The Victoria Royals fell 2-1 in overtime to the host Prince George Cougars on Friday night, in the first of back to back games.
Ryan Schoettler banged home a rebound to earn the extra point for the Cougars, extending their winning streak to 3 games.
Victoria’s winless streak is now at 4 games (0-3-1-0).
After a scoreless 40 minutes, Prince George defenseman Joel Lakusta struck with the man advantage early in the third.
Royals Noah Gregor tied the game a few minutes later with a power play goal which ultimately forced overtime.
— Fraser Rodgers (@Fraser_PG) March 3, 2018
Victoria had to fend off 9 of 10 Prince George power plays, while going 1 for 6 with the man advantage.
The Royals also had to kill off a double minor to Gregor which carried well over into overtime, but were scored on shortly after it expired.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price Post Game Interview:
By earning a single point, Victoria clinched a playoff berth for a 7th straight season.
Rookie netminder Taylor Gauthier made 32 saves to earn first star honours, while local product Griffen Outhouse stood strong with 36 saves in the loss, earning 2nd star.
It was a physical affair, including a scrap between Royals Lane Zablocki and Cougars Austin Crossley.
Victoria was without forward Dante Hannoun, Chaz Reddekopp and Ralph Jarratt.
Prince George takes a 3-2 season series lead, with the rematch on Saturday night.
With an assist on the Gregor goal, Matthew Phillips ties the franchise record for most points in a season with 101, held by Chilliwack Bruins Mark Santorelli.
– Marlon Martens
PG Cougars write up:
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY
Victoria Royals 1 at Prince George Cougars 2 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Friday, March 2, 2018 – CN Centre – Prince George, BC
Victoria 0 0 1 0 – 1
Prince George 0 0 1 1 – 2
1st Period- No Scoring.
Penalties-Martynov Vic (hooking), 4:38; Mikhalchuk Pg (hooking), 5:49; Crossley Pg (slashing), 6:49; Maser Pg (charging), 11:40; Kaspick Vic (roughing), 18:13; Zablocki Vic (roughing), 18:13; Crossley Pg (roughing), 18:13.
2nd Period- No Scoring.
Penalties-Zablocki Vic (major-fighting), 5:54; Crossley Pg (major-fighting), 5:54; Jensen Vic (tripping), 8:06; Grishakov Vic (checking to the head), 11:40; Kaspick Vic (inter. on goaltender), 12:21; Crossley Pg (cross checking), 14:58; Gregor Vic (roughing), 18:33.
1, Prince George, Lakusta 8 (O’Brien, Leppard), 5:00 (PP).
2, Victoria, Gregor 26 (Phillips, Soy), 8:07 (PP).
Penalties-Oliver Vic (tripping), 2:01; Buziak Vic (roughing), 3:54; Gauthier Pg (interference), 3:54; Jensen Vic (tripping), 4:32; Buziak Vic (10-minute misconduct), 7:48; Crossley Pg (hooking), 7:48; Bethune Pg (boarding), 15:47; Gregor Vic (slew-footing, slew-footing), 19:24.
3, Prince George, Schoettler 7 (Curtis, Boyd), 4:04.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 10-12-12-4-38.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Prince George 1 / 9.
Victoria, Outhouse 31-15-4-1 (38 shots-36 saves).
Prince George, Gauthier 8-15-1-1 (33 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Troy Paterson (60), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Nick Albinati (3), Michael McGowan (41).