Langley, BC- The Victoria Royals defeated the Vancouver Giants 3-1 as the visiting squad scored the first three goals on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.
Royals’ forward Jack Walker opened the scoring in the first period to continue his success against the Giants the season. The 20-year-old veteran has now tallied six points (5g-1a) in four games against Vancouver, which is the most of any Royal. Victoria’s Scott Walford, a native of nearby Coquitlam, B.C., sniped the game winner on the powerplay at the end of the first stanza. Royals’ forward Ethan Price tallied the insurance goal in the middle frame.
Vancouver forward Tyler Popowich scored the lone goal for the homeside in the third period.
Royals’ goaltender Griffen Outhouse started his 22nd straight game to break the franchise record for most consecutive starts that was previously held by former Chilliwack Bruin Lucas Gore (2010-11). Outhouse turned aside 21 of the 22 shots he faced.
Giants’ netminder Ryan Kubic stopped 28 of the 31 shots fired his way.
Victoria held a mark of 1/3=33.3% on the man advantage, while Vancouver went 0/0=0.0% on the powerplay.
The Royals return to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for back-to-back games against the Giants tomorrow and Sunday. Saturday’ contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., while puck drop for Sunday is slated for 5:05 p.m.