Victoria Royals goaltender Griffen Outhouse of Likely recorded a shutout in his first Western Hockey League start on Saturday.

Victoria Royals goaltender Griffen Outhouse of Likely recorded a shutout in his first Western Hockey League start on Saturday.

Outhouse earns shutout in first WHL start

Victoria Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse of Likely notched his first career shutout in a 3-0 win against the Spokane Chiefs.

Victoria Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse of Likely notched his first career shutout in a 3-0 win against the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night.

Outhouse became the first Royal, and second netminder in franchise history, to record a shutout in his first Western Hockey League (WHL) start.

Former Chilliwack Bruins’ goaltender Braden Gamble also posted his first shutout in his first WHL start back on Dec. 6, 2009 in a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants.

Victoria’s Outhouse was steady throughout the contest as he stopped all 24 Chiefs’ shots he faced in the victory, earning him first star honours.

The Royals’ Matthew Phillips scored the game-winning goal two minutes into the game when he deflected a shot past Spokane goaltender Tyson Verhelst.

Victoria’s Jack Walker tallied moments later on the powerplay for a 2-0 lead. Ryan Peckford rounded out the scoring in the third period for the Royals.

Spokane’s Verhelst turned aside 23 of the 26 shots he faced.

Victoria went one for six on the man-advantage. The Chiefs were unable to capitalize on the powerplay as they went zero for five.

The Royals return home on Tuesday to face the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Victoria heads back out on the road for a six-game swing starting in Prince Albert, Sask. to battle the Raiders on Friday, Oct. 30.

Puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.