It was a former Vancouver Giants player who stuck it to his old teammates on Saturday night.
Evan Patrician – who has played 95 of his 145 WHL games in his career with the Giants – scored on his own rebound with 12.8 seconds to play, beating Vancouver for the fourth time in a row when the visiting Victoria Royals ran a series of 12 games with a 3 -2 win at Langley Events Center in Western Hockey League action.
The Giants have lost five of their past six games and saw their record drop to 7-7-1-0. Victoria improved to 2-11-2-0.
“A failure and they took advantage in the last minute, which should never happen, but it did,” Vancouver coach Michael Dyck summed up.
With extra time looming, the Royals were able to hold the pressure in the Giants zone and after the puck centered on Patrician, goalkeeper Will Gurski made the first stop, but Patrician grabbed the rebound and buried the winner.
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The Royals were leading 1-0 after 20 minutes thanks to a power play goal from Bailey Peach before the Giants scored twice in mid-frame, with Victoria in the lead.
Dyck loved his team’s performance in those middle 20 minutes, as she defeated Victoria 2-1.
“We put some pressure on our pre-control and I thought we started generating a lot more opportunities once we started putting pressure on their back-end,” he said.
Fabian Lysell made it to one and took advantage of a two man lead when he scored from a scramble for the Victoria net. Tarun Fizer helped the Royals regain the lead a few minutes later when the Giants failed to clear the zone. But before the period started, Justin Sourdif widened his defender and then cut to the net and scored with just over two minutes left in the middle period.
Sourdif had two points to lead the Giants with 20 on the season, but the goal was his first in six games.
“He got bit by a snake here and gripped his stick a bit tight and it was nice to see him score,” said Dyck.
Game notes: Victoria defeated Vancouver 24-23 with Gurski and Royals goalkeeper Tyler Palmer each finishing with 21 saves. The Giants went 1-for-6 with the man advantage, while Victoria was 1-for-4.
Following: For the first time this season, the Vancouver Giants venture south of the border as they embark on a three-game road trip in Portland on Wednesday to take on the Winterhawks. They also have stops in Kennewick on Friday against the Tri-City Americans and the following night in Spokane to take on the Chiefs. Vancouver’s next home game at the Langley Events Center is on December 3 (7:30 PM) when they welcome the Kamloops Blazers to the city.
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