Down 3-0 after 40, the Royals pulled even at 4-4 before the Cougars went ahead one final time.
“I just felt like we played well, we attacked and played hard…very proud of the effort.” Said Royals Head Coach Dan Price.
AUDIO: Head Coach Dan Price Thoughts on Loss:
Victoria pummelled Prince George with 45 shots, with Tavin Grant making 40 saves for the win. Dean McNabb took the loss with 20 stops on 25 attempts.
The Royals got a goal and assist from Igor Martynov, singles from Dino Kambietz (goals in 3 straight), Tyler Soy and Kaid Oliver.
Victoria was 1 for 8 on the power play while Prince George went 1 for 4.
Noah Gregor made his debut for the Royals chipping in with an assist, while showcasing his speed and playmaking ability all night after a day of travel.
Victoria is 1-1 in the season series after edging Prince George 5-4 in overtime Sunday.
The Royals remain 1st in the BC Division 4 up on the Rockets, while the Cougars pull into a 4th place tie with the Blazers.
Victoria was missing Regan Nagy (4-5 weeks), Dante Hannoun (illness), and 20 year defenseman Kade Jensen serving the first of a 3 game suspension.
Up next Victoria wraps up their 3 game BC Division road swing against Vancouver Friday night.
– Marlon Martens
Fresh Face – Royals’ forward Noah Gregor, who was acquired in a trade from the Moose Jaw Warriors yesterday, took part in his first game with Victoria and earned an assist. Victoria acquired Gregor and a 2018 eighth round pick in exchange for Ryan Peckford and a 2018 fourth round pick.
Heating Up – Victoria had four skaters extend their point streaks to three games. Igor Martynov (2g-5a), Kaid Oliver (3g-3a), Tyler Soy (2g-4a) and Dino Kambeitz (3g-1a) have all tallied points during that span.
Final 20 – The Royals tallied four goals in the third period for the second consecutive game. In Victoria’s previous three contests, the club has collected 13 goals in the final frame.
Prince George Firsts – Nic Holowko, a 20-year old forward who was signed earlier today, suited up for the Cougars for the first time. Prince George also had 16-year old defenceman Cole Beamin take part in his first WHL contest, while forward Max Kryski tallied his first career WHL goal.
Next Up – The Royals will face the Vancouver Giants on Friday, December 15th at the Langley Events Centre with puck drop set for 7:30 p.m.
Coming Home – Victoria will battle the Giants again on Saturday, December 16th at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for the team’s final game before the Christmas break. Puck drop is slated for 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.
TEXT GAME SUMMARY
Victoria Royals 4 at Prince George Cougars 5 – Status: Final
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – CN Centre – Prince George, BC
Victoria 0 0 4 – 4
Prince George 2 1 2 – 5
1, Prince George, Mikhalchuk 8 (O’Rourke, Maser), 11:01.
2, Prince George, Schoettler 2 (Boyd, Mikhalchuk), 11:48 (PP).
Penalties-Gregor Vic (high sticking), 11:01; Boyd Pg (high sticking), 12:25.
3, Prince George, Schoettler 3 (Bethune, Boyd), 7:00.
Penalties-Bethune Pg (slashing), 2:22; Kryski Pg (kneeing), 7:30; Legien Vic (inter. on goaltender), 8:16; Freadrich Vic (major-fighting), 12:09; Holowko Pg (major-fighting), 12:09; Reddekopp Vic (hooking), 13:00; Boyd Pg (hooking), 17:29; Martynov Vic (roughing), 18:59; Schoettler Pg (roughing), 18:59.
4, Victoria, Martynov 12 (Reddekopp, Smith), 4:12.
5, Prince George, Moberg 2 (Curtis, Bethune), 4:31.
6, Victoria, Kambeitz 7 (Jarratt, Martynov), 5:04.
7, Victoria, Soy 13 (Florchuk, Gregor), 6:10 (PP).
8, Victoria, Oliver 5 (Prowse), 6:54.
9, Prince George, Kryski 1 (Holowko, Anderson), 14:24.
Penalties-Lakusta Pg (delay of game), 0:55; Boyd Pg (hooking), 5:26; Oliver Vic (inter. on goaltender), 9:23; O’Rourke Pg (interference), 11:45; Moberg Pg (tripping), 15:07.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 9-9-7-25.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 8;
Prince George 1 / 4.
Victoria, McNabb 2-5-0-0 (25 shots-20 saves).
Prince George, Grant 8-8-2-0 (45 shots-41 saves).
Referees-Duncan Brow (19), Troy Paterson (60).
Linesmen-Nick Albinati (3), Anthony Maletta.