The visiting Prince George Cougars swept the Victoria Royals in a two game set after a 3-1 win Friday, followed by a 5-1 victory Saturday night.
“We’ve talked about the difference between the pre-season and the regular season. That’s a fairly veteran team…they’ve got a 19 and a 20 year old goalie both nights – that should be the advantage right there.”
Saturday, Nick McBride made 36 saves while the line of Kody McDonald, Brad Morrison and Jared Bethune combined for 10pts.
McDonald scored twice, while Bethune and Morrison added 4 assists each.
The Cougars led 3-0 after 20 minutes, and 3-1 after 40, the lone Royals goal coming off a great individual rush by forward Ethan Price.
Prince George also got goals from Justin Almeida and Ryan Schoettler.
“I thought he played good,” according to Lowry,
“He gave us a chance, he made saves when he had to.”
Victoria out-shot Prince George 37-28 on the night, and 17-9 in the middle frame.
“There wasn’t a lot of second chances, there wasn’t a lot of traffic…” said Lowry on the opportunities created,
“Those I consider easy nights…we’ll be OK. I’m not going to lose too much sleep over starting 0-2. If we’re 0-15 give me a call.”
Both clubs went 0 for 5 on the power play. The Royals went a combined 0 for 14 on the weekend.
“We’ve got to get our compete going, and we’ve got to start scoring some goals on the power play.” Said Lowry,
Victoria was still without 4 players away at NHL Camps, Tyler Soy (ANH), Jack Walker (TOR), Chaz Reddekopp (LA), and Mathew Phillips (CGY).
“We’ve got a young team here, we knew this was going to be a tough weekend for us.”
The Cougars were without 6 players away at their respective camps. Captain Sam Ruopp (CBJ), Jansen Harkins (WPG), 40 goal man Jesse Gabriele (BOS), Brogan O’Brien (COL), Tate Olson (VAN), and Duncan product, defenseman Josh Anderson (COL).
Their were a pair fights in the game, as 16 year old rookie Kaid Oliver for Victoria took on 18 year old Kolby Johnson, and 17 year old Royals defenseman Jeremy Masella in his WHL debut, scrapped Morrison in the third.
Victoria will wrap up their 4 game homestand next Friday and Saturday night with a pair against Kamloops.
“We’ve got a full week of practice, we’ve got a lot of stuff to work on.” commented Lowry.
– Marlon Martens
Prince George Cougars 5 at Victoria Royals 1 – Status: End of Game
Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Prince George 3 0 2 – 5
Victoria 0 1 0 – 1
1, Prince George, Almeida 1 6:10.
2, Prince George, McDonald 1 (Bethune, Morrison), 6:20.
3, Prince George, Schoettler 1 (Morrison, Bethune), 9:09.
Penalties-McAuley Pg (holding), 4:08; McAuley Pg (roughing), 15:22; Pachal Vic (high sticking), 15:22; Florchuk Vic (hooking), 19:16.
4, Victoria, Price 1 (Bargar), 12:35.
Penalties-Johnson Pg (roughing), 2:54; Bethune Pg (tripping), 3:57; Johnson Pg (major-fighting), 8:32; Oliver Vic (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 8:32; Price Vic (tripping), 16:48; Pachal Vic (high sticking), 19:01.
5, Prince George, McAuley 3 (Bethune, Morrison), 6:56.
6, Prince George, McDonald 2 (Morrison, Bethune), 9:05.
Penalties-Dmytriw Vic (hooking), 4:54; O’Rourke Pg (tripping), 11:20; Masella Vic (tripping), 13:25; Morrison Pg (unsportsmanlike cnd., major-fighting), 18:22; Masella Vic (major-fighting), 18:22.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 9-9-10-28.
Power Play Opportunities-
Prince George 0 / 5;
Victoria 0 / 5.
Prince George, McBride 1-0-0-0 (37 shots-36 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 0-2-0-0 (6 shots-3 saves); Myskiw 0-0-0-0 (22 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Nick Swaine (35).
Linesmen-Jeff MacAdams, Liam Reid.