Jack Walker had 2 goals and an assist as the Victoria Royals (2-1-0-1) edged the visiting Vancouver Giants (2-2-1-0) 4-3 Saturday afternoon. Brandon Magee and Joe Hicketts had a goal and an assist each, while Coleman Vollrath made 25 saves for the victory. Victoria closes out their exhibition play Sunday afternoon against Vancouver in Ladner at 2pm.
Trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes, Hicketts and Walker gave the Royals their first lead before the Giants tied the game at 2 before the second was out. Victoria jumped ahead again with a pair of goals courtesay of Magee and Walker before Cain Franson made it close late.
Both clubs scored twice on the power play, Victoria going 2 for 8, and Vancouver 2 for 4.
Payton Lee and former Royal Jared Rathjen split the goaltending duties, Lee stopping all 10 he faced, while Rathjen allowed 4 goals on 19 shots. The Royals outshot the Giants 29-28.
Jack Walker primarily played defense last year and was moved up to forward, a position he's played most of his life.
Victoria’s first round bantam pick in 2013, 11th overall 15 year old forward Dante Hannoun played his first game with the club, after signing earlier in the week.
Not dressing for the Royals were: Keegan Kanzig (Flames Camp), Logan Nelson (Sabres Camp), Austin Carroll (Ducks Camp), Ben Walker, Steven Hodges (inj), and Chaz Reddekopp (lower).
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Vancouver Giants 3 at Victoria Royals 4 - Status: Final
Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Vancouver 1 1 1 - 3
Victoria 0 2 2 - 4
1, Vancouver, Trzonkowski 1 (Foster, Franson), 11:12 (PP).
Penalties-Leone Van (hooking), 6:48; Fisher Vic (tripping), 9:51; Dosanjh Van (hooking), 14:38.
2, Victoria, Hicketts 1 (Magee, Campese), 12:36 (PP).
3, Victoria, Walker 1 (Fushimi, Soy), 14:41.
4, Vancouver, Ast 1 (Morrison, Leone), 17:57.
Penalties-Schacher Vic (interference), 3:04; Cooke Van (interference), 11:22; Eder Van (hooking), 19:36.
5, Victoria, Magee 1 (Walker, Hicketts), 7:19 (PP).
6, Victoria, Walker 2 (Welykholowa), 9:06.
7, Vancouver, Franson 2 17:05 (PP).
Penalties-Walker Vic (hooking), 4:58; Ronning Van (tripping), 6:50; Hamilton Van (slashing), 9:11; Morrison Van (tripping), 11:01; Orban Van (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 11:51; Lofthouse Vic (slashing), 11:51; Popoff Van (high sticking), 12:57; Dosanjh Van (roughing), 14:34; Fransoo Vic (roughing), 14:34; Fushimi Vic (hooking), 16:33.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 2 / 4;
Victoria 2 / 8.
Vancouver, Lee 2-1-1-0 (10 shots-10 saves);
Rathjen 0-1-0-0 (19 shots-15 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 1-0-0-1 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).