Griffen Outhouse appears to have got his groove back, as he let in just one goal two games in a row. Saturday, the Royals defeated the Regina Pats in Victoria by the score of 2-1. Sunday, the Royals took a trip to Langley and dropped the BC Division-leading Vancouver Giants 3-1. Outhouse was named the game’s first star having made 28 saves.
Dylan Plouffe opened the scoring for the Giants at 5:03 of the first period. Two-minutes and 40 seconds later Logan Doust got his first of the season. Phillips Schultz earned the only assist on the play.
D-Jay Jerome scored the game-winner at 13:12 of the opening frame with his 11th of the season. The goal was assisted by Kaid Oliver. The second period went scoreless and the Royals scored the only goal of the third period when Dino Kambeitz scored his fourth of the season into an empty net. It was an unassisted shorthanded marker that went in at 19:47.
With the win, the Royals move into fifth place in the Western Conference with 24 points in 18 games. They have played the fewest games in the Western Hockey League and have five games in hand on the Spokane Chiefs who have three more points (27-24) on the Royals.
The Royals have four games in-hand on the BC Division-leading Giants and trail by six points.
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Royals – Logan Doust 1g-0a, D-Jay Jerome 1g-0a (Game Winner), Dino Kambeitz 1g-0a, Phillip Schultz 0g-1a, Kaid Oliver 0g-1a.
Vancouver – Dylan Plouffe 1g-0a, Tristen Nielsen 0g-1a, Davis Koch 0g-1a.
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 60:00 mins, 28 saves on 29 shots.
Vancouver – Trent Miner (L) – 59:00 mins, 22 saves on 24 shots.
Royals – 0/3=0.0%
Vancouver – 0/4=0.0%
Franchise Milestone: In tonight’s contest against Vancouver, Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse played in his 165th career regular season game. Outhouse has now tied, former Victoria netminder, Coleman Vollrath for the most games played in franchise history by a goaltender. He is also two wins away from becoming the first goalie in franchise history to reach 100 career victories.
Career First: Victoria forward Logan Doust, a North Vancouver native, notched his first career WHL goal, and point tonight. Doust appeared in three contests for the Saskatoon Blades last season, before he was acquired in the offseason by the Royals.
Going Streaking: In tonight’s contest, both Royals’ forward Kaid Oliver, and Giants’ defenceman Dylan Plouffe tallied a point in their third straight game. Oliver has notched three points over that span (1g-2a), while Plouffe has recorded four assists.
Scoring First: With tonight’s win over Vancouver, Victoria handed the Giants their first loss of the season when they have scored first. Coming into tonight’s game, Vancouver were 9-0-0-0 when they opened the game’s scoring. The Giants were only one of only two teams in the WHL, along with the Everett Silvertips (13-0-0-0), who were undefeated when scoring first.
Shorthanded: Tonight, Royals’ forward Dino Kambeitz tallied his first shorthanded goal of this season, the team’s sixth in total. Victoria’s other five shorthanded goals have been scored by Kaid Oliver (2), Tyler Lees, Ralph Jarratt and Phillip Schultz. The team’s six shorthanded tallies ranks third overall in the WHL, trailing only Prince Albert and Red Deer.
Coming up: Victoria continues their three-game road trip this Friday, November 23rd against the Kelowna Rockets and Saturday, November 24th versus the Vancouver Giants. The team returns home Wednesday, November 28th to face the Saskatoon Blades. 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.