by Corey St. Laurent
February 10, 2014, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – On a Monday afternoon at the Pacific Coliseum, the Victoria Royals faced off against a B.C. Division rival in the Vancouver Giants for a Family Day matinee game. The Royals gave Coleman Vollrath the start between the pipes, while the Giants answered with Jared Rathjen.
The heated rivalry kicked off early as Victoria’s Keegan Kanzig and Vancouver’s Mason Geertsen dropped the gloves at the 1:51 mark. The two teams exchanged powerplay opportunities in the first stanza, but it was Vancouver who struck first at 16:44 on a goal by Dominik Volek. The Giants held on to the 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The Royals answered just 33 seconds into the second period on Logan Fisher’s sixth tally of the season. Jordan Fransoo rifled a shot from the right point that Fisher redirected past Rathjen to tie the game. Vancouver regained the lead at the 3:41 mark on a redirect from Cain Franson. Victoria continued to press as the flurry of action continued and were rewarded with the tying marker courtesy of Austin Carroll at 5:23. Royals’ forward Ben Walker wired a shot from the point that Carroll redirected past the Giants’ netminder to tie the game once again. Each team successfully killed off a two-man disadvantage in the second half of the period and it remained a 2-2 score at the second intermission.
The Royals minimized Vancouver’s scoring opportunities early in the third period while Vollrath made timely saves to keep the score tied. Victoria finally took their first lead of the game at the 17:13 mark on Travis Brown’s second goal as a Royal. On a powerplay, Brown intercepted a Vancouver clearing attempt at the blue line and blasted a slap shot from the left point that found its way through traffic and past the right pad of Rathjen. The Giants pulled their goalie in the final minute of play, but were unable to answer as the Royals went on to their sixth consecutive win on the road. VIC 3 VAN 2.
Victoria went 1/4 = 25.0% on the powerplay, while Vancouver also went 1/4 = 25.0%. The Royals outshot the Giants 29-28.
The Royals’ next home game will take place on Wednesday, February 12th at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre when they take on the Tri-City Americans for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.
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