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Stanley Cup Final

Walker, Crooks three points apiece as the Royals beat the Cougars

Saturday, 12.29.2012 / 12:54 AM / News

The Canadian Press

VICTORIA - Ben Walker scored twice and set up one more as the Victoria Royals downed the visiting Prince George Cougars 5-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

Jamie Crooks had a goal and two assists for the Royals (17-14-2) as Steven Hodges and Taylor Crunk each scored once. Brandon Magee chipped in with three assists.

Marc McNulty scored the lone goal for the Cougars (12-18-4), who lost for the first time in three outings.

Patrik Polivka stopped 19 shots for the win as Brett Zarowny turned away 29 shots in a losing cause.

Victoria went 1 for 4 on the power play while Prince George failed to score on three chances with the man dvantage.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round