Royals sweep Cougars

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Story: Corey St. Laurent, Photos: Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

December 28, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – In a Saturday night tilt at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals took on the Prince George Cougars in the two teams’ second meeting in as many nights. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in net while the Cougars countered with Ty Edmonds.

Ben Walker opened the scoring for the Royals when he notched his 16th goal of the season at the 6:01 mark. Brandon Magee centered the puck to Walker from the bottom of the right face-off circle before he quickly snapped a shot between the pads of Edmonds.

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Royals Ben Walker looks to distribute the puck as he crosses the Cougar blue line – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Jack Palmer increased Victoria’s lead just 1:21 later when he took advantage of an Austin Carroll rebound in the low slot for his third goal in three games. Magee then added another goal at the 14:57 mark. The Edmonton, AB native received a pass from Brett Cote in the high slot and fired a shot past the blocker of Edmonds.

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Axel Blomqvist sets up infront goalie Ty Edmonds in game two. Edmonds would not see the puck through his screen on he ensuing play resulting in a Royal’s goal – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Axel Blomqvist picked up his fourth goal in two games late in the opening frame. At the 19:09 mark, Steven Hodges centered the puck to Blomqvist who made a nifty deke around Edmonds to his forehand to make it 4-0 after 20 minutes of play.

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Axel Blomqvist pays the price for trying to create a screen in front of the Cougars crease as Prince George’s McNulty puts a hit on him. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Prince George got on the board early in the second period when Klarc Wilson’s shot from behind the net was deflected in at the 2:41 mark. Carroll later capitalized on a two-man advantage at the 13:03 mark to give the Royals a 5-1 lead. Magee picked up his second assist of the game when he found Carroll in front of Edmonds and the Scottsdale, AZ native buried a shot glove side. The two teams exchanged powerplay chances late in the period, but the score remained 5-1 after two periods of play.

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Goalie Coleman Vollrath gets a piece of this Prince George shot to do his part to win the game. The Royals would win 5-2 in game two – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Cougars took advantage of a two-man advantage of their own at the 6:58 mark of the third frame when Todd Fiddler pounced on a rebound. The Royals’ penalty kill unit was busy throughout the first half of the period, but came through with the help of timely saves from Vollrath to kill off three of four Prince George chances. The home side polished the game off with strong defensive play to record the two-game sweep and post their 25th win of the season. Royals 5 Cougars 2.

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Steven Hodges tracks down the puck Saturday night in a 5-2 win. The Royals would sweep the two game series – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Victoria went 1/6= 16.7% on the powerplay, while Prince George went 1/7= 14.3%. The Cougars outshot the Royals 35-29.

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Cougar Troy Bourke would be denied a goal as Vollrath closes the door, kicking out the left skate to stop from Bourke tucking he puck in – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Victoria will now travel south to take on the Everett Silvertips on New Year’s Eve before returning home to take on the Silvertips in an afternoon contest on New Year’s Day. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and a skate with the players will immediately follow the game.

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Brandon Magee uses a bit of lumber on Sam Ruopp in a attempt to create some space infront of the crease – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

We are Royal Blue, are you? 2013-14 season ticket, mini-plan and group packages are now available!

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Austin Carroll keeps the pressure on the puck handler hoping for a turn over in their own end – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

To guarantee yourself the best seats at the best prices call 250-220-7889, visit www.victoriaroyals.com, or head down to the Victoria Royals Ticketing Office located at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Kids Club memberships, for fans 12 years and younger, are also available for only $20 and include four child tickets, a t-shirt, newsletters from Marty the Marmot and much more!

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