Former Giants forward Evan Patrician scores winner for Victoria Royals with 12.8 seconds left, ending their 12-game loss in the process
The Vancouver Giants ‘release streak is up to four games courtesy of former Giants forward Evan Patrician.
Patrician took a feed off the back wall, then backhanded his own rebound home with 12.8 seconds left to give the Victoria Royals a 3-2 win over the Giants at the Langley Events Center on Saturday night.
Vancouver (7-7-1-0) has not won since a 5-3 decision in the bottom half of a road doubleheader against Prince George Cougars on November 10. They lost five out of six.
They are two points behind the Kelowna Rockets (8-4-0-1) for fifth in the Western Conference and the Rockets have two games left.
The Patricians count helped Victoria (2-11-2-0) end a 12-game loss (0-10-2-0). They landed Patrician, a 20-year-old center from Calgary, of the Saskatoon Blades for a WHL eighth-round conditional draw in 2022 on October 7.
Patrician played 95 regular season games with Vancouver in four seasons and was a low in the 2019 playoff run. He was split with Saskatoon on the 2020 trading deadline in the Eric Flochuk swap.
“They took advantage of that last minute, which should never happen, but it happened,” Giants coach Michael Dyck said after the Royals.
On the current slide, Dyck said, “We’ve got to get through it. There’s no getting around it. We’ve got to push through. That’s it. We’re kind of quiet here.”
The Giants hit the road next week, visiting the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday, the Tri-City Americans on Friday and the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday. Those are Vancouver’s first games in the US since a February 22, 2020 game against the Everett Silvertips due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s an opportunity to come together and work us out of this case,” Dyck said.
Fabian Lysell, who is fourth of the season, and Justin Sourdif, who is six, had goals for Vancouver. Tarun Fizer, with his first, and Bailey Peach, with his third, also scored for Victoria. It was Patrician’s first of the season.
Will Gurski made 21 saves in the Vancouver net. Tyler Palmer did the same in the Victoria cage.