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State Of The Royals: Weekly Notebook December 2nd

Keeps getting worse

It was another bad week for the Royals. The team has now lost six straight, their last win coming on November 13.Victoria now sets 4th in the BC division, ahead of only the Prince George Cougars.

Last Week

The Royals followed up Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Kamloops Blazers with a 6-5 loss to the Kelowna Rockets. Brett Balmer became the latest opponent to notch a hat trick against the Royals.

Jamie Crooks almost tied the game at the buzzer, but his shot was deemed too late.

Kevin Sundher’s goal tied him with Ryan Howse for the all-time franchise lead in points.

Midweek the Royals played host to the Blazers twice and dropped both contests. Tuesday was a 4-3 decision highlighted by Chase Schaber’s hat trick. Jamie Crooks had two, including his 100th career WHL point.

The next night saw the Blazers prevail 6-5 in overtime, extending the Royals losing streak but also earning the team a much needed point Kevin Sundher had two as Jesse Pauls picked up a borderline penalty in OT to allow Chase Schaber to score the winner. Logan Nelson had four assists.

This Week

It’s familar faces this weekend as the Royals will visit Kelowna on Friday and Kamloops on Sunday.

State of the Royals

Midweek, the team will play host to a pair of games against the Tri-City Americans. The Americans sit at top of the American Division. Forward Adam Hughesman sits fourth in WHL scoring with 19 goals and 46 points while Ty Rimmer is probably the best goalie in the league not named Nathan Lieuwen.

News & Notes

The Royals holiday combo is now on sale, giving you a chance to pick up four game vouchers and a Royals toque for just $55.

December 7 is Students Night and also the date for the annual Teddy Bear Toss.

Player Spotlight

Jamie Crooks hit the 100 point plateau in the WHL this week in his third full season in the league. After putting up 38 points last year, Crooks has 25 in his first 28 games to start this year. The avid golfer models his game after Steven Stamkos.

Next Game

The Royals will try to kick the skid Friday night in Kelowna against the Blazers.

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