South Island Royals Fall to Giants in Major Midget Opener

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With Photos by Kasey Eriksen – ISN 

September 22, 2012, Victoria, BC – The Vancouver Northwest Giants scored 5 first period goals en rout to an eventual 6-1 win over the South Island Royals in the opener of the BC Hockey Major Midget League Saturday afternoon at Save on Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria.

The Royals gave Jesse Jenks the start in net, while the Giants countered with Bo Didur.

The Giants opened the scoring at 5:56 of the first after defenceman Major Kailia received a pass in the high slot and fired a high shot past Jenks. Vancouver extended their lead with five minutes left in the frame on a tally from Eric Mango. From the left half-wall, forward Jarid Lukosevicius fired a pass to Mango in the right circle, who tipped it quickly past a sprawled out Jenks. The lead was pushed to three only seconds later when David Pegret pounced on a South Island giveway in the slot and fired it over the glove of the Royals’ netminder. Jackson Cressey would add a late marker to give Vancouver a 4-0 lead after one.

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This was a common theme early Saturday as the Giants would score 5 times in the first period against the South Island Royals (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

The second period started with a parade to the penalty box as both teams exchanged chances on the man advantage for the first 10 minutes. Just before the halfway point of the frame, Giants’ forward Jansen Harkins broke in off the right side and fed a pass over to Trevor MacLean in the slot, but Jenks slid across to deny the shooter with the right pad. The South Island netminder continued his strong play after he made a nice desperation save with the paddle of his stick on Harkins in front of goal. Before the period would end, Cressey would add his second of the game off a rebound in the slot to give Vancouver the 5-0 lead after 40 minutes.

South Island looked to rebound in the opening minutes of the third after Brandon Tutte found himself alone in front of the net. The Royals’ forward put a shot on net, but Didur got just enough of the puck as it rolled past the outside of the left post. South Island continued to press and would be rewarded with their first goal at the 10 minute mark. Forward Cole Pickup would collect a loose puck behind the net and circle around into the slot before putting it between the legs of the Giants’ goaltender. Brandon Del Grosso would respond for Vancouver two minutes later after he ripped a shot over Jenks to round out the scoring. Vancouver 6 South Island 1

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Cole Pickup would have the lone goal for the South Island Royals in their debut Saturday (Photo: Kasey Eriksen / Island Sports News)

The Royals outshot the Giants 22-18.

South Island will conclude their doubleheader with the Northwest Giants tomorrow with a morning game at 9:45 a.m. The Royals will then welcome the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds for a two game series next weekend. Game one is on Saturday, September 29th with puck-drop slatted for 2:30 p.m., while game two will take place the following day at 9:30 a.m. Both games will be played at Bear Mountain Arena in Colwood, BC.

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