria will return home for a pair of games against the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday, October 10th and Wednesday, October 11th. Both games are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.