As far as debuts go, Giants rookie forward Cole Shepard won’t forget his anytime soon. The rookie forward recorded his first career WHL goal and a shootout marker in a nine-round 4-3 shootout victory for the Vancouver Giants (7-6-0-0) over the Swift Current Broncos (2-6-1-2). Bowen Byram chimed in with a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Ben King responded with a goal and an assist for the Broncos.
GIANTS EARN A SHOOTOUT WIN IN THEIR RETURN TO HOME ICE
SC – Ben King got the Broncos on the board first at 16:06 when he snuck a shot past Trent Miner from the right-wing boards off a failed clear. His fourth of the season came unassisted.
VAN – Bowen Byram got the Giants back even 1:18 into the middle period off a shot through traffic. Dylan Plouffe and Milos Roman earned assists.
VAN – Cole Shepard gave the G-Men a 2-1 lead off a two-on-one rush. Shepard wired his first career WHL goal past the glove of Reece Klassen from the left-wing circle. Bowen Byram and Milos Roman assisted on the marker.
SC – With 12 seconds left in the period, Kasper Puutio knocked home a Joona Kiviniemi rebound home for his first career WHL goal.
Shots: 14 – 9 Vancouver
VAN – Tristen Nielsen restored the Giants lead at 4:53 when he split through the Bronco defence and roofed his seventh of the season from in close. Lukas Svejkovsky had the lone assist.
SC – The Broncos wouldn’t go away. Ethan Regnier tied it at the eight-minute mark off a shot from the high slot through a screen. Hayden Ostir and Hendrik De Klerk assisted.
Shots: 15-7 Vancouver
VAN – Lukas Svejkovsky – GOAL
SC – Ethan Regnier – GOAL
VAN – Bowen Byram – MISS
SC – Ben King – MISS
VAN – Cole Shepard – GOAL
SC – Connor Horning – GOAL
VAN – Tristen Nielsen – MISS
SC – Joona Kiviniemi – MISS
VAN – Dylan Plouffe – MISS
SC – Carter Chorney – MISS
VAN – Milos Roman – MISS
SC – Brecon Wood – MISS
VAN – Jackson Shepard – MISS
SC – Matthew Culling – MISS
VAN – John Little – MISS
SC – Kasper Puutio – MISS
VAN – Sergei Alkhimov – GOAL
SC – Hayden Ostir – MISS
Final Score: Vancouver 4 – Swift Current 3 (Shootout)
Shots: 39 – 26 Vancouver
Trent Miner: 23/26 saves (2-4)
Reece Klassen: 36/29 saves (0-2-0-1)
Vancouver: 0/2 on Power Play
Swift Current: 0/3 on Power Play
- Bowen Byram (VAN – 1G, 1A)
- Cole Shepard (VAN – 1G, 1SOG)
- Reece Klassen (SC – 36 Saves)
Next Giants Game: Tomorrow night at 4:00 PM against the Victoria Royals at home.
- Saturday’s game marked the first time in 2019-20 that the Giants went to overtime and a shootout.
- The Giants improved their home record to 2-1 on the season.
- With two points Saturday, Bowen Byram is now tied with Calgary Hitmen defenceman Egor Zamula for the league lead in scoring among defencemen (12 points).
- Cole Shepard’s WHL debut included one goal, one shootout goal, two shots and two penalty minutes.