Dan Elliott

The Vancouver Giants scored 3 goals in the third period to come from behind to defeat the Victoria Royals 5-3 Saturday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in the provincial capital. With the win the Giants are now 4-2-0-0 vs. the Royals this season. It is only the second time the Royals have lost in regulation on home ice.

A tentative opening period saw the home team open up the scoring with just under 3 minutes left in the first period. The Giants though wasted little time countering as Brendan Gallagher scored his 15th of the season 16 seconds later to tie the game 1-1 after one period of play.

The Giants got an early power play in the second period and they would take advantage as Gallagher did it again, this time on a beautiful individual effort for his 2nd goal of the game and 16th of the season to give Vancouver their first lead of the weekend 2-1. The Royals though would tie it right back up as Kevin Sundher beat Adam Morrison for his 2nd goal of the game to even the score at 2-2. Before the period was out Victoria would take the lead; Brandon Magee’s cross ice feed would go off Robin Soudek’s leg and past Morrison on the power play to give the Royals a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes.

Heading into the game the Giants were 0-and-6 on the season when trailing after 2 periods of play, but that would change on this night. Marek Tvrdon got the equalizer just before the midway point of the third period to tie things up at 3-3. Then with just under 7 minutes remaining, Austin Vetterl banged home a rebound for his 4th goal of the season to give the Giants a 4-3 lead. Cain Franson chipped in with his 5th of the season 2:19 later to extend the Giants lead to 5-3. They would shut the door the rest of the way to pick up their 10th victory of the season. Vancouver outshot Victoria 32-24, including 13-4 in the final period. The Giants finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Royals were 2-for-6. Morrison made 21 saves for his 9th victory of the season.

After 5 straight road games, the Giants return home to the Pacific Coliseum Wednesday November 9 to take on the Edmonton Oil Kings. Game time is 7:00pm. The pregame show begins at 6:30 pm on AM 650. The game can also be seen live on Shaw TV.