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File photo. Tyler Soy. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Copyright – 2017 – Victoria Sports News

The Victoria Royals have had the upper hand on the Prince George Cougars most of the season, including Friday night in Prince George, where the Royals won the score of 2-1. Saturday the teams were back at it again and this time the Cougars prevailed 4-2. It was their first regulation loss in seven starts.

Four consecutive Cougars goals were bookended by a Carter Folk tally to open the scoring at 1:01 of the first period. It was the 6’3” Regina native’s third goal of the season; however, he didn’t really score it. Jansen Harkens and scored an own goal on a delayed penalty, Folk was the last Royal to the touch the puck and was credited with the goal.

At 10:21 of the third Tyler Soy scored his 17th on the year in just 27 games played. This one came on the powerplay from Matthew Phillips and Jack Walker. Jesse Gabrielle was sitting for two minutes for delay of the game.

The assist was Phillips team-leading 49th point. The Calgary Flames draft pick sits 14th in the league point scoring race.

The Cougars scored three goals during the first period, one each from Jansen Harkins with his 10th, Tate Olson netted his fourth and Colby McAuley with his 14th. McAuley’s goal proved to be the game winner.

Nikita Popugaev scored his 23rd at 1:28 of the second period. The 6’5” native of Moscow, Russia was originally drafted by the Moose Jaw Warriors. He leads the Cougars in points and sits ninth in the league with 53, so far this season.

Jared Bethune earned two assists while McAuley had one goal and one assist for the Cougars.

Griffen Outhouse stopped 38 of 42 Cougars shots, while Ty Edmonds only had to contend with 22 shots directed his way.

The Royals went ¼ on the powerplay, while the Cougars were 1/5.

The Cougars remain in first place in the BC Division with a record of 28-11-2-0 while the Royals hold down the first wildcard spot with a record of 22-16-4.

The Royals next play the Kelowna Rockets in Victoria at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre Jan 11 and 13th.