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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

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.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round