Royals set for double with Giants

WHL preseason continues as Royals and Giants meet in mainland Saturday, Sunday

Victoria Royals Team Burgundy's No. 4

Victoria Royals Team Burgundy's No. 4

The preseason continues for the Victoria Royals with a game against the Vancouver Giants in Ladner tonight (Sept. 9) and Maple Ridge tomorrow.

The Royals are carrying a 31-player roster but have started mostly regulars in anticipation of the Sept. 24 home opener versus the Giants.

Yet to win, the Royals dropped their first two preseason matches on the road, 4-2 to the Kamloops Blazers on Friday and 7-2 to the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday.

Forward Robin Soudek scored an unassisted, short-handed goal for Victoria against Kamloops. Parksville blueliner Kade Pilton continued his solid camp, scoring against Kamloops and getting an assist against Kelowna.

Pilton wowed the crowd during the Aug. 31 intrasquad game when he stole the puck at his own blue line and rushed through the opposing defenders, before depositing a shot under the cross bar over the right arm of goalie Adam Iwan.


Next game: Sept. 9    Royals vs. Giants, Ladner

Next home game: Sept. 16    Rockets vs. Royals, 7:05 p.m.