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Vancouver Giants Knock Off Broncos 4-3 In A Nine-Round Shootout

Rik Fedyck

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

BOX SCORE

 1st Period:

 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.

Shots: 9-9

2nd Period:

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

3rd Period:

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

 Overtime:

No Scoring

Shots: 1-1

 Shootout:

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

3 Stars:

  1. Bowen Byram (VAN – 1G, 1A)
  2. Cole Shepard (VAN – 1G, 1SOG)
  3. Reece Klassen (SC – 36 Saves)

Next Giants Game: Tomorrow night at 4:00 PM against the Victoria Royals at home.

 NOTES:

  • 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.

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