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Giants Climb Into First Place After a 2-1 Victory Over Prince George

Allen Douglas

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 

BOX SCORE

1st Period:

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

2nd Period:

 No Scoring

Shots:  10 – 8 Prince George

3rd Period:

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.

Shots: 13-13

 GAME SUMMARY:

 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

3 Stars:

  • 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.

 NOTES:

  • 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.
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