Ben Walker

Royals top Cougars, extend win streak to five

Up 4-0 in the first period, the Victoria Royals rode the lead all game and nearly squandered it winning 5-4 on Wednesday night.

On Wednesday Brandon Fushimi sparked the Victoria Royals to an early lead over the Prince George Cougars fir the second straight game.

Fushimi scored 49 seconds into the Western Hockey League contest as the Royals went up 4-0 in the first period and eventually hung on for a 5-4 win, the Royal’s fifth straight win.

Earlier this week, on Monday, Fushimi set Logan Nelson up with a perfect two-on-one pass just three minutes into the game, which Nelson converted.

On Wednesday, however, the Cougars chipped away at the Royals’ 4-0 lead. Chase Witala led a three-goal second period with a goal and two assists for the Cougars to make it 4-3.

Nelson then scored five minutes into the third period to make it 5-3. That was enough to fend off the Cougars, which potted a fourth goal a minute later but no more.

Nelson now has goals in six straight games and has scored the Royals’ game-winning-goal in three straight.

Goalie Patrik Polivka made 24 saves for his seventh win of the season. His numbers are top-10 in the league with .914 save percentage and 2.48 goals against average.

Next for the Royals is a visit to Kennewick, Wash., against the Tri-City Americans (4-7-0-1) on Friday and to Spokane to play the West’s first-place Chiefs (9-2-0-0) on Saturday.

TRADE Updates

On Thursday the Royals picked up 1996-born Mitch Skapski of the Everett Silvertips in a trade, sending the rights to unsigned prospect Mark Nerland. The move comes a day after sending Trent Lofthouse (1994) to the Vancouver Giants for an eighth-round draft pick.

Upcoming is a five-game home stand at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Oct. 25: vs. Kelowna Rockets, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26: vs. Kelowna Rockets, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: vs. Red Deer Rebels, 7 p.m.

Nov. 2: vs. Red Deer Rebels, 7 p.m.

Nov. 6: vs. Edmonton Oil Kings, 7 p.m.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Hundreds celebrate Year of the Rat in Victoria’s Chinatown

Lion dancers and kung fu demonstrations on display

Camosun student shares story of overcoming struggles to inspire others

Provincial Tuition Waiver Program helps former youths in care attend post-secondary institutions

Local Monarchist says Saanich Peninsula would be a ‘great place’ for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Bruce Hallsor also expects the couple’s professional opportunities to lie outside Greater Victoria

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

Most Read