Tyler Benson (left) gets a puck up and over Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender Ryan Gilchrist during the second period of the Vancouver Giants 7-3 victory on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre.

Offensive explosion helps Giants tame Hurricanes

Vancouver scores season-high seven goals in victory over visiting Lethbridge at Langley Events Centre



Gary Ahuja

Black Press

Before the season started, Brennan Menell demanded a trade from the Vancouver Giants.

The Giants obliged, shipping the disgruntled offensive defenceman to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for rugged blue-liner Darian Skeoch, who would make it tougher for the opposition in the Vancouver end.

But on Saturday night, Skeoch made it tough on his former team in their own end, scoring once, setting up another and finishing a +4.

More importantly, the Giants scored a season high in goals with a 7-3 victory over the Hurricanes in Western Hockey League action at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night.

The Giants improved to 8-11-0-0 while Lethbridge fell to 7-8-1-2.

“A win is a win but against the old team you always want to play good and show them your worth and that kind of thing. (But) it felt good for sure,” a smiling Skeoch said after the game.

Skeoch was named the game’s first star.

The game was a good bounce back effort by the Giants after allowing two late goals in a 6-4 loss the night

“Our resolve has been good coming back after a loss, we have been pretty good the next night,” said Giants coach Jason McKee.

“The guys turned the page.”

The biggest difference was the team got an involved effort up and down the roster — for the second straight victory all four lines had at least one goal — their attention to detail was much better and they played as a group.

“Honestly, everyone just stuck to what worked — structure, work ethic, everything was going tonight,” Skeoch said.

After each team scored once in the opening 20 minutes, Vancouver forged ahead with three second-period goals, including a pair in the final five minutes to break a 2-2 tie.

After Dylan Plouffe made a slick move to the net but was denied, Radovan Bondra picked up the loose puck and wired home a shot short-side from the far boards for the 3-2 lead.

And 3:45 later — on a delayed penalty to Lethbridge — Plouffe picked up his second assist of the night as his shot from the slot missed the net, but the puck caromed off the end boards with Ty Ronning burying the shot for a 4-2 lead.

It was the Giants second goal off a fortuitous bounce off the end boards as Jack Flaman took advantage off a missed Dmitry Osipov shot in the first period to score into the yawning cage with the goalie out of position.

Lethbridge had opened the scoring 14:06 into the game. On the play, neither Vancouver defender pressured Egor Babenko behind the Giants goal. With time to make a play, he fed Giorgio Estephan in the slot and Estephan put the puck through David Tendeck’s legs.

Vancouver took the lead for the first time 6:32 into the second period.

After Tyler Benson won the face-off, James Malm got a shot on goal with Benson burying the rebound high on the blocker side. The goal came on the power play.

The Hurricanes would answer back five minutes later, also on the power play, as Brayden Burke’s pass across the ice hit a Giants defender and went in.

Any chances of a Lethbridge comeback were quickly ended as Vancouver scored twice on their first three shots of the third period.

Skeoch’s shot from the slot was saved but the rebound was kicked out to Ronning and the winger had his second of the game.

Less than two minutes later, while on the power play, Malm fed a wide-open Bondra at the side of the net and the winger buried his second and team-leading 11th of the season.

Menell would get one back with a power-play goal for Lethbridge midway through the third but less than two minutes later, Skeoch’s point shot found the back of the net.

David Tendeck earned his first win of the season, finisihng with 19 saves as the Giants outshot the Hurricanes 32-22.

Each power play scored twice.

Skeoch, Ronning and Bondra were named the game’s three stars.

The Giants are back in action on Nov. 10 when they host the Prince George Cougars at the LEC.

 

 

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP search for missing 17-year-old girl

Mikayla Logan was last seen in Guildford on Tuesday, May 14

GUIDE: Rodeo, community events in Cloverdale this weekend

Bed races, chili cook-off, parade and the rodeo itself

Surrey to begin ‘public engagement process’ on policing transition next week

First in a series of public events set for May 23 at Cloverdale rec centre

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly threatening another youth with a knife in Cloverdale

This was Thursday at a park in the 17200-block of 61A Avenue, Sergeant Chad Greig told the Now-Leader

Free winter parking, higher summer rates eyed for White Rock waterfront

Councillor calls for more hard data on the impact of trial free parking on Marine Drive businesses

Jeep totalled, four young people in hospital, after single-vehicle crash in Surrey

Mounties have not ruled out any possible factors in what led to the overnight crash

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

ICBC urging drivers to slow down this May long weekend

Speed is number one cause of car crash fatalities: ICBC

Bucks hammer Raptors 125-103 to take 2-0 playoff series lead

Toronto heads home in a hole after second loss to Milwaukee

Most Read