Friday night in Kamloops, the Vancouver Giants (11-9) earned a 6-2 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets (8-4-1-0). Tristen Nielsen (2G, 2A), Justin Sourdif (2G, 1A) and Eric Florchuk (2A) combined for nine points, and Trent Miner stopped 19 shots in the victory. Kaedan Korczak and Steel Quiring responded with the goals for Kelowna. The Giants power play went a perfect three-for-three and their penalty killing efforts landed them two shorthanded goals.
GIANTS SPECIAL TEAMS NETS THEM FIVE GOALS
VAN – 1:52 into the game, Tristen Nielsen scored off a shorthanded two-on-one rush. Nielsen’s team-leading 14th of the season was set up by Eric Florchuk, and came off the first shot of the game for the Giants.
Shots: 8-6 Kelowna
VAN – Tanner Brown extended the Vancouver lead to 2-0 at 5:13. His shot from the left-wing circle made its way up and over the right shoulder of Roman Basran. Zack Ostapchuk earned an assist that came off a Rockets turnover.
KEL – Back came the Rockets at 6:34. Steel Quiring knocked home his own rebound off a scramble in front of the Giants net for his second of the season. Elias Carmichael and Dylan Wightman both assisted.
VAN – A five-on-three power play goal moved the Giants back ahead by two goals. It came courtesy of Tristen Nielsen off a shot from the slot. Alex Kannok Leipert and Justin Sourdif both earned power play assists.
VAN – 34 seconds later on a five-on-four power play, the Giants struck again. It was Justin Sourdif converting off a tic-tac-toe passing sequence that also involved Tristen Nielsen and Zack Ostapchuk.
VAN – The final goal of the period came shorthanded off the stick of Justin Sourdif. Sourdif’s initial attempt off the rush was stopped by Roman Basran, but the rebound bounced off of traffic in front of the Kelowna net and in. That spelled the end of Roman Basran’s night who was pulled in favour of goaltender Cole Schwebius.
Shots: 17-5 Vancouver
VAN – The Giants power play continued to click in the third period. Adam Hall took a feed from Eric Florchuk and wired home his seventh of the season. Tristen Nielsen also assisted on the third power play goal of the night for the Giants.
KEL – The final goal of the game came courtesy of Kaedan Korczak on a Kelowna power play. His third of the season came off a wicked shot from the high slot. Tyson Feist and Alex Swetlikoff both earned the assists.
Shots: 12-8 Vancouver
Final Score: Vancouver 6 – Kelowna 2
Final Shots: 35-21 Vancouver
Trent Miner: 19/21 saves for Vancouver
Roman Basran: 16/21 saves for Kelowna
Cole Schwebius: 13/14 savse for Kelowna
Vancouver Power Play: 3/3
Kelowna Power Play: 1/4
- Tristen Nielsen (VAN – 2G, 2A)
- Justin Sourdif (VAN – 2G, 1A)
- Eric Florchuk (VAN – 2A)
Next Giants Game: Tomorrow night the Giants return to action with a home game against the Kamloops Blazers. The puck drops at 7:00 PM.
- Tristen Nielsen’s 15 goals are tops among all B.C. Division skaters.
- In four meetings with Kelowna this season, Tristen Nielsen (5G, 5A) and Justin Sourdif (4G, 7A) combined for 21 points.
- The Giants now have five shorthanded goals for the season, and produced multiple shorthanded goals in a game for the first time this season.
- The Giants finish the season with a 2-2 record against Kelowna.
- The Giants scored three power play goals in a game for the second time this season. The other game was April 21st against the Victoria Royals.