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.

 

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