The Victoria Royals fell 4-2 on the road against the Prince George Cougars Saturday night, settling for split of the two game set.
The Royals found themselves down 3-1 after 20 minutes, while being out shot 20-5.
“Right from the drop of the puck,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry, on how the game got away,
“Last night we raved about our preparation and our leadership and tonight it wasn’t there…” said Lowry
The Cougars added a single in the second by Nikita Popugaev, his first with Prince George.
Tyler Soy scored the lone goal of the third to cut the lead in half on the power play 4-2, but that was as close as the Royals would come.
Victoria, who had won 2-1 the night before, had their 5 game win streak and points in 6 streak snapped.
“This is something we thought we had moved on from, but obviously our preparation on back to backs is going to have to be better.” Added Lowry.
Prince George out shot Victoria 42-22 overall with Ty Edmonds earning the win, and Griffen Outhouse taking the loss.
Cougars Jansen Harkins scored an own goal on a delayed penalty to give the Royals a 1-0 lead just a minute into the first.
Harkins responded to tie the game at 1-1, followed by Tate Olson and Colby McCauley who also added an assist all in the first.
Both clubs scored on the power play, the Royals going 1 for 4, and the Cougars 1 for 5.
“Discipline that was so good last night, becomes a bit of an issue tonight…” said Lowry.
The 8 game season series comes to a close, with both clubs winning 4 a piece.
Victoria remains 4th in the BC Division, 3 back of Kelowna whom they’ll entertain Wednesday and Friday.
“The games don’t get any easier, everybody is fighting for position, and we have to fight to get into the race.”quipped Lowry.
– Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 2 at Prince George Cougars 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 7, 2017 – CN Centre – Prince George, BC
Victoria 1 0 1 – 2
Prince George 3 1 0 – 4
1, Victoria, Folk 3 1:01 (EN).
2, Prince George, Harkins 10 (Ruopp, McAuley), 5:42.
3, Prince George, Olson 4 (Bethune, Morrison), 10:01 (PP).
4, Prince George, McAuley 14 (McDonald, Bethune), 15:30.
Penalties-Nagy Vic (hooking), 1:01; Walker Vic (tripping), 8:56.
5, Prince George, Popugaev 23 (Gabrielle, Guhle), 1:28.
Penalties-Collins Pg (tripping), 1:56; Walford Vic (hooking), 2:34; Phillips Vic (high sticking), 9:35; Curtis Pg (tripping), 13:13; Hannoun Vic (game misconduct), 19:44; Pachal Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:44; McDonald Pg (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:44.
6, Victoria, Soy 17 (Phillips, Walker), 10:21 (PP).
Penalties-Ibragimov Vic (roughing), 8:24; Leppard Pg (roughing), 8:24; O’Brien Pg (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:24; Gabrielle Pg (delay of game), 9:13; Bobylev Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd., cross checking), 9:47; Jarratt Vic (slashing), 12:32; McDonald Pg (cross checking), 12:32.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 20-11-11-42.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Prince George 1 / 5.
Victoria, Outhouse 22-13-3-0 (42 shots-38 saves).
Prince George, Edmonds 22-7-1-0 (22 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Clayton Hall (42), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Nick Albinati (3).