Giants Defeat Blazers, 5-1, with Strong Second Period Effort in First Home Win
By Dickson Liong, Kids Club Writer
Vancouver Captain Dalton Thrower celebrates after scoring his first goal at home in front of Giants faithfuls. (Photo Credit: Chris J. Relke)
It appears the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants have patched up their recent second period flaws.
The Giants had a 1-3-0-0 record, and questions started to arise.
The injury bug bit early, after forwards Dalton Sward and Rob Trzonkowski suffered injuries to put them out of action.
But perhaps a six-game road trip was what Vancouver needed to turn its fortunes around.
One thing was for sure: it allowed the team to bond together to form a family.
The Giants had six players on the team who hadn't dressed in a Vancouver sweater prior to this season.
Throughout the trip, it was shown that the Giants had their fair share of struggles when playing in the second period.
They were outscored 9-1 by the opposition teams, and perhaps the most notable of the six may have been against the Prince Albert Raiders, when Vancouver was up 3-0 after the first period, allowed two goals in the middle frame and didn't reply, then went on to lose 5-4 in a shootout.
Even though the team was slowly bonding, they couldn't capture a single win on the trip, which some may argue that the second period struggles was what triggered the losses.
The Giants were scheduled to begin a three-game home stand following the road trip that began with playing host to the Kamloops Blazers.
Vancouver led 1-0 over Kamloops after the first period, but more importantly, how were they going to do in the second period? Were the Giants in for another struggling period leading to another collapse?
The answer was no.
"I didn't think we had many [mistakes] in our game at all," Giants' head coach Don Hay said. "We were pretty solid throughout [the game], and I thought the hard work the guys put in in practice paid off."
It just happened that Dalton Thrower, who played in his first game on home ice as the Giants' captain scored a power-play goal in the second period to put Vancouver up 2-0.
"We just needed to keep the consistency," Thrower confessed. "That's what helps when you have an older group by picking up those older guys that when there is a fault in the game, they can go out there and change it real quick without having to dwell on it."
The Giants made a trade prior to playing host to the Blazers to get a little older, as they gave the Victoria Royals an eighth-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft in exchange for 18-year-old forward Trent Lofthouse.
"We just focused on playing the same game in all three periods," Lofthouse stated. "That's how we win."
The Giants can now say "bye-bye" to their eight-game winless streak.
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