December 16, 2012, Victoria, BC., (ISN) – In a Saturday afternoon matchup at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals played host to the Greater Vancouver Canadians in the first of two games before the Christmas break.
The Royals looked to Jesse Jenks in goal, while the Canadians countered with Taz Burman.
South Island looked to open the scoring early into the game after being rewarded a powerplay less than a minute in. On the man advantage, forward Nick Guiney threw a puck towards the net from the left circle that was deflected by Brodie Smith past Burman for the 1-0 lead. The Royals would then extend their lead to two just before the 10 minute mark of the frame. Winger Nick Kean muscled his way to the net before the rebound fell to the stick of Ethan Waitzner who buried it between the pads of the Canadians’ keeper. South Island would take their 2-0 lead into second period.
The second period started with Greater Vancouver holding the majority of the play as they looked to cut into the Royals lead. Canadians’ forward Otis Goldman collected a puck in the right circle before firing a quick shot on Jenks, but the South Island netminder picked it out of the air for the nice glove stop. Minutes later Glenn Gawdin and Ty Schultz broke into the Royals zone on a 2-on-1 break. From the left boards Gawdin slid a cross-crease pass to Schultz, but Jenks came across to make the left pad stop. Jenks continued his strong play throughout the period as South Island carried their 2-0 lead into the final frame.
The Royals padded their lead just over two minutes into the third period after Cole Pickup and Jordan Martin broke into the Greater Vancouver zone on an odd man rush. From the right side, Pickup threw a pass over to Martin who quickly fired it past the outstretched stick of Burman for a 3-0 lead. The Canadians would finally get their first of the contest just past the halfway mark of the period.
Austin Adamson put a puck on net from the left circle that Jenks saved, but the forward followed up to bury his own rebound past the blocker of the Royals’ goaltender. Pickup would restore South Island’s three goal cushion minutes later after he roofed Martin’s initial shot over the glove of Burman from the right side of the crease. Brandon Tutte would add another late mark for the Royals to insure the victory. Royals 5 Canadians 1
South Island and Greater Vancouver will conclude their two game weekend series tomorrow morning at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre with puck-drop slatted for 10:00 a.m. The Royals next home game will come after the Christmas break when they welcome the Vancouver NE Chiefs to Victoria for two games.
Game One is scheduled for Saturday, January 12th at 5:00 p.m. with Game Two the following morning at 10:00 a.m.