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|N. W. Bruin (Login NW_Bruin_GM)|
GAME THREE on
Tuesday 7PM - Spokane WA
AM 650 and SHAW TV
SPOKANE WA - The Giants will look to put the stranglehold on the Chiefs as the two teams head into game three of the series. The Giants have outscored the Chiefs 7-2 so far and the Giants have yet to allow a goal in even strength situations. Both Spokane goals have been on the power play.
The playoff battle in goal has so far been on the Giants side, with Tyson Sexsmith stopping 36 of 38 shots and picking up both victories. Dustin Tokarski has been admirable in defeat, as he has faced a barrage of shots over the two losses. Tokarski has faced 38 shots in each game, 76 in total, but has allowed 6 goals. Sexsmith so far has a 1.00 GAA and a .947 save percentage in the series, while Tokarski is 0-2 with a 3.02 GAA. His save percentage is still an impressive .917.
The Giants made it four in a row against the defending champs on Saturday night, scoring the first four goals en route to a 4-1 win and a 2-0 series lead. The Giants top players stood out in Game Two. Giants Captain Jon Blum scored twice while Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Craig Cunningham notched singles. Evander Kane had two assists and once again Tyson Sexsmith was solid in goal, stopping 18 shots to post his sixth consecutive post season victory.
The Vancouver Giants opened up their ‘Battle of the Champions’ series versus the Spokane Chiefs with an exciting 3-1 victory at the Pacific Coliseum in front of 8920 fans.
Mike Piluso, Garry Nunn and Craig Cunningham scored the goals for the G-Men, while Tyson Sexsmith looked his best so far in these playoffs, turning aside 18 of 19 shots for the victory. Dustin Tokarski was also sharp for the Chiefs, as he was able to stop 36 of 38 shots fired his way. Mitch Wahl would be the only player to beat Sexsmith on the evening, banking in a shot off a Vancouver defender early in the third period.
Piluso would open things up late in the first period as every Giants player on the ice touched the puck. Brent Regner fed a lead pass to James Wright, who burst into the top of the Chiefs zone before dishing the puck off to Nick Ross. Ross would quickly slide the puck down to Lance Bouma, who was driving down the left side boards. Bouma would drive wide on the defender, then throw a perfect feed across the Spokane crease and onto the tape of Mike Piluso. Piluso would tip home his 2nd of the post season and the Giants had the lead 1-0 after one.
After a physical, yet scoreless second period, the Chiefs would tie the game early in the third as Wahl’s cross crease pass would tip in off a Giants defender and past Sexsmith. Wahl and Spokane are tied up 1-1, early in the third and had taken back the momentum for the moment. Vancouver’s pressure would draw a power play for the home side and Jon Blum was able to squeeze off a second chance shot towards the Chiefs goal. Garry Nunn would tip the shot on his backhand up and over the Chiefs Tokarski for the game winner. Cunningham would add a empty netter in the last minute and the Giants will draw first blood in the series.
Vancouver takes a 2-0 series lead and now heads to Spokane for Games 3 and 4 in Eastern Washington this Tuesday and Wednesday. You can catch all the WHITE SPOT GIANTS HOCKEY ACTION ON AM 650. The TERASEN GAS pregame show will start at 6:30 pm, while the Giants and Chiefs will drop the puck at 7 pm. Dave Sheldon and Fred Rannard will have the call of all the action from the Spokane Veteran's Memorial Coliseum.
- Vancouver Province article (Giants checkers find scoring touch, too) - N. W. Bruin on Apr 7, 7:21 AM