Victoria Royals fall 5-1 in game three, trail Giants 2-1 in series


WATCH: The Vancouver Giants found the net three times in the third period for a 5-1 victory over the Victoria Royals in game three of their first-round WHL playoff series in Langley. The Giants lead the best-of-seven two games to one. Game four goes Thursday night. Video courtesy Vancouver Giants.

The Victoria Royals get a day to regroup after falling 5-1 in game three to the Vancouver Giants Tuesday night in their first-round Western Hockey League playoff series.

The Giants lead the best-of-seven series two games to one and claimed home-ice advantage in the series after their 2-1 win in the opening contest Friday night in Victoria.

The Royals trailed 2-0 going into the third period at the Langley Events Centre, but three goals in the final 20 minutes blew the game open for the hosts.

The Giants’ Milos Roman led the attack with a goal and two assists and has found the back of the net in all three games of the series.

Edmonton Oilers’ prospect Tyler Benson scored the game-winner late in the second period on a Vancouver power play.

The lone tally for the Royals came off the stick of Noah Gregor on a Victoria man advantage with just under eight minutes to play in the third period.

That is Gregor’s second goal of the series.

The Royals out-shot the Giants 31-26.

Victoria went 1-for-5 on the power play and the Giants scored once with three power-play chances.

The Royals will look to tie the series Thursday night in game four in Langley.

The series comes back to Victoria for game five Saturday night.

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