Royals Eke Out Win Over Vancouver

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

October 24, 2014, Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals scored a pair of powerplay goals to defeat the Vancouver Giants 2-1 in Western Hockey League action Friday night at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria.

The Royals Logan Fisher drives to the Vancouver net early in Friday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

With AC/DC’s “Back in Black’ blaring on the PA system, the Victoria Royals returned home Friday from a 6-game road trip wearing their new black-themed jerseys, much to the delight of the more than 5,100 fans in attendance, many of whom waited in long lines at the Royals Store to buy their own version of the jersey.

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Victoria defenceman Ralph Jarrat moves the puck out of his corner during first period action Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The new look did not seem to impress the Giant’s Mason Geertsen, as just 38 seconds into the game, he challenged the Royals Keegan Kanzig to an early game fight. After things ended in a draw, the teams got to playing hockey and the fans were treated to a close-checking game that featured early chances at both ends.

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The Royals Axel Blomqvist provides a towering screen for Giants goaltender Payton Lee to try and see around (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

It would be the Royals however who would capitalize first, while on the powerplay, when Travis Brown would coast in from the point and tap in an Austin Carroll pass past Giants starting netminder Payton Lee. That would be all the scoring in a period that saw the Royals outshoot the Giants 9-7.

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Victoria’s Austin Carroll would earn an assist on Victoria’s first goal Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Victoria squad extended the lead on another power play goal early in the second period when Brandon Magee netted his first in the year, scoring from the slot. Despite outshooting the Giants 13-8 in the frame, that would be all the Royals would get in the second and they would head to the break up 2-0.

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Vancouver’s Alec Baer looks for an opening during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the third, the Giants finally showed they were here to play and they came out and dominated the early part of the period. They were rewarded for their efforts when Carter Popoff put the Giants on the board with his 8th goal of the season just over three minutes into the frame, spoiling the second consecutive shut-out bid of Royals goaltender Cameron Vollrath.

That would be all they could muster however, as Vollrath would turn away the remainder of the 14 shots total that the Giants threw at him in the third period (29 total for the game), to preserve the 2-1 Royals win.

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Victoria goaltender Coleman Vollrath would stop 28 of 29 shots to get the win Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The win improves the Royals record to 7-6-1-0 (6-3-1 in their last 10) and they sit third in the BC Division and 5th overall in the Western Conference. The Giants fall to 6-6 and are last in the BC Division and 8th in the Conference.

The Royals continue their five game home stand Saturday night against the Giants. Saturday’s contest is the Royals’ fourth annual Pink in the Rink game in support of the BC Cancer Foundation. Puck drop is 7:05 pm.

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Victoria’s Tyler Soy (17) holds up Vancouver’s Thomas Foster (16) following this third period faceoff Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Game Notes: Payton Lee made 27 saves on 29 shots for the Giants. Victoria went 2/4= 50.0% with the man advantage, while Vancouver went 0/3= 0.0%. Brandon Magee’s goal was his first since returning from his 12 game suspension to begin the year.

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