|Marek Tvrdon was stopped by Jared Rathjen on a 3rd period breakaway.|
|#1 Star Jordan Fransoo defends against Brendan Gallagher|
Victoria also got goals from Jordan Fransoo (1g 1a), Jamie Crooks, and Ben Walker. Logan Nelson and Robin Soudek chipped in with 2 assists each. Vancouver got goals from Nathan Burns and Brendan Gallagher, his 40th.
Victoria with a record of 3-5 against Vancouver, the clubs will meet again this Sunday March 4th, in the afternoon at 1pm.
The Victory keeps the Royals in 7th with 48 points, 1 ahead of Everett who defeated Tri City 4-1, and 4 up on 9th place Seattle who fell 7-3 in Portland. Prince George keeps pace, 6 points back with a 4-3 overtime victory versus Spokane. The Chiefs move 2 ahead of the 5th place Giants in the West.
The Royals power play went 2 for 6, while stopping all 4 Giants man advantages. Victoria’s penalty killing has now been a perfect 18 for 18 over their last 5 games.
Enio Sacilotto commented on the victory:
|The Royals celebrate the 5-2 win.|
Nathan Burns cut the lead in half in the second, but the Royals responded on Jones 13th with the man advantage at the 15:05 mark to restore the 2 goal lead. Brendan Gallagher would tap in his team leading 40th goal to draw within one, but 29 seconds later Ben Walker added his 8th to take a 4-2 lead into the final frame.
Early in the third, Victoria’s Brandon Magee would be stopped by Adam Morrison on a breakaway. Jared Rathjen would counter with a breakaway stop of his own on Marek Tvrdon to preserve the 2 goal cushion. With 1:05 left, Hayden Rintoul added his 16th into an empty net to seal the win.
It’s the Giants second loss in a row, as Vancouver has just one win in their last six games.
Vancouver Giants 2 at Victoria Royals 5 - Status: Final
Saturday, March 3, 2012 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Vancouver 0 2 0 - 2
Victoria 2 2 1 - 5
1, Victoria, Fransoo 3 (Soudek), 1:28.
2, Victoria, Crooks 34 (Nelson, Soudek), 11:12 (PP).
Penalties-Jones Vic (roughing), 6:33; Cooke Van (boarding, major-fighting), 9:07; Pilton Vic (major-fighting), 9:07; Vanscourt Van (delay of game), 10:20; Traber Vic (hooking), 11:43; Kuvaev Van (hooking), 14:34; Tvrdon Van (roughing), 20:00.
3, Vancouver, Burns 11 (Vanscourt, Makin), 4:32.
4, Victoria, Jones 13 (Rintoul, Magee), 15:05 (PP).
5, Vancouver, Gallagher 40 (Martinook, Manning), 17:28.
6, Victoria, Walker 8 (Nelson, Fransoo), 17:57.
Penalties-Kulak Van (hooking), 8:04; Tvrdon Van (slashing), 13:10; Stahl Vic (interference), 18:17.
7, Victoria, Rintoul 16 18:55 (EN). Penalties-Cote Vic (high sticking), 3:59.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 0 / 4;
Victoria 2 / 6.
Vancouver, Morrison 32-16-1-1 (26 shots-22 saves).
Victoria, Rathjen 3-7-1-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Jason Nissen (91), Reagan Vetter (79).
Linesmen-Jason Cramer (122), Justin Hull (49).