The visiting Victoria Royals scored 4 unanswered in the third period to drop the Prince George Cougars 7-3 Saturday snapping a 4 game winless streak.
The Royals picked up 3 of a possible 4 points in the two game set while earning the split after a 2-1 overtime loss one night earlier.
Victoria never trailed, but Prince George drew even three times before the Royals pulled away in the final frame.
Victoria went 3 for 3 on the power play, while the Royals went a perfect 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
Victoria got goals from 7 different skaters, Tyler Soy, Scott Walford, Jared Freadrich, Noah Gregor, Kade Jensen, Chaz Reddekopp and Tarun Fizer – his first in the WHL.
— matt auerbach (@m_auerbach) March 4, 2018
Matthew Phillips first of three assists set the franchise record for most points in a season, and now has 104 points, 5th most in the WHL.
Tyler Soy had 3 points with a goal and two assists. Jensen had a goal and assist, while Matthew Smith chipped in with a pair of assists.
Reddekopp returned to the line up after a 20 game absence, and stepped out of the penalty box to score on a breakaway in the final frame.
— Marlon Martens (@VoiceVicRoyals) March 4, 2018
Walford also notched his first of the season, as the Royals got 4 goals from defenseman for the first time in club history.
Griffen Outhouse came in relief late in the 2nd period and earned the win, tying Coleman Vollrath with most wins in franchise history at 84.
The Royals outshot the Cougars 36-25.
There was a late fight between Andrei Grishakov and Jackson Leppard.
Victoria returns home to open a 4 game home stand, beginning with a pair against the Spokane Chiefs Tuesday and Wednesday.
– Marlon Martens
— PG Cougars (@PGCougars) March 4, 2018
Record Breaker – By recording three assists tonight, Royals’ Captain Matthew Phillips set the franchise record for most points in a single season with 104 (44g-60a). The record was previously owned by former Chilliwack Bruin Mark Santorelli who registered 101 points (27g-74a) in the 2007-08 season.
WHL First – Royals’ forward Tarun Fizer (2001) registered his first WHL goal in the third period. The product of Chestermere, AB has tallied six points (1g-5a) in 41 games this season.
Perfect Powerplay – Victoria’s powerplay unit was perfect tonight as they posted a mark of 3/3. This marked the 10th time in Royals’ history that the club was perfect with the man-advantage. The last time Victoria managed to accomplish the feat was exactly one year ago when they held a record of 3/3 against the Spokane Chiefs.
Activating the Blueline – Victoria received goals from four different blueliners as Scott Walford, Jared Freadrich, Kade Jensen and Chaz Reddekopp all scored. This marks the first time in Royals’ history that four defencemen scored in a game.
Back in the Line-up – Victoria defenceman Chaz Reddekopp returned to Victoria’s line-up after a 20-game absence and registered a goal. The signed Los Angeles Kings’ prospect has now found the scoresheet in his last six contests and has total of eight points (3g-5a) during that span.
Top Playmakers – Both Dante Hannoun and Tyler Soy reached the 50-assist benchmark on the season tonight. Victoria now has three players with at least 50 assists, as Phillips leads the team with 60, which is tied for the second highest total among all WHL teams.
Next Up – The Royals are back in action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 7th against the Spokane Chiefs. Puck drop for both contests are set 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 SCORING SUMMARY
Victoria Royals 7 at Prince George Cougars 3 – Status: Final
Saturday, March 3, 2018 – CN Centre – Prince George, BC
Victoria 2 1 4 – 7
Prince George 1 2 0 – 3
1, Victoria, Soy 33 (Phillips, Hannoun), 12:02 (PP).
2, Prince George, Boyd 12 (Lakusta, Schoettler), 15:02.
3, Victoria, Walford 1 (Soy, Phillips), 17:53.
Penalties-Kjemhus Pg (slashing), 11:52.
4, Prince George, O’Brien 14 (Leppard, Crossley), 0:28.
5, Victoria, Freadrich 12 (Phillips, Soy), 10:15 (PP).
6, Prince George, Leppard 14 (Bethune, O’Brien), 18:03.
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (boarding), 2:01; Maser Pg (elbowing), 9:47.
7, Victoria, Gregor 27 (Martynov, Smith), 2:12.
8, Victoria, Jensen 7 (Buziak), 3:19.
9, Victoria, Reddekopp 7 (Prowse), 11:01.
10, Victoria, Fizer 1 (Smith, Jensen), 19:36 (PP).
Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 8:52; Schoettler Pg (tripping), 9:40; Gregor Vic (tripping), 9:57; Grishakov Vic (major-fighting), 19:19; Kambeitz Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:19; Walford Vic (cross checking), 19:19; Leppard Pg (cross checking, unsportsmanlike cnd., major-fighting), 19:19; O’Brien Pg (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:19.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 5-11-9-25.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 3 / 2;
Prince George 0 / 3.
Victoria, McNabb 4-9-0-0 (16 shots-13 saves); Outhouse 31-15-4-1 (9 shots-9 saves).
Prince George, Grant 13-15-3-1 (36 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Troy Paterson (60), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Nick Albinati (3), Michael McGowan (41).