Victoria Hands Chiefs Second Straight 4-3 Defeat
VICTORIA, B.C. – Matthew Phillips’ goal 2:42 into overtime gave the Victoria Royals their second-straight 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night in Victoria, B.C. The win completed a four-game season series sweep over Spokane and clinched a playoff berth for the Royals in the Western Conference playoffs. The Chiefs’ loss dropped them 12 points back of Portland for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with eight games left in the regular season for Spokane.
The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 lead for the second-straight game as Hayden Ostir scored his eighth goal of the season at 12:48 of the first period. Chiefs defenseman Luke Gallagher picked up his first WHL point with an assist. Victoria would come back and tie the game on a Phillips power play goal at 19:03 of the period to leave the game 1-1 after the first. Spokane outshot Victoria 14-7 in the first period. Spokane would break the tie on a 5-on-3 power play goal for Hudson Elynuik at 11:21 of the second period on assists from Kailer and Keanu Yamamoto to make it 2-1 Chiefs. Elynuik would then score his second straight power play tally on a tip of a Ty Smith shot at 12:19 to put the Chiefs ahead 3-1. Jaret Anderson-Dolan also got an assist to extend his point streak to nine straight games.
Like the game the night before, the Royals would erase the two-goal deficit in the second period. Victoria would score 40 seconds after Elynuik’s second goal to cut the margin to 3-2, then Regan Nagy scored a power play goal at 15:10 to tie the game at three after the second period. Neither team scored in the third as the two clubs headed to overtime for the second time this season. Phillips scored the game-winner the first time around in a December 7th 6-5 win for Victoria and he would notch the game winner in this one. Victoria has won two games in overtime all season; both against Spokane.
The Chiefs outshot Victoria 40-28 in the game, going 2-for-7 on the power play and 1-for-3 on the penalty kill. Victoria went 5-for-6 on the power play in the two game sweep of the Chiefs while Spokane was 2-for-9. Spokane will finish the four game road trip in Seattle Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Mike Boyle will have the call on 790 KJRB starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.