Branden Holt (Victoria Royals / Twitter)

Talk about making a statement.ย 

In his debut with the Victoria Royals, goaltender Braden Holt made his presence known after saving all 35 shots on the net, shutting out the Vancouver Giants 3-0 on Wednesday, December 28th.ย 

Before donning the blue and black, Holt joined the Royals a day before the big game.ย 

“They played super hard for me, and I just couldn’t be happier,” Braden Holt told Marlon Martens after the win.

Holt’s performance earned him the first star of the game.

Holtโ€™s trade to the new team marked the parting of Tyler Palmer whose departure has since been marked as โ€˜personal leave.โ€™

Related:ย Victoria Royals trade Tyler Palmer to Everett Silvertips in goaltender swap

Wednesdayโ€™s win marks the first shutout victory the Royals have made since their 3-0 victory against the Prince George Cougars on March 19th, 2022.ย 

Holtโ€™s success didnโ€™t come without the support of his team.

Last night the Royal’s offence came to play with a first period goal from forward Jake Poole, moving his current record to 33 (18 goals,15 assists) on the season.

Pooleโ€™s early success would be followed by forward Brayden Schuurman (7), bringing the score to 2-0 at the 7:38 mark of the third.

Schuurman (8) would then cap off the night by adding an unassisted empty net goal at 19:33 of the third period,ย  securing the 3-0 victory for the Royals.

The Royals and Giants will face off for the third and final time this week on Friday, December 30th in Victoria. The puck-drop is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Vancouver Giants vs Victoria Royalsย 

  • Where: Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard Street
  • When: Friday, December 30th, 2022, 7:05 p.m.

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