Victoria Royals goaltender Griffen Outhouse stretches to get the edge of his glove on a Vancouver Giants’ shot and prevent a goal during first-period action Saturday at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Giants managed to beat Outhouse often in the latter two periods to collect a 6-2 victory and sweep the home-and-home series. Vancouver won 3-1 on Friday in Langley. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Slumping Royals get Giant-stomped

The Vancouver Giants gave indications they were a good team in early season losses to the Victoria Royals.

And as the Western Hockey League settles in for its Christmas break, the Giants have proven they deserve a place among the leaders in the B.C. Division, beating the Royals on both ends of a home-and-home series last weekend in Langley and Victoria.

The Royals’ 6-2 loss on Saturday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre was their third straight and seventh in the past nine games. The slump has seen Victoria (20-13-3-0) caught for top spot in B.C. by the surging Kelowna Rockets (20-11-2-1). The Giants (18-13-2-2), winners of six straight games and three in as many nights last week, now sit just three points back of the leaders.

Saturday’s home game saw the Royals lead 1-0 after 20 minutes on Matthew Phillips’ team-leading 24th goal, despite being outshot 19-6. The shot margin was essentially reversed in the second but it was the Giants who took a 2-1 lead.

Eric Florchuk’s seventh of the season gave the Royals a 2-2 tie at 1:09 of the third. Then the visitors went to work, scoring four unanswered goals and finishing with 44 shots to Victoria’s 27. Dylan Plouffe, Ty Ronning and Brayden Watts each had two goals in the win.

On Friday Vancouver built a 3-0 lead and cruised to a 3-1 win, yielding only a late second-period goal from Royals newcomer Noah Gregor. He scored his 15th goal and first as a Royal since coming from the Moose Jaw Warriors earlier this month.

The Royals return to action with home games against the Prince George Cougars on Dec. 27 and 28 before hitting the road for games in Kelowna and Kamloops Dec. 30 and Jan. 1.

junior hockey

Just Posted

Saanich man dies from injuries after serious crash on Six Mile Road

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Grieving together, but apart: How funeral homes are handling the pandemic

‘Hugs are so important and right now hugs can’t happen’

Vancouver Island artist brightens pandemic with whimsical signs

Anna Trelford decorates her fence with signs that riff on COVID-19 pandemic

Island MLA calls for cash injection for struggling tourism sector

Michelle Stilwell also pushing for moratorium on commercial evictions

Trans Mountain starts B.C. leg of pipeline twinning project

Mostly finished in Alberta, Burnaby terminal expanding

House burns in Nanaimo neighbourhood, three people displaced

Dog unaccounted for after house fire Sunday evening

RCMP remind drivers of school zone safety as classes resume

As kids return to school, the police will be watching

BC Transit rate change, embarking rules shift into action June 1

Campbell River transit system getting a new day pass

Number of students returning is a wild card as B.C. schools reopen Monday

A common model will see other teachers work four days a week in class then the fifth remotely,

Classes in Comox Valley to look a little different in June

School district senior staff has been busy prepping for re-opening

NDP getting COVID-19 wage subsidy ‘indirectly,’ B.C. Liberal leader says

Andrew Wilkinson says he’s heard no concerns from public

Most Read