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Royals Prevail Versus Cougars in Home Opener

September 28, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Victoria Royals News Release

Victoria, BC - The Victoria Royals earned a 2-1 win against the Prince George Cougars as Keanu Derungs scored the game winner, his first career WHL goal, on Friday night.

Game Summary

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Royals - Carson Miller 1g-0a, Keanu Derungs 1g-0a (Game Winner), Gary Haden 0g-1a, Logan Doust 0g-1a, Brandon Cutler 0g-1a, River Fahey 0g-1a.

Prince George - Matej Toman 1g-0a, Ryan Schoettler 0g-1a, Rhett Rhinehart 0g-1a.


Royals - Shane Farkas (W) - 60:00 mins, 22 saves on 23 shots.

Prince George - Taylor Gauthier (L) - 60:00 mins, 33 saves on 35 shots.


Royals - 0/3=0.0%.

Prince George - 0/3=0.0%.


Home Opener: Since the Royals moved to Vancouver Island in 2011, the club has posted a 6-3-0-0 record in their nine home openers. Victoria also beat Prince George by a score of 2-1 in last season's home opener, however that game was decided in a shootout.

First of Many: Victoria rookie forward Keanu Derungs scored his first career WHL goal tonight. The product of Kloten, Switzerland was selected by the Royals in the first round, 28th overall, in the 2019 CHL Import Draft.

Versus the Cougars: Since the team moved to Vancouver Island, the Royals have now posted a record of 47-17-1-1 against the Cougars. This includes a 27-7-0-1 mark when playing Prince George at home.

Making an Impression: Forwards Gary Haden and River Fahey both recorded their first points as a Royal as they assisted on the team's first and second goals respectively. Victoria goaltender Shane Farkas picked up his first win as a member of the club.

Right at Home: Tonight's contest marked the first WHL home game in Victoria for a trio of island born Royals in River Fahey (Campbell River), Riley Gannon (Nanaimo) and Nolan Bentham (Victoria).

Up Next: Victoria and Prince George will once again do battle tomorrow night with puck drop scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at

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