Giants Wrap Up Weekend With a 4-1 Loss to the Victoria Royals

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The Vancouver Giants (32-22-3-2) earned four of six possible points this weekend against Victoria.

Sunday afternoon the Victoria Royals (31-23-5-2) earned a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants in the third game of a three-in-three weekend. Brandon Cutler led the Royals with a goal and two assists while goaltender Adam Evanoff stopped 33 of Vancouver’s 34 shots en route to a first-star performance. Tristen Nielsen had the Giants lone goal to reach the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career.

Saturday night in Victoria the Giants downed the Victoria Royals 6-2. Bowen Byram led the Giants with three assists while four other Giants recorded multi-point games.

Trent Miner stopped 29 of Victoria’s 31 shots to secure his 14th win of the season. Phillip Schultz and Keanu Derungs responded with goals for the Royals. The win pushed the Giants two points ahead of the Victoria Royals for second in the B.C. Division standings with two games still in hand.

The Giants kicked off their weekend in winning fashion Friday in front of over 4000-strong at the Langley Events Centre. Bowen Byram had a goal and an assist while Trent Miner turned aside 18 Victoria Royals shots for the shutout in a 3-0 victory. Trevor Longo and Milos Roman added goals for Vancouver who now sits second in the B.C. Division.

 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON BOX SCORE

 1st Period:

VAN – At 6:54 of the opening period, Milos Roman (24) knocked home a Tristen Nielsen rebound from in close. Justin Sourdif added the second assist on the opening goal.

VIC – Late in the period, Victoria tied it when Keanu Derungs wired home a Brandon Cutler feed on a power play. Derungs’ goal was his 15th, and was also assisted by Matthew Smith.

Shots: 14-9 Vancouver

2nd Period:

VIC – 13 seconds into the second, Gary Haden (24)  snuck into the slot and one-timed a feed from Phillip Schultz by Trent Miner to give the Royals a 2-1 lead.

Shots: 9 – 7 Vancouver

3rd Period:

VIC – Brandon Cutler (17) extended the Royals lead to 3-1 on a redirect off a Gary Haden pass. The goal came 26 seconds into the period.

VIC – Brayden Tracey (20) iced the game for Victoria with an empty net goal at 17:35, clinching the 31st victory of the season for Victoria.

Shots: 11 – 7 Vancouver

Final Score: Victoria 4 – Vancouver 1

Final Shots: 34-23 Vancouver

Trent Miner: 19/22 saves for Vancouver (14-9-2-1)

Adam Evanoff: 33/34 saves for Victoria (12-24-4-1)

Vancouver Power Play: 0/2

Victoria Power Play: 1/3

Next Game: The Giants will take to the road for a Wednesday showdown with the Kamloops Blazers at 7:00 PM.

 NOTES:

  • The Giants finished the season with a 6-4 record against Victoria. The Giants were 3-2 against them on the road, and 3-2 against them at home.
  • Tristen Nielsen reached the 30 goal mark for the first time in his WHL career. He becomes the first Giant since Ty Ronning (2017-18) to surpass the 30-goal mark in a season.
  • The Vancouver Giants head into the week ranked second in the B.C. Division. The Giants and Royals both have 69 points in the standings, but since the Giants have played two fewer games, they sit second.
  • The G-Men are now 17-8-3-2 against the B.C. Division.