Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
September 11, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Royals dropped a 3-0 decision to the visiting Vancouver Giants in Western Hockey League pre-season action at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena Thursday afternoon in Victoria.
The Royals Taylor Crunk is taken hard into the boards by Vancouver’s Arvin Atwal during the first period Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The game, played at an unusual start time of 5:00 pm, drew an announced crowd of 1,339 and was a relatively quiet affair, especially from the Royals perspective, as they were only able to generate 17 shots on goal in total, including just three in the first period.
One of Victoria’s best chances to score came on this first period break-away by Tyler Soy (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Coleman Vollrath started for the Royals in net and thanks to his 11 first period saves, the Royals only trailed 1-0 heading into the first break, with Vancouver’s Thomas Foster being the only goal scorer of the frame, notching his third of the pre-season on the powerplay at the 5:29 mark.
Vancouver defenceman Mason Geertsen clears the puck out of danger during the second period Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Jakob Stukel would give the Giants a 2-0 lead late in the second and Joel Hamilton would score in the third to round out the Giants scoring.
The Royals struggled to find any offensive chemistry all night, which did not come as any real surprise, as they went with a mixture of 11 regulars and eight rookies in their lineup, necessitated by the loss of veterans Travis Brown, Brandon Magee, Austin Carroll, Keegan Kanzig, Joe Hicketts and Axel Blomqvist who are all away at NHL camps.
Vancouver goalie Ryan Kubic would turn away all 17 shots he faced to get the shut-out Thursday against the Royals (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Vollrath went the distance for the Royals turning away 26 of 29 shots, while Giants’ netminder Ryan Kubic stopped all 17 shots he faced for the shutout.
The Royals now travel to Kelowna to conclude their pre-season schedule with a contest against the Rockets on Saturday, September 13th at Prospera Place. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m.
Vancouver’s Alec Baer keeps the puck away from the forecheck of Victoria’s Kristian Ferletak during the second period Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Game Notes: The Giants win marked a succesful return to Victoria of Giants Head Coach Troy Ward, who previously coached the ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings when they were here. Victoria’s Kristian Ferletak was ejected midway through the second period for deliberatley running over Giants goaltender Kubic.