Marek Tvrdon scored 3 goals to pace the Giants past the Royals 4-1 in Vanvouver Friday night.
Victoria had their 3 game win streak snapped, and lost for the first time against Vancouver in 4 games. The Giants snapped their 5 game losing streak for just their 3rd win of the year.
Tvrdon figured in every goal in a 4 point night, as Vancouver held period leads of 1-0 and 3-0. The teams exchanged goals in the third, with Jamie Crooks providing the only goal for the visiting Royals.
The Giants outshot the Royals 34-14, holding Victoria to without a shot until the 2nd period.
Netminder Jared Rathjen started for the Royals playing 40 minutes stopping 15 of 18, while Coleman Vollrath turned aside 15 of 16 shots in the third. 16 year old Payton Lee, a Junior B call up made 13 saves for his first win of the season in his 2nd consecutive start.
Victoria went 0 for 3 on the power play while Vancouver converted once on six opportunities.
The officials were busy, calling 90 minutes of penalties, 52 for the Royals and 38 for the Giants.
Victoria’s rookie defenseman Jack Walker hit the scoresheet with an assist to record his first WHL point.
The Royals take on the Blazers in Kamloops Saturday night, part of 7 consecutive on the road.
Victoria Royals 1 at Vancouver Giants 4 - Status: Final
Friday, October 26, 2012 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
Victoria 0 0 1 - 1
Vancouver 1 2 1 - 4
1, Vancouver, Sward 2 (Houck, Tvrdon), 16:11.
Penalties-served by Hodges Vic (too many men), 6:12; Gogolev Vic (tripping), 14:09.
2, Vancouver, Tvrdon 2 (Moar), 1:16.
3, Vancouver, Tvrdon 3 (Cooke), 7:40.
Penalties-Carroll Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 1:46; Vannieuwenhuizen Van (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 1:46; Kulak Van (tripping), 2:56; Traber Vic (major-fighting), 7:40; Vannieuwenhuizen Van (major-fighting), 7:40; Hicketts Vic (roughing, unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:46; Burns Van (roughing, unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:46; Hodges Vic (10-minute misconduct), 11:41; Zgraggen Vic (major-fighting), 11:41; Cheek Van (major-fighting), 11:41; Popoff Van (10-minute misconduct), 11:41; Sward Van (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 11:41; Kessy Van (roughing), 17:15.
4, Victoria, Crooks 4 (Hodges, Walker), 11:35.
5, Vancouver, Tvrdon 4 (Houck, Burns), 15:32 (PP).
Penalties-Hodges Vic (roughing), 6:24; Musil Van (roughing), 6:24; Hicketts Vic (high sticking), 8:50; Gogolev Vic (checking from behind), 14:22; Traber Vic (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 15:57; Zgraggen Vic (slashing), 17:15; Kulak Van (slashing), 17:15; Hodges Vic (roughing), 19:53; Orban Van (roughing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 3; Vancouver 1 / 6.
Rathjen 2-2-0-0 (18 shots-15 saves);
Vollrath 1-0-0-0 (16 shots-15 saves).
Vancouver, Lee 1-1-0-0 (14 shots-13 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Tim Digby (75).