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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (

The Cougars made their first visit back to Victoria since departing for Prince George in 1994 on Tuesday night. The Cougars out worked an uninspired looking Royals team en route to a 4-2 win, for their first road victory of the New Year.


“That was one of the worst games of the year” remarked Royals Coach Marc Habscheid, “I’m just really disappointed in a big game like this the effort was not good.”

The Royals started Keith Hamilton in net while Prince George countered with Drew Owsley.

Prince George got on the score board first when Reid Jackson deflected a shot by Daulton Siwak past Hamilton 14:36 into the 1st period. Victoria would answer back three minutes later when Jamie Crooks swatted his own rebound out of the air and past Owsley as he was about to glove it.

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Victoria’s Jamie Crooks swats home his rebound from mid air to to tie the game at 1-1.
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Victoria took the lead early in the 2nd period when Brandon Magee took a pass from Mike Forsyth and skated in a fired a low shot off the far goal post and into the net for his 16th goal of the season.

Prince George tied it at 2-2 off a goal by Greg Fraser then took the lead for good when Daulton Siwak beat Hamilton. The teams head for the 2nd intermission with the teams tied in shots at 22 apiece but the Cougars leading 3-2.

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Ben Walker of the Victoria Royals carries puck into the Prince George zone during Tuesday night’s WHL matchup at Save On Foods Memorial Center.

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Jamie Crooks gets set to snap shot on net in WHL action at Save On Foods Memorial Center.

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Ricard Blidstrand added an insurance marker for Prince George mid way through the 3rd period and Owsley turned aside any Royals shot sent his way to secure a 4-2 victory.

“We were making things very complicated in the neutral zone, we didn’t have the effort there tonight and it cost us” said Magee.

Prince George Cougars’ Daulton Siwak is unable to get his stick on rebound during 2nd period of Tuesday night’s WHL game at Save On Foods Memorial Center.
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The win moves the Cougars into 9th place in the Western Conference, just 3 points back of the 8th place Royals, with 2 games in hand. The Royals remained 1 point behind Seattle, who also have 2 games in hand and 4 points ahead of 10th place Everett.

The Royals and Cougars finish their two game set on Wednesday night at Save On Foods Memorial Center, game time 7:05pm.