Royals Sneak Past Cougars In Shootout

Victoria sweeps the two-game series with Prince George.

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Royals' Gary Haden celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in the shootout. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)

The Victoria Royals faced off with the Prince George Cougars for game #2 of the two-game series. The game went down to the line as the Royals were able to beat the Cougars 3-2 in a shootout.

Cougars' forward  Reid Perepeluk tips the puck onto Royals' goaltender Shane Farkas. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)
Cougars’ forward Reid Perepeluk tips the puck onto Royals’ goaltender Shane Farkas. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)

The first period commences with Prince George finding the back of the net first, Ethan Browne picking up his first goal of the season (with assists Maser, Schoettler). Numerous penalties would be committed as both teams attempted to take advantage of them. (9:02. Penalties-Crossley Pg (roughing), 12:42; Herauf Vic (interference), 15:14; Maser Pg (tripping), 17:57.)
Cougars players celebrate after Ethan Browne's goal. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)
Cougars players celebrate after Ethan Browne’s goal. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)

The 2nd period started as Victoria was adding much more pressure in hopes for a goal. Keanu Derungs scored for the Royals picking up his 2nd goal of the season. (assists from Doust, Cutler). A series of other penalties would be present as both teams battled to the end of the period. (13:36 (PP). Penalties-Jones Vic (holding), 3:48; Crossley Pg (tripping), 13:04; Jones Vic (holding), 14:41; Kohner Pg (roughing), 20:00; Fahey Vic (roughing), 20:00).

Royals' Brandon Cutler battles for the puck. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)
Royals’ Brandon Cutler battles for the puck. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)

In the 3rd period, Victoria would score with 90 seconds left, as Carson Miller scored his 2nd (assist from Bryks, Herauf), 18:33. Prince George scored with seconds remaining, Schoettler getting his 1st goal of the season, sending the game into overtime.

Royals' Sean Gulka protects the puck from Cougars' Reid Perepeluk. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)
Royals’ Sean Gulka protects the puck from Cougars’ Reid Perepeluk. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)

Both teams went back and forth in overtime as the Royals had the upper hand on the pressure as they were able to get the puck early.

A shootout would happen as Prince George scored 1 from Ethan Browne putting the pressure on Victoria. Carson Miller made no mistake tying it, and Gary Haden sealed the deal popping the bottle winning it for Victoria.

Royals' Gary Haden pops the bottle scoring the game-winning goal. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)
Royals’ Gary Haden pops the bottle scoring the game-winning goal. Photo by Nathanael Laranjeiras (ISN)

Shots on Goal-Prince George 10-4-8-5-0-27. Victoria 8-10-11-4-1-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Prince George 1 / 4; Victoria 1 / 3.
Goalies-Prince George, Gauthier 0-3-0-1 (33 shots-31 saves). Victoria, Farkas 2-1-0-0 (27 shots-25 saves).