Monday, February 10, 2014

Royals Outlast Giants 3-2

Travis Brown scored on the power play with less than three minutes remaining in the third period to lift the Victoria Royals to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Giants at the Pacific Coliseum on Monday afternoon. Dominik Volek and Cain Franson scored for the Giants in the loss.

The Royals started the game with some heavy pressure, generating a number of shots and scoring opportunities in the Vancouver end in the early going, but the G-Men weathered the storm, and Volek opened the scoring with his 19th of the season, hammering a hard slap shot past Victoria goaltender Coleman Vollrath from between the face-off circles. The Royals out shot the Giants 11-5 in the opening period, but Vancouver led 1-0 after one.

Logan Fisher found the net just 33 seconds into the second period to tie the game for the Royals when he deflected a Jordan Fransoo point shot past Jared Rathjen in the Vancouver goal. The G-Men would retake the lead just a few minutes later though as Franson scored on a nice re-direct, tipping a centring feed from Carter Popoff into the Royals' net for his 22nd of the year. Austin Carroll pulled the Royals back into a tie before the end of the stanza when he scored on a tip in front.

Both teams had good chances to take the lead in the third, but both goaltenders stood tall to keep the game tied. The best save of the game came when Vollrath robbed Brett Kulak on the door step with a remarkable left pad save to prevent the G-Men from taking the lead. Brown would score the winner late in the third period on a long shot from the point as Travis McEvoy looked on from the penalty box. The Vancouver club pressured late with the goaltender out but couldn't find an equalizer.

The Giants play next on Friday when they visit the Everett Silvertips. Vancouver currently sits one point ahead of the seventh place 'Tips, although Everett has two games in hand. Catch the action on TEAM 1040 and on Friday night. The face-off is set for 7:30pm.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Coleman Vollrath - Victoria
2. Jared Rathjen - Vancouver
3. Brandon Magee - Victoria

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