Adam McKinnon

File photo – D-Jay Jerome. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall/Victoria Sports News

The Victoria Royals earned a 3-2 victory over the Central Division-leading Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night as forward Brandon Cutler was named the game’s first star, on his birthday, with one goal and two assists.

Game Summary: 

Gamesheet – bit.ly/2BZgHEW

Scoring:

Royals – Brandon Cutler 1g-2a, D-Jay Jerome 1g-0a (Game Winner), Logan Doust, Matthew Smith 0g-1a, Kaid Oliver 0g-1a.

Edmonton – Vladimir Alistrov 0g-2a, Vince Loschiavo 1g-0a, Andrew Fyten 1g-0a, Brett Kemp 0g-1a, Andrei Pavlenko 0g-1a.

Goaltending:

Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 60:00 mins, 35 saves on 37 shots.

Edmonton – Dylan Myskiw (L) – 60:00 mins, 24 saves on 27 shots.

Powerplay:

Royals – 0/4 = 0.0%.

Edmonton – 0/6 = 0.0%.

Notes:

Victoria Debuts: Royals’ forwards Kody McDonald and Carson Miller, along with defenceman Jake Kustra played in their first game with the club tonight. McDonald and Miller were acquired yesterday in a trade with the Prince Albert Raiders for overage forward Dante Hannoun. Kustra, who returned from an injury, joined the Royals in December via a trade with the Saskatoon Blades.

First WHL Game: Victoria defenceman Noah Lamb played in his first career WHL regular season game tonight. The product of Camrose, AB was selected in the sixth round, 118th overall, by the Royals in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.

Milestone Men: Tonight, two Royals’ players hit significant milestones. Defenceman Scott Walford played in his 200th career WHL game, while blueliner Matthew Smith competed in his 100thWHL contest.

Former Royals: Tonight’s contest saw Oil Kings’ goaltender Dylan Myskiw and forward Zach Russell face off against their former team.  Myskiw was drafted by the Royals in the sixth round, 112th overall, in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and played in 17 games for Victoria during the 2016-17 season. Russell was signed by the Royals in the summer of 2015, but never played a regular season game with the club.

Belarusian Connection: Royals’ forward Igor Martynov and Oil Kings’ forward Andrei Pavlenko both played for Dinamo-Raubichi of the Belarus2 League in the 2015-16 season. Martynov, a product of Krasnoye, registered 34 points (16g-18a) in 34 games, while Pavlenko, a native of Minsk, collected 14 points (7g-7a) in 31 contests.

Up Next: The Royals wrap up their season long six-game road trip tomorrow night against the Red Deer Rebels. Puck drop is at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Home Sweet Home: Victoria will return home from their longest road trip of the season to face the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday, January 9th. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.

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