Vancouver Giants winger Ty Ronning made a quick turn with the puck against the Victoria Royals in WHL playoff action Monday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. The Royals won 4-3 in overtime to force a game seven Tuesday in Victoria. Troy Landreville Black Press

Staying alive: Royals stave off elimination

Victoria forces game seven after beating Giants in OT at Langley Events Centre

It is back to Victoria for a winner-take-all game seven.

Noah Gregor scored at 7:06 of overtime on Monday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre as the Victoria Royals staved off elimination in game six of the WHL quarter-final series with the Vancouver Giants.

Gregor took a drop pass from Matthew Phillips and beat David Tendeck blocker-side to send the series back to Victoria.

And the Royals can thank clutch goaltending, superior special teams and an opportunistic offence in their game six victory.

Griffen Outhouse kept his team in it early — the Giants were all over the Victoria zone in the opening 10 minutes — the penalty kill came up with four kills in the second period alone, and the offence scored four times on their final 11 shots to force a deciding game.

The win tied the series at three apiece with game seven set for Tuesday night back at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

“We have to regroup, it’s a quick turnover here, we have to jump on the ferry and maybe that’s a good thing that we don’t have time to dwell on it,” Giants coach Jason McKee said.

Vancouver lost despite a 43-20 advantage in shots on goal and having five power-plays opportunities compared to Victoria’s two.

It was the first game the Giants have enjoyed more power-play time, but for the series, Victoria is 7-for-29 compared to Vancouver’s 2-for-18.

“Our effort was there. We put up 43 shots, their goalie made some key saves,” McKee said.

“I am not disappointed in our effort. Our guys gave us everything they had tonight.”

“Ultimately, I am upset right now, of course,” said Ty Ronning, who scored once and had a game-high nine shots on goals in what could be the over-age winger’s final junior home game.

“But tomorrow is a new day and we are going to be looking at is as a new game and a new start.

“We know we played hard, we know we played well, but we just didn’t get the win.”

Vancouver was all over Victoria early and led 1-0 after 20 minutes thanks to a Tyler Benson goal 7:07 into the contest.

The score could have been much worse but Outhouse kept his team in it, and was also aided by James Malm hitting the cross bar and Ty Ronning firing one off the post.

“We didn’t come out with that same speed and intensity and they were able to take advantage,” said Royals coach Dan Price.

“Vancouver took advantage of that time and space and we needed Griff (Outhouse) big time to get through that.”

“(The Giants) did a really good job of playing fast as well as being physical and aggressive.”

The score stayed that way into the second period when Dante Hannoun got his skate on a centring pass from Phillips, with the puck redirecting past David Tendeck.

The Royals had just three shots in the period but Vancouver could not capitalize despite spending eight minutes on the power play.

Victoria went ahead 2-1 18 seconds into the final frame, when Noah Gregor stole the puck behind the Giants goal and fed a wide-open Phillips for the go-ahead score.

And the Royals captain was not done, as Victoria took advantage of their first power play opportunity, gathering the puck in the neutral zone and then using his speed to cut through the defence and beat Tendeck with a fore-hand deke.

It marked the team’s third goal on just six shots.

Ronning gave the home side some life, beating Outhouse with a snap shot from the slot less than four minutes later, and Benson tied the game with just over five minutes to go, scoring from the right face-off circle through traffic.

Victoria did have a golden opportunity as Vancouver was whistled for a too many men on the ice penalty with 2:32 to go.

Davis Koch came up with a couple of nice defensive plays to thwart the Royals and for the first time, a game would go beyond 60 minutes.

And much like the majority of regulation, it was the Giants dictating play, pressuring the Royals and firing the first six shots of overtime on Outhouse, before Phillips fed Gregor and Victoria scored on their one and only shot of sudden-death overtime.

Phillips, the game’s first star, finished with a pair of goals and set up the other two scores.

Game notes

Game six marked the first time the team which scored first, lost in the series.

Announced attendance was 4,344 fans.

The winner of the series will host the Tri-City Americans. And despite the Americans having more points than both the Royals and the Giants, the series will start this week in either Victoria or Langley.



sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Victoria Royals centre Matthew Phillips went down to block a slapshot from Vancouver Giants defenceman Alex Kannok Leipert during the third period of Monday afternoon’s WHL playoff game at the Langley Events Centre. The Royals won 4-3 in overtime to force a game seven Tuesday in Victoria. Troy Landreville Black Press

Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram went airborne to avoid a check during the third period of Monday’s WHL playoff game at the Langley Events Centre. The Royals won 4-3 in overtime to force a game seven Tuesday in Victoria. Troy Landreville Black Press

Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram protected the puck against Victoria Royals centre Braydon Buziak Monday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. Victoria won game six of the team’s best-of-seven playoff series by a 4-3 score in overtime, to force a deciding game Tuesday in Victoria. Troy Landreville Black Press

Victoria Royals defenceman Ralph Jarratt was draped all over Vancouver Giants puck carrier Dawson Holt during Monday afternoon’s WHL playoff tilt at the Langley Events Centre. Troy Landreville Black Press

Just Posted

Peace Walk fundraiser for hospice runs on Sunday

Take a walk, have a snack, and help donate to a local charity

Thousands attend 31st TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Artists display their work along 20 blocks of Moss Street

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

Swimmer set for double crossing of Georgia Strait

Jill Yoneda’s Aug. 3 swim will benefit Canuck Place

Sport fishing ban protest organizers trolling for attention

Hook-less anglers hitting Sooke area waters July 29 to protest DFO’s summer fin-fish ban

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Five fun things to do this weekend

From a paint in to festivals, there are lots of fun events taking place this weekend

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Most Read