December 10, 2013, Vancouver (ISN) – In a Tuesday night battle at Pacific Coliseum, the Victoria Royals took on the Vancouver Giants in the two clubs’ third consecutive meeting. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start in net, while the Giants looked to Payton Lee.
The rivalry was renewed at the 8:08 mark of the opening frame when Austin Carroll threw a big hit on Giants’ defenceman Dmitry Osipov, which resulted in a spirited fight between Carroll and Mason Geertsen. Vancouver was awarded a powerplay on the play and opened the scoring at 9:57 with a goal by Tyler Morrison. Former Royal Trent Lofthouse later extended the Giants’ lead at 15:43. The Royals were unable to capitalize on a late powerplay chance that would carry over into the second frame and headed to the first intermission down by two goals.
Victoria opened the second with a quick goal on the same powerplay just 18 seconds in. Brandon Magee took a wrist shot from the left wing before Ben Walker pounced on the rebound to put home his 11th goal of the season. Travis McEvoy regained Vancouver’s two-goal lead at 4:47 with a wrap-around attempt that found its way past Vollrath. At the 8:53 mark, Walker scored his second of the evening for Victoria on a shorthanded effort. Walker streaked down the right wing with and fired a quick snap shot through the legs of Lee to put the visitors within a goal. The Royals pressed in the late stages of the period, but trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.
The Royals went to the attack early in the third period, but Lee was up to the task. Victoria pulled Vollrath for the extra attacker and received a late powerplay, but Vancouver held on for the home victory despite being outshot 9-2 in the final stanza. Vancouver 3 Victoria 2.
Victoria went 1/7=14.3.% on the powerplay, while Vancouver went 1/3=33.3%. The Giants outshot the Royals 33-16.
The Royals will continue a five-game road swing in Swift Current on Thursday when they take on the Eastern Division-leading Broncos at the Credit Union iPlex. Puck is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Victoria’s next home game goes at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on December 27th when the Prince George Cougars visit Vancouver Island for a two-game set.
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