Friday night at the LEC in front of 4044 strong the Vancouver Giants (38-13-2-1) extended their winning streak to six games thanks to a 5-4 triumph over the visiting Spokane Chiefs (30-18-2-4). Milos Roman, Davis Koch, Jadon Joseph and Jared Dmytriw all recorded two points apiece for the G-Men who finished the game three-for-four on the power play and six-for-seven on the penalty kill against the league’s top power play team. Luc Smith had two goals in response for Spokane who had a four-game winning streak snapped with Friday’s loss. The Giants improved to 3-0 on the season against Spokane. The win assured the Giants that at the very least they would hold home ice advantage in Round 1 of the playoffs.
SPO – Just 3:13 into the game, the league’s bset power play went to work. Luc Smith (24) buried his first of two on the night off a shot from the slot that snuck past Giants starter Trent Miner, lifting the Chiefs to the early 1-0 lead.
VAN – 15 seconds later the Giants responded when defenceman Kaleb Bulych (2) joined the rush, took a feed from Jared Dmytriw and wired it past Chiefs netminder Reece Klassen to tie the score.
VAN – Justin Sourdif (16) put the Giants ahead at 13:28 with their first of three power play goals on the night. Davis Koch and Dylan Plouffe earned helpers on the Sourdif marker.
Shots: 10-8 Vancouver
VAN – Late in the second period the Giants extended their lead to 3-1 thanks to a lengthy five-on-three power play chance. Milos Roman parked himself at the right side of the Chiefs goal and one-timed a perfect feed from Davis Koch past a sprawling Klassen to make it a 3-1 lead. For Roman it was his 21st of the season and his team-leading 13th power play goal.
VAN – 30 seconds later Jared Dmytriw got in on the act, blasting home his 13th of the season from atop the left-wing circle. Jadon Joseph had the lone assist on Dmytriw’s power play tally giving the Giants a 4-1 lead through 40 minutes.
Shots: 10 – 5 Vancouver
SPO – 3:47 into the final frame, Luc Smith (25) struck again. This time it came off the rush as his shot deflected off a Giants stick and through Trent Miner.
SPO – Spokane made it 4-3 at 11:51 when Eli Zummack (13) skated in close along the left-wing and converted his 13th goal of the season.
VAN – Shortly after the Chiefs had a potential game-tying goal called back because of a ‘kicked in puck’ Jadon Joseph picked the perfect time to secure his first home goal as a Giant. At 15:46, Joseph skated into the slot, took a Bowen Byram pass and wired home his 16th goal of the season, providing the Giants with their eventual game-winning goal.
SPO – With their net empty the Chiefs clawed back to make it 5-4 when Riley Woods tipped home a feed from Eli Zummack at 18:50 from in front of the Giants net.
Final Score: Vancouver 5 – Spokane 4
Final Shots: 31-24 Vancouver
Trent Miner: 20/24 saves for Vancouver (20-4-1-0)
Reece Klassen: 26 saves for Spokane (14-6-4-5)
Vancouver:3/4 on the Power Play
Spokane: 1/7 on the Power Play
- Milos Roman (VAN – 1G, 1A)
- Luc Smith (SPO – 2G)
- Davis Koch (VAN – 2A)
Next Giants Game: Tomorrow night in Kelowna. A 7:05 puck drop.
- Friday’s win improved the Giants record to 9-6-1-0 against teams from the US Division. It also marked their 22nd home victory – Most of any team in the WHL.
- Both of Kaleb Bulych’s goals this season have come against the Spokane Chiefs.
- With the win the Giants now sit at 79 points thus clinching a top two spot in the B.C. Division standings, ensuring home ice advantage in Round 1 of the playoffs.
- So far in the season series between the Giants and Chiefs, Spokane has received 14 power play chances while the Giants have received just six.
- Jared Dmytriw now leads all Giants with three goals and two assists for five points in three games against the Chiefs.