The Royals gave the nod to Patrik Polivka, while the Cougars countered with Mac Engel.
The Prince George Cougars would chase Royals goalie Polivka from the net Saturday night at SOF Arena as they would score 3 unanswered goals in the first period and a half. (Photo by; Erich Eichhorn – www.allsportmedia.ca)
Victoria Royals winger Tim Traber stick duels with his Prince George Cougars check waiting for the puck to come out of the Royals corner. (Photo by; Erich Eichhorn – www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Cougars added to their lead on a powerplay goal by Colin Jacobs at 4:11 of the middle frame. Witala banged at a loose puck near the right post before it was batted out of the air and into the back of the net by Jacobs. Witala then added his second of the night on another Cougars’ powerplay at 6:28. Troy Bourke released a shot on Polivka, who made the initial save, but the puck bounced into the slot and Witala slipped it past the right pad of the goaltender. This signaled the end of the night for Polivka as Coleman Vollrath took over in the Royals’ net. Tempers flared when
More than just bodies were flying on Saturday night as Royals Keegan Kanzig answers the bell delivering a solid right to Cougars #6 Dallas Ehrhardt. (Photo by; Erich Eichhorn –www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Royals got on the scoreboard early in the third as Austin Carroll tallied his seventh of the season at the 0:37 mark. Steven Hodges won a face-off in the Cougars’ zone before Carroll picked up the puck and ripped a wrist shot top shelf over the glove of Engel from the top of the left circle. Jamie Crooks would pull the Royals within one at 10:07 on the powerplay. Crooks controlled the puck at the bottom of the left face-off circle before he snapped a shot high short side to score his team-leading 17th of the season. Brandon Magee tied the score with 2:39 remaining in the game on the back of his 14th of the year. Carroll circled behind the Cougars’ net and took a sharp-angled shot. Engel stopped the initial shot, but the rebound found Magee in the slot and the Royals’ forward punched it in glove side. Neither team could break the deadlock in the final minutes and the game headed to overtime tied 3-3.
Victoria Royals Steven Hodges would score the game winning goal in a shoot out win Saturday night against the Prince George Cougars. (Photo by; Erich Eichhorn – www.allsportmedia.ca)
Overtime saw the two teams exchange chances, but both Engel and Vollrath made key saves to extend the game and a shootout was needed to determine a victor. Magee opened the shootout for the Royals and made a quick move before he wristed a shot between the pads of the net minder and gave
Royals Brandon Magee was the spark that his Royals team needed, tying the game in the dying minutes to force overtime. Magee would also score a goal in a shootout win. (Photo by; Erich Eichhorn – www.allsportmedia.ca)
Brandon Magee celebrates his game tying goal late in the third period. His Royals team was down 0-3 to the Prince George Cougars until midway through the second period. (Photo by; Erich Eichhorn – www.allsportmedia.ca)
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