November 9, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – On a Saturday afternoon at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals welcomed the Cariboo Cougars for the first game of a two-game weekend series. The Royals gave the start in net to Markus Daly, while the Cougars responded with Jeremy Matte.
The opening half of the first period saw Cariboo control the majority of the play with back-to-back powerplay opportunities, but they were unable to find the game’s opening marker as they were stymied by Daly and the South Island defenders. The Cougars continued to apply pressure in the Royals’ zone and were rewarded the 1-0 lead with three minutes left in the frame. Off a shot block, forward Steven Jandric broke in alone and put a shot off the right post past Daly for the 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The middle stanza saw the play start to even out as South Island looked to pull even. With three minutes left on the clock, the Royals struck to tie the game. Defenceman Josh Anderson threw a shot on net from the left point that Matte gloved aside, but Jacob Malloch was on the doorstep to bury the rebound. The tie lasted less than a minute as Cariboo stormed back to retake the lead. After a flurry of action in front of Daly, the puck came to the stick of Isaiah Berra to the right of the net who quickly tapped the puck past the South Island keeper. The score read 2-1 in favour of the Cougars after two periods of play.
The final frame started with a four minute man advantage for South Island as they looked to tie the game at two, but they were unable to find the needed marker. On a powerplay of their own, Cariboo extended their lead to two just past the 10 minute mark of the period. From the slot, Berra potted his second of the game as he converted Jandric’s centering pass from the right corner. With 90 seconds left the game, the Royals’ pulled Daly for the extra-attacker, but Cariboo killed the clock to grab the victory. Cougars 3 Royals 1
Cariboo outshot South Island 39-20.
The Royals and Cougars will conclude their two game weekend set tomorrow morning at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre with puck-drop scheduled for 9:45 a.m. The Royals next home game will come Saturday, November 23rd when they host the North Island Silvertips for an all island showdown. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m.