Victoria Royals forward Jared Legien (left) tangles with the Giants’ Ty Ronning in the Vancouver zone during Friday’s Western Hockey League game at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Don Descoteau/Victioria News

Royals off to a good start in Western Hockey League opener in Victoria

Power play goal, even-strength marker put Royals ahead 2-0 after one

Fans of the Victoria Royals got some excitement early on in the team’s Western Hockey League home opener Friday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Igor Martynov beat Vancouver Giants goalie Todd Scott through the five-hole just 3:12 into the first period as the Royals enjoyed a power play.

A few minutes later, the good-sized crowd watched Victoria goaltender Griffin Outhouse stop the Giants’ Brad Morrison on a point blank shot at the other end of the rink.

At the 12:01 mark, Victoria’s Ryan Pickford finished off a passing play from Dante Hannoun and Matthew Phillips to make it 2-0, which is how the first period ended.

More to come.

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