Giants Mount Comeback but Come Up 1 Short in Kelowna
For Immediate Release: March 25, 2023
Photo by: Steve Dunsmoor
Kelowna, BC– The Giants ended their regular season schedule with a close game, but came out on the wrong side of a 5-4 score Saturday night in Kelowna. The Rockets jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Vancouver was able to bring the game back within 1 goal twice, but were unable to draw even or take a lead.
KEL: Gabriel Szturc opened the scoring with a one-timer from the slot 7:58 into the game.
KEL: Carson Golder made it 2-0 with a power play goal when he grabbed a rebound in a net front scrum 2:28 into the middle frame.
KEL: Max Graham scored a shorthanded goal 4:44 later to stretch the Rockets lead to 3-0.
KEL: Szturc netted his second of the game on a rush chance to make it 4-0 with 6:49 left in the second.
VAN: Julian Cull got the Giants on the board before the end of the period with a seeing-eye shot from the top of the right circle, there was 0:51 left in the period.
VAN: Skyler Bruce cut the lead to 4-2 with a shoreside shot with 6:01 left in regulation.
VAN: Ty Halaburda deflected a point shot in just 0:26 later to make it a one goal game.
KEL: Turner McMillen tipped home a goal of his own on the power play with 1:37 to go.
VAN: With the goaltender pulled, Colton Roberts scored on a wraparound to make it a 5-4 game with 0:40 remaining but that would conclude the scoring for the night.
Final Score: Vancouver 4 – Kelowna 5
Matthew Hutchison: 26/31 saves for Vancouver
Jari Kykkanen: 18/22 saves for Kelowna
Vancouver Power Play: 0/4
Kelowna Power Play: 2/4