Royals Slip Past T-Birds

Jon Howe

Moilanen, Andrusiak and Neuls score in 4-3 loss to Victoria

VICTORIA, BC, November 24, 2017 — Victoria Royals goalie Griffen Outhouse made 43 saves Friday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria to lead his team to a 4-3 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The T-Birds and Royals meet for a second time this weekend on Saturday at 7:05pm at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

The 46 shots on goal for the T-Bird is a season high for shots. They had 15 shots in the first and second periods and 16 shots in the third period.

Seattle (11-10-1-1) took a 1-0 lead at 5:04 of the first period. Donovan Neuls passed the puck to Turner Ottenbreit at the left post. Ottenbreit skated down the left wall and took a wrist shot. Sami Moilanen tipped Ottenbreit’s shot past Victoria goalie Griffen Outhouse for his team leading 13th goal of the season.

Victoria (76-8-1-0) tied the game 1-1 at 6:39 of the first on a goal from Igor Martynov. Dante Hannoun and Kade Oliver had the assists.

The T-Birds took the lead back at 11:34 of the first. Austin Strand took a slap shot form the right point that Zack Andrusiak tipped on net. Outhouse made the save but Andrusiak backhanded the puck past the goalie for his 11th goal of the season. Noah Philp had the second assist.

Seattle outshot Victoria 15-8 in the first period.

The Royals tied the game 2-2 at 9:44 of the second period on a power-play goal form Matthew Phillips. Hannoun had the only assist.

The T-Birds took a 3-2 lead with 33 seconds left in the second. Aaron Hyman took a wrist shot from the right point with Neuls and Dillon Hamaliuk in front of Outhouse. Neuls banged the rebound past Outhouse for the go-ahead goal.

Seattle had a 29-16 lead in shots after two periods by outshooting Victoria 15-8 in the second period.

Martynov tied the game 3-3 for the Royals when he scored at 17:55 of the third period. Jeremy Masella and Eric Florchuk had assists.

Jared Legien scored on a partial breakaway with 18 seconds left in the game to get the Royals the win. Jared Freadrich had the only assist.

The T-Birds pulled goalie Matt Berlin for an extra attacker after the Royals fourth goal but were not able to get the tying goal.

Berlin had 19 saves on 23 shots and his record is now 7-6-0-1.

Outhouse has a 15-4-1-0 record after stopping 43 of 46 shots.

The T-Birds next home game is Saturday, December 2, against the Kamloops Blazers at 6:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2017-18 season are currently on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Season Tickets for the WHL Champion T-Birds 2017-18 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – 1, Seattle, Moilanen 13 (Ottenbreit, Neuls), 5:04. 2, Victoria, Martynov 8 (Hannoun, Oliver), 6:39. 2, Seattle, Andrusiak 11 (Strand, Philp), 11:34. Penalties – Wedman, Sea (boarding), 8:14. Legien, Vic (tripping), 14:10. Ottenbreit, Sea (slashing), 16:15. Smith, Vic (interference), 19:04.

Second period – 4, Victoria, Phillips 20 (Hannoun), 9:44. 5, Seattle, Neuls 6 (Hyman), 19:27. Penalties – Peckford, Vic (tripping), 1:26. Moilanen, Sea (hooking), 6:07. Huo, Sea (hooking), 9:17. Moilanen, Sea (tripping), 11:19.

Third period – 6, Victoria, Martynov 9 (Masella, Florchuk), 17:55. 7, Victoria, Legien 11 (Freadrich), 19:42. Penalties –  Florchuk, Vic (holding), :15. Legien, Vic (roughing), 4:55. Kambeitz, Vic (roughing), 4:55. Volcan, Sea (roughing), 4:55. Hamaliuk, Sea (goaltender interference), 5:26. Andrusiak, Sea (high-sticking), 15:03.

Shots on goal – Seattle 15-15-16 46, Victoria 8-9-6 23. Goalies – Seattle, Berlin 23 shots-19 saves (7-6-0-1); Victoria, Outhouse 46-43 (15-4-1-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-5; Victoria 1-6. A – 5,079. Referees – Chris Crich, Trevor Nolan. Linesmen – Liam Reid, Chris Vandeventer.

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