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Giants Win 3rd Straight
October 8, 2010
The Vancouver Giants won their third straight game defeating the Kelowna Rockets 4-1 at the Pacific Coliseum to improve to 4-3-0-0 on the season. Special teams was the story of this game as Vancouver went 3-for-6 with the man advantage, while killing off all 9 Kelowna power plays.
Vancouver opened the scoring 6:31 into the game as Marek Tvrdon potted his 5th of the season. Kelowna would respond just over 4 minutes later as Colton Sissons got his first of the year to make it a 1-1 game. However before the period was out Matt MacKay would score on the power play to give the Giants a 2-1 after one period.
Vancouver added to their lead in the second, Brendan Gallagher picked up his team leading 6th goal of the year on the power play. The Giants led 3-1 through 40 minutes.
In the third Randy McNaught scored his first goal in a Giants uniform; a power play marker with just 1:16 remaining to play in the game. Vancouver wins their third straight, 4-1 was the final.
Giants goaltender Mark Segal earned first start honours thanks to 30 saves on the night. Next up for Vancouver is another B.C. division battle as the Kamloops Blazers pay a visit tomorrow night. Game time is 7:00pm, pregame show starts at 6:30 on AM 650.
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|October 9 2010, 12:24 PM |
Special units prove their worth in Giant victory
By Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun
October 9, 2010
A sleeping Vancouver Giant power play awoke Friday and, joined by some superb penalty killing, it made for a special (teams) night at Pacific Coliseum.
The Giants scored three times with the man advantage en route to a 4-1 WHL victory over the Kelowna Rockets. The power-play production was in stark contrast to last weekend's 0-for-8 doughnut in Prince George.
Coach Don Hay's penalty-killing unit also did its thing and kept Kelowna goalless in nine opportunities, including a lengthy 5-on-3 early in the second period, when the game could have turned in the Rockets' favour.
Vancouver led 2-1 at that juncture and then made it 3-1 when Brendan Gallagher squeezed a bad-angle goal through Rockets netminder Adam Brown during a Giant power play with 3:57 left in the period.
The victory was the Giants' third straight and improved their seasonal mark to 4-3-0-0. Better still, they improved their B.C. Division record to a perfect 4-0-0-0. Winless Kelowna fell to 0-4-0-0. Giants netminder Mark Segal made 30 saves for his fourth win in five starts.
"Our special teams were really good tonight," noted Hay, whose power play finished 3-for-6. "Killing that 5-on-3 was a huge part of the game but I thought we played solid for 60 minutes. We blocked a lot of shots, we won faceoffs and our goalie was really good."
Vancouver killed off two Kelowna power plays in the first period, four in the second and three more in the third. In their last three games, the Giants have faced 24 opposition power plays and allowed just two goals.
"You're definitely playing with fire when you take that many penalties," Segal said. "Our defensive zone faceoffs on the penalty kill were really good tonight and the guys were sacrificing their bodies to block shots. I managed to see a lot of the shots on the 5-on-3 and I got lucky on a couple when pucks were rolling through the crease and our guys were able to clear them."
The Giants carried a 2-1 lead into the second period on goals by Marek Tvrdon, on a backhander, and Matt MacKay, on a back-door power-play rebound, while Colton Sissons replied for Kelowna, jamming one past Segal on the short side.
Segal redeemed himself early in the second period, making 10 saves in the first five minutes when the Giants faced the 5-on-3 against. Randy McNaught added Vancouver's final goal, on the power play, with 1:16 remaining.
Gallagher extend his points streak to seven games with his goal and assist. He now has 13 points on the season. Attendance was announced at 5,880.
The Giants are back in action tonight at the Coliseum with the Kamloops Blazers forming the opposition.
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Van Province art (Penalty kill powers Vancouver Giants to victory over Kelowna Rockets)No score for this post
|October 9 2010, 12:55 PM |
Penalty kill powers Vancouver Giants to victory over Kelowna Rockets
By Steve Ewen, The Province
October 8, 2010
Vancouver Giants James Henry skates away from Kelowna Rockets Mitchell Callahan in WHL action friday, October 8, 2010, at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C.
Photograph by: Steve Bosch, PNG
The penalty kill powered the Vancouver Giants to victory Friday night.
The man advantage unit wasn't too shabby, either.
The Kelowna Rockets were 0-for-9 with the extra skater while the Giants' power play was 3-for-6 in a 4-1 Vancouver win before a crowd of 5,880 at the Pacific Coliseum.
Marek Tvrdon, Matt MacKay, Brendan Gallagher and Randy McNaught scored for Vancouver (4-3-0-0). Mark Segal made 30 saves for the Giants.
Colton Sissons had a goal for Kelowna (0-4-0-0). Adam Brown turned away 31 shots in the Rockets' cage.
Kelowna was bolstered by the return of its two best players, defenceman Tyson Barrie (hamstring) and forward Shane McColgan (tonsillitis).It was McColgan's first game all season; Barrie had played sparingly in one contest.
McNaught shoveled home his first of the season on a power play at 18:44 of the third period for some added insurance for the Giants.
The Rockets had a glorious chance to take over the scoreboard early in the second period, with a 1:11 two-man power play. They were thwarted several times by Segal, and Vancouver would take a 3-1 lead at 16:03 of the stanza when Gallagher beat Brown from in close on a power play for his sixth of the season.
MacKay bagged his third on a power play at 12:01 of the first, jumping in from the point to find a loose puck at the crease and make it 2-1 Vancouver.
Sissons, with his first of the campaign, tied the score at 1-1 when he snuck one past Segal short side at 10:33.
Tvrdon tucked a low shot under Brown in a scramble at 6:31 of the first to open the scoring. It was his fifth.
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