Prince George, BC – The visiting Victoria Royals scored the opening four goals, including the game winner and insurance goal from Igor Martynov, en route to a 5-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday night.
The win moves the Royals to 13-9-0-0, for 26 points, in 22 games – second place in the BC division, behind the leading Vancouver Giants at 19-6-2, for 40 point sin 27 games.
The Royals have seven games in hand on third place Kelowna, who are tied in points with the Royals in points but with a 12-15-2 record.
Gamesheet – bit.ly/2U6s99L
Royals – Igor Martynov 2g-0a (Game Winner), Dante Hannoun 2g-0a, Phillip Schultz 0g-2a, Scott Walford 0g-2a, Tanner Sidaway 1g-0a, Sean Gulka 0g-1a, Dino Kambeitz 0g-1a.
Prince George – Ilijah Colina 1g-0a, Ryan Schoettler 0g-1a.
Royals – Brock Gould (W) – 58:50 mins, 18 saves on 19 shots.
Keegan Maddocks – 1:10 mins, 0 saves on 0 shots.
Prince George – Taylor Gauthier (L) – 60:00 mins, 21 saves on 26 shots.
Royals – 2/4 = 50.0%
Prince George – 0/3 = 0.0%
WHL Debut: Royals’ rookie goaltender Keegan Maddocks (2003) made his WHL debut in the game, securing his first WHL win. The native of Langley, BC was drafted by the Royals in the eighth round, 165th overall, at the WHL Bantam Draft this past May.
Hey Friend: A pair of Belarusian forwards, in the Royals’ Igor Martynov and the Cougars’ Vladislav Mikhalchuk, faced off against each other in tonight’s game. The two were teammates on two sperate teams in the Belarus league, as well as on the national stage for Belarus. The duo played together for Dinamo-Raubichi in the 2015-16 season, as well as for the Belarus Under-18 and World Junior (Under-20) squads throughout parts of the 2016-17 campaign.
Five Alive: Following tonight’s contest, the Royals have now won five straight games against Prince George that dates back to last season. In those five games, Victoria has scored 26 goals and have gone 8/22=36.4% on the powerplay.
Heating Up: Forwards Dante Hannoun and Igor Martynov each scored two goals for the Royals in tonight’s match-up against Prince George. This is the first time this season that the Royals have had two multi-goal scorers in one game.
Coming up: Victoria continues their five-game road trip tomorrow in a rematch against Prince George. Puck drop is at 2:00 pm.
Home Sweet Home: The Royals return home on Tuesday, December 11th and Wednesday, December 12th against the Portland Winterhawks for a two-game set. 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.