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Giants Comeback Bid Falls Short In a Saturday Home Loss to PG

Rob Wilton

Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre the Vancouver Giants (15-17-2-0) dropped a 4-2 decision to the Prince George Cougars (15-17-1-1) in the back-half of a weekend double-header. Koehn Ziemmer led the way for Prince George with two goals while Connor Horning (1G, 1A) and Tanner Brown (2A) each had two points in response for the Giants who trailed the game 3-0, but stormed back to within a goal before time ultimately expired. Cougars netminder Tyler Brennan stopped 27 Giants shots while Jesper Vikman made 25 saves on the 28 Cougar shots fired his way.

GIANTS NEARLY COMPLETE THIRD PERIOD COMEBACK 

BOX SCORES

1st Period:

PG – At 13:46 of the opening frame, Koehn Ziemmer took a feed off a faceoff victory, and snapped a low shot through a crowd and home. The lone helper came from Riley Heidt.

PG – 52 seconds later on a power play, Koehn Ziemmer struck again. This time he parked himself in the left-wing circle and one-timed a feed from Riley Heidt past the outreached stick of Jesper Vikman.

Shots: 11-9 Prince George

2nd Period:

 PG – Ethan Samson extended the Cougars lead to 3-0 with a power play marker at 9:20. Samson’s point shot made it’s way through traffic and home, and was set up by both Connor Bowie and Riley Heidt.

VAN – The Giants responded with a power play tally of their own at 13:35. Connor Horning parked himself in front of the Prince George goal and deflected a Tanner Brown point shot home for his seventh of the season. Jaden Lipinski also secured an assist on the opening goal of the evening for Vancouver.

Shots: 11-7 Vancouver

3rd Period:

VAN – Three minutes into the final frame, Justin Lies parked himself in the left-wing circle, and one-timed a Connor Horning cross-ice feed home for his sixth goal of the season, and his second in as many games. Tanner Brown earned the second assist.

PG – With 38 seconds to go in the game, Jonny Hooker ended all hopes of a Cougars comeback when he flung his ninth of the season into the empty net off a shot from center ice. Jonas Brøndberg had the lone assist.

Shots: 11-9 Prince George

 GAME SUMMARY

 Final Score: Prince George 4 – Vancouver 2

Final Shots: 29-29

Jesper Vikman: 25/28 saves for Vancouver

Tyler Brennan: 27/29 saves for Prince George

Vancouver Power Play: 2/3

Prince George Power Play: 2/4

3 Stars:

  • Koehn Ziemmer (PG – 2G)
  • Connor Horning (VAN – 1G, 1A)
  • Tyler Brennan (PG – 27 Saves)

Next Giants Game: A Friday road showdown with the Victoria Royals at 7:05 PM.

 NOTES

  • Justin Lies has scored goals in back-to-back games for the second time this season. Three of Justin Lies’ six goals on the season have been scored against Prince George.
  • Saturday’s two-point effort was the fifth multi-point game of the season for defenceman Connor Horning.
  • The Giants are now 4-4-1-0 in nine games this season against Prince George and are 3-1-1-0 against them at the LEC.
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