Friday, June 14, 2024

Victoria Royals returns home for game 3 of the playoffs!


The Victoria Royals will face the Everett Silvertips for Game 3 tonight, after a dramatic win  in game 2 last Saturday.

Tyler Soy’s 2 goals gave Victoria a 3-2 lead in the 2nd, and despite Everett tying it in the 3rd, Victoria would hang on to win thanks to Vladimir Bobble’s game winning marker with under 5 minutes in the game.

Sparks are set to fly at Save on Foods Memorial Center tonight, let’s get you caught up!

Mountainous Defence?

Everett strolled into the playoff round with a staggering 85.8% success rate on the penalty kill and combined it with a defense that allowed the fewest goals per game by a long shot in the entire WHL.

Victoria finally broke through that defensive wall on Saturday with a 4 goal performance. With 2 power play goals in both games, the Royals have started the playoffs converting on 58% of power plays – a number sure to go down – but one that’s perhaps the sign of a rejuvenated squad.

Dante Hannoun has 3 power play assists, but all 4 of Victoria’s goals on the man advantage have come from different scorers. If this team can continue to throw different looks at the league’s best penalty kill, it could be a difference maker in the series.

Down, but not out

It’s easy to say that Victoria stumbled into the playoffs this year, as they entered riding a 7-game losing streak. Yikes. Not to worry, however. That Royals squad was depleted by numerous injuries and has gotten a serious jolt with the return of some key pieces.
Top defenceman Chaz Reddekopp has already made an impact with his reinsertion into the lineup, with 10 penalty minutes and a power play assist. Ryan Peckford has yet to find the score sheet, but after missing essentially all of 2017, the Royals welcome with open arms a centerman who can slot in as the 2nd or 3rd line option.
Tyler Soy returned from injury for the last 2 games of the regular season, but after missing a month, he looks to have found his form once more, as he’s scored 2 goals in the series already.

Game 3 of the series is tonight! Come support our Royals as they look to continue their quest to avenge unfinished business!

Puck drop is 7:05pm.

Jeremy Weeres
Jeremy Weeres
Victoria Royals and hockey writer at Victoria Buzz

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