Nielsen’s OT Winner Lifts the Giants to a Comeback Win in Spokane

Derek Guscott

The Vancouver Giants have now won back-to-back games in overtime. Friday night in Spokane, WA the Vancouver Giants (13-10-1-1) earned a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Spokane Chiefs (12-9-3-0). Tristen Nielsen scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season on a breakaway at 3:41 of overtime completing the comeback for the Giants who trailed 2-0 after two periods. Justin Sourdif (11) and Milos Roman (12) scored for the Giants in regulation while Seth Bafaro added two assists on the night. Adam Beckman and Erik Atchison responded with goals for Spokane. David Tendeck stopped 20 of 22 for Vancouver while Lukas Parik made 33 saves for Spokane.



 1st Period:

 SPO – At 10:55 of the opening period Adam Beckman (12) one-timed home a feed from Eli Zummack to put the Chiefs up 1-0.

SPO – Erik Atchison extended the Chiefs lead to 2-0 at 14:34 when he re-directed home a point-shot from Bobby Russell home for his fourth goal of the season.

Shots: 11-9 Spokane

2nd Period:

No Scoring

Shots: 9-5 Vancouver

3rd Period:

VAN – Justin Sourdif got the comeback attempt started for the Giants at 3:47 when he picked off a pass at the Chiefs blueline, raced in alone and wired a low shot home for his 11th of the season.

VAN – Milos Roman tied the score at 2-2 at the 9:54 mark when he tipped home a pass from Seth Bafaro in close on Parik. For Roman it was his 12th of the season. Tristen Nielsen earned the second assist.

Shots: 14-6 Vancouver


VAN – Tristen Nielsen ended the game at 3:41 on a backhand deke on a breakaway. Seth Bafaro started the play by intercepting a cross-crease pass in front of the Giants net before springing Nielsen down the left-wing side.

Shots: 4-0 Vancouver

Final Score: Vancouver 3 – Spokane 2 (Overtime)

Final Shots: 36 – 22 Vancouver

David Tendeck: 20/22 saves for Vancouver

Lukas Parik: 33/36 saves for Spokane

Vancouver Power Play: 0/2

Spokane Power Play: 0/0

3 Stars:

  • Justin Sourdif (VAN – 1G, 6 Shots)
  • Adam Beckman (SPO – 1G, 1A)
  • Tristen Nielsen (VAN – 1G, 1A)

Next Giants Game: Tomorrow night in Tri-City against the Americans at 7:05 PM.


  • The Giants improved their road record to 7-6-0-1 with the win.
  • In overtime the Giants are now 2-1 for the season.
  • Tristen Nielsen now has four goals and four assists for eight points in his past five games.
  • Friday’s victory marked the first time this season that the Giants have won a game when trailing going into the third period.
  • Tristen Nielsen (7) and Justin Sourdif (6) combined for 13 shots on goal.
  • Friday marked the Giants debut for defenceman Connor Horning and forward Michal Kvasnica.
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