with photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN)
September 15, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Brandon Magee had the game winner and Patrick Polivka kicked out 28 of 30 shots as the Victoria Royals defeated the Vancouver Giants 4-2 in WHL pre-season action Saturday afternoon at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
In a Saturday afternoon matinee at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals hosted the Vancouver Giants in the final game of the Royals’ pre-season schedule. Victoria gave Patrik Polivka the start in net while Vancouver countered with Tyler Fuhr.
Victoria Royals Jamie Crooks celebrates after scoring the games 1st goal in pre-season tilt with the Vancouver Giants on Saturday afternoon at Save On Foods Memorial Center. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Royals opened the scoring two minutes into the first period on a goal from Jamie Crooks. Austin Carroll collected a loose puck behind the Vancouver net and centered a pass for Crooks who snapped a wrist shot over the glove of Fuhr.
Vancouver evened the score halfway through the frame when Dalton Sward freed the puck along the boards and found Austin Vetterl open in front of the Royals’ net. The Vancouver forward made a move to his backhand and beat Polivka to the stick side at 10:27.
Victoria’s Ben Walker (L) and Logan Nelson (R) battle in front of Vancouver Giants goaltender Tyler Fuhr during 1st period of Saturday’s matinee pre-season game. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Giants would take the lead at the 12:49 mark when Jackson Houck gained the Victoria blue line and made a drop pass to Marek Tvrdon who snapped home a shot from the slot that beat the Royals’ netminder over the glove hand.
Victoria responded at 14:52 off a goal from Logan Nelson that began with a face-off to the left of the Giants’ netminder. Royals’ center Brandon Magee won the draw and pushed the puck past a Vancouver defender before sending a cross-crease pass to Nelson who buried the puck into an open net. The Royals and Giants skated into the first intermission deadlocked at two goals apiece.
The best mascot in sport, Marty the Marmot, was up to his usual tricks, taunting the Vancouver Giants at every oppurtunity. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Victoria regained the lead with a powerplay marker from Magee 3:35 into the second period. Ben Walker skated out from behind the Vancouver net and found Magee alone at the back post who snapped the puck past Fuhr. The Royals’ defence went to work half way through the frame as they killed off over a minute of a 5-on-3 penalty to maintain the lead. Victoria netminder Polivka turned aside the Giants’ best chance of the period as he thwarted a 3-on-1 rush with an outstretched right pad save and the Royals held the one-goal lead after 40 minutes of play.
Victoria Royals Mitch Deacon fights for puck with Vancouver Giants Thomas Foster during pre-season action at Save On Food Memorial Center on Saturday afternoon. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Vancouver made a lineup change to open the third period as Liam Liston relieved Tyler Fuhr in the Giants’ net. Just past the halfway point of the period, Magee looked to add his second goal of the night, but had the marker waived off. Ben Walker would add an empty net tally at the 18:48 mark to seal the victory. Victoria 4 Vancouver 2.
Victoria Royals goaltender Patrik Polivka takes shot up high during 2nd period of Saturday’s pre-season matchup with the Vancouver Giants. Polivka turned aside 28 of the 30 shots he faced to help the Royals to a 4-2 win. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Victoria went 1/4 = 25.0% on the powerplay, while Vancouver was 0/5 = 0.00%. The Giants’ outshot the Royals 30-17.
Having completed their pre-season schedule, the Royals return to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for the team’s home opener on Saturday, September 22nd. Mark Donnelly, “Mr. O’ Canada,” will be on hand to sing the anthem while the ceremonial puck drop will feature members of Team Canada’s London 2012 contingent! Puck drop for the Royals’ home opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Saturday evening.
Tickets for the Royals’ 2012 home opener are on sale now. Season tickets and mini-packs are also now on sale. Guarantee yourself the best seats by visiting www.victoriaroyals.com, calling 250-220-7889, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before it’s too late!