Prince George, BC- Victoria Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse, a native of Williams Lake, BC, stopped all 39 shots he faced to shutout the Prince George Cougars 2-0 in a battle between two of the top teams in the Western Conference on Friday night.
With the victory tonight, the Royals move two points ahead of the Cougars for second spot in the Western Conference with 44 points.
Victoria’s Outhouse, named the game’s first star for his efforts, put in a solid night between the pipes to record his second shutout of the season. Outhouse played his first game in Prince George since he was a member of the Cariboo Cougars of the BC Major Midget Hockey League during the 2014-15 season.
The Royals’ Jack Walker scored the first goal of the contest, and game winner, midway through the first stanza. Later in the first period, Victoria’s top defensive forward Logan Fisher notched the insurance marker in style when he cut hard across the Cougars’ crease and outwaited netminder Ty Edmonds before depositing the puck in the back of the net.
Prince George goaltender Edmonds made 31 saves on the 33 shots he faced throughout the contest.
Neither team was able to capitalize on the powerplay. Victoria went 0/3=0.0%, while Prince George were 0/1=0.0%.
The Royals will take on the Cougars tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. before they take a seven-day Christmas break.