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ROYALS KNOCK DOWN COUGARS

Victoria earns 7-1 victory over Prince George to split weekday series.

For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals scored five unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes to top the Prince George Cougars 7-1 on Thursday night.

Game Summary
Gamesheet – http://bit.ly/2ldLPZE

Scoring:
Royals – Chaz Reddekopp 0g-3a, Matthew Phillips 2g-0a (Game Winner), Jeff de Wit 1g-1a, Scott Walford 0g-2a, Dante Hannoun 0g-2a, Dino Kambeitz 1g-0a, Spencer Gerth 1g-0a, Tyler Soy 1g-0a, Jeremy Masella 1g-0a, Jared Freadrich 0g-1a, Matthew Smith 0g-1a, Ralph Jarratt 0g-1a, Braydon Buziak 0g-1a, Mitchell Prowse 0g-1a.

Prince George – Josh Maser 1g-0a, Kody McDonald 0g-1a, Dennis Cholowski 0g-1a.

Goaltending:
Royals – Griffen Outhouse (W) – 52:27 Mins, 23 saves on 24 shots
Dean McNabb – 7:33 Mins, four saves on four shots

Prince George – Taylor Gauthier (L) – 46:08 Mins, 17 saves on 24 shots
Isaiah DiLaura – 13:52 Mins, six saves on six shots

Power Play:
Royals – 3/6=50.0%

Prince George – 1/6=16.7%

Notes:

Making Their Marks – Victoria’s newest additions, Jeff de Wit and Braydon Buziak, both made their Royals’ debuts in tonight’s game. Both players recorded assists for their first point in a Victoria uniform, while de Wit also added a goal.

Streaking Skaters – A trio of Royals’ players extended their point streaks in tonight’s game. Tyler Soy has earned 11 points (4g-7a) over his last seven contests, while Dante Hannoun has recorded nine points (1g-8a) in his past six games. Matthew Phillips rounds out the group with seven points (4g-3a) in four games.

Multi-Goal Madness – Royals’ forward Matthew Phillips recorded his team-leading seventh multi-goal game of the season. This year, the club holds a record of 15-2-1-0 when a player scores two goals or more.

Quick Goals – The Royals scored two goals within 29 seconds of each other to set the new season high for quickest goals scored in succession. This passed the previous mark from this year of 40 seconds that was set on November 18th against the Tri-City Americans. The franchise record is eight seconds and was recorded on December 16, 2014 versus the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Potent Powerplay – Victoria scored three goals on the powerplay during tonight’s game to match a season high. The Royals boast a 29/103=28.2% mark on the powerplay when playing at home this season, which is the third-highest percentage in the WHL.

On The Road Again – The Royals will now head on a two-game road trip against the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers. Puck drop against the Rockets is set for 7:05 p.m. on Friday night, while Victoria will play Kamloops on Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Back Home – The Royals return home on Friday, January 5th to face the Everett Silvertips for the first meeting between the two teams since Round 1 of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Puck drop is 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.

Social Media:

Facebook – http://bit.ly/2lehCd6
Twitter – http://bit.ly/2DtFoII
Twitter Handles – @victoriaroyals, @PGCougars, @_SoySauce_, @hannoun19, @mattphillips_8, @buziak10.

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