Royals Muzzle the Cougars 5-1 Saturday
The Victoria Royals built up a 4-0 first period lead en route to a 5-1 road win against the Prince George Cougars Saturday night.
Dante Hannoun and Igor Martynov scored a pair of goals each for the Royals who snap a 3 game skid, while extending the Cougars losing streak to 4 games.
Head Coach Dan Price post game interview:
Rookie netminder Brock Gould stopped 18 of 19, while Taylor Gauthier went 21 for 26.
Hear from Brock Gould following the game:
Victoria struck twice with the man advantage, both by Hannoun, while the penalty-kill was a perfect 3 for 3.
Igor Martynov of @victoriaroyals throws that monkey off his back in a big way tonight snapping his 18 game goalless drought with 2 big goals in the Royals win over PG
— The Dub Fanaholics. 🏒 (@DubFanaholic) December 2, 2018
Tanner Sidaway added a single for the Royals while Elijah Colina got the only strike for the Cougars who have averaged just a single goal per game in their 4 game slide.
Defenseman Scott Walford and Danish forward Phillip Schultz chipped in with a pair of helpers each.
WHL Debut: In tonight’s contest, Royals’ rookie goaltender Keegan Maddocks (2003) made his WHL debut. The native of Langley, BC was drafted by the Royals in the eighth round, 165th overall, at the WHL Bantam Draft this past May.
Hey Friend: A pair of Belarusian forwards, in the Royals’ Igor Martynov and the Cougars’ Vladislav Mikhalchuk, faced off against each other in tonight’s game. The two were teammates on two sperate teams in the Belarus2 league, as well as on the national stage for Belarus. The duo played together for Dinamo-Raubichi in the 2015-16 season, as well as for the Belarus Under-18 and World Junior (Under-20) squads throughout parts of the 2016-17 campaign.
Five Alive: Following tonight’s contest, the Royals have now won five straight games against Prince George that dates back to last season. In those five games, Victoria has scored 26 goals and have gone 8/22=36.4% on the powerplay.
Heating Up: Forwards Dante Hannoun and Igor Martynov each scored two goals for the Royals in tonight’s match-up against Prince George. This is the first time this season that the Royals have had two multi-goal scorers in one game.
Coming up: Victoria continues their five-game road trip tomorrow in a rematch against Prince George. Puck drop is at 2:00 pm.
Home Sweet Home: The Royals return home on Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 12th against the Portland Winterhawks for a two-game set. 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 BOX SCORE
Victoria Royals 5 at Prince George Cougars 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, December 1, 2018 – CN Centre – Prince George, BC
Victoria 4 1 0 – 5
Prince George 0 1 0 – 1
1, Victoria, Hannoun 8 4:52 (PP).
2, Victoria, Martynov 2 (Walford, Schultz), 6:18.
3, Victoria, Martynov 3 (Schultz), 13:46.
4, Victoria, Sidaway 3 (Gulka), 18:17.
Penalties-Moberg Pg (tripping), 3:37.
5, Prince George, Colina 4 (Schoettler), 8:28.
6, Victoria, Hannoun 9 (Walford, Kambeitz), 12:56 (PP).
Penalties-Walford Vic (high sticking), 2:13; Walford Vic (holding), 5:50; Perepeluk Pg (charging), 12:36.
Penalties-Kohner Pg (high sticking), 6:38; Jerome Vic (interference), 17:00; Walford Vic (roughing), 18:50; Mikhalchuk Pg (cross checking, roughing), 18:50.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 5-11-3-19.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 4;
Prince George 0 / 3.
Victoria, Gould 2-2-0-0 (19 shots-18 saves); Maddocks 0-0-0-0 (0 shots-0 saves).
Prince George, Gauthier 6-10-1-1 (26 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Duncan Brow (19), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Anthony Maletta.