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11 Games of Winning: Giants 5 vs Cougars 2 (February 8, 2020) – Win #5

Rob Wilton

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 Game 2 of a five-game home stand, and a Saturday night showdown with the Prince George Cougars sporting some spiffy Hockey Night in Canada themed jerseys.

 

PUTTING TUESDAY IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR:

Fresh off a commanding 12-4 victory Tuesday against the Tri-City Americans, the Vancouver Giants (23-20-3-2) had a four-game winning streak on their hands and were now back into a top-three spot in the B.C. Division standings. But Michael Dyck stressed the importance of not letting Tuesday’s offensive outburst get into the heads of his team. There was some hard work ahead of the Giants against a team that had been a worthy adversary all season long. Here’s Michael Dyck’s pregame conversation with Dan O’Connor:

Eric Florchuk had posted 16 points through his first 11 games with the Giants, and spoke beforehand about his confidence and his team’s success during a five-game point streak:

1st Period:

VAN – Holden Katzalay (4) opened the scoring for the Giants at 5:21, when he deflected Michal Kvasnica’s shot past Taylor Gauthier.

VAN – Tyler Preziuso arrived at the 20-goal mark for the second straight season at 12:42. Preziuso took a pass from Eric Florchuk, powered his way to the slot from the left-wing and snapped his shot home.

PG – Mitchell Kohner (7) put the Cougars on the board at 15:36 on a breakaway. Jack Sander and Cole Moberg both earned assists.

Shots: 13-9 Vancouver

 2nd Period:

VAN – Justin Sourdif (18) extended the Giants lead to 3-1 at 13:00 of the middle frame. Sourdif’s goal was set up by both Bowen Byram and Seth Bafaro.

PG – Vladislav Mikhalchuk (7) responded with a power play marker off a one-timer at 15:53. Ilijah Colina and Ryan Schoettler secured the assists.

Shots: 11-10 Prince George

3rd Period:

VAN – Seth Bafaro (4) restored the two-goal cushion for the Giants at 9:48 off a shot from the right-wing point.

VAN – Milos Roman (17) then ended all hopes of a Cougar comeback at 12:53 on a power play one-timer off a feed from Bowen Byram. Tyler Preziuso added the second assist on the play.

Shots: 11-9 Vancouver

FEBRUARY 8TH HIGHLIGHTS:

POST-GAME COMMENTS:

Michael Dyck comments on the victory, Trent Miner and the emergence of Michal Kvasnica, Holden Katzalay and Cole Shepard as a third scoring line for the G-Men.

BOX SCORE

Final Score: Vancouver 5 – Prince George 2

Final Shots: 34-29 Vancouver

Trent Miner: 27/29 saves for Vancouver (10-7-2-1)

Taylor Gauthier: 29/34 saves for Prince George (12-20-3-4)

Vancouver Power Play: 1/3

Prince George Power Play: 1/6

3 Stars:

  • Seth Bafaro (VAN – 1G, 2A)
  • Michal Kvasnica (VAN – 1A)
  • Trent Miner (VAN – 27 Saves)

Next Giants Game: February 9th at 4:00 PM against the Kamloops Blazers.

NOTES:

  • With the victory the Giants (24-20-3-2) climbed four points ahead of Kelowna for third in the B.C. Division standings and sat eight points back of Victoria for second place with two games in hand.
  • Since the trade deadline the Giants power play had gone 18/42 and had managed at least one goal in six straight games.
  • Eric Florchuk’s six-game point streak became the longest for any Giant so far that season. During that span he recorded one goal and nine assists for 10 points.
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