Image: Chaz Reddekopp celebration after scoring. (Jay Wallace - Island Images)

The Victoria Royals are off to their best start in franchise history, winning their first 5 games of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Royals exploded for 8 goals against Kelowna on Wednesday, though they started off down by two just 14 minutes into the game.

Regan Nagy cut the deficit in half less than two minutes into the 2nd period, and that opened the floodgates, resulting 6-goal second period, quickly changing the vibe at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

Victoria would go on to win 8-3, powered by a hat trick from Regan Nagy.

Help is on the way! (though we’re not sure they need it)

Even though Victoria is already off to a smokin’ hot start, their team somehow just became even deeper, with forward Tyler Soy and defenceman Chaz Reddekopp returning from their American Hockey League squads. Soy was playing with the San Diego Gulls, the affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, while Reddekopp was playing for the Ontario Reign, the affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Soy was playing with the San Diego Gulls, the affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, while Reddekopp was playing for the Ontario Reign, the affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Soy has long been one of Victoria’s most creative forwards and will complement an offence that is red hot – averaging just over 6 goals per game thus far. Reddekopp took a massive step last year, scoring 10 goals and 43 points in just 51 games from the blueline. At 6’4″, 220 pounds, he’ll give the Royals a massive boost on the point.

Epic stats from this year’s epic start

The Victoria Royals currently have four players in the top 10 in scoring in the Western Hockey League, as well as the league’s leading goal scorer!

  • 1st. Matthew Phillips: 3 goals, 10 assists, 13 points.
  • Tied for 2nd. Dante Hannoun: 7 goals, 5 assists, 12 points.
  • Tied for 2nd. Jared Legien: 2 goals, 10 assists, 12 points.
  • 6th. Ryan Peckford: 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points.

Dante Hannoun currently leads the league with 7 goals in 5 games!

Griffen Outhouse is also first in the league with a .946 save percentage!

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