In back to back games with the former Victoria Cougars in Prince George the teams each sawed off a win in a high scoring weekend.
Victoria won the Friday opener 5-4 with Keith Hamilton once again leading the way with 48 saves.
Saturday was a different story. Despite a hat trick by Jamie Crooks, the Royals dropped a 6-5 game. Prince George Cougar Charles Iglis was kicked out of the game early in the third period after a vicious elbow to Royal defenceman Tyler Stahl. Iglis has since been suspended 10 games for the hit and Stahl is out indefinitely with a concussion.
The Royals played their third game in three nights the following night and the fatigue showed in a 8-2 loss in Kamloops. The boys were back at home last night, but unfortunately dropped a 4-2 decision to the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Stand out Tigers forward Emerson Etem had two goals and now leads the league with seven to start the season.
There’s the no rest in the WHL and the Royals are right back on the ice tonight at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena to once again square off with the Tigers. Tomorrow, its the clipper to Seattle to challenge the Thunderbirds and the weekend is capped off with a Thanksgiving grudge match with the Giants at Pacific Coliseum on the holiday Monday.
News and Notes
Tonight is the first night of the Victoria Royals’ recently announced ‘Stop Hunger’ campaign that will see the Royals donate one pound of non-perishable food items to the Mustard Seed foodbank with the goal of donating over one ton by year’s end.
A single non-perishable food item will get you a $3 discount at the box office tonight or $2 for children.
In addition to Tyler Stahl, the Royals are without Brandon Magee this weekend to an undisclosed lower body injury. Marc Habscheid’s son, defenceman Zach, had to be helped off the ice after a hit last night and is being evaluated today.
The big surprise for the Royals so far has been the play of rookie Logan Nelson. The 18-year-old is tied for the Royals scoring lead with Kevin Sundher and fourth in the WHL scoring race with five goals and four assists through his first nine games.
The Minnesota native was only officially signed in training camp after deciding the WHL was a better path to the NHL than playing USHL or American college hockey.