Photos By Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
January, 26, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – In a Friday night contest at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the Victoria Royals faced off against the Vancouver Giants for the first meeting of a home doubleheader.
The Royals started Patrik Polivka in net, while the Giants sent Payton Lee in between the pipes.
The B.C. Division rivalry kicked off with a spirited scrap between the Royals’ Tim Traber and the Giants’ Mason Geertsen just 49 seconds into the game. Traber took the decision before Brandon Magee opened the scoring for Victoria at 3:52 with his 20th goal of the season.
Royals Carroll would be a thorn in ex-Royal Jared Rathjen’s crease most of the night, looking for the loose puck in front of the Giant’s goalie – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The pretty tic-tac-toe play started when Alex Gogolev streaked down the left wing and hit Steven Hodges with a pass in the high slot. Hodges then fed a pass to Magee who fired it past Lee from the bottom of the right face-off circle. Vancouver tied the game at 6:36 on a goal by Carter Popoff. An errant puck found its way to the high slot where Popoff beat Polivka with a slapshot high over his blocker.
Royals Fisher and Giants Atwall would give the home town fans a good show Friday night in game one of a double header at Save On Foods Arena. Royals would take the first game 6-4 –Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Giants then took the lead at 11:02 on a goal by Cain Franson while the teams played four-on-four hockey. Franson received a pass from Reid Zalitach at the Victoria blue line then skated in alone and beat the Royals’ netminder under the arm with a forehand to backhand move. After a heated first period, Vancouver took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Royals Fisher looses his helmet to a jolt from Atwal. The fight would be scored a draw on ISN’s sheet.– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Brandon Fushimi tied the game at 3:43 of the middle frame with his fourth goal of the season. Hodges fought for a loose puck in front of the Giants’ net before Fushimi picked up the puck and slid it past the left pad of Lee.
Royals defensemen #2 Joe Hicketts skates around his Giants check with the help of a free arm – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Vancouver regained the lead when Jackson Houck was awarded a penalty shot at the 4:52 mark. Houck snapped a shot high glove side on Polivka to make it 3-2 in favour of Vancouver. Magee would respond for Victoria as he notched his second of the night on the powerplay at 8:05. Gogolev drove down the right wing and threw the puck out front for Magee who sniped the puck high past a screened Giants’ goaltender.
Royals #12 Tim Traber would draw the attention of the Giants team as he takes a whack at the loose puck in Rathjen’s pads – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Jordan Fransoo looked to give the Royals the lead, but an incidental contact on the goaltender ruling saw the goal waved off. Magee continued to produce as he completed the hat-trick at 13:38 of the middle frame with another powerplay strike. Brett Cote received a cross-ice pass from Gogolev at the left face-off circle before the defenceman found Magee alone to the right of Lee where he tapped in his third of the night. After 40 minutes of play, the Royals held a 4-3 lead.
Goalie Polivka couldn’t squeaze these penalty shot goal attempt as it gets through under his arm for the goal against – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The third period began with Magee scoring his fourth goal of the night at just the 32 second mark. After a scrum formed around the right post of Lee, the puck squeaked out to Magee who was parked in front and banked the puck into the back of the net. Magee’s goal tied the franchise record for most goals scored in a game and prompted the Giants to replace Lee with Jared Rathjen in goal.
Patrik Polivka would withstand an early Giant’s push, to hold on and give his team a 6-4 win. Polivka has a 3.10 GAA so far this season – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Fushimi stretched the lead to 6-3 with his second of the night at 2:21 while on the powerplay. The puck took a deflection off a Vancouver defender and found Fushimi at the left post where he tapped the puck into the back of the net. Houck netted his second of the night on the powerplay to cut the lead to two at the 17:35 mark. Brett Kulak took a shot from the point that deflected wide of the net. The puck bounced out to Houck at the left post where he shelved it short side. Vancouver pressed hard in the final minutes, but could not come any closer. Royals 6 Giants 4.
The Royals ever-hustling Brandon Magee would treat the Vancouver Giants to a four goal performance Friday night at SOF. Magee now leads his Royals with 23 goals on the season with last nights play – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Victoria went 3/5=60.0% on the powerplay, while Vancouver went 1/5=20.0%. The Royals outshot the Giants 29-24.
Victoria hosts Vancouver again tomorrow night for the team’s second annual Pink in the Rink game in support of the BC Cancer Foundation! Tickets for tomorrow night’s game are already limited in quantity. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m.
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