|Logan Nelson is stopped by Drew Owsley in a 3-1 Cougars Win|
Drew Owsley stopped 28 shots for his 18th win and 2nd star honours. Keith Hamilton stopped 7 of 10 in the first, before being replaced by Jared Rathjen who saved all 17 he faced.
|Tim Traber fights Reid Jackson|
Prince George jumped to a three nothing lead in the first on goals by Daniel Gibb, followed by Caleb Belter on the power play. Nanaimo product Greg Fraser scored shorthanded at the 18:55 mark, but just 27 seconds later on the same man advantage, Hayden Rintoul’s point shot got past Owsley to bring the score to 3-1 after 20 minutes.
There would be no scoring in the final two frames.
Royals assistant Coach Ben Cooper on the loss:
It was their 5th sell out of the season, 7006.
|Hayden Rintoul scores his 14th while on the power play for Victoria|
The Royals out shot the Cougars 29-27, putting out more shots than the opposition in five straight games and 7 of their last 8.
After five fights in Friday’s 4-2 Victoria victory, there would be two more Saturday. In the second Keegan Kanzig fought Campbell Elynuik, and in the third Tim Traber squared off against Reid Jackson.
Jamie Crooks 8 game point streak (6g 3a) was snapped in the loss. Ben Walker added an assist for 3 helpers in his last two games and was third star.
Up next, the Royals head out on the road for 3 games, starting with the number one team in the West, the Kamloops Blazers who’ve dropped their last two. The Royals have won once against the Blazers, 4-2 on home ice on Jan 27th (1-5-1-0).
Prince George Cougars 3 at Victoria Royals 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Prince George 3 0 0 - 3
Victoria 1 0 0 - 1
1, Prince George, Gibb 1 (Belter, Elynuik), 8:23.
2, Prince George, Belter 4 (Carlson, Blidstrand), 16:39 (PP).
3, Prince George, Fraser 14 18:55 (SH).
4, Victoria, Rintoul 14 (Soudek, Walker), 19:22 (PP).
Penalties-Jackson P.g (holding), 0:59; Walker Vic (tripping), 15:21; Springer P.g (slashing), 18:20.
2nd Period- No Scoring.
Penalties-Jones Vic (roughing), 1:14; Mykitiuk P.g (roughing), 8:17; Kralik Vic (roughing), 8:17; Elynuik P.g (major-fighting), 12:08; Kanzig Vic (major-fighting), 12:08; Bourke P.g (tripping), 14:13; Soudek Vic (interference), 15:30; Nelson Vic (high sticking), 16:06; served by Mykitiuk P.g (bench), 20:00.
Penalties-Jackson P.g (major-fighting), 8:23; Traber Vic (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 8:23; Siwak P.g (tripping), 15:58.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 10-10-7-27.
Power Play Opportunities-
Prince George 1 / 5; Victoria 1 / 5.
Prince George, Owsley 18-29-0-1 (29 shots-28 saves).
Hamilton 17-30-1-4 (10 shots-7 saves);
Rathjen 0-4-1-0 (17 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Colby Smith (57).
Linesmen-Jason Cramer (122), Ryan Gibbons (73).