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Cote scores OT winner as the Royals comeback to defeat the Tigers 4-3

Thursday, 10.04.2012 / 1:24 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Cote scores OT winner as the Royals comeback to defeat the Tigers 4-3

VICTORIA - Brett Cote's overtime winner capped off a come-from-behind victory as the Victoria Royals edged the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 on Wednesday in Western Hockey League action.

Jamie Crooks, Brandon Magee and Alex Gogolev also scored for the Royals (4-1-0), who were trailing 3-0 midway through the second period.

Trevor Cox scored two goals and Hunter Shinkaruk added one for the Tigers (3-1-1).

Patrik Polivka stopped 14 shots for the win as Marek Langhamer made 26 saves in a losing effort.

Both clubs went 1-for-4 on the power play.

Cox opened the scoring for the Tigers just over a minute into the game with a quick wrist shot off the rush.

With Victoria short-handed, Cox scored his second goal of the game on a broken play from the slot.

WHL player of the week Shinkaruk then made it 3-0 midway through the second period when he carried the puck around the Royals defence and snapped a low shot past Polivka.

Crooks finally put Victoria on the board at 15:37.

The Royals moved within one goal when a hard point shot by defenceman Tyler Stahl was deflected in by Magee on the power play.

After some sustained pressure, Gogolev grabbed a loose puck beside the net and scored to tie the game with just over a minute left in the third.

Cote scored the winner in overtime when he made a quick move at the hash marks and snapped a low shot behind Langhamer.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had Brett Cote's first name incorrect and had an incorrect goal scorer in the second paragraph.

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