Victoria Royals defenceman Zach Habscheid pulls the puck from harms way during the Royals' 4-3 road win over the Prince George Cougars at CN Centre on Friday.

Royals take division lead on road trip: ready for Tigers

B.C. Division leaders Victoria Royals set to host Medicine Hat Tigers Thursday and Friday

Two out of three wins on the road suit the Victoria Royals just fine, thank you.

The rebuilding club is in first place in the B.C. Division with three wins and two losses overall as Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre prepares to host the Medicine Hat Tigers (2-2) on Thursday and Friday.

Game time is 7:05 p.m. both nights.

With Medicine Hat comes highly touted first round draft pick Emerson Etem of the Anaheim Ducks.

Offence has carried the Royals early, with the team sweeping the Prince George Cougars, 5-4 in a shootout on Friday and then 6-5 in regulation on Saturday. Logan Nelson, Robin Soudek, Brandon Magee and Steven Hodges scored on Friday with Kevin Sundher and Soudek netting shootout goals.

Jamie Crooks’ hat trick paced his team to a 5-0 lead on Saturday. The lead collapsed, but the Royals’ clung to the one-goal win.

Tired but hoping for a better result, the Royals fell 8-2 in Kamloops to the Blazers on Sunday.

Despite the drubbing, the good news was  Royals’ points-leader Nelson (four goals, four assists) scoring both goals.

For goalie Keith Hamilton, Sunday was the first time he didn’t come close to a 50-save game this year, having stopped 95 of the first 101 shots he faced in his first two games.

Gamble started on Saturday with Hamilton not dressing and Prince George native Jared Rathjen on the bench as Gamble’s backup.

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