|Patrik Polivka robs Sward short handed, but scored moments later in a 5-4 shoot out loss to the Giants|
|Nelson stopped in shoot out|
The Royals held period leads of 1-0 and 3-2 as the Giants came back to even the score after each Victoria goal until the final frame where they scored twice to take a short lived lead.
The loss ended the Royals perfect record of 25-0 when leading after 40, and snapped their 3 game winning streak (3-0-0-1). The Giants beat the Blazers Wednesday and now have won back to back games.
Victoria picks up a single point, but finds themselves tied with Seattle for 3rd in the West, while Vancouver leap frops Everett for 6th after the Thunderbirds beat the Silvertips 2-1. Seattle is 9-1 in their past 10 games.
|Play in Vancouver's end|
Dalton Sward scored his 6th shorthanded goal to even the game at 1 in the second, before Brandon Magee added his 19th of the year on the power play to restore the lead. Vancouver would tie it up again courtesey of Cain Franson after stealing the puck in front of Victoria’s net.
Logan Nelson ripped a shot top corner glove side on Payton Lee to restore the lead once again 3-2 heading into the third, where the Royals are unbeaten when leading after 40 minutes.
Just 95 seconds into the third, Giants Thomas Foster evened the score at 3 with a rising shot over the glove of Polivka. Former Royal Tim Traber followed up his own rebound to put Vancouver on top for the first time in the game 4-3. 90 seconds later, Logan Nelson accepted a pass from Hicketts and scored with a low shot coming down the right wing to force overtime, which solved nothing.
|Polivka stops Kulak in shoot out|
The contest saw only three power plays, Victoria went 1 for 2 while allowing a short handed goal, and stopped the lone man advantage for the opposition.
Lee earned his 15th win of the season with 28 saves, while Polivka falls to (20-11-0-2), stopping 26 of 30 in 65 minutes of play.
Five Royals had two point nights, Brandon Magee (19th) and Steven Hodges (13th) had a goal and assist each as the line with Axel Blomqvist (2a) combined for 6 points. Logan Nelson had his 14th and 15th of the season, while defenseman Joe Hicketts in his return after missing 34 straight games assisted on both Nelson goals.
|Logan Nelson scores his 2nd of the night to even the score at 4. Photo Credit: Larry Quigley|
Victoria wraps up the month of January with a franchise best 7-3-0-1 record.
The Royals only have 7 home games of the 20 remaining regular season contests left.
- Marlon Martens
Vancouver Giants 5 (SO) at Victoria Royals 4 - Status: Final SO
Friday, January 31, 2014 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Vancouver 0 2 2 0 - 5
Victoria 1 2 1 0 - 4
1, Victoria, Hodges 13 (Magee, Blomqvist), 2:17.
2, Vancouver, Sward 16 (Foster, Kulak), 8:00 (SH).
3, Victoria, Magee 19 (Hodges, Blomqvist), 11:57 (PP).
4, Vancouver, Franson 19 13:33. 5, Victoria, Nelson 14 (Hicketts), 18:10.
Penalties-Lofthouse Van (slashing), 2:06; Walker Vic (interference), 2:06; Lofthouse Van (high sticking), 6:55; Osipov Van (hooking), 10:10; Nelson Vic (hooking), 14:05.
6, Vancouver, Foster 6 (Hamilton), 1:35.
7, Vancouver, Traber 10 (Hamilton, Morrison), 8:21.
8, Victoria, Nelson 15 (Hicketts), 9:51.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Vancouver 1 (Franson G, Kulak NG),
Victoria 0 (Nelson NG, Walker NG, Walker NG).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 0 / 1;
Victoria 1 / 2.
Vancouver, Lee 15-15-3-2 (32 shots-28 saves).
Victoria, Polivka 20-11-0-2 (30 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Sean Raphael (28), Pat Smith (12).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).