Victoria Royals' #4 Ralph Jarrat takes down Prince George Cougars' #14 Colby McAuley as Royals #18 Brandon McGee and Cougars #26 Kody McDonald join the action during first period action during game 1 of the Royals/Cougars playoff series at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Royals readying for game 3 in Prince George

The Victoria Royals are in Prince George for game 3 of their opening round Western Hockey League playoff series against the Cougars.

The Victoria Royals are in Prince George getting ready to face the Cougars Wednesday night at the CN Centre in Prince George for game 3 of the first round of the Western Hockey League Western Conference Quarter-Finals.

The Royals rolled into the northern B.C. town holding a 2-0 lead after defeating the Cougars in games last Friday and Saturday.

Royals fans will have fingers crossed that Brandon Magee will continue his torrid playoff scoring pace. The veteran player scored five goals in the first two matches. Friday saw Magee get his first playoff hat trick and on Saturday the second of his goals was the game winner.

The Royals defeated the Cougars 5-4  on Saturday to take the  2-0 series lead in the playoffs.

The Cougars tied the game twice in the third period, but Magee countered on both occasions. Jack Walker, Tyler Soy and Greg Chase notched the other markers for Victoria.

Prince George’s goals were potted by Tate Olson (2), Zach Pochiro and Chase Witala.

Victoria goaltender Coleman Vollrath stopped 30 of the 34 shots he faced, while Prince George netminder Ty Edmonds turned aside 20 of 25 shots.

On Friday night the  Royals  scored four second period goals to defeat the Cougars 5-3.

The Royals trailed the Cougars 2-0 after 20 minutes before Brandon Magee netted his first career WHL playoff hat-trick and Greg Chase scored a highlight reel goal to give Victoria the 4-2 lead after two periods.

Taylor Crunk tallied an empty net goal for the Royals in the final frame.

The Cougars’ Tate Olson and Chase Witala both scored in the opening period and Kody McDonald added a goal in the third period.

Victoria goaltender Coleman Vollrath turned aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced for his first career post-season win.

 

 

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