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Cotton’s OT Heroics/Vikman’s 41 Saves Lead the G-Men Over Portland

James Doyle

The Vancouver Giants (8-7-1-0) are back in the win column thanks to some overtime heroics and some stellar goaltending. Wednesday night in Portland the Vancouver Giants earned a 3-2 overtime victory over the Portland Winterhawks. Alex Cotton netted his fourth career overtime winning goal at 3:30 of extra time to clinch the Giants third road victory of the season. The G-Men got regulation goals from Payton Mount and Justin Sourdif. In goal Jesper Vikman was superb for the Giants turning aside 41 shots to give him his seventh win. The Winterhawks responded with goals from Gabe Klassen and Luca Cagnoni and 25 saves from Dante Giannuzzi.

GIANTS KICK OFF ROAD TRIP WITH THEIR EIGHTH WIN 

BOX SCORE

 1st Period:

VAN – 14 seconds into the game, Payton Mount tucked home his fourth goal of the season for the Vancouver Giants off an offensive zone faceoff victory. Zack Ostapchuk and Adam Hall both earned the assists.

POR – Gabe Klassen answered for the Portland Winterhawks at 14:50 off the power play rush. Klassen took a feed at center, crossed the blueline and fired a low shot past Jesper Vikman’s glove for his team-leading eighth goal.

Shots: 17-12 Portland

2nd Period:

POR – At 14:24 of the middle frame, defenceman Luca Cagnoni gave Portland a brief lead during four-on-four play. Tyson Kozak beat a Giants defender wide, spun to his right and centered a nice pass to Cagnoni who did the rest, beating a sprawled Jesper Vikman for his second of the season.

VAN – One minute and 40 seconds later the Giants answered with a power play goal courtesy of captain Justin Sourdif. Sourdif took a feed along the left-wing, made a move to the slot and wired a shot past the blocker of Dante Giannuzzi for his seventh goal. Ty Thorpe and Alex Cotton both earned helpers on game tying goal.

Shots: 15 – 12 Portland

3rd Period:

No Scoring

Shots: 10 – 2 Portland

Overtime:

VAN – With 1:30 remaining in overtime, defenceman Alex Cotton followed up a Justin Sourdif rebound and knocked his seventh goal of the season (and fourth career overtime game winner) into the open net, securing the Giants’ eighth victory of the season.

Shots: 2-1 Vancouver

GAME SUMMARY

 Final Score: Vancouver 3 – Portland 2 (OT)

Final Shots: 43 – 28 Portland

Jesper Vikman: 41/43 saves for Vancouver

Dante Giannuzzi: 25/28 saves for Portland

Vancouver Power Play: 1/5

Portland Power Play: 1/8

3 Stars:

  • Alex Cotton (VAN – 1G, 1A)
  • Payton Mount (VAN – 1G)
  • Gabe Klassen (POR – 1G)

Next Giants Game: Friday night at 7:05 PM in Kennewick, WA against the Tri-City Americans.

NOTES 

  • Alex Cotton now has recorded four career WHL overtime winning goals. Two have come this season (the first came with Lethbridge), and he had one in both the 2020-21 and 2019-20 seasons.
  • The Giants improved their OT record in 2021-2022 to 1-1.
  • Vancouver’s record against Portland is now 2-0.
  • The Giants recorded their first victory in Portland since February 14, 2018.
  • Justin Sourdif now has nine multi-point games on the season and leads the Giants outright with 23 points.
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