Kamloops (Josh Olund BCIT Radio A&E)- The Vancouver Giants headed into Saturday’s contest on a four-game losing streak. And in their matchup against the Victoria Royals, the Giants were able to come out on top in a nail-biting 5-4shootout victory to end their losing streak.
In the first period, the Giants wouldn’t be the first ones to score. It was the Royals who opened the scoring in the opening frame off a goal from Carter Dereniwsky at 1:46 to give the Royals a1-0 lead early in the game.A little over five minutes later, the Giants would get their first one on the board from Connor Horning’s first goal of the season at 7:01 to tie the game at 1-1.As the period progressed, the Giants would score again,this time on the powerplay from Adam Hill at the 15-minute mark of the first period to give the Giants a 2-1 lead heading into the intermission.
In the second period, the goals kept coming and coming.Just like the first period, the Royals would be the first ones to score to make it a 2-2game on the powerplay from Keanu Derungs at2:29. And just 21 seconds later, the Royals would add another one on the same powerplay to make it a 3-2 Royals lead, this time from Brandon Cutler at the three-minute mark.But the Giants would not back down as they would tie the game once again at 4:29 with a goal from Alex Kannok Leipert at 4:29 to make it 3-3. Then,just 32 seconds later, the Giants would take the lead off a Kaden Kohle goal at 5:02 to make it 4-3 Giants.Not long after though, the Royals would add another in the second period to tie the game up again off a goal from Tarun Fizer at 13:29 to make it a 4-4 contest.
And it would stay that way until the end of the second period.
In the third period, there would be no more additional goals scored between the two teams in regulation, even after the Giants heavily outshot the Royals 15-3 in the final frame, but the game needed some extra time. Overtime would also prove to not be the final answer to end this game,so it continued into a shootout.
In the shootout, the Giants sent Justin Sourdif to take the first shot and he didn’t disappoint scoring the first goal of the shootout. Royals countered with Brayden Tracey but was denied by Giants goalie Drew Sim to keep the Giants in the lead for the shootout.The next shooter for the Giants was Tristen Nielsen and he didn’t miss either and gave the Giants a two-goal advantage in the shootout forcing the Royals to score one to keep it going.
However, Royals captain Tarun Fizer would be stopped and the Giants would hang on to win 5-4.
With the victory, the Giants improve to 10-7-0 and are six points back of the Kamloops Blazers for first place in the B.C. Division.The Giants next game is against the Prince George Cougars on Sunday, May 2, at 6:00 PM in Kamloops.