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Giants Earn A Teddy Bear Toss Victory Sunday at Rogers Arena

Rik Fedyck

Some new faces for the Vancouver Giants (14-13-1-1) had a huge impact during 2019 Chevrolet Teddy Bear Toss. Forward Tyler Preziuso scored twice in his Giants debut in the third period to help cement a 4-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans (12-12-2-1). Connor Horning’s first goal as a Giant was the game winner, and Michal Kvasnica’s first goal as a Giant at 4:04 of the first period served as the 2019 Teddy Bear Goal! Tristen Nielsen, Justin Sourdif and Bowen Byram all recorded multi-assist games for the G-Men. Connor Bouchard had the lone goal in response for Tri-City who were outshot 53-26 by the Giants on Sunday.

 GIANTS VICTORIOUS ON CHEVROLET TEDDY BEAR TOSS NIGHT

BOX SCORE

 1st Period:

 VAN – Michal Kvasnica scored the famed Teddy Bear Goal of 2019 for the Vancouver Giants at 4:04. He took a pass from Tristen Nielsen at the Tri-City blueline, skated into the left circle and wired home his shot from the left-wing circle past Beck Warm to make it a 1-0 game.

VAN – Connor Horning then extended the Giants lead at 15:55 off a low shot from the high slot that snuck past Beck Warm’s stick and in. Horning’s first as a Giant was assisted by Justin Sourdif and Bowen Byram.

Shots: 16-15 Tri-City

2nd Period:

No Scoring

Shots: 19-7 Vancouver

3rd Period:

TC – 1:07 into the third, Connor Bouchard potted the lone goal of the game for Tri-City in close off a feed from Krystof Hrabik. Bouchard’s seventh came just as a Tri-City power play had expired.

VAN – A minute and 45 seconds later the Giants answered when Tyler Preziuso knocked home a Tristen Nielsen rebound past Beck Warm for his 10th goal of the season.

VAN – Preziuso wasn’t done. At 6:34 of the third he wired home a shot from the slot on a Giants power play, increasing the Vancouver lead to 4-1. Tristen Nielsen and Bowen Byram drew the helpers on Preziuso’s 11th goal.

Shots: 19 – 3 Vancouver

Final Score: Vancouver 4 – Tri-City 1

Final Shots: 53 – 26 Vancouver

David Tendeck: 25/26 saves for Vancouver (8-7)

Beck Warm: 49/53 saves for Tri-City (8-12-1-1)

Tri-City Power Play: 0/2

Vancouver Power Play: 1/2

3 Stars:

  • Tyler Preziuso (VAN – 2 Goals)
  • Tristen Nielsen (VAN – 3 Assists)
  • Michal Kvasnica (VAN – Teddy Bear Goal)

Next Giants Game: Saturday, December 14th in Everett, WA against the Silvertips.

 NOTES:

  • The Giants set a new season high for shots on goal Sunday with 53.
  • The Giants have outshot their opposition in five straight games, and in 20 of their first 29 games altogether.
  • Thanks to his three-assist effort, Tristen Nielsen has now registered five goals and five assists for 10 points in his past six games.
  • The Giants improved their record against Tri-City to 2-1 on the season.
  • Tomorrow Bowen Byram will be heading to Oakville, ON to join Team Canada at their World Junior Selection Camp.

 

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