RECAP: Giants Return to the Win Column With a 2-1 Triumph in Everett
Friday night in Everett, WA the Vancouver Giants earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Western Conference leading Everett Silvertips. Dawson Holt (4) and Tyler Benson (14) supplied second period goals for the G-Men while goaltender David Tendeck made 34 saves on 35 shots fired his way en route to his seventh victory during the month of December. Matt Fonteyne supplied the lone goal for Everett early in the second. Friday’s loss marks just the second in a span of 14 games for Everett.
The first 20 minutes solved nothing, but it wasn’t for a lack of chances at either end of the ice. David Tendeck was busy early turning aside nine Everett shots within the first 12 minutes of the period. On the flip side, the Giants trio of Owen Hardy, Brad Morrison and Ty Ronning had some good looks offensively but Everett’s Dustin Wolf was up to the task. Shots were 11-6 after one favoring Everett.
51 seconds into the middle period Everett found pay-dirt when Matt Fonteyne raced down the right wing, and one-timed home a pass from Patrick Bajkov off a two-on-one rush. Fonteyne’s 18th of the season would serve as Everett’s only goal of the night.
Moments later Everett nearly made it 2-0, but David Tendeck robbed Luke Ormsby with a glove save on a breakaway chance to keep the G-Men within one. Tendeck’s teammates would reward him moments later with a pair of goals.
At 6:43, Dawson Holt parked himself in the left circle, took a left-wing feed from Brayden Watts and ripped home his fourth of the season past the glove of Wolf. Then at the 12:19 mark the Giants caught a break when off a faceoff, Tyler Benson hopped on a loose puck and sent a quick low shot on the Everett goal. The shot fooled Dustin Wolf as it snuck between his legs and across the line for Benson’s 14th. That goal would stand as the game-winner, but not without a valiant push-back from the home side. Everett outshot Vancouver 15-11 in the middle period but trailed 2-1 going into the third.
The final 20 minutes belonged to David Tendeck as he stopped all nine third period attempts from the Everett Silvertips. He best save came point-blank off Patrick Bajkov who made a nifty move to the slot, but was denied by Tendeck’s glove. With the net empty in the final minutes, the Silvertips had some other good looks, but timely saves from Tendeck and some key shot-blocks from Jared Dmytriw and Matt Barberis helped the Giants hang on for their 19th victory of the season and their first in three meetings against the Silvertips.
Special teams weren’t a factor in the game for either side as the Giants went three-for-three killing penalties while going zero-for-two on their power play chances. The win improves the Giants overall record to 19-14-2-2 and moves them three points back of second placed Victoria in the B.C. Division standings.
Up next for Vancouver: Back-to-back home games against the Prince George Cougars beginning Saturday night at 7:00 PM at the Langley Events Centre.
– David Tendeck’s December record now sits at 7-1 with two shutouts, a .933 save percentage and has allowed three goals or fewer in seven of those eight appearances.
– The Giants have now won three straight on the road dating back to December 8th and have only surrendered three goals against in that span.
– The Giants December record now sits at 8-2 ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Prince George.