Payton Lee made 30 saves to help the visitng Vancouver Giants (1-1) edge the Victoria Royals (1-1) 2-1 Saturday night.
The Giants got their revenge after the Royals spoiled their home opener one night earlier by a 4-2 score.
Saturday night, Rob Trzonkowski broke a scoreless tie in the first minute of the second period, before Carter Popoff scored less than 6 minutes later giving the Giants a 2-0 lead into the third period.
Royals defenseman Joe Hicketts scored the only goal of the final frame as Victoria outshot Vancouver 15-5 in the third but could not solve Lee a second time, and fell short.
Patrik Polivka made 19 stops to fall to 1-1, as the Royals outshot the Giants 31-21 overall.
Victoria’s power play went 0 for 5, while shutting down all 6 Vancouver man advantages.
The Royals continue their 3 game homestand Tuesday and Wednesday with a pair against the Spokane Chiefs.
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Vancouver Giants 2 at Victoria Royals 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Vancouver 0 2 0 - 2
Victoria 0 0 1 - 1
Penalties-Carroll Vic (slashing), 1:18; Orban Van (major-fighting), 4:11; Traber Van (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 4:11; Carroll Vic (checking to the head, major-fighting), 4:11; Nelson Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 4:11; Cote Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 17:08; Franson Van (roughing), 19:52; Houck Van (roughing), 19:52; Magee Vic (roughing), 19:52.
1, Vancouver, Trzonkowski 1 (Kulak, Atwal), 0:53.
2, Vancouver, Popoff 1 6:44.
Penalties-Sward Van (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 4:41; Dixon Vic (slashing), 8:21; Sward Van (roughing), 19:30; Schacher Vic (roughing), 19:30; McEvoy Van (tripping), 19:57.
3, Victoria, Hicketts 1 (Walker, Soy), 12:53.
Penalties-Dixon Vic (boarding), 7:44; Kulak Van (hooking), 9:34; Popoff Van (slashing), 13:35.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 0 / 6;
Victoria 0 / 5.
Vancouver, Lee 1-1-0-0 (31 shots-30 saves).
Victoria, Polivka 1-1-0-0 (21 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Kirk Van Helvoirt (107), Riley Friesen (76).