Giants Find Twine Early
Giants Pound Royals
Vancouver 4 Victoria 2
I wasn’t able to listen to or see this one, so more box score interpretations. The Giants really do play better with the lead. I guess most teams do as well, but it’s more about confidence and getting on a roll for the Giants as opposed to some other squads who use their lead to shut down the other team. Get a lead or keep it close in Everett and you have a chance. Cough up a couple of early ones and you are bored to death for the rest of the game. On Saturday the Royals opened with three unanswered goals and in this one it was the Giants who notched three before the home team responded. All three of those Giants goals came even-strength in the first period. Victoria used PP in the second to break Ryan Kubic’s shutout bid. The Giants responded in the third before coughing up a late period goal on another Royals PP. The Gs shut the door the rest of the way, got the win and go up 2-1 in the 4 game mini-series.
Alec Baer opened the scoring for the visitors just 35 seconds into the game, assisted by Chase Lang and Trevor Cox. Baer added another one just past the 5-minute mark, off of Tyler Benson and Lang. Ben Thomas tallied his third of the season at 17:02 of the opening frame. Carter Popoff and Matt Barberis got the helpers on the play. Victoria got the only goal of the second. The Giants added some insurance late in the third when Jack Flaman scored his first goal as a Giant. Flaman was assisted by Dylan Plouffe and Josh Thrower. Victoria scored a late PP marker to draw it closer, but could not climb back all the way.
Fight Night: Dmitry Osipov v. Alex Forsberg. Forsberg got the instigator as the two tangled late in the final minute of play.
The Giants out-shot the Royals 34-31. The Gs were 0 for 4 on the PP, while the Royals went 2 for 3 with their man-advantage opportunities. The two teams have a breather before taking on one another back at the Coliseum on Wednesday. Puck drops at the Rink on Renfrew at 7:00pm PST.
- Ryan Kubic
- Alec Baer
- Jack Walker