The Royals led 3-1 in the third before the Cougars (26-33-3-5, 60pts) tied it up a on a pair of goals 1:13 apart, before Victoria pulled away late.
“I think we believe that we’re deep enough that if we keep playing our game and keep playing in the system that Dave (Lowry) creates for us, then things will work. It’s a trust thing throughout the group and it’s paying off.” said Travis Brown on the clubs ability to pull off the win.
|Brett Cote opened the scoring with his 4th of the year|
Victoria remains 3rd in the West, 7 back of Portland who won their 21st straight game, while pulling 10 points ahead of idle Seattle. Prince George remains 2 points out of a playoff spot, chasing Tri City who fell Friday 3-2 at Everett who is 6th.
Netminder Patrik Polivka made 24 saves improving to 9-0 lifetime against Prince George including 4-0 this season.
|Polivka stopped Fiddler on a short handed breakaway|
“It was a great win for us, but I think we need to be a bit sharper Saturday, because they came back and tied it…” said Polivka on the win.
Adam Beukeboom allowed 4 goals on 37 shots in the defeat.
The Royals are now 6-1 against the Cougars this season, and will meet for one final time Saturday night. They’ve outscored the the Cats 27-12 over the 7 game series.
Victoria got goals from 5 different players, including Brett Cote (4th) in the first, Austin Carroll’s team leading 33rd making it 2-0 in the second, and Logan Fisher’s 7th giving the club an early 3-1 lead in the third.
|Logan Nelson had an assist in the win|
|Austin Carroll extended his point streak to 6 games|
“Shutting down Fiddler is a tough challenge, he’s deceivingly quick and he’s got a great shot. He makes big plays at big times, and we saw that tonight.” According to Royals defenseman Brown.
Zach Pochiro had a goal and assist and was named third star.
The Royals were 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Cougars went 0 for 1.
Pregame show Saturday from the CN Centre in Prince George at 6:45 on The Zone @ 91.3 fm.
Victoria Royals 5 at Prince George Cougars 3 - Status: Final
Friday, February 28, 2014 - CN Centre - Prince George, BC
Victoria 1 1 3 - 5
Prince George 0 1 2 - 3
1, Victoria, Cote 4 (Magee, Fransoo), 15:33.
Penalties-Pochiro P.g (hooking), 13:30.
2, Victoria, Carroll 33 (Nelson), 11:55.
3, Prince George, Fiddler 43 (Ruopp, Pochiro), 14:55.
Penalties-Fiddler P.g (high sticking), 12:40; Walker Vic (roughing), 15:45; Pochiro P.g (roughing), 15:45.
4, Victoria, Fisher 7 (Palmer), 1:46.
5, Prince George, Pochiro 27 (Bourke, Tkatch), 7:08.
6, Prince George, Fiddler 44 (Harkins, Bobos), 8:21.
7, Victoria, Brown 13 (Crunk), 15:09.
8, Victoria, Magee 23 (Blomqvist, Hicketts), 19:53 (EN).
Penalties-Crunk Vic (hooking), 4:08.
Shots on Goal-
Prince George 8-12-7-27.
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 2;
Prince George 0 / 1.
Victoria, Polivka 24-11-0-2 (27 shots-24 saves).
Prince George, Beukeboom 5-7-0-0 (37 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Steve Papp (17), Chris Schlenker (90).
Linesmen-Tom Henetiuk (140), Nathan Van Oosten (115).