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Royals Outdueled by Winterhawks

February 8, 2018 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Victoria Royals News Release

Portland, OR - The Victoria Royals dropped an 8-5 decision to the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday night at the Moda Center as Tyler Soy set the all-time franchise record for most career goals.

Game Summary

Gamesheet -


Royals - Tyler Soy 3g-1a, Matthew Phillips 1g-2a, Dante Hannoun 0g-3a, Kaid Oliver 1g-0a , Scott Walford 0g-1a, Dino Kambeitz 0g-1a, Ralph Jarratt 0g-1a.

Portland - Kieffer Bellows 2g-1a, Cody Glass 1g-2a, Skyler McKenzie 1g-2a, Joachim Blichfeld 1g-1a, Henri Jokiharju 0g-2a, Alex Overhardt 0g-2a, Dennis Cholowski 0g-2a. Connor MacEachern 1g-0a, Mason Mannek 1g-0a, Ryan Hughes 1g-0a (Game Winner), Keoni Texeira 0g-1a.


Royals - Dean McNabb (L) - 53:46 Mins, 36 saves on 43 shots

Griffen Outhouse - 6:02 Mins, three saves on three shots

Portland - Cole Kehler (W) - 59:58 Mins, 23 saves on 28 shots

Power Play:

Royals - 0/1=0.0%

Portland- 0/3=0.0%


Super Soy - After registering a hat-trick in tonight's game, Royals' forward Tyler Soy (142) surpassed former Chilliwack Bruin Ryan Howse for the most all-time career goals in franchise history. Howse recorded a total of 140 goals over 262 career WHL games.

Staying Hot - A pair of Victoria skaters extended their point streaks. Matthew Phillips has found the score sheet in 15 consecutive games where he has recorded 29 points (11g-18a), while Tyler Soy has eight points (4g-4a) over three straight contests.

Three Goal Night - Soy's hat-trick tonight marked the sixth of his career, and his first three-goal night since January 29, 2017 when he scored four goals against the Vancouver Giants.

Familiar Foe - Royals' defender Jared Freadrich and Winterhawks' forward Skyler McKenzie spent time as teammates in minor hockey. The pair played together for the Sherwood Park Kings Midget AAA of the Alberta Midget Hockey League during the 2013-14 campaign.

Coming Up - The Royals return to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday and Saturday when they take on the Kelowna Rockets for a weekend series. Both games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m starts. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at

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