Saturday, 19 December 2015

Recap: VIC 2 - PG 0 (Fri. Dec.18.2015)

Griffen Outhouse made 39 saves to help the visiting Victoria Royals (21-11-1-1, 44pts) shut out the Prince George Cougars (20-11-1-1, 42pts) 2-0 Friday night to retake 2nd in the West.

“I liked the way we bounced back after the loss in Vancouver, I was happy the way we weathered the early storm, got those early goals and did all the things we needed to do to win the game.” – Royals Interim Head Coach Enio Sacilotto

The Royals struck twice in the first period on goals by Jack Walker and Logan Fisher to snap a two game slide.

“It was a big turn around game for us,” said Walker,

“Huge points for us right before the break.”

It was Outhouse’s 2nd shutout and 5th win in 9 games as a rookie netminder for the Royals, playing in his own backyard.

“It was a lot of fun to come in and get a win, with a lot friends and family in the stands,” said Outhouse,

“It was my parents first game watching me live…I was trying to stay as focussed as I could.”

Outhouse won the Mac’s Midget Tournament with the Caribou Cougars, and hails from Likely, near Williams lake.

“Outstanding,” said Sacilotto on Outhouse’s perfect evening,

“He was confident in net, athletic, had his angles, controlled his rebounds, had a strong night – I’m really happy for him and his performance.”

Ty Edmunds took the loss, stopping 31 of 33 shots.

Victoria was 0 for 3 on the power play and 1 for 1 on the penalty kill.

Royals defenseman Chaz Reddekopp blocked a couple of open net chances, namely off of Chase Witala in the first and Brad Morrison late in the third.

“Obviously our defense is going to do whatever it takes to keep the puck out of the net, and help (Outhouse) as much as we can – it was a good game by all of us.” said Reddekopp, a 7th round pick of the Los Angeles Kings.

The two clubs came into the two game set tied in points, but the Cougars have a game in hand and received honourable mention in the CHL Top 10.  Prince George had not lost at home in regulation in 10 games coming in.

“We got zone time, we got defense, basically contributions from all four lines every time they were on the ice.” Commented Sacilotto on rolling the lines.

The two clubs will meet again Saturday night before stopping for the Christmas break.

“Hopefully we can get a bit better start (Saturday),” said Sacilotto on facing the Cougars Saturday,

“We have to play the same way, we’re on the road and in hostile territory.”

It’s also the first of 4 straight against the Cats, later two coming on Dec 27th and 28th on the Island.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 2 at Prince George Cougars 0 - Status: Final
Friday, December 18, 2015 - CN Centre - Prince George, BC

Victoria 2 0 0 - 2
Prince George 0 0 0 - 0

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Walker 13 (Soy), 7:30.
2, Victoria, Fisher 5 (Dmytriw), 16:23.

Penalties-Wharrie Vic (major-fighting), 13:12; McAuley P.g (major-fighting), 13:12; Olson P.g (roughing), 13:12.

2nd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Wharrie Vic (hooking), 13:00; Harrison P.g (holding), 15:42.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Harrison P.g (delay of game), 1:59; Reddekopp Vic (roughing), 14:25; Bethune P.g (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:25.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 14-9-10-33.
Prince George 13-14-12-39.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 3;
Prince George 0 / 1.

Victoria, Outhouse 5-1-1-0 (39 shots-39 saves).
Prince George, Edmonds 11-6-1-0 (33 shots-31 saves).

Referees-Reid Anderson (53), Mike Langin (67).
Linesmen-Tom Henetiuk (140), Nathan Van Oosten (115).