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The Victoria Royals responded well to their worst loss of the season when they were crushed by the Lethbridge Hurricanes last week by the score of 10-4. It was one of the team’s all-time worst results.
Friday and Saturday, the Seattle Thunderbirds played a two-game set at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. The second game of a back-to-back is often difficult to win and the Thunderbirds are a strong team, as they are the defending Western Hockey League Champions.
Victoria won 4-3 Friday in a spectacular, come-from-behind nail-biter. Saturday, they won again by the score of 2-1. Each of the last three games against the Thunderbirds were one-goal wins for Victoria. The Royals are 8-1-1-0 when in a one-goal game, so far this season.
With the win, Griffen Outhouse tied the league lead for wins so far this season at 16. He is arguably the best goalie in the WHL and is one of the best in the entire Canadian Hockey League. He has tremendously good positioning, reflexes and focus. The Royals continually get outshot, but remain in first place in the Western Conference and second overall.
Outhouse faced a whopping 46 shots Friday and another 37 Saturday. Dorrin Luding faced just 18 Saturday backstopping the Thunderbirds.
As for the consecutive wins in two physical games, Head Coach Dan Price said, “There was a lot of character displayed and the guys dug down and found a way to win.”
The powerplays went 1/5 for the Royals and 1/7 for the Thunderbirds.
Royals – Dino Kambeitz 1g-0a, Jared Freadrich 1g-0a (Game Winner), Kaid Oliver 0g-1a, Ryan Peckford 0g-1a, Chaz Reddekopp 0g-1a, Matthew Phillips 0g-1a.
Seattle – Noah Philp 1g-0a, Nolan Volcan 0g-1a, Donovan Neuls 0g-1a.
The Royals head out on a four-game road trip to the prairies, seven of the next eight games are on the road. The Royals next play at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday, Dec. 8 as they host the Kootenay Ice.