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Giants Snag A Single Point In A 4-3 OT Loss to Prince George

Brett Cullen

The Vancouver Giants (32-24-4-2) remain in second place in the B.C. Division thanks to a valiant comeback effort from a three-goal deficit. Saturday night at CN Centre in Prince George, the Vancouver Giants erased a 3-0 gap in what ended up as a 4-3 overtime loss to the hometown Cougars. Cole Moberg’s goal at 1:50 of overtime lifted the Cougars to their 20th win of the season. Bowen Byram scored twice for Vancouver in response, including a goal with 1:25 left in the third period to help the G-Men secure a point. Between the pipes Drew Sim stopped 26 of the 30 Prince George shots he faced in his first career WHL start.

GIANTS SIT SECOND IN THE DIVISION WITH SIX GAMES REMAINING 

BOX SCORE

 1st Period:

 PG – 6:33 into the game, Josh Maser (29) fired home his fourth goal of the weekend off a faceoff victory to move Prince George up 1-0.

PG – Filip Koffer (9) extended the Cougar lead to 2-0 off a two-on-one rush with Ethan Browne.

Shots: 18-11 Prince George

2nd Period:

PG – 4:24 into the second, Jack Sander spun around at the top of the left-wing circle and placed a high shot over the left shoulder of Drew Sim to make the score 3-0 Prince George.

VAN – Justin Sourdif put Vancouver on the board at 12:55 on a power play. Sourdif’s 26th of the season was also his 100th career WHL point, and was set up by Eric Florchuk and Milos Roman.

VAN – Bowen Byram (13) moved the G-Men back within a goal with three seconds left in the second period, when his backhand shot from the right wing snuck past Taylor Gauthier. Tristen Nielsen and Drew Sim both assisted.

Shots: 12-7 Vancouver

3rd Period:

VAN – With time winding down in the game, Bowen Byram (14) pulled Vancouver back even at 18:25. The Giants net was empty, and Byram received a pass inside Cougar territory and skated to right-wing circle. From there he ripped a shot past Gauthier to help the Giants secure the single point. Tristen Nielsen and Milos Roman both assisted on the play.

Shots: 19-4 Vancouver

Overtime:

PG – Chicago Blackhawks prospect Cole Moberg (13) raced down the left-wing, took a pass from Vladislav Mikhalchuk, and cut in front of the Giants net before snapping home the game-winner.

Shots: 1-1

Final Score: Prince George 4 – Vancouver 3 (OT)

Final Shots: 43-30 Vancouver

Drew Sim: 26/30 saves for Vancouver (0-0-1-0)

Taylor Gauthier: 40/43 saves for Prince George (16-26-3-4)

Vancouver Power Play: 1/3

Prince George Power Play: 0/1

3 Stars:

  • Josh Maser (PG)
  • Ryan Schoettler (PG)
  • Vladislav Mikhalchuk (PG)

Next Giants Game: A home tilt on Friday night against the Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:30 PM.

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 NOTES:

  • The single point gained on Saturday helped keep the Giants in second place in the B.C. Division. The Giants and Victoria Royals both have 70 points, but the Giants have one more victory, which keeps them in second. Both teams have six games remaining.
  • Vancouver’s overtime record now sits at 3-4 this season. Two of those four overtime losses have come against Prince George.
  • Bowen Byram’s 14 goals ranks him tied for fifth in goal-scoring amongst defencemen.
  • In two appearances this week, goaltender Drew Sim stopped 45 of 50 shots fired his way, and recorded a save percentage of .900.
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