Royals Head Coach Dan Price:
The Cougars Josh Maser broke a 3-3 second period tie for the eventual winner, while Joel Lakusta’s second of the night into an empty net sealed it for Prince George, snapping their 3 game losing streak.
Victoria out shot Prince George 39-27 as Tavin Grant earned the win, and Griffen Outhouse took the loss.
Price on the shot differential:
The Royals got a goal and assist performances from Matthew Phillips and Tyler Soy, while Noah Gregor added a single. Dante Hannoun returned the line up after missing 5 games and added a pair of assists.
Both clubs scored a pair of power play goals.
Victoria was short a full complement forwards as Igor Martynov is representing Team Belarus at the World Juniors, Regan Nagy is injured and Jared Legien was traded earlier in the day.
If travel goes as planned the two newly acquired Royals, 19 year old forwards Jeff De Wit (Kootenay) and Brayden Buziak (Regina) could be in the line up Thursday night to help the Royals snap their 4 game skid as they face the Cougars in the back half of the two game set.
Prince George leads the season series 2 games to 1.
Price on the adjustments heading into the rematch:
Puck drop at 7pm.
– Marlon Martens
— Victoria Sports News (@Vic_SportsNews) December 28, 2017
Record Setter – With an assist in tonight’s game, Royals’ veteran Tyler Soy tied the Victoria record for most career assists with 147. The previous mark was set by former Royal Jack Walker who totaled 147 helpers over his 318-game career. The franchise record belongs to Victoria and Chilliwack Bruin alumnus Brandon Magee who both recorded 151 career assists through 318 career WHL contests.
Away at the Worlds – Victoria’s Igor Martynov and Prince George’s Vladislav Mikhalchuk are both currently representing their home country of Belarus at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY. Royals’ Assistant Coach J.F. Best is serving as a consultant in Performance Analysis for Team Denmark.
Powerplay Specialist – Victoria forward Matthew Phillips scored his 39th career powerplay goal in tonight’s game and passed Brandon Magee (38) for the most career powerplay goals in a Royals’ uniform. The franchise record is held by former Chilliwack Bruin Ryan Howse, who registered 47 powerplay goals in his WHL career.
Fresh Faces – The Royals announced a pair of trades today as forward Jared Legien was sent to the Regina Pats in exchange for forward Braydon Buziak and a conditional draft pick. Victoria also acquired forward Jeff De Wit from the Kootenay ICE in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
Second Half – Tonight’s game marked the start of the second half of the regular season. The club posted a record of 20-13-3-0 in the first 36 games this season, which includes a home record of 11-4-1-0.
Staying Hot – Multiple Royals’ skaters extended their point streaks in tonight’s game. Tyler Soy has recorded 10 points (3g-7a) over six consecutive games, Dante Hannoun has seven points (1g-6a) in five straight contests and Matthew Phillips has marked five points (2g-3a) in three consecutive games.
Thursday Night – The Royals and Cougars are back in action tomorrow night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre as they square off at 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
Prince George Cougars 5 at Victoria Royals 3 – Status: Final
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Prince George 3 1 1 – 5
Victoria 3 0 0 – 3
1, Prince George, Lakusta 3 3:58.
2, Victoria, Gregor 16 (Hannoun, Phillips), 6:31 (PP).
3, Prince George, Holowko 4 (Bethune, McDonald), 6:43.
4, Victoria, Soy 14 (Reddekopp, Prowse), 10:28.
5, Victoria, Phillips 25 (Hannoun, Soy), 12:03 (PP).
6, Prince George, Leppard 8 (McDonald, Maser), 14:48 (PP).
Penalties-Azhgirei Pg (hooking), 6:02; McDonald Pg (roughing), 9:36; Masella Vic (roughing), 9:36; Bethune Pg (holding), 11:03; Masella Vic (roughing), 14:41; served by Masella Vic (too many men), 18:22; Bethune Pg (unsportsmanlike cnd., roughing), 20:00; Cholowski Pg (roughing), 20:00; Jensen Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 20:00; Soy Vic (roughing), 20:00.
7, Prince George, Maser 14 (McDonald, Leppard), 2:54 (PP).
Penalties-Gregor Vic (holding opp. stick), 1:24; Adrian Pg (high sticking), 3:07; Jensen Vic (interference), 14:47; Bethune Pg (boarding), 16:25; McDonald Pg (roughing), 16:25; Soy Vic (roughing), 16:25; Boyd Pg (roughing), 20:00; Gerth Vic (roughing), 20:00; Masella Vic (roughing), 20:00.
8, Prince George, Lakusta 4 19:56 (EN).
Penalties-Gregor Vic (high sticking), 6:12; Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 7:37; Leppard Pg (hooking), 8:03; O’Rourke Pg (roughing), 15:48; served by Kambeitz Vic (too many men), 17:23.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 10-9-8-27.
Power Play Opportunities-
Prince George 2 / 8;
Victoria 2 / 7.
Goalies-Prince George, Grant 9-10-2-0 (39 shots-36 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse 18-9-3-0 (26 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Liam Reid (112), Chris Van Deventer (145).