Royals Roll Over Cougars


Photographs by Glenn Ivens/ISN

December 28, 2012, Victoria, BC – Ben Walker scored a pair of goals and had an assist as the Victoria Royals rolled to a 5-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars in WHL action Friday night in Victoria.

In a Friday night contest at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals started Patrik Polivka in net, while the Cougars sent Brett Zarowny in between the pipes.


Jamie Crooks was one of three Royals with 3 points on the night as Victoria downed the visiting Prince George Cougars 5-1 before 5819 fans at Save On Foods Memorial Centre on Friday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens/ISN)

Jamie Crooks opened the scoring for Victoria at 10:06 of the first period while on a two-man advantage. Brandon Magee received a pass to the right of Zarowny and made a cross-ice pass to Crooks before the veteran sniper fired a shot that beat the Cougars’ net minder low blocker side. Prince George responded quickly on a goal by Marc McNulty at 12:42. The Cougars’ defenceman took a slapshot from the left point that found its way through traffic and in low to the glove side of Polivka. The Royals took the lead late in the period on Taylor Crunk’s second goal of the season at the 18:58 mark. Tim Traber picked up a loose puck behind the Prince George net and tried to stuff it in blocker side on Zarowny. The Cougars’ net minder made the initial save, but Crunk was able to spot the loose puck and tap it in. After 20 minutes of play, Victoria held a 2-1 lead.


Taylor Crunk celebrates his 2nd goal of the season, which turned out to be the game winner as the Victoria Royals dominated the Prince George Cougars 5-1 on Friday night at Save On Foods Memorial Centre. (photo by Glenn Ivens/ISN

Ben Walker scored his 11th of the season at 14:51 of the second period to extend the Royals’ advantage. Magee wrapped the puck around the Cougars’ net before Walker found the loose puck at the top of the crease and banged it past an outstretched Zarowny. The two teams exchange scoring chances in a physical second period, but both goaltenders held their ground and the Royals carried a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.


Ben Walker stepped up his game for the shorthanded Royals, recording 2 goals, an assist and a decisive bout of fisticuffs, during Friday nights WHL victory over the Prince George Cougars at Save On Foods Memorial Centre. (photo by Glenn Ivens/ISN

Victoria increased their advantage to three when Steven Hodges scored at the 7:43 mark of the final frame. Crooks raced down the left wing and took the initial shot on Zarowny who let out a rebound that bounced to Hodges. The Royals’ forward took full advantage and chipped the puck up and over the sprawling goaltender. Less than one minute later, Walker netted his second of the night on a delayed penalty call against Prince George. Austin Carroll carried the puck over the Cougars’ blue line before he left the puck for Walker. Walker cut to the middle of the ice and wired a wrist shot just inside the post and past the blocker of Zarowny. Prince George pressed hard in the final minutes of the period, but were denied at every turn by Polivka. Victoria 5 Prince George 1.


Austin Carroll and the entire Royals squad did a superb job of making life difficult for Prince George Cougars goaltender Brett Zarowny on Friday night. Zarowny gave up 5 goals as the Royals peppered him with 34 shots. (photo by Glenn Ivens/ISN

Victoria went 1/4=25.0% on the powerplay, while Prince George went 0/3=0.0%. The Royals outshot the Cougars 34-20.

Victoria and Prince George meet again tomorrow night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m.

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.