The Vancouver Giants now sit atop the B.C. Division standings thanks to their eighth victory of the season inside the RE/MAX Hub in Kamloops. Monday evening the Vancouver Giants (8-3-0-0) earned a 2-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars (4-5-1-1). Adam Hall broke open a 1-1 tie at 11:30 of the final period to help clinch the 2-1 victory. Eric Florchuk added a first period goal for Vancouver while goaltender Trent Miner made 33 saves in a first-star performance. Riley Heidt had the lone goal in response for Prince George while Cougars netminder Taylor Gauthier made 27 saves.
GIANTS SNAG THEIR THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY
VAN – With only 2:16 left in the opening frame, Eric Florchuk wired home his third goal of the season off a Justin Lies rebound. Zack Ostapchuk earned the second assist on the play as he started the rush with a shot-block at his own blueline.
Shots: 11-8 Prince George
Shots: 10 – 8 Prince George
PG – 1:56 into the final period, under-age forward Riley Heidt tied the score at 1-1 when he snuck past the Giants defense and banked home his second goal of the season from beside the Vancouver goal. Hudson Thornton earned the lone assist.
VAN – Adam Hall restored the Giants lead and bagged the game-winning goal at 11:30 off a slick three-way passing play with Justin Sourdif and Tristen Nielsen. Hall skated into the slot, took a Tristen Nielsen feed and wired home his fifth of the season to help cement the Giants eighth victory of the season.
Final Score: Vancouver 2 – Prince George 1
Final Shots: 34-29 Prince George
Trent Miner: 33/34 saves for Vancouver (6-2)
Taylor Gauthier: 27/29 saves for Prince George (2-4)
Vancouver Power Play: 0/4
Prince George Power Play: 0/4
- Trent Miner (VAN – 33 Saves)
- Adam Hall (VAN – GWG)
- Taylor Gauthier (PG – 27 Saves)
Next Giants Game: Wednesday evening at 7:05 PM in Kelowna against Victoria.
- With their 8-3 record the Giants now sit two points clear of Kamloops for first place in the B.C. Division standings.
- Zack Ostapchuk now has a three-game point streak for the Vancouver Giants. The 2021 NHL Draft prospect has a goal and two assists in that span.
- Trent Miner improved his record to 6-2 on the season and improved his league-leading goals-against average to 1.18 and his league-leading save percentage to .952.
- Adam Hall became the sixth different Giant to secure a game-winning goal this season. He is now tied for second in team goal scoring with five.
- With an assist on the game-winning goal, Justin Sourdif extended his point streak to eight games. In that span he’s now notched four goals and seven assists for 11 points.
- Tristen Nielsen now has a four-game point streak and in that span has managed five goals and two assists for seven points.