Image: Jonathan Howe /Victoria Royals

The Victoria Royals will return to action after an extended holiday break to face off against the top team in the WHL the Prince George Cougars.

The teams will play back to back games on Tuesday, December 27th and Wednesday, December 28th.

This two-game series will mark the fifth consecutive year that Victoria begins the second half of the season against the Prince George Cougars. In the eight previous games, the Royals have earned a record of 6-1-0-1, which includes a 3-1-0-0 mark in the first contest of the series.

Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 7:05 p.m

Japan Camera will be on site at Gate 1 to take Christmas photos with Marty the Marmot from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Photos are by food or cash donation to the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

The Victoria Royals also announced they had signed 1997-born goaltender Riley Mathieson to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

We are pleased to have Riley join our organization,” Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope said. “Adding depth at the goaltending position with a local prospect is a fit for us, as well as a good opportunity for the player. Riley will remain with the Saanich Braves, but available to join us on an as-needed basis.

So far this season, the native of Port Hardy, has taken part in 22 games for the Saanich Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). Mathieson has earned 3.25 goals against average, along with a 0.902 save percentage and has helped his club to a 21-9-1 record.