Outhouse, one of the all-time best Western Hockey League goaltenders played his final game as a Victoria Royals player. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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The Victoria Royals hosted the Vancouver Giants at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre Thursday for Game 4 of their second-round playoff series. Although the depleted Royals battled hard and kept the first three games close, in the end, there appeared to be little gas left in the tank.

The Giants won Game 1, 3-0. The score was a 1-0 well into the third period, but a late goal and an empty-netter made the result appear more lopsided. The Giants won Games 2 and 3 in overtime.

Tuesday, badly outshot, the Royals made the most of their chances taking the Giants into overtime but lost 5-4.

“You have to give credit to Vancouver,” said Coach Dan Price. “They were deserving of the win. They played hard and are a well-coached team, but our guys kept it close and did well considering we had key players out of the line-up.”

The Royals were hoping to win Game 4 by hook or by crook, so that they could get injured players back into the line-up as well as suspended centre Kody McDonald  – his last games of his Western Hockey League career; – it was not to be. Defenceman Ralph Jarratt made it back into the line-up on Thursday and Phillip Schultz who appeared to run into the open gate was fine, x-rays proved negative.

Thursday, the first period was not pretty, but it was prettier than the first period of Game 3. The Royals were again badly outshot 15-7, however, they did produce a few scoring opportunities.

They had jump and when Outhouse was called upon; he was spectacular and earned a standing ovation during the first period.

Graduating 20-year-old defender Ralph Jarratt was drafted by the Royals as a 14-year-old and spent his entire WHL career with the team. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Outhouse, a fan favourite, praised the Royals faithful for all of their support during his career.

At 10:04, Lukas Svejkovsky opened the scoring; it was the Point Roberts, WA native’s third of the post-season. At 16:19 and 16:37 the Giants scored again, Bowen Byram potted his fourth of the post-season, then Dallas Hines faced Outhouse one-on-one, Hines won with a high shot, stick side. The Giants led 3-0 at the end of the first period.

The Giants had the majority of the play during the second period, not allowing an odd-man rush until 9:05 of the middle frame. It was a 2-on-1 but David Tendeck stood tall for the save. The Giants came back the other way and Owen Hardy redirected a Jared Dmytriw pass that he fed Hardy while on the rush from the left faceoff circle. Hardy was cruising through the slot.

At 11:58 of the second, Logan Doust carried the puck into the high slot, slipped a tidy backhand pass to D-Jay Jerome who quickly snapped a wrist shot top, stick-side on Tendeck to break the shutout bid. It was the 19-year-old, Lethbridge native’s second goal of the post-season. He had a career regular season with 23. Jameson Murray earned the second assist on the play.

Kody McDonald, post-game interview, mid-season graduates from major junior hockey.

Jared Dmytriw, the trade that came back to haunt the Royals, set up the 5-1 goal by Brayden Watts. The scramble to the right of Outhouse resulted in a grinder’s goal that was reviewed, but allowed. At 12:37, he scored from deep in the slot on the powerplay with a one-timer, as Outhouse was spun around at the side of the net. Dmytriw would pick up three points on the night.

Game Summary:

Gamesheet ­–  bit.ly/2VDybPz.

Scoring:

Royals – D-Jay Jerome 1g-0a, Logan Doust 0g-1a, Jameson Murray 0g-1a

Vancouver – Jared Dmytriw 1g-2a, Brayden Watts 1g-1a, Lucas Svejkovski 1g-1a, Bowen Byram 1g-0a, Dallas Hines 1g-0a, Owen Hardy 1g-0a, Seth Bafaro 0g-1a, Davis Koch 0g-1a, Justin Sourdif 0g-1a, Milos Roman 0g-1a, Jadon Joseph 0g-1a, Dawson Holt 0g-1a, Tristen Nielsen 0g-1a.

Goaltending:

Royals – Griffen Outhouse (L) – 60:00 mins, 27 saves on 33 shots.

Vancouver – David Tendeck (W) – 60:00 mins, 17 saves on 18 shots.

Powerplay:

Royals – 0/1 = 0.0%.

Vancouver – 1/1 = 100.0%.

Notes:

Royal Farewell: Victoria had a pair of 20-year-old players take part in their final WHL game tonight in goaltender Griffen Outhouse and blueliner Ralph Jarratt. Outhouse appeared in 196 regular season games for the Royals and finished his career as the seventh winningest goalie in WHL history, while Jarratt skated in 268 regular season contests for Victoria. Kody McDonald who did not play tonight, participated in 323 games during his career with the Prince George Cougars, Prince Albert Raiders and Victoria, also had his WHL career end with tonight’s loss.

Franchise Leader: Tonight, Royals’ 20-year-old defenceman Ralph Jarratt suited up for his 46th career WHL playoff game. He is now the franchise’s all-time leader in playoff appearances, as he passed former Royal, Tyler Soy who had 45.

 

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