Victoria, B.C. – The Vancouver Giants lost a hard fought pre-season affair to the Victoria Royals at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday afternoon, falling 2-1 in a shootout. James Malm had Vancouver’s lone goal while Ryan Kubic turned aside 32 of 33 shots in the Giants’ net.
Malm struck first for Vancouver just 1:21 into the game, burying the puck from in front of the goal after a nice setup by Johnny Wesley. Vancouver carried the play in the early portion of the game and held the lead until midway through the 2nd period when Ethan Price beat Kubic to tie the game.
The teams traded power plays in the third with Vancouver going to the man advantage four times while Victoria had three chances with an extra skater, but neither team could muster a go-ahead goal. Kubic made a number of important saves for Vancouver in the late stages of regulation, including a couple of breakaway stops on Matthew Phillips and Zach Russell, to help force overtime.
The Giants killed off time remaining on a pair of penalties to start the extra frame, and the Royals nearly won the game in the dying seconds of OT when Phillips hit the goal post from the top of the crease.
Victoria got goals from Gunnar Wegleitner and Jack Walker in the shootout while Malm and Ty Ronning failed to find the net for Vancouver.
The G-Men outshot the Royals 40-33 while going 0-for-8 on the power play. The Royals were 0-for-5.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday afternoon at the Ladner Leisure Centre. The face-off is set for 2:00pm, and tickets will be available at the door for $10.