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In hockey, there are two games that are particularly difficult to win, the first game home after a road trip and the second game of a back-to-back set.
The Prince George Cougars, the last-place team in the BC Division of the Western Hockey League, out-did themselves taking down the Victoria Royals Friday night in overtime. They handed Victoria their fourth straight loss 3-2. Saturday, there was little chance of a repeat.
The Royals took out the Cougars 7-3, scoring four unanswered goals during the third period.
Matthew Phillips earned three assists and in so doing surpassed Chilliwack Bruin Mark Santorelli in scoring the most points in a season, in franchise history. Santorelli’s record total was 101. Phillips ended the night with 104.
Tyler Soy opened the scoring with his 33rd goal of the season on the powerplay at 12:02 of the first period.
Prince George Cougar Aaron Boyd tied the game up with his 12th at 15:02. Then defenceman Scott Walford scored his first of the season at 17:53.
The teams closed out the second period with Brogan O’Brien (12th) and Jackson Leppard (14th) scoring, while Royals player Jared Freadrich earned his 12th of the season. The score was tied 3-3 going into the third.
Noah Gregor scored his 27th of the season and fifth in the past five games. It was the game-winner which came at 2:12 of the third.
Defencemen, Kade Jensen and Chaz Reddekopp each scored their seventh of the season at 3:19 and 11:01 respectively.
Tarun Fizer scored his first of the season with seven seconds left in the game.
Tavin Grant took the loss in goal for the Cougars. He faced 36 Royals shots. Dean McNabb started the game for the Royals, stopping 13 of 16, before Outhouse took over for the final period and stopped all nine Cougars shots that he faced.
The Royals were a perfect 3/3 on the man advantage, while they blanked the Cougars on their three opportunities.
Activating the Blueline – Victoria received goals from four different blueliners as Scott Walford, Jared Freadrich, Kade Jensen and Chaz Reddekopp all scored. This marks the first time in Royals’ history that four defencemen scored in a game.
Back in the Line-up – Victoria defenceman Chaz Reddekopp returned to Victoria’s line-up after a 20-game absence and registered a goal. The signed Los Angeles Kings’ prospect has now found the scoresheet in his last six contests and has total of eight points (3g-5a) during that span.
Top Playmakers – Both Dante Hannoun and Tyler Soy reached the 50-assist benchmark on the season tonight. Victoria now has three players with at least 50 assists, as Phillips leads the team with 60, which is tied for the second-highest total among all WHL teams.
Next Up – The Royals are back in action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 7th against the Spokane Chiefs. Puck drop for both contests are set for 7:05 p.m. 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.