|Brandon Magee was the first star in a 3-1 Royals win over the Giants|
“By us scoring the first goal it took the wind out of their sails a little bit. It allowed us to generate some momentum.” – Head Coach Dave Lowry
The Royals even the season series at 3 a piece, and open a four game homestand with a pair against the same Giants (24-18-5-3, 56pts) next Friday and Saturday.
Victoria returns home sweeping both contests on their 2 game BC Division road swing which began with a 7-2 win in Kamloops Friday.
|Magee scored his 18th of the season|
“Travelling in, (Saturday from Kamloops) I thought our start was really good. We moved the puck, we were really good in the first period and that allowed us to settle in and play.” Said Lowry, “Patrik (Polivka) made a big save after we scored…we were able to battle through. Then Fransoo gets one for us.”
Logan Nelson scored his 13th and 50th career WHL goal on a breakaway to take a 3-0 lead.
|Logan Nelson scores on a breakway for his 50th WHL career goal. Credit: Larry Quigley|
Dalton Sward scored short handed to get the Giants on board. Vancouver hit a post in the third but Polivka held the fort and skated away with the 3-1 victory.
Both clubs displayed discipline as the first penalty wasn’t called until 8:01 of the second period.
“We matched their physical play…I really liked our discipline, and the stuff after the whistle was non existant. For us that really plays into our hands and that helps our hockey club.” According to Lowry.
|#25 Brandon Fushimi blocks a shot shorthanded|
Neither club scored with the man advantage as the Royals went 0 for 2 and Giants 0 for 1.
|#19 Logan Nelson|
The Royals tie the franchise record for road wins with 16, and improve to 10 over .500 away from the SOFMC.
Victoria remains 3rd in the West, 1 back of Portland and 3 up on Seattle.
Brandon Magee extended his point streak to 5 games amassing 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points over that span.
Victoria Royals 3 at Vancouver Giants 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
Victoria 2 1 0 - 3
Vancouver 0 1 0 - 1
1, Victoria, Magee 18 (Hodges), 4:06.
2, Victoria, Fransoo 2 (Fushimi), 6:34.
3, Victoria, Nelson 13 11:39.
4, Vancouver, Sward 13 (Geertsen), 15:52 (SH).
Penalties-Kanzig Vic (delay of game), 8:01; Volek Van (slashing), 15:36.
Penalties-Franson Van (checking from behind), 11:44.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 2;
Vancouver 0 / 1.
Polivka 20-11-0-1 (33 shots-32 saves).
Vancouver, Lee 13-15-3-2 (23 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Fraser Lawrence (10).
Linesmen-Ryan Gibbons (73), Justin Hull (49).