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Austin Carroll scores power-play winner as Royals edge Giants 2-1

Monday, 10.08.2012 / 9:34 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Austin Carroll scores power-play winner as Royals edge Giants 2-1

VANCOUVER - Austin Carroll's second period power-play goal made the difference Sunday evening as the Victoria Royals defeated the Vancouver Giants 2-1 in Western Hockey League action.

Brandon Magee got things going for the visitors with a short-handed goal just 30 seconds in, setting the tone for the Royals (6-2), who earned their second consecutive win.

Nathan Burns scored the lone goal for Vancouver (2-5) just 40 seconds into the second.

Victoria went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Giants struggled with the man advantage, failing to score from five opportunities.

Despite losing, Vancouver outshot the visitors 30-22.

The Royals went into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead following Magee's early effort, before Burns and Carroll exchanged second period goals to bring the score to 2-1 going into the ultimately scoreless third period.

The Giants' Cain Franson missed a penalty shot with under two minutes to play, as Victoria goaltender Patrik Polivka followed him all the way to stop the forward's low, weak shot.

It was a decisive moment from Polivka, who played well throughout, making 29 saves to earn the win. Tyler Fuhr stopped 20 shots.

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