The Victoria Royals will need to get on the right side of the game results soon, as they enter the final stretch of their Western Hockey League season. Currently, they are on a four-game losing skid. They lost back-to-back one-goal games at home to the Portland Winterhawks, then followed up with a loss in Kamloops and an overtime loss Friday night in Prince George.

The Cougars won 2-1 in overtime at the CN Centre as the club clinched a spot in the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

It was Joel Lakusta who opened the scoring in Prince George with his eighth of the season. The game was scoreless until the five-minute mark of the third. Brogan O’Brien and Jackson Leppard assisted on the powerplay marker.

Noah Gregor netted his 26th 3:07 later with a powerplay marker of his own from Matthew Phillips and Tyler Soy.

The game was ended at 4:04 of overtime when Prince George’s Ryan Schoettler scored his seventh of the season from Josh Curtis and Aaron Boyd.

Game Summary

Gamesheet – http://bit.ly/2FQxefW

Goaltending:

Royals – Griffen Outhouse (OTL) – 64:04 Mins, 36 saves on 38 shots

Prince George – Taylor Gauthier (W) – 64:04 Mins, 32 saves on 33 shots

Power Play:

Royals – 1/4=25.0%

Prince George– 1/9=11.1%

Notes:

Playoff Bound – After collecting a point in tonight’s contest, the Victoria Royals have secured a spot in the 2018 WHL Playoffs for the seventh consecutive season since they moved to Vancouver Island.

Milestone Night – With an assist tonight, Royals’ Captain Matthew Phillips registered his 101st point of the campaign and tied former Chilliwack Bruin Mark Santorelli for the franchise record for the most points in a single season. Santorelli collected 101 points (27g-74a) for the Bruins during 2007-08.

Going the Distance After tonight’s overtime contest, Victoria’s record sit at 9-6 when the game goes beyond 60 minutes, which include a pair of victories in the shootout. This ties the single-season franchise record for most games to go beyond regulation, which happened in both 2012-13 and 2006-07.

Tomorrow Night – Victoria and Prince George face-off again tomorrow night in the second half of a back-to-back series with puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Coming Home – Victoria returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a two-game set against the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 7th with puck drop for both contests slated 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.

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