Story by Marlen Marten – Of the Zone 91.3
Friday night the visiting Prince George Cougars scored 5 unanswered, all in the middle frame to drop the Victoria Royals 5-1.
The Cougars earned their 3rd straight win, while the Royals fell for a 6th straight time, and 3rd consecutive against Prince George – part of a 6 in a row stretch against their BC Division counterpart.
The Cougars got goals from 5 different skaters, leading the way was Craig Armstrong with a goal and an assist. 4 of the goals were scored in just under 3 and a half minutes, all at even strength.
GM and Head Coach Dan Price on what specifically needs to change,
“It’s easy for coaches to talk in clichés and say we’ve got to be better…”
“I thought we gave them some time and space and they were very physical with us, so if we can flip that script, it’ll give us a better chance to win…”
Tyler Brennan recorded the victory stopping 19 of 20, while Tyler Palmer shut down 29 of 26 overall, while being relieved for a spell after the 3rd goal against.
Victoria went 0 for 5 on the power play, which included a full 2 minute 5 on 3 in the first. Prince George went 0 for 2 on their man advantages.
“It’s really a shooting mentality. Prince George did a really good job shot blockin…but we’re really creeping into those shot blockers, and not giving ourselves much space…we need to do a better job of using space in the offensive zone so we can get pucks through, versus their shot blocks.”
The Royals are now 1 for 22 in the 3 straight games against the Cougars on the power play.
“…we need to have a much better net front presence.” added Price
Victoria was yet again a depleted group, dressing 10 forwards, but lost Carter Dareniwsky in the middle frame.
Newly acquired defenseman Neithan Salame was scratched, along with six other roster players.
“We’ve got to continue to stick with our team concept, use each other and support the puck and we’ll get back to those fundamentals Saturday…”
It’s another 4 pointer, with the 5th place Royals looking to claw out of the basement, 2 back of the Giants, and 4 back of the Cougars in an important stretch of games early in the season.
Puck drop at 7:05