LANGLEY, British Columbia – D-Jay Jerome earned a hat trick and five points, and Dante Hannoun scored twice to help the Victoria Royals defeat the Everett Silvertips, 7-1 on Saturday in the Vancouver Giants preseason tournament at Langley Events Centre.
The Silvertips took their first preseason loss in regulation in four games, maneuvering an adjusted lineup without four players – Connor Dewar, Riley Sutter, Wyatte Wylie and Jake Christiansen – all attending NHL training camps. Reece Vitelli earned his second goal of the preseason in the third period.
UP NEXT: The Silvertips return to preseason action in Langley tomorrow to face the host Vancouver Giants at 4:00 p.m. (live updates available at whl.ca/scores). The Silvertips return home for the preseason finale on Sept. 15 against the Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:05 p.m.
Brandon Cutler flipped a pass through traffic, onto the tape of Hannoun at the doorstep for the game’s first goal at 2:26 and Hannoun added his second of the game, a wrister off the rush from the right circle at 9:24 for a two goal cushion for Victoria.
The Silvertips outshot Victoria, 13-8 in the opening period, which included a scrum at the Victoria net several minutes after Hannoun’s second goal when Martin Fasko-Rudas was stopped on a wrap-around attempt and the Silvertips narrowly missed depositing the rebound on a scrum at the crease. Kaid Oliver followed up for a 3-0 Royals cushion on his deflection at the net on Matthew Smith’s one-timer from the blueline.
Jerome boosted the lead to 4-0 at 2:48 of the second period and starter Blake Lyda gave way to Dustin Wolf, who stalled Victoria (10 shots) in the second period.
Jerome finished his second goal of the game to push the lead to 5-0 at 2:18 of the third period off the rush, depositing a wrister from the right circle and Phillip Schultz increased the gap to six goals at 2:57.
Vitelli got the Silvertips on the board at 6:38 on a gorgeous saucer pass from the right boards by Gage Goncalves. Vitelli cradled the feed, went to the backhand, and tucked it underneath backup goaltender Connor Martin’s pads.
Jerome converted a wrist shot from between the circles for his hat trick and game’s final goal at 10:21.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
15 / RICHARDS 17 / BEREZOWSKI 7 / FASKO-RUDAS
10 / BAINS 16 / ORMSBY 19 / KINDOPP
39 / GONCALVES 26 / VITELLI 9 / BUTT
5 / MOAR
24 / FAIRBROTHER 8 / SEELEY
20 / K. WALKER 4 / I. WALKER
6 / MURRAY 21 / ANDERSON
40 / LYDA
32 / WOLF
NOTES: Silvertips scratches include Peter Melcher, Riley Sutter, Jake Christiansen, Conrad Mitchell, Wyatte Wylie, Connor Dewar, Bronson Sharp, and Sahvan Khaira … the Tips fell to 1-1-1-1 in pre-season play … Jackson Berezowski led the Silvertips at the face-off circle, going 10-of-17 … Fasko-Rudas led the Silvertips with six shots on goal … Saturday’s game marked the only time in pre-season play the Tips face the Royals.
Opening the Silvertips home schedule, which covers 34 games this season at Angel of the Winds Arena, is Opening Night against the Vancouver Giants on September 22 at 7:05 p.m. All fans will also witness the raising of the Silvertips sixth U.S. Division championship banner and second Western Conference championship banner to the rafters before the opening puck drop, and the first 5,000 fans at the doors will receive a collectible Silvertips magnet schedule, presented by Lamoureux Real Estate and Sound Transit. Season Tickets and Mini-Plan Packages are available at www.everettsilvertips.com/season. Opening Night for the Tips 2018-19 season is Friday, Sept. 21 at Vancouver (7:35 p.m., 1380 AM / 95.3 FM KRKO).
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