Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – The Royals Tyler Soy would net the 3-2 OT winner to lift his Victoria Royals team over the resilient Prince George Cougars Friday night, in game one action at Victoria’s Save-on Foods Arena.
Cougars Aaron Macklin camps infront of Royals net minder Coleman Vollrath looking for the deflected pass – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
After a heart-wrenching 3-2 loss to the CHL seventh ranked Medicine Hat Tigers Thursday night, ending a 3 game Victoria win streak, the Royals found a way to tame BC’s wildcats in extra time. The Cougars came into town only three points behind the Royals, hoping to leap over the B.C. Division 2nd place Royals by the end of the weekend’s two game series.
Royals forward Brandon Magee, back in the line up after an injury, didn’t wait long to make up for lost time. Magee would provide his Royals team the needed scoring touch in the game, netting both Royals goals to stay even with an inspired Prince George team.
Game one’s first star Brandon Magee follows the puck out of his end of the ice looking for the centre ice pass – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Magee would open the scoring in the game, beating Cougars goalie Ty Edmonds, to go up 1-0 halfway through the first period. The Cougars, taking advantage of poor puck possession, would answer back with two short-handed goals by Chase Witala and Aaron Boyd, beating starting Royals netminder Coleman Vollrath to take back a 2-1 lead to close out the first period.
Brandon Magee bends the stick, firing the puck on net with a quick wrister before Brad Morisson can get to the puck – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Cougars, paying the price of some undisciplined play in the second period by giving the Royals four power play opportunities, would be peppered with nineteen Royals shots on net. Magee would net his second of the night on the power play at 3:39 of the second period, beating Edmonds to pull his team even 2-2 going into the third period. Both teams, unable to resolve their differences in the third period, would send the game to overtime. Tyler Soy, picking up the loose puck in front of the Cougars net after a blocked Travis Brown shot, would put it past Edmonds to end the game 3-2 at 1:03 of the extra frame.
Royals Travis Brown just misses slipping the puck under Cougars goal keeper Ty Edmonds – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Royal’s goalie Coleman Vollrath would turn aside 20-22 shots on net. Cougar’s netminder Ty Edmonds would be selected the games second star, stopping 33-36 shots he faced. Brandon Magee was selected first star, and Tyler Soy third star of the game. With the win the Royals create a little distance between themselves and the Cougars, holding a 4-point lead over Prince George in the standings.
Royals Austin Carroll takes up space around Cougars defense – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Both teams will meet again Saturday night, where the Royals will wrap up a seven game home stand before heading out on an eastern road swing that will see them visit Red Deer, Calgary, and Edmonton.