The Victoria Royals allowed two special teams goals as they were defeated 3-2 by the Vancouver Giants on Saturday afternoon at the Ladner Leisure Centre.
Victoria opted for a split of veterans and rookies in their line-up, and iced 10 of each. Vancouver countered with a veteran heavy lineup, and dressed only four rookies.
The Giants broke a 1-1 tie in the middle frame when Brennan Menell capitalized on the man-advantage. Vancouver’s Carter Popoff would score the game winner on a shorthanded tally in the third period. The Royals’ added a powerplay marker of their own from Logan Fisher with 7:21 remaining in the contest. Victoria rookie Zach Russell tallied his first goal of the pre-season in the opening period, while the Giants’ Dakota Odgers scored the other marker for the homeside.
The teams played two goalies each, switching them out mid-way through the second period. Victoria’s Dylan Myskiw made 18 save on 19 shots, while Griffen Outhouse stopped 11 of 13 shots. Vancouver’s Cody Porter and Payton Lee combined to stop 30 of 32 shots directed their way.
The Royals will play their lone home contest of the pre-season tomorrow against the Vancouver Giants. Puck drop is set for 2:05 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
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