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Giants Fall 1-0 In Their 2020 Opener Against Victoria

Rik Fedyck

Wednesday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre the Vancouver Giants (17-16-1-1) dropped a 1-0 decision to the Victoria Royals (20-12-2-0). Phillip Schultz’s goal early in the third period served as the only offense needed for Victoria who received 29 saves from goaltender Shane Farkas. The Giants got 27 saves in response from David Tendeck. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Giants and pushes them six points back of Victoria for second and five points back of Kelowna for third place in the B.C. Division.

GIANTS START 2020 WITH A ONE-GOAL LOSS

BOX SCORE

 1st Period:

 No Scoring

Shots: 10 – 10

2nd Period:

No Scoring

Shots: 8-7 Vancouver

3rd Period:

VIC – Royals captain Phillip Schultz potted the game’s lone goal at 2:58 of the final period. Tarun Fizer’s pass from the left-wing deflected off a Giants defender’s stick to Schultz who was parked close to the net. He then tucked home his sixth of the season giving Victoria enough offense to secure the victory.

Shots: 11 – 11

Final Score: Victoria 1 – Vancouver 0

Final Shots: 29-28 Vancouver

David Tendeck: 27/28 saves for Vancouver (10-9)

Shane Farkas: 29/29 saves for Victoria (14-7-1-0)

Vancouver Power Play: 0/1

Victoria Power Play: 0/3

3 Stars:

  • Shane Farkas (VIC – 29 Saves, Shutout)
  • David Tendeck (VAN – 27 Saves)
  • Seth Bafaro (VAN – 3 Shots)

Next Giants Game: Friday night in Kamloops against the Blazers at 7:00 PM.

 QUOTES:

“I didn’t think we were sharp, especially in the third when we needed to make a push. At the end of the day I thought we beat ourselves in the third period.” – Head coach Michael Dyck on his takeaways from the game.

“We’ve got a couple of big division games coming up. We’re going to get back to work tomorrow at practice and we’re looking forward to the challenge.” – Michael Dyck on the upcoming trip to Kamloops and Kelowna.

NOTES:

  • The Giants record against Victoria this season now sits at 1-3.
  • Against the B.C. Division the Giants are now 7-6-1-0.
  • Forward Tyler Preziuso appeared in his 300th career WHL game Wednesday against Victoria.
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