Friday, February 17, 2012

Royals 4 - Cougars 2

Friday night in Victoria, the Prince George Cougars dropped a 4-2 score to the Victoria Royals in a fight-filled affair that saw five fights in the first 13 minutes. The Royals scored all four of their goals in the second period to help secure their victory.

The first period was wild. The Cougars and Royals combined for 88 penalty minutes and five fights. Cody Carlson, Jesse Forsberg, Dan Gibb, Greg Fraser and Reid Jackson all fought for Prince George. Cody Carlson was ejected from the game after he dropped the gloves with Robin Soudek of the Royals.

The Cougars opened the scoring at 13:59 of the first period when Caleb Belter came out of the penalty box and converted off a Ricard Blidstrand pass for his third of the year. Moments earlier the Cougars had killed off a five-on-three man advantage that lasted 1:52 for Victoria.

It was 1-0 for the visitors after one. The Cougars were outshot 9-4.

Victoria tied it at the 5:00 mark of the second. Brandon Magee buried his 20th of the season on a power play to put his team on the board. Steven Hodges then made it 2-1 after he capitalized off a terrible bounce in the Cougars end.

Jamie Crooks and Dakota Conroy would add goals for Victoria in the second-half of the period and took a 4-1 lead into the second period.

The Cougars were better in the third, and were rewarded for their efforts when Jake Mykitiuk followed up on a Jordan Tkatch rebound and scored his fifth of the season. The Cougars were given a late power play and had some chances, but were un-successful.

Victoria outshot the Cougars 26-20 and finished two-for-five on the power play. Prince George finished the game zero-for-seven on their power play opportunities.

With the win, the Victoria Royals improve their record to 18-34-2-4 and move four points ahead of the Cougars for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Cougars record now sits at 18-36-0-2 and they still hold two games in hand on Victoria.

These teams will meet again on Saturday night from the Save on Foods Memorial Centre.

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