Desperate for points, the Victoria Royals looked to have one secured on Friday at Sandman Centre, on the power play and tied 3-3 with the Kamloops Blazers with less than 10 seconds to play in the third period.
The Royals could not maintain possession in the offensive zone and instead turned over the puck, which fell to arguably the most dangerous player in the Western Hockey League, Logan Stankoven.
He darted up ice and fed Matthew Seminoff, whose goal with four seconds on the clock gave the Blazers a 4-3 victory and doubled as a gut punch to Victoria’s post-season aspirations.
Quinn Schmiemann, Fraser Minten and Caedan Bankier also scored in support of Blazers’ netminder Dylan Garand, who made 17 saves to pick up his WHL-leading 33rd victory of the campaign.
Stankoven racked up three assists to finish the contest with 99 points on the season.
Bailey Peach scored twice and Brayden Schuurman tallied once for the Royals, whose goaltender, Tyler Palmer, stopped 26 shots in a losing effort.
The Everett Silvertips vanquished the visiting Tri-City Americans 5-2 on Friday and remain atop Western Conference standings, four points ahead of second-place Kamloops.
Vancouver and Victoria are tied for seventh in the conference and sit one point behind the Spokane Chiefs and point ahead of the Prince George Cougars.
Kamloops (47-16-2-0) will play host to the Portland Winterhawks (43-16-3-2) on Saturday, a 7 p.m. start at Sandman Centre.
The Winterhawks are third in conference standings, three points back of the Blazers.
Portland blasted Vancouver 7-2 on Friday in Langley.
Everett, Kamloops and Portland have each played 65 games.