The Victoria Royals swept the Vancouver Giants in all three games over the weekend.
It started with a 6-4 win Friday on the road, followed by 3-1 and 3-2 victories in Victoria.
Sunday night the Royals scored a pair of second period goals :39 seconds apart by Jared Dmytriw and Dante Hannoun to give them a 2-1 lead going into the third before Vladimir Bobylev struck in the first minute on the power play for the eventual game winner.
Netminder Dylan Myskiw earned the win with 24 saves. Jack Walker had a pair of assists. Victoria out shot Vancouver 38-26 overall.
The Giants carried a 1-0 lead until midway through the second period on a goal by Johnny Wesley, early in the first.
“We found a way to win. I don’t like the way we started, but we stayed with it. We started skating and created offense, and scored a couple of big goals in a short period of time.” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry.
Victoria had a 5 on 3 man advantage in the third with a 3-1 lead, but were unable to score.
Bartek Bison cut the lead to 3-2 with just over 5 minutes to go, leading to a dramatic finish. With Matthew Phillips in the penalty box, Vancouver pulled the goaltender and had a 6 on 4 looking for the equalizer, but the Royals penalty killers shut the door.
Victoria was 2 for 8 with the man advantage, while Vancouver went 0 for 5.
“Two power play goals were the difference in the hockey game. I really felt with the 5-3 and a couple of power plays we could have really put the game away. We had some great looks on the power play and just didn’t execute.” Said Lowry.
Phillips added an assist and extends his point streak to 6 games with 11 points (4g-7a). Bobylev pushed his streak to four games, with 7pts (3g 4a) in that span.
Ryan Kubic took the loss for the Giants, stopping 35 of 38 attempts.
The Royals have won 4 in a row, and remain in the 1st wild card spot in the West, 4 back of the 3rd place Rockets.
Victoria has now won 8 of 9 games against Vancouver this season (8-0-1-0).
Up next for Victoria, a pair of home games against the Spokane Chiefs Friday and Saturday.
– Marlon Martens
Vancouver Giants 2 at Victoria Royals 3 – Status: Final
Sunday, February 26, 2017 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Vancouver 1 0 1 – 2
Victoria 0 2 1 – 3
1, Vancouver, Wesley 10 (Spencer, Barberis), 3:15.
Penalties-Florchuk Vic (tripping), 5:52; Borstmayer Van (interference), 6:39; served by Oliver Vic (too many men), 8:19; served by Folk Vic (too many men), 9:36; Malm Van (inter. on goaltender), 16:20.
2, Victoria, Dmytriw 13 (Walker), 10:36.
3, Victoria, Hannoun 21 (Bobylev), 11:15 (PP).
Penalties-Rattie Van (major-fighting), 2:31; Morrison Vic (major-fighting), 2:31; Walford Vic (interference), 8:43; Wharrie Van (holding), 10:03; Barberis Van (cross checking), 20:00.
4, Victoria, Bobylev 8 (Phillips, Walker), 0:49 (PP).
5, Vancouver, Bison 6 (Ronning, King-Cunningham), 14:38.
Penalties-Jones Van (holding), 1:55; served by Rattie Van (too many men), 9:09; Ronning Van (delay of game), 9:59; Wesley Van (high sticking), 16:14; Phillips Vic (roughing), 19:02.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Vancouver 0 / 5;
Victoria 2 / 8.
Vancouver, Kubic 15-29-2-3 (38 shots-35 saves).
Victoria, Myskiw 3-3-1-0 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Mike Campbell (89).
Linesmen-Liam Reid (112), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).