The Vancouver Giants (32-21-3-2) have now skated to five straight victories against their foes from Vancouver Island. Saturday night in Victoria the Giants downed the Victoria Royals (30-23-5-2) 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.
GIANTS ARE TWO FOR TWO SO FAR THIS WEEKEND
VAN – Holden Katzalay (6) got the offense started for the Giants off the rush at 5:10. He took a drop pass from Bowen Byram and snapped a shot home through traffic.
VAN – Eric Florchuk (21) made it 2-0 off a low shot from the right wing that snuck past the right pad of Royals starter Adam Evanoff. Florchuk’s goal was unassisted.
VAN – At 14:20 Tristen Nielsen (29) skated to the right side of the Victoria net and tapped home a cross-crease feed from Bowen Byram to make it 3-0 Vancouver. Justin Sourdif added the second assist.
Shots: 7-6 Vancouver
VAN – Cole Shepard (11) made it a 4-0 lead for the Giants off a three-way passing sequence with Holden Katzalay and Michal Kvasnica. Shepard’s goal spelled the end of the night for Adam Evanoff in the Victoria net.
VIC – Royals captain Phillip Schultz (16) put Victoria on the board at 9;39 on an unassisted shorthanded breakaway to make it a 4-1.
VIC – With 3:07 left in the second period, Keanu Derungs made it 4-2 off an odd-man rush. Derungs’ 14th of the season was assisted by Brandon Cutler.
Shots: 13-12 Victoria
VAN – Michal Kvasnica (8) restored the three-goal lead for the Giants off a one-timer from the slot. Cole Shepard earned the lone assist.
VAN – Tyler Preziuso (24) made it 6-2 on a power play late in the third period off a shot from the left-wing in close beside the Victoria goal. Bowen Byram and Eric Florchuk both assisted.
Shots: 12 – 6 Victoria
Final Score: Vancouver 6 – Victoria 2
Final Shots: Victoria 31 – Vancouver 25
Trent Miner: 29/31 saves for Vancouver (14-8-2-1)
Adam Evanoff: 8/12 saves for Victoria. (11-23-4-1)
Connor Martin:12/14 saves for Victoria
Vancouver Power Play: 1/4
Victoria Power Play: 0/6
- Holden Katzalay (VAN – 1G, 1A)
- Bowen Byram (VAN – 3A)
- Phillip Schultz (VIC – 1G)
Next Game: Tomorrow afternoon at 3:05 PM the Giants and Royals will square off for the 10th and final time during the regular season.
- In 12 February games, Bowen Byram has now recorded seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points.
- Over the past 13 games, Bowen Byram has recorded 10 multi-point games.
- The Giants improved to 3-1 on the season on the road in Victoria.
- In nine games against Victoria, Cole Shepard has now managed three goals and five assists.
- The trio of Cole Shepard (1G, 1A), Holden Katzalay (1G, 1A) and Michal Kvasnica (1G, 1A) combined for six points on Saturday night.
- Saturday’s game marked the 100th career WHL game for Michal Kvasnica.