The loss snapped the Royals 6 game win streak, but take the season series with a 5-4-0-1 record.
|Payton Lee was the #1 star|
Steven Hodges 20th opened the scoring early in the second, but the Giants responded with a pair before the period was out. Dalton Sward tied it up on an individual effort, before Jackson Houck tipped in a point shot with the man advantage.
In the third Vancouver went up 3-1 on Trent Lofthouse’s power play marker.
Austin Carroll responded with his team leading 34th, also on the power play late to get Victoria close, but were unable to find the equalizer.
|Carroll scores his team leading 34th.|
Coleman Vollrath made 20 saves on 23 shots, while Payton Lee allowed just 2 goals on 43 shots.
Victoria has 2 regular season games remaining and need 2 wins to hit a 50 win campaign. They’ve locked up 3rd in the West, and await their 6th seed opponent yet to be determined.
|Houck scores on the power play|
Victoria Royals 2 at Vancouver Giants 3 - Status: Final
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
Victoria 0 1 1 - 2
Vancouver 0 2 1 - 3
Penalties-Walker Vic (roughing), 6:26; Sward Van (cross checking), 6:26; Kulak Van (tripping), 6:52; Blomqvist Vic (slashing), 18:56; Sward Van (roughing), 18:56.
1, Victoria, Hodges 20 (Nelson), 1:13.
2, Vancouver, Sward 18 6:23.
3, Vancouver, Lofthouse 11 (Kulak, Popoff), 15:39 (PP).
Penalties-Oleksyn Vic (major-fighting), 5:59; Foster Van (major-fighting), 5:59; Blomqvist Vic (roughing), 10:40; Dosanjh Van (roughing), 10:40; Popoff Van (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 10:40; Oleksyn Vic (kneeing), 14:46; Hamilton Van (tripping), 16:37; Hodges Vic (slashing), 18:11.
4, Vancouver, Lofthouse 12 (Kulak, Popoff), 15:23 (PP).
5, Victoria, Carroll 34 (Nelson, Hodges), 17:18 (PP).
Penalties-Atwal Van (checking from behind), 12:58; Hodges Vic (interference), 13:52; Geertsen Van (holding), 16:41; Cote Vic (roughing), 17:13; Traber Van (roughing), 17:13.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 5; Vancouver 2 / 3.
Victoria, Vollrath 20-7-1-1 (23 shots-20 saves).
Vancouver, Lee 19-19-3-3 (43 shots-41 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Jason Nissen (91).
Linesmen-Jacob Hill (122), Justin Hull (49).