Bryden Burrell, Director of Communications
December 15, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – In a Sunday morning matchup at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals played host to Vancouver NW Giants in the second game of a weekend doubleheader. The Royals gave Markus Daly the start in net, while the Giants looked to Tavin Grant.
Vancouver NW opened the scoring less than three minutes into the first period. Forward Quinn Benjafield found a loose puck in the high slot and rifled a shot that beat Daly under the blocker for the early 1-0 lead. Minutes later South Island had an opportunity to tie the game as Andrew Jack broke all alone, but found his shot turned aside by the Giants’ netminder. With a couple minutes left in the frame, Royals’ forward Brandon Tutte corralled the rebound from Drayson Pears point shot, but was denied by the right pad of Grant as the scoreboard read 1-0 in favor of Vancouver NW after the first period.
The Giants pushed their lead to 2-0 six minutes into the middle stanza off Benjafield’s second of the day. Off a two-on-one rush, Vancouver NW forward Owen Stout fed Benjafield in the right circle who quickly snapped a shot past the blocker of Daly. Midway through the frame, Stout converted on Dante Fabbro’s centering pass to the slot as the Giants lead was increased to 3-0. Vancouver NW received two more markers courtesy of Quinn Thompson and Austin McQuay as they were up 5-0 after 40 minutes of play.
Linden Marshall replaced Daly in the South Island net for the start of the final period. The Royals broke Grant’s shutout bid with just under eight minutes to play in the game on a tally from Jack. South Island forward Parker Ellis fed Jack alone in front who made a nice forehand deke past the glove of the Giants’ netminder as the score read 5-1. Thompson would add a sixth for Vancouver NW before the end of the game. Giants 6 Royals 1
South Island will now travel to the Lower Mainland for two games against the Valley West Hawks before their Christmas break. The Royals next home series will come in the New Year when they host the Thompson Blazers. Game one is set for Saturday, January 12th at 12:00 p.m., with game two the following day at 9:45 a.m. Both games will take place at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.