Royals Topped by Cougars In WHL Home Opener

Cougars dampen Royal's championship banner raising night with win

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September 23, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Royals Gunnar Wegleitner takes the away from behind the net picking off the Cougar defender - Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca )

September 23, 2016    Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals were stymied by goaltender Ty Edmonds and the Prince George Cougars on Friday night as they fell by a score of 3-1 to open their 2016-17 WHL Regular Season.

September 23, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - The Cougars spoiled Royals home opener and 2016 WHL banner raising with a 3-1 win - Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca )
September 23, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – The Cougars spoiled Royals home opener and 2016 WHL banner raising with a 3-1 win – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Royals fired 31 shots in the contest, but could only beat Edmonds once as the 20-year-old netminder was the game’s first star with 30 saves.

September 23, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Cougars Ty Edmonds stopped 31-32 Rpyals shot to record his first win of the season - Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca )
September 23, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – Cougars Ty Edmonds stopped 31-32 Royals shot to record his first win of the season – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca )

Prince George’s Colby McAuley tallied a pair of markers including the game-winner in the opening frame and an empty net goal in the third period. The Cougars’ other tally was recorded by Max Martin to open the game’s scoring.

Victoria’s Ty Westgard registered his first career WHL goal in the middle frame when he deflected a shot from the point.

Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse made 17 saves on the 19 shots he faced.

September 23, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Roylas Griffen Outhouse wasn't able to hold back the Prince George Cougars, giving up two goals on seven shouts in the first period - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 23, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – Roylas Griffen Outhouse wasn’t able to hold back the Prince George Cougars, giving up two goals on seven shouts in the first period – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Neither team could find the back of the net on the man-advantage. Victoria held a mark of 0/9=0.0%, while the Cougars went 0/4=0.0%.

The Royals will continue their four-game homestand tomorrow night against the Prince George Cougars with puck drop set for 7:05 p.m. Tomorrow’s contest will see Victoria honour Canadian athletes who participated at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

September 23, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) - Victoria Royals Kaid Oliver finds a loose puck - Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca )
September 23, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – Victoria Royals Kaid Oliver finds a loose puck – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca )

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