“I got to give credit to my teammates, we played a great team game… all lines were rolling, the defense was going, Griffen (Outhouse) was making huge saves – it wasn’t just me out there…” said Soy who missed 13 straight with injury.
“Anytime you can put your number one centerman back in really helps your group and settles it down,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry.
The Royals held period leads of 1-0, and 3-1 and snapped a winless in 2 skid to kick off the 2nd half of the season.
“It was a great team game, I really liked the way we played start to finish, the way we competed and played as a group.” Commented Lowry,
“I thought our discipline was outstanding and our team speed was great tonight.”
The Royals were 0 for 1 on the power play, and shut down all 4 Cougar man advantages.
Matthew Phillips scored his team leading 25th while the club got 2 point nights from Chaz Reddekopp and Ryan Gagnon. Phillips is 3rd in goals in the WHL and extended his point streak to 10 games and 19 points (9g 10a).
NY Ranger drafted Brad Morrison had the lone goal for the Cougars, while Ty Edmonds took the loss making 19 saves on 24 shots.
Victoria remains 4th in the BC Division, while Prince George is tied for 1st overall in the WHL with Everett, and are ranked 6th in the CHL Top 10.
The Royals are 2-3 in the 8 game season series, and snapped the Cougars 5 game win streak. They’ll face off again tonight in Victoria.
“We better have the same level of discipline, same compete and be prepared to see a better team.” said Lowry.
– Marlon Martens
Prince George Cougars 1 at Victoria Royals 5 – Status: Final
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Prince George 0 1 0 – 1
Victoria 1 2 2 – 5
1, Victoria, Phillips 25 (Jarratt), 1:18.
Penalties-Nagy Vic (inter. on goaltender), 4:26; McDonald Pg (embellishment), 16:07.
2, Victoria, Soy 13 (Nagy, Gagnon), 7:31.
3, Prince George, Morrison 16 (Harkins, Khomenko), 8:31.
4, Victoria, Soy 14 (Walford), 15:05.
5, Victoria, Soy 15 (Reddekopp, Gagnon), 0:28.
6, Victoria, Reddekopp 6 (Soy), 15:13.
Penalties-Oliver Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 7:29; Bethune Pg (slashing), 14:44; Pachal Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:44; Walford Vic (high sticking), 15:48.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 13-11-19-43.
Power Play Opportunities-
Prince George 0 / 4;
Victoria 0 / 1.
Prince George, Edmonds 20-6-1-0 (24 shots-19 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 18-12-3-0 (43 shots-42 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).