Royals Hit Pothole on Road to Playoffs

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(ISN) – The Victoria Royals hit a big pothole Sunday in their road to the WHL Western Conference playoffs, as they lost a clunker to the Vancouver Giants 6-0 at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

The Giants got goals from 6 different scorers and Adam Morrison made 18 saves for his 1st shutout of the season.

Playing their third game in two and a half days, the Giants came out flying, getting on the board just 15 seconds into the game. Riley Kieser banged home his 5th goal of the season to put the Giants in front 1-0. That is how things would stand after 20 minutes. Vancouver outshot Victoria 12-8 in the opening period.
 

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Giants goaltender Morrison would record the shut out with a 6- 0 against the Victoria Royals to split the weekend series at Save-on Foods Memorial Arena – Erich Eichhorn image ( ww.allsportmedia.ca )

In the second period the flood gates opened. The Giants got 4 goals from 4 different scorers. David Musil, Tyler Vanscourt, Matt Bellerive, and Jackson Houck scored for Vancouver to give the visitors a 5-0 lead through 40 minutes. The Giants outshot the Royals 19-4 in the frame.
 

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Royals winger Robin Soudek , with 55 points on the season, chases down the puck in the Vancover Giants end – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

That would spell the end of the day for Royals netminder Jared Rathjen, who after beating the Giants the night before, gave up 5 goals on 31 shots. He was replaced by Keith Hamilton in the third period.

 

Cain Franson added his 26th goal of the season in the final period to round out the scoring. Adam Morrison wasn’t busy on the afternoon, but did make some key saves to earn his 1st shutout of the season. He stopped all 18 shots he faced. 6-0 was the final. The Giants finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Royals went 0-for-4.
 

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Royals #10 Ben Walker provides traffic in front of the net as this shot was steered aside by goalie Morrison – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

With the victory the Giants are now tied in points with the Spokane Chiefs with 78 points, but the Chiefs remain in 4th place in the Western Conference because they have a game in hand.  With the loss, the Royals maintain a slim one point hold on 7th place over Everett and four points over 9th place Seattle in the battle for the final playoff spots in the west.
 

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Giants would chip the puck over Royals goalie Rathjen to record one of 6 goals during the matinee game Sunday. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

 

Victoria went 0/3 = 0.0% on the power play, while Vancouver was 1/7 = 14.29%. The Giants outshot the Royals 37-18.

The Royals are in action again Wednesday, March 7th as they travel to Everett to take on the Silvertips. Victoria’s next home game is set for Wednesday, March 14th as they open up a two game series against the Portland Winterhawks. For further details or to purchase your tickets today, visit the Victoria Royals Ticket Office, www.victoriaroyals.com, or call 250-220-7889.
 

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The linesman would shout directions to Walker and Makin as Royals Ben Walker would appear to take a finger to the eye instead a fist to the face – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

For Video Highlights of today’s game, click on the links below (Video Courtesy of SendtoNews/Victoria Royals):

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