A TIP OF THE HAT! (GIANTS 5 – AMERICANS 4 – OT)
Ty Ronning will be heading into his second NHL Training Camp feeling very confident about his game. Sunday afternoon in Everett, WA the Giants 20-year-old scored twice in the third period and once more in overtime to help lead the Giants to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Tir-City Americans. Vancouver scored three unanswered goals in the third to erase a 4-1 deficit before Ronning clinched the game at 4:14 of overtime. Nolan Yaremko had two goals in response for the Tri-City Americans. Special teams played a huge part in Sunday’s game as the Giants went two-for-four on the power play and added a shorthanded marker in the first. Conversely the Americans finished three-for-six on their power play chances.
Tri-City’s power play staked them to a 2-0 first period lead. Nolan Yaremko potted back-to-back goals on the man advantage to give him five for the preseason. The goals came at 7:18 and 11:21.
Special teams cost the Ams later in the first though as Tyler Popowich got the Giants back within one with a shorthanded goal at the 15-minute mark. His first of the preseason was assisted by Darian Skeoch and Ty Ronning.
Through one the Americans held a 14-10 edge in shots and held a 2-1 lead.
Territorially the Giants dominated the second period, outshooting the Ams 25-5. But Tri-City starter Talyn Boyko stopped them all. At the other side the Ams converted on two of their five shots to increase their lead to 4-1. First it was Sasha Mutala who knocked home his fifth of the preseason off a rebound at 3:22. Then Kelti Jeri-Leon wired home his first of the preseason on a power play at 17:03.
Mid-way through the game, Giants starter Ryan Kubic was removed. The veteran turned aside 13 of the 16 shots fired his way in his first taste of preseason action. Todd Scott replaced him for the final 30-plus minutes and would finish with 15 saves on 16 shots faced.
After 40 minutes Tri-City led the game 4-1, but the Giants held a 35-19 edge in shots.
Early in the third, Darian Skeoch did his best to spark his teammates when he dropped the gloves with Tri-City tough guy Landon Fuller. Skeoch scored the take-down in short order which seemed to further ignite a Giants team that was due for some positive puck luck.
At 7:48 of the third, rookie defenceman Bowen Byram jammed home a Ty Ronning rebound to move the G-Men back within two goals.
Vancouver inched a little closer at the 14:49 mark when Ty Ronning poked home a Matt Barberis rebound which was sitting near the goal line. Ronning’s first of the game came via the power play.
Ronning was far from done. With a minute and 15 seconds remaining in the period and the Giants net empty, Ronning tucked home his second of the afternoon off a James Malm rebound to tie the score at four. The goal came with Liam Belcourt in the penalty box for Tri-City.
60 minutes solved nothing and overtime would be required in Everett.
After an unsuccessful Giants power play opportunity in overtime, Ty Ronning once again took it upon himself to ensure that the Giants would head home happy. Matt Barberis’ initial shot was denied by Boyko, but Ronning won the race to the rebound and scooped it home to complete the hat-trick, the comeback and the victory. He finished the night with three goals and two assists.
The victory helps improve the Giants preseason record to 2-1 and ensure that they’ll finish tied for the second-best record at the six-team Everett, WA tournament.
Next up for the G-Men: The Prince George Cougars who will battle the Giants at the Langley Events Centre on Friday, September 8th at 7:00 PM.