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Giants Extend Winning Streak to Five After a 6-4 Road Victory Over Victoria

Paige Bednorz

The Vancouver Giants extended their winning streak to five, and goaltender Trent Miner now stands alone in the Giants history books. Wednesday night in Kelowna, the Vancouver Giants (5-1) defeated the Victoria Royals by a 6-4 score. Justin Sourdif and Bryce Bader each had two goals and an assist for Vancouver while Tarun Fizer and Brayden Schuurman each responded with two points for Victoria. Goaltender Trent Miner came into the game early in the second period in relief of Drew Sim and was spotless in 35 minutes and 30 seconds of work to extend his shutout streak to 225 minutes and 48 seconds.

 GIANTS CONTINUE WINNING WAYS

BOX SCORE

 1st Period:

VIC – Royals leading scorer Brayden Tracey opened the scoring for Victoria at 4:53 off a rebound at the side of the Giants goal. Tarun Fizer Brayden Schuurman assisted on the goal.

VAN – Giants captain Alex Kannok Leipert responded with his first goal of the season off a give-and-go rush with Zack Ostapchuk. The time of the goal came at 11:59.

VAN – With 22.4 seconds to go in the first, Bryce Bader moved the Giants ahead when he parked himself in front of the Royals goal and tipped home a Zack Ostapchuk shot from the right-wing boards.

Shots: 14-4 Vancouver

2nd Period:

 VIC – Brandon Cutler tied the game for Victoria off a shot from the left-wing circle at 1:05.

VIC – Brayden Schuurman got Victoria their second lead of the game at 3:19 after he snuck a low shot through Drew Sim in close off a power move from a rush off the left wing.

VIC – One minute and 11 seconds later (4:30), Alex Bolshakov knocked home a Noah Lamb rebound to make it 4-2 Victoria.

 *At 4:30, Trent Miner replaced Drew Sim in the Giants goal.

 VAN – Tristen Nielsen moved Vancouver back within a goal at 5:07 off a one-timer from the high slot. Justin Sourdif had the lone helper.

VAN – Justin Sourdif then followed up with a goal of his own at 7:43. He forced a turnover, skated in alone on Adam Evanoff and snuck his second goal of the season through the goaltender’s legs.

VAN – At 18:45 of the period, Bryce Bader buried his second goal of the game off a two-on-one rush with Adam Hall.

Shots: 13-8 Vancouver

3rd Period:

VAN – The game’s final goal came courtesy of Justin Sourdif on a redirect which came courtesy of a Tanner Brown point shot. Sourdif’s third of the season and second of the night came at 10:42.

Shots: 6 – 4 Vancouver

 GAME SUMMARY

 Final Score: Vancouver 6 – Victoria 4

Final Shots: 33-16 Vancouver

Adam Evanoff: 27/33 saves for Victoria.

Drew Sim: 3/7 saves for Vancouver.

Trent Miner: 9/9 saves for Vancouver.

Vancouver: 0/2 on PP

Victoria: 0/7 on PP

3 Stars:

  • Justin Sourdif (VAN – 2G, 1A)
  • Bryce Bader (VAN – 2G, 1A)
  • Brayden Schuurman (VIC – 1G, 1A)

Next Giants Game: Saturday at 7:00 PM at home against Prince George.

 QUOTES:

“For as much as it is a personal record, I view it as a team record. We’re giving up minimal opportunities every game. Guys are selling out, blocking shots and giving Drew and I the best chance to win games.” – Giants goaltender Trent Miner.

 “Coming from Jr. A was a big step. I was playing a little bit passive at the start but I’m more comfortable now and I’m starting to find the back of the net.” – Giants forward Bryce Bader.

 NOTES:

  • Trent Miner’s shutout streak of 225:48 is the longest shutout streak this season in the Western Hockey League and also the longest shutout streak in the history of the Vancouver Giants. The previous mark was held by Ryan Kubic whose shutout streak lasted 207 minutes in 2015.
  • Chris Worthy (Flin Flon Bombers) holds the WHL shutout record which spanned 265 minutes and 13 seconds which he set from December 29, 1967 to January 13, 1968.
  • Wednesday’s two-point effort marked the first multi-point game of Zack Ostapchuk’s WHL career.
  • Bryce Bader’s three-point game (2G, 1A) marks the first multi-point game of his WHL career.
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