by Corey St. Laurent
February 28, 2014, Prince George, BC (ISN) – In a Friday night contest at CN Centre, the Victoria Royals squared off against the Prince George Cougars. The Royals gave Patrik Polivka the start in goal, while the Cougars responded with Adam Beukeboom.
The game started with a physical tone as the B.C. Division rivals jostled to gain early momentum. Prince George’s best chance came off a Todd Fiddler shorthanded breakaway, but Polivka was up to the task and kept the game scoreless. Just after the same Royals’ powerplay expired, Brett Cote opened the scoring for the road team with his fourth goal of the season at the 15:33 mark. The Royals held the 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The second period saw both teams exchange scoring opportunities early, but it was Austin Carroll who broke through at the 11:55 mark with his team-leading 33rd goal of the season. Logan Nelson forced a turnover in front of the Cougars’ goal before he slid a backhand pass across the crease where Carroll knocked the puck into an open cage. Prince George cut the lead to one when Fiddler deflected a point shot at the 14:55 mark and the Royals took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
Logan Fisher regained the two-goal lead for Victoria just 1:46 into the third period. Fisher threw a backhanded shot on net from the right face-off circle that trickled through the pads of Beukeboom and across the goal line. Zach Pochiro’s one-timer from the left face-off circle pulled the Cougars to within one at 7:08 before Prince George tied the game 3-3 at the 8:21 mark on Fiddler’s second goal of the night. The tie game lasted until 15:09 of the final frame when Travis Brown’s 13th goal of the season gave the Royals the edge once again. Brown took a Taylor Crunk pass in the slot and fired a wrist shot high over Beukeboom’s shoulder. The Cougars pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker with less than one minute remaining, but Brandon Magee sealed the Royals’ 24th road win of the year by way of an empty-netter with just seven seconds to play. Victoria 5 Prince George 3.
Victoria went 0/2=0.0% on the powerplay, while Prince George went 0/1=0.0%. The Royals outshot the Cougars 38-27.
Victoria now boasts a 6-1-0-0 record versus Prince George this season. The Royals will have an opportunity to clinch home ice advantage in the 2014 WHL Playoffs tomorrow night when they finish a two-game set in Prince George at 7:05 p.m. The Royals’ next home game will take place March 7th at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre when they host the Kamloops Blazers! Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m.
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