It was a former Vancouver Giants player who held it to his old teammates 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, sending Vancouver to a fourth straight defeat as the visiting Victoria Royals got a losing streak of 12 matches with 3-2 victory at Langley Events Center in Western Hockey League action.
The Giants have lost five of their last six games and saw their record drop to 7-7-1-0. Victoria improved to 2-11-2-0.
“Crash and they took advantage at the last minute, which should never happen, but it did,” Vancouver coach Michael Dyck summed up.
With overtime imminent, the Royals were able to maintain pressure in the Giants zone, and after centering the puck to Patrician, goalkeeper Will Gurski stopped, but Patrician took the rebound and buried the winner.
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The Royals led 1-0 after 20 minutes thanks to a power-play goal from Bailey Peach before the Giants scored twice in the middle frame, with a Victoria number in between.
Dyck liked his team’s performance in the middle 20 minutes as they scored Victoria 2-1.
“We established some pressure on our advance check and I thought we were starting to create far more opportunities as we started pushing their backside,” he said.
Fabian Lysell equalized for one and took advantage of a two-man advantage as he scored from a match in front of the Victoria net. Tarun Fizer helped the Royals take the lead a few minutes later as the Giants failed to clear the zone. But before the period came to an end, Justin Sourdif took his defender past and then cut into the net and scored on the glove side with just over two minutes left in the middle period.
Sourdif had two points and leads the Giants by 20 on the season, but the goal was his first in six games.
“He’s been bitten by a snake here and grabbed his stick a little bit and pressed, and it was nice to see him score,” Dyck said.
Game notes: Victoria surpassed Vancouver 24-23 with Gurski and Royal goalkeeper Tyler Palmer each finishing with 21 saves. The Giants were 1-to-6 with the man advantage, while Victoria was 1-to-4.
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Next: For the first time this season, the Vancouver Giants will venture south of the border as they embark on a three-game road trip beginning Wednesday in Portland to face the Winterhawks. They also have stops in Kennewick on Friday against Tri-City Americans and the next night in Spokane to meet Chiefs. Vancouver’s next home game at the Langley Events Center is on December 3 (19:30), where they welcome the Kamloops Blazers to the city.
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