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Giants Season Comes To An End
By Brendan Batchelor, Vancouvergiants.com - The Vancouver Giants saw their season come to an end in Game 6 of the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Final, falling 5-2 to the Tri-City Americans. The Americans now advance to the WHL Final to face the Calgary Hitmen.
“It ended very quickly,” said Giants Head Coach Don Hay. “I don’t think anybody feels we were ready to stop playing.
“A lot of people didn’t pick us to be where we were today. We battled and competed hard and we should be very proud of ourselves.”
The story of the night for Vancouver was their inability to get the job done when it came to special teams. While both Vancouver goals were scored on the power play, the Giants were unable to capitalize on seven other opportunities with the man advantage. The penalty kill also conceded three goals in Game 6 and was an issue for the Giants all post season long.
"Our inability to kill penalties hurt us all playoffs,” said Hay. “We just looked tentative, and when you get tentative bad things happen to you. I thought we were aggressive all year long on the penalty kill, but we lost that aggressiveness.”
The Giants opened the scoring in Game 6 on the power play early in the first when Milan Kytnar tipped a Kevin Connauton point shot past Drew Owsley to give the Giants the early lead. But the Americans answered back less than a minute later with the man advantage when Johnny Lazo knocked home a rebound to even the score. Tri-City would take its first lead of the hockey game at 12:49 of the first with Lance Bouma off for slashing. Justin Feser buried one past Mark Segal from the slot after receiving a pass from behind the net.
The Americans maintained the lead until midway through the second when Craig Cunningham scored his first goal of the series by picking up his own rebound and putting it past Owsley to tie the game. The score remained that way until very early in the third. Tri-City took the lead just 26 seconds into the final frame after Segal thought he had a puck covered, but Patrick Holland dug it out and shovelled it into the net. Kruise Reddick added to the advantage at 3:06 when he scored to give the Americans the two goal lead. Sergei Drozd added salt to the Giants’ collective wounds with 6:01 remaining when he tapped home a gift from Mike Brown to give the Americans the three goal lead – one they wouldn’t relinquish.
Drew Owsley was named the MVP of the series, and he was excellent once again in Game 6, stopping 30 of the 32 shots the Giants threw at him.
The loss in Game 6 meant the end of junior hockey for at least three members of the Giants. Brett Breitkreuz, Nolan Toigo and Milan Kytnar, all over-agers, will not be back with the G-Men next season. The Vancouver Giants would like to thank them for their continued effort and commitment and wish them well in their future endeavours.
The Giants would also like to thank all of the fans for your support throughout the regular season and the playoff run. We’ll see you next season!
Craig Cunningham scores to tie the game at two in the Play of the Game.
Morley and Brook talk to head coach Don Hay following the game.
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