December 16, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – In a Sunday morning clash at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals welcomed the Greater Vancouver Canadians for the second game of a two-game weekend set.
The Royals called on Jesse Jenks in net, while the Canadians went with Taz Burman.
Cole Pickup looked to get South Island on the scoreboard early on a shorthanded breakaway, but found his deke turned aside by the right pad of Burman. Greater Vancouver would then open the scoring just before the 10 minute mark of the period after Alec Dawydiak shoveled in a loose puck from the right post past the blocker of Jenks. Less than 20 seconds later though Pickup would pull the Royals level when he pounced on a giveaway by the Canadians’ keeper and deposited the loose puck into the empty cage. Greater Vancouver would regain their lead before the end of the frame on a shot from Otis Goldman in the high slot that beat Jenks over the blocker. The Canadians led 2-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Greater Vancouver would grab the only goal of the second period five minutes in. Forward Austin Adamson found himself with the puck in the right corner before he fired a shot on net that squeaked through the pads of Jenks. The Canadians headed into the third frame with a 3-1 lead.
The Royals opened the third holding a majority of the play as they looked to get back in the game. Nick Kean had South Island’s best chance of the opening half after he corralled a loose puck in the slot and looked to deke Burman, but the Greater Vancouver goaltender got his stick down to deny a goal. The Royals would pull the goalie with just over a minute left but could not find the two goals needed as the Canadians held on for the victory.
South Island’s next weekend set will come after the Christmas Break when they travel to face the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds on the weekend of January 5th and 6th. The Royals will then return home the following weekend to square off against the Vancouver NE Chiefs. Game one is scheduled for Saturday, January 12th at 4:30 p.m. with Game two taking place the next morning at 10:00 a.m.