15 year old Dante Hannoun scored twice as the visiting Victoria Royals defeated the Vancouver Giants 3-1 in Ladner on Sunday.
“We got better as the game went on, and we got some timely goals.” - Head Coach Dave Lowry
Patrik Polivka made 36 saves, Brandon Magee had a pair of assists, and Logan Fisher had the other tally as Victoria scored a goal in each period.
“For the most part we maintained and played with great composure and for us moving forward we want to be we’re a very disciplined team, and we took steps towards that.”
It was the clubs second win in as many days against the Giants, after a 4-3 victory on home ice the night before. The Royals wrap up their pre season play with 3 wins in a row, and an exhibition record of (3-1-0-1).
“We play a style that’s fairly demanding on the players but it can be an easy game if they
manage and play the puck a certain way - we were fortunate tonight we got some plays and goals off the rush just by doing things right.”
Victoria went 1 for 4 on the power play, shutting down all 5 Vancouver man advantages. The Giants outshot the Royals 37-25, with Travis McEvoy the only goal for the G-Men in the middle frame. Payton Lee made 5 saves in the first period for the Giants and Jared Rathjen made 17 saves for Vancouver the rest of the game.
Hannoun the Royals 11th overall bantam pick in 2013 signed with the club earlier in the week and was playing in just his second exhibition game.
“It just shows him that he’s going to be a good player at this level, and talking to him after there’s certain things we want him to work on and we’re going to pay close attention to.” said Lowry about Hannoun, who’s just 5’6 146 lbs but scored 63 goals in 63 games for the North Shore Winter Club last season.
"He’s not the biggest guy stature wise but he goes to areas to score goals and he’s got a very good ability to finish.”
Magee who’s earned 4 points (1g 3a) over his last two games, was involved in a fight with Giants defenseman Tyler Morrison.
The Royals open up the regular season in Vancouver Friday September 20th at 7:30, with their home opener the following night against the same Giants.
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Victoria Royals 3 at Vancouver Giants 1 - Status: Final
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Ladner, BC
Victoria 1 1 1 - 3
Vancouver 0 1 0 - 1
1, Victoria, Fisher 1 (Soy), 16:45.
Penalties-Gagnon Vic (tripping), 2:26.
2, Vancouver, McEvoy 2 (Popoff), 18:15.
3, Victoria, Hannoun 1 (Magee, Cote), 19:42 (PP).
Penalties-Crunk Vic (roughing), 3:01; Magee Vic (checking from behind), 7:01; McEvoy Van (tripping), 9:58; Fransoo Vic (delay of game), 13:43; Hicketts Vic (roughing), 17:32; Ast Van (slashing), 17:32; Orban Van (10-minute misconduct, 10-minute misconduct), 17:32; Zalitach Van (interference), 18:39; Fransoo Vic (roughing), 20:00; McEvoy Van (roughing), 20:00.
4, Victoria, Hannoun 2 (Magee), 3:43.
Penalties-Magee Vic (slashing, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 3:51; Morrison Van (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 3:51; Dixon Vic (interference, 10-minute misconduct, 10-minute misconduct), 7:48; Atwal Van (10-minute misconduct), 7:48; Orban Van (roughing), 12:31; Kohlhauser Van (delay of game), 12:59; Atwal Van (10-minute misconduct), 17:48; Atwal Van (10-minute misconduct), 19:48.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4; Vancouver 0 / 5.
Victoria, Polivka 2-1-0-0 (37 shots-36 saves).
Vancouver, Lee 2-1-1-0 (6 shots-5 saves); Rathjen 0-2-0-0 (19 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Steve Papp (17), Kevin Bennett (29).
Linesmen-Tim Digby (75).