Royals open weekend with loss to Cougars

Victoria and Prince George will face-off for the final time this season on Saturday

Victoria Royals forward Matthew Hodson recorded his 30th point of the season with one goal in a 7-1 loss to the Prince George Cougars at the CN Centre on Friday.

The Saskatoon, SK product currently sits sixth among all Royals skaters in scoring with 16 goals and 14 assists on the year. 

Starting goaltender Braden Holt would finish the game with 31 saves on 38 total shots, while both Reggie Newman and Kalem Parker would record points with one assist each. 

Forward Chase Wheatcroft would be the top-scorer for the Cougars in this game, recording two points on a goal and an assist, while goaltender Tyler Brennan made 20 saves on 21 shots against. 

Prince George (35-24-6-0) would open the scoring on a goal by forward Zac Funk (24) at the 4:08 mark of the first. 

The Cougars would then double-up their lead on a powerplay marker by forward Koehn Ziemmer (38) at 11:54. 

However, Victoria (15-43-6-1) would get one back before the end of the frame with a goal from forward Matthew Hodson (16) at the 16:13 mark, assisted by forwards Reggie Newman and Kalem Parker, to make it 2-1 entering the second.

The Cougars would see their lead grow in the second, first on a goal by forward Chase Wheatcroft (47) to go up 3-1 at the 12:24 mark, then making it 4-1 following a goal by forward Cayden Glover (6) at 17:39. 

Prince George would add on in the third, with defenceman Hudson Thornton (22) scoring at the 3:12 mark to extend the lead to 5-1, followed by a goal by forward Arjun Bawa (4) at 5:55 to bring the score to 6-1. 

Forward Jaxsen Wiebe (15) would collect one more before the end of regulation, sealing the 7-1 win for Prince George.

The Royals and Cougars will wrap-up their season series tomorrow night at the CN Centre in Prince George, where puck-drop is set for 6 pm.

The Royals are back home for their final game of the regular season for Fan Appreciation Night on March 25th at 6:05pm. You can learn all about what’s planned for the game and get tickets by clicking here. 

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About the Victoria Royals  

The Victoria Royals are a Canadian major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL) owned and operated by GSL Group. The Royals play all their home games at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and have entered their 12th season of their existence.  

About Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre  

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (SOFMC) is designed, constructed, developed and operated by GSL Group. SOFMC is Victoria’s premier entertainment facility and the largest arena in British Columbia outside Vancouver. The state-of-the-art 7,000 seat facility is home to the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League and regularly hosts large-scale concerts and other special events such as figure skating, curling, plays, trade shows and conferences. SOFMC also features a fine dining Lion’s Den Restaurant, as well as retail and meeting space.  

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