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Cain Franson scores two goals as Vancouver Giants beat Victoria Royals 7-2

Thursday, 12.06.2012 / 12:44 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Cain Franson scores two goals as Vancouver Giants beat Victoria Royals 7-2

VICTORIA - Cain Franson scored two goals as the Vancouver Giants beat the Victoria Royals 7-2 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.

Jackson Houck, Kale Kessy, Riley Kieser, Brett Kulak and Carter Popoff also scored for the struggling Giants (8-20-0).

Steven Hodges and Logan Nelson tallied for the Royals (15-14-0).

Vancouver opened the scoring late in the first period when a spin-around shot by Franson went off a Royals defender and past goaltender Patrik Polivka.

The Giants made it 2-0 with just eight seconds left in the first when Houck blasted in a low point shot on the power play.

The Giants stretched their lead to three goals early in the second period as Kessy deflected a quick shot by Wes Vannieuwenhuizen, chasing Polivka from the Royals net.

The Royals got on the board with just over seven minutes left in the middle frame, making it 3-1 when a Giants defenceman deflected the puck into his own net after Hodges took a weak shot.

Vancouver responded quickly though, regaining the three-goal lead when a low snapshot by Kieser beat relief goalie Coleman Vollrath. Victoria made it 4-2 when Nelson batted in a loose puck in the crease.

Vancouver took a commanding 5-2 lead early in the third period when Kulak poked a loose puck under Vollrath.

Less than a minute later Franson potted a rebound for his second of the game, and then Popoff backhanded one in from the slot to finish the game at 7-2.

Giants goalie Payton Lee made 31 saves in the win.

Polivka stopped 12 of 15 shots before being pulled. Vollrath stopped nine of 13 shots.

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