Victoria Royals work overtime to dump Vancouver Giants in shootout
WHL rivals square off again Saturday in Victoria
DELTA -- With the Western Hockey League's regular season a week away, the Vancouver Giants are not firing on many cylinders.
The Giants dropped their fourth pre-season game in five outings Friday when they squandered a 3-1 second-period lead and fell 5-4 in a shootout to the Victoria Royals at Ladner Arena.
The Giants outshot the Royals 45-15 during regulation and overtime but didn't receive stellar netminding from new No. 1 man Liam Liston.
The shootout then went 11 rounds before Royals' defenceman Brett Cote finally ended it with a backhand deke.
Jackson Houck, Marek Tvrdon, Brett Kulak and Cain Franson, who tied it 4-4 in the third period, scored for Vancouver.
The Giants conclude their pre-season with a Saturday matinee in Victoria. They open the regular season on Sept. 21 at Pacific Coliseum as Victoria will again form the opposition.
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