Sunday night in Kamloops the Vancouver Giants (10-8) dropped a 5-2 decision to the Prince George Cougars (7-7-2-1). Koehn Ziemmer struck twice in the first period for the Cougars, while Ethan Samson and Carter MacAdams each added two assists. Tristen Nielsen had both goals in response for the Giants. Trent Miner and Drew Sim combined for 11 saves on 16 shots faced in the Giants net while Cougars starter Taylor Gauthier made 29 saves on 31 shots faced. Both teams finished the night zero-for-four on the power play.
GIANTS DROP TO 2-3 AGAINST PRINCE GEORGE
PG – Just one minute and 56 seconds into the game, Koehn Ziemmer opened the scoring for the Prince George Cougars on a backhand shot off his own rebound. Ziemmer’s fifth goal was set up by Ethan Samson and Keaton Dowhaniuk.
PG – Craig Armstrong extended the Cougars lead at 4:11. He converted off the rush courtesy of a Tyson Upper cross-ice feed. Ethan Browne earned the second assist on Armstrong’s team-leading seventh goal of the season.
PG – Koehn Ziemmer notched his second of the period off a shot from the slot that snuck through a screen. Ethan Sampson and Carter MacAdams drew the helpers on Ziemmer’s sixth.
VAN – Back came the Giants at 8:10 when Tristen Nielsen finished off an Eric Florchuk feed that came from behind the Cougar goal. Nielsen’s team-leading 12th goal came from the left-wing circle. Tanner Brown drew the second assist.
Shots: 10-8 Vancouver
PG – 44 seconds into the second period, Tyson Upper pounced on a Giants defensive zone turnover and wired home a shot from the left-wing circle to make it a 4-1 game. Upper’s fourth of the season came unassisted.
*Trent Miner was removed from the Vancouver net in favour of Drew Sim at 0:44 of the second period.
PG – Blake Eastman made it 5-1 Prince George off a shot from the right-wing off the rush. Eastman’s goal came at 14:37 and was set up by Carter MacAdams.
Shots: 11-5 Vancouver
VAN – The final goal of the game for the Giants came at 7:48, and once again it was Tristen Nielsen. This time, Nielsen one-timed a Justin Sourdif pass that came from behind the net. Jacob Gendron also earned an assist on Tristen Nielsen’s 13th goal of the campaign.
Final Score: Prince George 5 – Vancouver 2
Final Shots: 31 – 16 Vancouver
Trent Miner: 4/9 saves for Vancouver
Drew Sim: 6/7 saves for Vancouver
Taylor Gauthier: 29/31 saves for Prince George
Vancouver Power Play: 0/4
Prince George Power Play: 0/4
- Koehn Ziemmer (PG – 2G)
- Taylor Gauthier (PG – 29 Saves)
- Tristen Nielsen (VAN – 2G)
Next Giants Game: The Giants return to action Wednesday night for a rematch with the Cougars at 7:00 PM from Kamloops.
- Tristen Nielsen notched his team-leading 12th and 13th goals of the season for the Giants. He now has three goals and one assist in five games against Prince George. With his first period goal, he snapped a seven-game goal-less drought.
- With two goals, Tristen Nielsen now has three multi-goal games and eight multi-point games for the season.
- Sunday’s loss marked just the third “home” loss of the season for the Giants during the 2020-21 season.
- It also marked just the second loss of the season when the Giants did not surrender a power play goal against.
- For the eighth time in a span of 18 games, the Giants held their opponent to 20-or-fewer shots on goal.
- The Giants are now 2-3 on the season against Prince George.