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President and General Manager Cameron Hope loaded up the Victoria Royals (26-16-3-1) with firepower and since the trade deadline passed the team has gone, 3-and-0 including a 4-2 win Wednesday over the Portland Winterhawks (26-14-1-3).
The road win came on the back of a pair of goals that were scored 48 seconds apart by Tanner Kaspick at 11:14 and Matthew Phillips with his third point of the game at 12:02.
Matthew Smith also scored, getting his third of the season, while Tyler Soy had opened the scoring with his 20th of the season at 8:28 of the first, shorthanded.
Skyler McKenzie (34) and Cody Glass (25) scored powerplay markers for Portland. Portland went 2/3 on the man advantage, while in unusual fashion, the hot Royals powerplay was blanked on their three chances.
Shots were 33-30 for Victoria with Griffen Outhouse getting the win. Cole Kehler took the loss for Portland.
Record Watch – Registering his 135th career WHL goal in his 298th career contest, Tyler Soy is now five markers away from tying the franchise record for most all-time goals. The mark is currently held by former Chilliwack Bruin Ryan Howse who tallied 140 goals in 262 contests from 2006-11.
Moving on Up – With a pair of assists tonight, Matthew Phillips moved into second among all players in the Western Conference with 40 helpers. The Calgary Flames’ prospect is one of three skaters in the league with at least 30 goals and 40 assists.
First as a Royal – Newcomer Lane Zablocki tallied his first point in a Royals’ uniform with an assist on Tanner Kaspick’s game-winner in the third period.
Goalie Battle – Tonight’s game featured two of the winningest goaltenders in the WHL. Victoria’s Griffen Outhouse ranks third in the WHL with 24 victories, while Portland’s Cole Kehler has earned 21 wins this season which places him with the fifth most.
Stretching it Out – Dante Hannoun, Phillips and Kaspick all extended their point streaks tonight. Phillips has found the scoresheet in six straight games and has registered 12 points (3g-9a) during that span, while Hannoun has five (4g-1a) in his past three contests. Recently acquired Kaspick has recorded a point (2g-1a) in each of his opening three games with Victoria.
Next Up – The Royals continue their four-game road swing with contests on Friday and Saturday against the Vancouver Giants and Kelowna Rockets respectively. Friday’s puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m, while Saturday’s contest is slated for 7:05 p.m.
Coming Home – Victoria returns home for a weekend series with the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, whereas Sunday’s game will begin at 5:05 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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