The Royals who were playing 3 games in 3 days, were leading 3-2 heading into the third but were outshot 11-4 in the final frame.
“You can’t fault the effort, I thought our guys competed hard…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,
“We did run out of gas, but we’re not going to use that as an excuse, we’re going to use that as another learning tool.”
They gave up a pair of goals 1:16 apart in the third, and one more into an empty net.
“When you play 3 in 3 you have to be an intelligent team. When you go into the third period with the lead, you have to make sure you’re pushing the pace and not receiving it.” Said Lowry
Coleman Vollrath kicked out 25 of 29 in the defeat, while Payton Lee allowed 3 goals on 27 shots, 15 of which were in the first period.
Vancouver is now 3-0 on the season, after defeating Portland Friday and Victoria 3-1 last Saturday, while the Royals slide to 1-4. The Giants take a 2-0 lead in the 10 game season series.
Rookie Jared Dmytriw opened the scoring for Victoria just :32 seconds in, tipping in a Keegan Kanzig point shot, for his first WHL goal.
Victoria would go up 2-0 early in the second on the power play as Austin Carroll earned his 2nd goal in as many days. Vancouver would respond with a pair to tie, but Travis Brown last minute point drive on a 5-3 man advantage gave the Royals the lead heading into the third.
Six Giants had two point games, while their power play went 1 for 5, the Royals were 2 for 8 in a physical affair.
Taylor Crunk earned the decision in a rematch against Jack McClelland. Chaz Reddekopp was very physical, throwing many body checks and earning an assist.
The Royals were without defenseman Ryan Gagnon and Brandon Magee, both due to suspension along with Axel Blomqvist (inj) and Brandon Fushimi.
Victoria earned one victory over the weekend, edging the visiting Kamloops Blazers 4-3 in overtime Saturday, after falling 8-2 to the Blazers one night earlier.
The Royals will have a week of practice before entertaining the Swift Current Broncos Saturday and the Portland Winterhawks a week Monday.
- Marlon Martens
1st Period Scoring
1. VIC J. Dmytriw, (1) (K. Kanzig), 0:32
1st Period Penalties
1 - VIC A. Carroll, 8:22 - Roughing, 2 min (PP)
1 - VIC A. Carroll, 11:37 - Unsportsmanlike Cnd., 2 min
1 - VAN V. Bobylev, 11:37 - Unsportsmanlike Cnd., 2 min
1 - VAN M. Bellerive, 15:20 - High Sticking, 2 min (PP)
2nd Period Scoring:
2. VIC A. Carroll, (2) (T. Soy, C. Reddekopp), 1:10 (PP)
2. VAN V. Bobylev, (2) (C. Kirichenko, T. Morrison), 11:10
2. VAN C. Popoff, (2) (J. Hamilton, A. Baer), 15:36 (PP)
2. VIC T. Soy, (1) (T. Brown, J. Hicketts), 19:22 (PP)
2nd Period Penalties:
2 - VAN C. Popoff, 0:38 - Holding, 2 min (PP)
2 - VAN T. Benson, 2:30 - Checking to the Head, (48.2) 2 min (PP)
2 - VIC T. Crunk, 4:42 - Major-Fighting, 5 min
2 - VAN J. McClelland, 4:42 - Major-Fighting, 5 min
2 - VIC K. Ferletak, 4:45 - Interference, 2 min (PP)
2 - VIC A. Carroll, 8:20 - Charging, 2 min (PP)
2 - VIC T. Soy, 10:36 - Roughing, 2 min
2 - VAN M. Bellerive, 10:36 - Roughing, 2 min
2 - VAN D. Osipov, 12:35 - Checking from Behind, 2 min (PP)
2 - VIC J. Hicketts, 14:14 - Interference, 2 min (PP)
2 - VAN M. Geertsen, 16:28 - High Sticking, 2 min (PP)
2 - VAN A. Atwal, 17:55 - Cross Checking, 2 min (PP)
2 - VAN D. Sward, 19:10 - Inter. on Goaltender, 2 min (PP)
3rd Period Scoring:
3. VAN A. Baer, (1) (C. Popoff, J. Hamilton), 11:09
3. VAN T. Benson, (2) (T. Morrison, T. Foster), 12:25
3. VAN T. Foster, (2) (T. Benson), 19:59 (EN)
3rd Period Penalties:
3 - VIC T. Brown, 2:31 - High Sticking, 2 min (PP)
3 - VAN V. Bobylev, 5:53 - Checking from Behind, 2 min (PP)
Start: 5:03 PM - End: 7:21 PM: Length: 2:18
1. VAN - 42 Carter Popoff
2. VIC - 2 Joe Hicketts
3. VAN - 1 Payton Lee
Jeff Ingram (82), Referee
Jason Nissen (91), Referee
Michael Bean (148), Linesman
Ron Dietterle (121), Linesman
ROYALS CLIPPED BY GIANTS
Victoria drops 5-3 result to Vancouver.
For Immediate Release
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Vancouver, BC- The Victoria Royals surrendered three third period goals, including an empty netter, in a 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Giants at Pacific Coliseum.
The Royals who were playing their third game in three nights led 1-0 after the first period and 3-2 heading into the final frame. The Giants notched two goals in the third period in a 1:16 span to take a one goal lead. Vancouver’s Tyler Benson was credited with the game winning goal.
Victoria got goals from Jared Dmytriw, Austin Carroll and Tyler Soy. Dmytriw’s tally was the first of his WHL career, while Carroll and Soy scored on the power play. The other markers for Vancouver came from Vladimir Bobylev, Carter Popoff, Alec Baer and Thomas Foster.
Coleman Vollrath stopped 25 of 29 shots he faced for the Royals, while netminder Payton Lee made 24 saves on 27 shots for the Giants.
Victoria went 2/8=25.0% with the man advantage, while Kamloops went 1/5=20.0%.
The Royals return home for a match-up with the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday, October 4th on Country Night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.