Over the next two weeks, we will revisit all 11 wins during the Vancouver Giants record-matching 11-game regular season winning streak. The streak started on Sunday, January 26th in Kelowna and unfortunately came to an end on Saturday, February 22nd in Everett. Over the course of the streak there were a number of thrilling moments which all helped lead the Giants back into what would end up being a top-two spot in the B.C. Division regular season standings. Today’s journey takes us to the Langley Events Centre for the first of a five-game home stand for the Giants. Their opponents: The Tri-City Americans.
UNPACK THOSE BAGS:
Fresh off a spirited victory on Saturday, February 1st in Kamloops the Giants returned home for the start of what would ultimately become their longest home stand of the 2019-20 season. For the next two weeks the Giants would play five straight games at home beginning Tuesday night against the Tri-City Americans. The Ams entered the evening 2-8 in their last 10, but were coming off a road victory in Prince George. Steve Ewen of the Province spoke with Dan O’Connor ahead of Tuesday’s game, and spoke up of the importance for the G-Men to start their home stand strong:
A POINT TO PROVE FOR KADEN KOHLE:
Ahead of the January 10th trade deadline, the Vancouver Giants swung a deal with the Tri-City Americans, acquiring 2002-born forward Kaden Kohle in exchange for fellow 2002-born forward John Little. For both players, it was a fresh start, and Kohle appeared very comfortable in his new surroundings with the Giants. He spoke with Dan O’Connor ahead of his first meeting with his former team:
TC – Sasha Mutala (18) put Tri-City ahead 1-0 off a quick shot off a faceoff.
VAN – Tyler Preziuso (18) answered with his 18th of the season on a power play at 13:18.
VAN – Holden Katzalay (3) struck at 14:25 on a forehand deke in close to make it 2-1.
VAN – Bowen Byram (5) wired a shot home from the left-wing point with 1.7 seconds left on the clock to make it a 3-1 lead for Vancouver.
Shots: 12 – 3 Vancouver
VAN – Tristen Nielsen (23) extended the lead to 4-1 off a shot from atop the left-wing circle.
*Tri-City pulled goaltender Mason Dunsford in favour of Ronin Geraghty.
VAN – Milos Roman (16) made it 5-1 for Vancouver on a wrap-around at 2:57.
VAN – Justin Sourdif (16) struck from the right-wing circle at 4:15 to make it a 6-1 Giants lead.
TC – Samuel Huo (10) knocked home his own rebound at 4:56 to give Tri-City their second goal.
VAN – Connor Horning (5) made it 7-2 Vancouver in close along the left-wing at 18:59.
Shots: 22 – 8 Vancouver
VAN – At 8:13 of the third period, Kaden Kohle stuffed a backhand shot home on the power play to record his first WHL goal. 8-2.
TC – Former Giant Jadon Joseph (9) scored on a breakaway at 9:23 making the score 8-3.
VAN – Michal Kvasnica (5) responded 32 seconds later for the Giants at 9:55, giving the Giants a 9-3 cushion.
VAN – Tyler Preziuso (19) then finished off a two-on-oh rush with Jackson Shepard at 10:33 to give the Giants a 10-3 lead.
TC – Sasha Mutala (19) snagged the final goal of the game for Tri-City on a power play at 14:03.
VAN – Michal Kvasnica’s (6) second goal of the night came off the rush at 14:31, to help the Giants match their previous single-game high for goals. 11-4 was the score.
VAN – Seth Bafaro made it 12-4 Giants on a power play at 17:10, giving the Giants a new single-game record for goals.
Shots: 24 – 8 Vancouver
KOHLE NOTCHES HIS FIRST:
FEBRUARY 4TH HIGHLIGHTS:
Giants Head Coach Michael Dyck met with the media afterwards:
Final Score: 12 – 4 Vancouver
Final Shots: 58 – 19 Vancouver
Trent Miner: 15/19 saves for Vancouver (9-7-2-1)
Mason Dunsford: 10/14 saves for Tri-City
Ronin Geraghty: 36/44 saves for Tri-City (0-4)
Vancouver Power Play: 3/4
Tri-City Power Play: 1/1
- Connor Horning (VAN – 1G, 1A, +4, 7 Shots)
- Holden Katzalay (VAN – 1G, 2A, +5)
- Cole Shepard (VAN – 4A, +4)
Next Game: On Saturday night at home against the Prince George Cougars at 7:00 PM.
- Prior to this game the Giants had twice scored 11 goals in a WHL game: November 18th, 2011 vs. Victoria and on February 3, 2010 against Lethbridge.
- Since the January 10th trade deadline the Giants power play had gone 17/39 (43.6 percent).
- The win pushed the Giants (23-20-3-2) two points up on Kelowna for third place in the B.C. Division and also moved them to within six points of Victoria for second place with one game in hand.