December 14, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – On a Saturday afternoon at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the South Island Royals played host to the Vancouver NW Giants in the first game of a two-game weekend set. The Royals looked towards Markus Daly in net, while the Giants countered with Trevor Withers.
Vancouver NW grabbed the game’s opening marker seven minutes into the first period. Giants’ forward Owen Stout threw shot on goal from the right half-boards that eluded a screened Daly for a 1-0 advantage. Vancouver NW continued to press for their second of the frame, but Daly was equal to the task as he turned aside 13 shots in the first 20 minutes. South Island’s best chance for an equalizer came with two minutes on the clock as Parker Ellis was sprung on a breakaway, but the Royals’ forward found the puck slide off his stick on a forehand deke. After 20 minutes of play, the Giants led 1-0.
Dante Fabbro looked to have Vancouver NW’s second tally 20 seconds into the middle period, but found his shot from the right point deflect off the post and back into play. However, five minutes later the Giants would get their second off a powerplay marker. Forward Colton Kerfoot burst into the Royals’ zone and found his initial shot blocked, but he quickly followed up on the rebound and slotted it past the outstretched leg of Daly. South Island cut the Vancouver NW lead in half just past the midway point of the period when Keenan Eddy took a one-timer from the top of the left circle that sailed past the glove of Withers. The Giants added another powerplay goal before the end of the period off the stick of Justin Szeto as they headed into the second intermission up 3-1.
Vancouver NW pushed their lead to 4-1 six minutes into the final frame as Stout collected a loose puck in front and put it past Daly for his second of the night. Linden Marshall replaced Daly in the South Island crease after the Giants fourth goal. The Royals were rewarded a four-minute man advantage with 10 minute left to play as they looked to rebound, but they were unable to find the back of the net as the scoreboard still read 4-1 in favor of Vancouver NW. The Giants added they fifth late in the game as they went on to earn the win. Giants 5 Royals 1
South Island will conclude their two game series with Vancouver NW tomorrow morning at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck-drop is set for 9:45 a.m. 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.