Cutler’s 3 Point Night Paces Royals Past Oil Kings 3-2 Friday
Griffen Outhouse made 35 saves, and the penalty killers shut down all 6 man advantages.
Victoria never trailed, holding period leads of 2-1 and 3-2, before locking it down in the 3rd.
The Royals also got goals from Logan Doust and D-Jay Jerome.
Four skaters made their debut for Victoria, recently acquired forwards Kody McDonald and Carson Miller, as well as defenseman Jake Kustra returning from injury after being acquired in December.
Kustra asserted himself physically, with the hit of the game on Edmonton leading scorer Trey Fix-Wolanksy who was held off the scoresheet.
16 year old rookie defenseman Noah Lamb played his first WHL game for Victoria.
The Royals improve to 3-2 on their 6 game in 9 night Central Division road trip which concludes against the Rebels in Red Deer on Saturday night.
Victoria Debuts: Royals’ forwards Kody McDonald and Carson Miller, along with defenceman Jake Kustra played in their first game with the club tonight. McDonald and Miller were acquired yesterday in a trade with the Prince Albert Raiders for overage forward Dante Hannoun. Kustra, who returned from an injury, joined the Royals in December via a trade with the Saskatoon Blades.
First WHL Game: Victoria defenceman Noah Lamb played in his first career WHL regular season game tonight. The product of Camrose, AB was selected in the sixth round, 118th overall, by the Royals in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
Milestone Men: Tonight, two Royals’ players hit significant milestones. Defenceman Scott Walford played in his 200th career WHL game, while blueliner Matthew Smith competed in his 100th WHL contest.
Former Royals: Tonight’s contest saw Oil Kings’ goaltender Dylan Myskiw and forward Zach Russell face off against their former team. Myskiw was drafted by the Royals in the sixth round, 112th overall, in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and played in 17 games for Victoria during the 2016-17 season. Russell was signed by the Royals in the summer of 2015, but never played a regular season game with the club.
Belarusian Connection: Royals’ forward Igor Martynov and Oil Kings’ forward Andrei Pavlenko both played for Dinamo-Raubichi of the Belarus2 League in the 2015-16 season. Martynov, a product of Krasnoye, registered 34 points (16g-18a) in 34 games, while Pavlenko, a native of Minsk, collected 14 points (7g-7a) in 31 contests.
Up Next: The Royals wrap up their season long six-game road trip tomorrow night against the Red Deer Rebels. Puck drop is at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Home Sweet Home: Victoria will return home from their longest road trip of the season to face the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday, January 9th. 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.
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Victoria Royals 3 at Edmonton Oil Kings 2 – Status: Final
Friday, January 4, 2019 – Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB
Victoria 2 1 0 – 3
Edmonton 1 1 0 – 2
1, Victoria, Cutler 9 1:03.
2, Victoria, Doust 2 (Cutler, Smith), 15:04.
3, Edmonton, Vince Loschiavo 18 (Vladimir Alistrov, Brett Kemp), 18:01.
Penalties-Russell Edm (hooking), 5:37; Fizer Vic (high sticking), 11:01; Trey Fix-Wolansky Edm (slashing), 19:01.
4, Victoria, Jerome 16 (Cutler, Oliver), 3:32.
5, Edmonton, Andrew Fyten 11 (Andrei Pavlenko, Vladimir Alistrov), 16:11.
Penalties-Walford Vic (delay of game), 0:08; Martynov Vic (tripping), 0:20; Kustra Vic (charging), 5:01; Andrew Fyten Edm (slashing), 7:07; Andrew Fyten Edm (inter. on goaltender), 10:17; Kambeitz Vic (tripping), 16:39.
Penalties-Walford Vic (interference), 6:03; McDonald Vic (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 19:37.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Edmonton 0 / 6.
Victoria, Outhouse 14-11-1-0 (37 shots-35 saves).
Edmonton, Myskiw 16-8-2-2 (27 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Jordan Lightbown (74), Nick Panter (70).
Linesmen-Scott Fulmer (32), Sheldon Skinner (127).