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Royals down Vancouver 5-3 in Victoria's first WHL game since 1994

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VICTORIA - Keith Hamilton made 48 saves Saturday as the Royals downed the Vancouver Giants 5-3 in Victoria's first regular-season Western Hockey League home game since 1994.

Kevin Sundher had a goal and two assists for Victoria (1-1-0), while Logan Nelson and Robin Soudek added a goal and an assist. Brandon Magee and Jamie Crooks also scored for the Royals, who relocated from Chilliwack, B.C., in the off-season. Steven Hodges added two assists.

James Henry had a goal and an assist for Vancouver (1-1-0), while Dalton Sward and Nathan Burns also scored.

Brendan Jensen started for the Giants but was pulled early in the second after allowing four goals on 13 shots.

Jackson Whistle made 11 saves in relief.

Victoria led 2-1 after the first period, but chased Jenson from the Vancouver goal with two quick strikes early in the second.

Nelson skated out of the left corner and made a nice toe drag around a Giants' defender before firing a low hard shot past the glove of Jensen at 1:47.

Magee made it 4-1 at 3:52 on the power play after he collected a loose puck after a scrum in the front of the Vancouver goal and beat Jenson.

Vancouver came on strong in the third period as Burns buried a rebound past Hamilton at 8:48.

Sward then cut the Victoria lead to one at 17:57, firing past Hamilton from the slot.

But that would be as close as Vancouver would come as Sundher iced the game with an empty-net goal at 19:46.

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