Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre the Vancouver Giants dropped a 6-1 decision to the Victoria Royals. Dante Hannoun led the charge for the Royals with two goals and an assist while Jared Legien added a goal and two helpers. Griffen Outhouse earned his second victory in as many days for the Royals after stopping 46 of the 47 shots fired his way. James Malm had the lone goal in response for the Giants who fall to 0-2 on the young season.
For a second straight night the Royals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening period. Dante Hannoun got the offense started with his first of the season at 9:24 and then defenceman Jared Freadrich blasted home his first from the right point on a power play late in the frame to make it 2-0. The Royals power play finished two-for-seven.
Early in the second the power play struck again when Ryan Peckford whacked home his third of the weekend past Giants starter David Tendeck. Peckford’s goal came at the 3:19 mark.
Back came the Giants when James Malm ripped home his first of the season off a shot from the high slot. Malm’s goal was assisted by both Brayden Watts and Bowen Byram at 6:03. Vancouver badly outshot the Royals 18-10 in the second but only managed the one goal. Igor Martynov restored Victoria’s three goal cushion at 14:57 on a back-hand attempt and the Royals skated into second intermission up 4-1.
Jared Legien and Dante Hannoun struck late in the third period to further increase Victoria’s lead. Legien’s first of the season came at 14:50 and then Hannoun’s second of the night came via a shorthanded breakaway at 17:08 to round out the game’ scoring.
Between the pipes Giants starter David Tendeck turned aside 24 of the 30 shots fired his way. Victoria’s power play finished two-for-seven while the Giants went zero-for-four.
Both teams lost a player to a major penalty in the second period as Giants blueliner Matt Barberis and Royals forward Regan Nagy were both kicked out of the game at 15:18 of the second. Nagy for a one-man fight, and Barberis for interference.