Friday night at the LEC the Vancouver Giants earned a 3-2 victory over the Victoria Royals. Tristen Nielsen scored all three goals for the Giants (3-1) while goaltender Braedy Euerby turned aside 25 of Victoria’s 27 shots. Sean Gulka and Brandon Cutler responded with goals for the Royals (0-3). The Royals goaltending tandem of Shane Farkas and Keegan Maddocks combined for 23 saves.
NIELSEN GETS TRICKY IN THE GIANTS WIN
Shots: 10-5 Victoria
VIC – Sean Gulka opened the scoring for the Royals off a cross-crease feed from Keanu Derungs.
VAN – Tristen Nielsen responded for the Giants at 12:39 on a power play when he skated into the slot and one-timed home a feed from Brayden Watts. Justin Sourdif also assisted.
Shots: 14-8 Vancouver
VIC – 47 seconds into the third period the Royals regained the lead on a power play. Brandon Cutler snuck to the right side of the Giants goal and snuck a low shot past Braedy Euerby off a feed from Gary Haden.
VAN – 43 seconds later Tristen Nielsen notched his second of the night. This one came right off a face off in the Victoria end. Brayden Watts earned the lone assist.
VAN – Tristen Nielsen completed his hat-trick at 6:17 of the third on a power play deflection. Seth Bafaro and Justin Sourdif both drew the helpers on Nielsen’s go-ahead goal.
Shots: 9-7 Victoria
Final Score: Vancouver 3 – Victoria 2
Final Shots: 27-26 Victoria
Braedy Euerby: 25/27 saves for Vancouver
Shane Farkas: 16/17 saves for Victoria
Keegan Maddocks: 6/8 saves for Victoria
Vancouver: 2/3 on the Power Play
Victoria: 1/8 on the Power Play
Next Giants Game: Tomorrow at 7:00 PM at the LEC against the Prince George Cougars.