Giants Pounce on the Tigers Early and Often in a 6-1 Victory
VANCOUVER, BC – Riley Kieser scored in the opening minute and opened the floodgates in favour of his team. Six different goal scorers treated 5,524 fans at the Pacific Coliseum to a 6-1 win Friday night.
It was a game of many firsts for Vancouver. Riley Kieser’s goal 48 seconds into the first period (his first of the season) was the first time the Giants opened the scoring, in this their 6th game. It was also the first time they didn’t give up an early first period goal, or any first period goal for that matter. They built up a 4-0 lead in the 1st period, which was also the first time they enjoyed a multi-goal lead of any sort. The Insurance Goal of the Game was scored by Brett Kulak, following up on a rebound from Cain Franson. Franson wound up scoring the next goal, on the power play, to put the Giants up 3-0 by the 5 minute mark, before the Tigers even registered a single shot on goal. 8 goals on 5 shots, and that was the end of the night for Tigers starter Marek Langhamer, who was replaced by Dawson MacAuley the rest of the way. Jackson Houck would add his first of the season late in the frame to increase the lead to 4-0 through 20 minutes.
The 2nd period quieted down in terms of offense, but the Giants picked up where they left off in outshooting the Tigers significantly. After a 14-5 edge in the opening frame, Vancouver outshot Medicine Hat 13-7 in the second, only to give up a power play goal to Curtis Valk, that saw the lead cut to 4-1 after 40 minutes.
But in the 3rd period, the Giants put the game away with 2 goals in 14 seconds, one from Tristan Sieben and one from Nathan Burns to put the game out of reach and come away with the 6-1 final.
The 6 goals was also the first time Vancouver scored more than 4 goals, that going back to the home/season-opening 6-4 loss to Victoria.
Five different players recorded a goal and an assist on the night for Vancouver (Cain Franson, Riley Kieser, Jackson Houck, Tristan Sieben and Nathan Burns), while David Musil and Marek Tvrdon picked up 2 assists each.
Vancouver outshot Medicine Hat 34-21 on the night. The Giants went 1 for 3 on the power play while shutting down the Tigers 2nd best power play who went 0 for 3.
Tyler Fuhr was sharp again for the Giants, winning his 2nd straight WHL start by making 20 saves on 21 shots. Dawson MacAuley stopped 23 of 26 in relief of Langhamer.
Tonight's Dickie's Hardest Working Player of the Game was Austin Vetterl.
The Giants will now have a practice day at the Pacific Coliseum tomorrow (from 11am-1pm) before returning to game action Sunday afternoon at 4pm vs the Victoria Royals.