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Giants Return To the Win Column With a 2-0 Shutout Victory Over Kelowna

Rob Wilton

Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre, the Vancouver Giants (3-2) returned to the win column thanks to a 2-0 shutout victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets (2-2). Justin Lies and Ty Thorpe supplied the goals for the G-Men while Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jesper Vikman made 23 saves to earn his league-leading second shutout of the young season. Colby Knight stopped 27 of the 29 shots fired his way in the Kelowna net.

 GIANTS IMPROVE TO 3-2 AFTER THE SHUTOUT VICTORY

BOX SCORE

1st Period

No Scoring

 Shots: 10-7 Kelowna

2nd Period

 VAN – At 8:26, Justin Lies opened the scoring off a shot from the high slot with the teams skating four-on-four. Lies’ second of the season was unassisted.

Shots: 11-8 Vancouver

3rd Period

 Mid-way through the final frame, Ty Thorpe provided the Giants with some insurance when he pounced on a loose puck and snapped show past Colby Knight. Thorpe’s third goal of the season was set up by both Payton Mount and Adam Hall.

Shots: 11-5 Vancouver

 GAME SUMMARY

 Final Score: Vancouver 2 – Kelowna 0

Final Shots: 29-23 Vancouver

Jesper Vikman: 23/23 saves for Vancouver

Colby Knight: 27/29 saves for Kelowna

Vancouver Power Play: 0/5

Kelowna Power Play: 0/3

3 Stars:

  • Jesper Vikman (VAN) – 23 Saves, Shutout
  • Ty Thorpe (VAN) – 1G, +1
  • Justin Lies (VAN) – 1G, GWG

Next Giants Game: Friday, October 29th at home against Kelowna.

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 NOTES

  • Two of Jesper Vikman’s first three wins in the WHL have come via the shutout. He’s the only WHL goaltender so far this season to record two shutouts.
  • Ty Thorpe has now scored in back-to-back games and has recorded points in four of his team’s first five games on the season.
  • Cade McNelly returned to the Giants lineup tonight after missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension that carried over from the 2021 Hub season with Seattle. McNelly finished the night with three shots on goal, and two penalty minutes.

QUOTES

“We talked about rhythm over rest. Kelowna has been waiting for us for over a week and there is nothing like playing games. We can teach just through playing games from one game to the next.” – Michael Dyck

“I just walked out to the slot and tried to get it on net and got lucky and it actually went in.” – Justin Lies on the game winning goal.

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