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ROYALS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH AGAINST COUGARS

Victoria defeats Prince George 5-2; club clinches home ice in first round of playoffs.

For Immediate Release

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Victoria, BC ­– Victoria Royals’ forward Phillip Schultz scored two goals in the third period to lead the club to a 5-2 victory over the Prince George Cougars, as the team secured the second seed in the BC Division to guarantee home ice in the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.

Game Summary:

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Scoring:

Royals – Phillip Schultz 2g-1a (Game Winner), Carson Miller 1g-2a, Igor Martynov 1g-2a, Ralph Jarratt 1g-0a, Kody McDonald 0g-1a, D-Jay Jerome 0g-1a, Jake Kustra 0g-1a, Jameson Murray 0g-1a.

Prince George – Josh Maser 1g-0a, Jack Sander 1g-0a, Reid Perepeluk 0g-1a, Cole Beamin 0g-1a, Jackson Leppard 0g-1a.

Goaltending:

Royals – Brock Gould (W) – 60:00 mins, 32 saves on 34 shots.

Prince George – Taylor Gauthier (L) – 58:52 mins, 27 saves on 31 shots.

Powerplay:

Royals – 2/5 = 40.0%.

Prince George – 0/3 = 0.0%.

Notes:

Clinched: With the victory tonight, the Royals clinched their eighth straight playoff berth. Victoria became the second BC Division team to secure a spot, behind Vancouver. Additionally, with Kelowna’s loss tonight, the Royals have secured second place in the BC Division and home ice in the first round of the WHL Playoffs.

Saturday: After tonight’s game, the Royals improved to 6-2-0-0 in their final Saturday home game of the season since they moved to the island in 2011. Furthermore, the team improved to 14-7-1-2 on Saturdays this season, with eight wins on home ice.

Series Finale: Tonight’s game marked the final regular season contest between these two clubs. With the victory, the Royals improved to 8-1-0-0 against Prince George this season. Additionally, Victoria holds a record of 7-1-0-0 in the final contest of a season against the Cougars since 2011-12.

Streaking: With an assist in tonight’s contest, Royals’ forward Kody McDonald extended his point streak to four games (3g-3a). Meanwhile, Phillip Schultz (4g-1a) and Jameson Murray (0g-4a) tallied points in their third straight game.

Josh Maser: Prince George forward Josh Maser recorded a goal in tonight’s game, which moved him to 17 points (12g-5a) in 19 career regular season games against Victoria.

On the Road: The club embarks on a four-game road trip following tonight’s contest. The trip will begin on Wednesday, March 6th when the team faces the Tri-City Americans. The Royals will then travel to Seattle to battle the Thunderbirds on March 8th, followed by Spokane on Saturday, March 9th to take on the Chiefs. They will conclude their travels by facing the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday, March 13th.

Coming Up: The Royals return home on March 15th to battle the Everett Silvertips for their final regular season home game, and their annual Fan Appreciation Night. 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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