Regan Nagy had a hat trick and four-point night to spark the Victoria Royals to a 7-2 win in Saskatoon over the Blades Tuesday night.
The win snapped a two-game slide for the Royals and improved their record to 10-3-1-0, nine points clear of the Kelowna Rockets, Vancouver Giants and Prince George Cougars for tops in the B.C. division.
Nagy’s three goals give him a team-high 13 on the season and move him into second in the Western Hockey League in that category. Only the Swift Current Broncos’ Tyler Steenbergen has more with 21.
The Royals also got goals from Dante Hannoun, Jared Legien, Tyler Soy and Matthew Phillips. The goal from Phillips is his twelfth and is the Royals’ sixth short-handed tally of the year to lead the W.H.L.
Griffin Outhouse earned the win in goal by stopping 28 of 29 shots through two periods. With his team up 7-1 through two periods, Outhouse sat out the third frame and was relieved in goal by Dean McNabb, who stopped 10 of 11 shots in the final stanza.
The Blades out-shot the Royals 40-26 in the contest.
Victoria went 1-for-4 on the man advantage as Tyler Soy notched a power-play goal with less than five minutes left in the second period. The Royals were perfect on the penalty kill by not surrendering a goal on four Blades’ chances with the man advantage.
The Royals finish their seven-game road trip with a date against the Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday night.
Victoria will host their first game since October 11 when the Giants pay a visit to the B.C. capital Saturday night.