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Giants Earn Third Straight Road Win With a 3-1 Triumph In Spokane

Larry Brunt

The Vancouver Giants are coming home with six of six available points from a three-game road swing down South. Saturday night at the Spokane Arena the Giants (10-7-1-0) earned a 3-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs (4-10-2-1). Ty Thorpe (1G, 2A) and Fabian Lysell (1G, 1A) combined for five points and Will Gurski stopped 22 Spokane shot attempts to earn his second win of the season. Spokane’s lone tally came from defenceman Graham Sward on a second period power play.

 GIANTS TAKE 6/6 POINTS ON THE ROAD

BOX SCORE

1st Period:

VAN – At 14:02, the trio of Fabian Lysell, Ty Thrope and Justin Sourdif picked up right where they left off from a night ago. It resulted in a tic-tac-toe passing play and a tap-in goal for Fabian Lysell (6) beside the left post of the Spokane goal.

VAN – Three minutes and 23 seconds later the Giants tacked on a second one. Defenceman Connor Horning took the puck behind the Spokane goal, wrapped around and slid a perfect feed in front of the net to Ty Thorpe who hammered it home for his seventh of the season. Fabian Lysell earned the second assist giving him his second point of the period.

Shots: 10-8 Vancouver

 2nd Period:

 SPO – Graham Sward put the Chiefs on the board at 2:20 of the second period off a point shot on a power play. Sward’s third goal of the season was set up by Cordel Larson and Bear Hughes and came as a result of Jack Finley screening the Giants goal.

Shots: 10-8 Spokane

3rd Period:

 VAN – The insurance for Vancouver came on a late power play goal courtesy of Alex Cotton. The Detroit Red Wings prospect followed up a Ty Thorpe rush and whacked a loose puck past the left pad of Manny Panghli. For Ty Thorpe it marked his third point of the game and for Cotton, his eighth goal (and fourth as a Giant).

Shots: 10-5 Vancouver

 GAME SUMMARY

Final Score: Vancouver 3 – Spokane 1

Final Shots: 28 – 23 Vancouver

Will Gurski: 22/23 Saves for Vancouver

Manny Panghli: 25/28 Saves for Spokane

Vancouver Power Play: 1/2

Spokane Power Play: 1/4

3 Stars:

  • Fabian Lysell (VAN – 1G, 1A)
  • Ty Thorpe (VAN – 1G, 2A)
  • Graham Sward (SPO – 1G)

Next Giants Game: Wednesday, December 1st in Kelowna against the Rockets

 NOTES:

  • The Vancouver Giants have won three straight road games for the first time since the 2019-20 season. From January 18th, 2020 (at Victoria) through February 15th, 2020 (at Seattle) the Giants won four straight.
  • Thanks to his three-point game, Ty Thorpe (21 points) has now set a new season high for points in a single season. His previous season bset was 18 points (6G, 12A) with Brandon during the 2019-20 season.
  • Will Gurski has now surrendered two goals or less in four of his past five starts.
  • Fabian Lysell has now recorded six points (3G, 3A) in his past six games.
  • The Giants are now 4-1 against teams from the US Division.
  • Justin Sourdif extended his point streak to five games for the Giants. In that span the captain has recorded three goals and four assists for seven points.
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