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The Victoria Royals are having a tough road swing through the prairies. For the second straight game, they found themselves on the wrong end of the overtime period Friday, losing to the Medicine Hat Tigers by the score of 4-3.

On Wednesday, they were edged by the Swift Current Broncos 3-2. Tuesday, they lost to the Moose Jaw Warriors by the score of 7-4.

They have one more game on this swing, Saturday, when they face the Lethbridge Hurricanes (11-13-1-1), who they lost to in Victoria by the score of 10-4 on Nov 21 – one of the worst defeats in franchise history. The Hurricanes were due and desperate after losing seven straight games.

The Royals will return home for one game, after five days off, then host the Kootenay Ice (12-14-1-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 8, then they hit the road for three more.

The Moose Jaw Warriors (20-5-5-1) are first overall in the Western Hockey League, while the Swift Current Broncos (19-5-2-0) sit in third place, and second in the Eastern Conference. The Tigers are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

It is the toughest part of their 72-game schedule.

The Royals sit in second place in the Western Conference with a record of 18-9-3-0, two points behind the Portland Winterhawks, who have a whopping five games in-hand. The Winterhawks’ record is 20-4-0-1.

Friday, the Tigers outshot the Royals 41-20. The Royals have been outshot in 24 of 30 games so far, this season. Three of the past five games they have given up at least double the number of shots they have taken.

Against Seattle last week, the Royals swept the Thunderbirds, but were outshot 46-23 and 37-18 in consecutive games. Earlier in the season they were outshot 41-26 and 40-26 in consecutive games against Brandon and Saskatoon.

The Royals are benefitting from elite goaltending by Griffen Outhouse and excellent backup work by Dean McNabb.

Game Summary

Gamesheet – http://bit.ly/2j82ahi

Scoring:

Royals – Scott Walford 0g-2a, Dante Hannoun 0g-2a, Chaz Reddekopp 1g-0a, Tyler Soy 1g-0a, Igor Martynov 1g-0a, Mitchell Prowse 0g-1a.

Medicine Hat – Gary Haden 1g-1a, Linus Nassen 1g-1a (Game Winner), Max Gerlach 0g-2a, Mark Rassell 1g-0a, David Quenneville 1g-0a, Hayden Ostir 0g-1a, James Hamblin 0g-1a.

Goaltending:

Royals – Griffen Outhouse (OTL) – 61:18 Mins, 37 saves on 41 shots

Medicine Hat – Jordan Hollett – 18:55 Mins, five saves on eight shots

Michael Bullion (W) – 42:23 Mins, 12 saves on 12 shots

Power Play:

Royals – 0/3=0.0%  — Medicine Hat – 1/7=14.3%

Notes:

Top Teams – Tonight’s contest was between a pair of divisional leaders. The Royals sit atop the BC Division with an 18-9-3-0 record. The Tigers meanwhile, hold a 16-10-0-0 mark, good for first in the Central Division.

Streaking Skaters – A pair of Royals are now on three-game point streaks. Dante Hannoun has registered four assists since November 28th, while Tyler Soy has earned three points (2g-1a) in his last three contests.

Extra Time – Victoria has now taken part in two consecutive overtime games. The last time the club was in back-to-back games that required extra time was on December 7 and 9, 2016 against the Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks.

Perfect 10 – With Igor Martynov’s goal tonight, the Royals now have seven players on their roster with 10 or more goals this season. This is the most of any team in the WHL, ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors who have six skaters with 10 or more goals.

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