The Vancouver Giants aim to avenge the loss of Teddy Bear Toss on his visit to Victoria Royals tonight.

Boston Bruins prospect Fabian Lysell continues his strong game, including the toy-blowing goal for Vancouver, but the Royals score late to record a 4-3 victory.

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Victoria Royals goalkeeper Campbell Arnold was a thorn in the grip of the Vancouver Giants on Teddy Bear Toss night.

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Arnold made 37 saves and the Royals earned the winning goal from Gannon Laroque with 2:06 remaining in a 4-3 win over the Giants on Friday at the Langley Events Center. A total of 4,411 fans from the LEC season were in attendance and witnessed the Teddy Bears fly by when Fabian Lysell put Vancouver on the scoreboard at 11:05 in the first period.

The toys were collected and donated to charity.

Victoria (7-11-3-0) is 10 points behind Vancouver (13-9-1-0) in the standings, but they are 2-1-0-0 head-to-head in a meeting tonight ( 7:05 pm, Sportsnet 650) at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Center in Victoria. The Royals have been led by their goalkeepers in those matchups: Tyler Palmer, who shares netting duties with Arnold for Victoria, has averaged 2.13 goals and a .938 save percentage (61 of 65) in two meetings with Vancouver. .

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The Royals and Giants will play 12 times this season.

“I thought we had created a lot of Grade A opportunities,” said Keith McCambridge, the Giants associate coach who benches head coach Michael Dyck with Team Canada’s world youth squad. “I like the pressure we put on Victoria. It’s a team that did a good job hanging around, staying in the game, and when a breakdown occurred, they capitalized. “

Lysell, a winger and goalkeeper Jesper Vikman will be available for Vancouver tonight, but they leave next week for the Swedish team’s preparations for the World Youth Championship, which will take place from December 26 to January 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer. Vancouver forward Justin Sourdif is at Team Canada’s testing ground in Calgary this weekend.

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Teddy Bear’s pitching goal was Lysell’s 10th in the Vancouver campaign. The Boston Bruins prospect clinched his 11th place at 2:07 p.m. of the second period, tying the score at 2-2.

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Mazden Leslie, with his third, also scored for Vancouver. Vikman finished with 21 saves. Bailey Peach had a goal and an assist for Victoria.

The game marked the season debut for Vancouver left winger Cole Shepard (hip surgery). He missed the entire 22-game core season last spring, and took his last previous action on March 7, 2020, just before the WHL closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Cole looked really strong. He didn’t seem like a player who had been out of the lineup for almost two years, “McCambridge said.

Vancouver right winger Justin Lies (upper body injury) also returned to the lineup after missing 13 games.

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