With Photos From Erich Eichhorn – ISN

September 22, 2012, Victoria, BC – Goals by Ben Walker, Brandon Magee and Alex Gogolev lifted the Victoria Royals to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Giants in the Royal’s WHL home opener at Save on Foods Memorial Centre Saturday.

The Royals started Patrik Polivka in net while the Giants gave the nod to Liam Liston.

Ben Walker opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first period as Victoria pinned Vancouver in their zone after an expired powerplay. Walker beat Liston off the right post when Austin Carroll poked the puck to him from the middle of the crease. The Royals took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Royals Joe Hicketts gets in the facewash despite the visor of Giants David Musil – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Brandon Magee extended Victoria’s lead to 2-0 at 11:55 of the second period on a powerplay goal. Magee accepted a long stretch pass from Jamie Crooks and broke in alone on Liston before he made a toe-drag move and slotted the puck between the Vancouver netminder’s pads. Victoria added another marker just 36 seconds later when Alex Gogolev potted his first in a Royals’ uniform. Logan Nelson sped down the left wing on a two-on-one before he feathered a saucer pass to Gogolev who batted the puck into the open net. After two periods of play, Victoria held a 3-0 lead.

Dedicated fans of all ages came out to support their Victoria Royals in their home opener against the Vancouver Giants – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Vancouver added their first goal of the game mid-way through the final frame on a goal from Nathan Burns. Marek Tvrdon centered a pass from behind the net that bounced off a couple bodies in front before Burns buried it on his second swing. The Giants would press with another marker in the final 30 seconds from Cain Franson, but it would not be enough. Victoria 3 Vancouver 2.

Victoria went 1/2 = 50.0% on the power play, while Vancouver was 0/2 = 00.0%. The Giants outshot the Royals 25-23.

Royals goalie Patrik Polivka would track this puck as it delected off of temmate Crooks leg – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

The Royals’ next game is Friday, September 28th when they play host to the Kamloops Blazers. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. Sunday, September 30th will see the Royals host the Blazers again for a 1:00 p.m. start. Fans can get in on the action at each of these games for just $5 with Money Mart Mad Monday on September 24th. Limited quantities of $5 tickets for both games will be made available this Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Select Your Tickets Box Office.

Royals Russian import Alex Gogolev carries the puck through centre ice– Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Guarantee yourself the best seats with Royals’ season tickets, mini packs or single game tickets by visiting, calling 250-220-7889, or emailing before it’s too late!

Even Royals goalie Patrik Polivka would have to stretch to see the play up ice as Victoria Royals fans packed Save On Foods Arena to see the home opener Saturday night – Erich Eichhorn image ( )