Story by Marlon Marten of the Zone 91.3
Victoria Royals (0-1) returned to home ice for the first time in 581 days, but the Vancouver Giants (1-0) played spoiler, shutting them out 5-0 Saturday night.
The veteran Giants group broke the game open with 3 goals in less than 3 minutes in the first period, leading 4-0 after 20, before notching one late in the third.
“If we could have got one early, it would’ve been a different story,” said Head Coach & GM Dan Price,
“…but after all that pressure, they got the weird one on the break down, and there was a bit of a sag.”
Vancouver out-shot Victoria 48-16.
“After that goal (1-0) we got a little bit distracted…and that snowballed, 2-3-4 (goals against), so we have to re-calibrate more quickly next time.”
Golden Knights prospect Jesper Vikman earned the shutout in his first WHL game, while Tyler Palmer was valiant in relief, stopping 40 of 42, also in his debut. Sebastian Wraneschitz got the start, but was switched out after allowing 3 goals on 6 shots.
“Tyler played really well and so did Vikman in the other end,” said Price of the netminders.
“Vancouver played really well but at times they really needed Vikman…and the times when we broke down and Vancouver made some good plays, we were leaning on Palmer. It was two good goalies going at it.”
Neither team could score with the man advantage, both going 0 for 5.
A trio of Giants had a goal and assist nights, Justin Sourdif, Adam Hall, and Connor Horning, while Damian Palmieri chipped in with 2 assists. Singles came from Victoria native Payton Mount and Mazden Leslie.
The game was a sellout, with 50% capacity being 3,606.
Up next, Victoria’s 5 game homestand continues next Friday and Saturday against the Kelowna Rockets.
Vancouver Giants 5 at Victoria Royals 0 – Status: Final
Saturday, October 2, 2021 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Vancouver 4 0 1 – 5
Victoria 0 0 0 – 0
1, Vancouver, Sourdif 1 (Lysell), 4:29.
2, Vancouver, Hall 1 (Palmieri, Sourdif), 6:57.
3, Vancouver, Horning 1 (Lies, Palmieri), 7:24.
4, Vancouver, Mount 1 (Thorpe, Horning), 12:38.
Penalties-Halaburda Van (hooking), 13:06; Peach Vic (slashing), 14:30; Bryks Vic (cross checking), 18:39.
Penalties-Lies Van (high sticking), 3:43; Sourdif Van (roughing, roughing, game misconduct), 5:51; Peach Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 5:51; Thorpe Van (roughing), 8:27; Newans Vic (cross checking), 8:27; Aubin Vic (interference), 8:38; Bryks Vic (tripping), 11:19; Leslie Van (checking from behind), 17:18.
5, Vancouver, Leslie 1 (Hall, Lipinski), 18:59.
Penalties-Halaburda Van (slashing), 2:40; Wilson Vic (interference), 5:02; Lipinski Van (slashing), 14:03; Thorpe Van (10-minute misconduct), 19:05; Derungs Vic (10-minute misconduct), 19:05.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 0 / 5; Victoria 0 / 5.
Vancouver, Vikman 1-0-0-0 (16 shots-16 saves).
Victoria, Wraneschitz 0-1-0-0 (6 shots-3 saves); Palmer 0-0-0-0 (42 shots-40 saves).
Referees-Stephen Campbell (14), Graedy Hamilton (57).
Linesmen-Liam Reid (112), Nathan Van Oosten (115).