Monday, December 30, 2013

G-Men Defeat Cougars 5-2

The Vancouver Giants got three goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Prince George Cougars at the Pacific Coliseum on Monday evening. The G-Men got goals from Joel Hamilton, Thomas Foster, Carter Popoff, Tim Traber and Jackson Houck while Jared Rathjen made 27 saves for his eighth win of the season.

Hamilton opened the scoring for Vancouver late in the opening frame on the power play when he beat Ty Edmonds in the Prince George net with a shot from the slot that snuck in on the stick side. The Cougars answered back to tie the game less than a minute later when Tyler Mrkonjic deflected a Raymond Grewal point shot past Rathjen to put the Cougars on the board.

The Giants took control of the game in the second period. Foster tallied his third of the year off the rush with a wrist shot from the right circle, and Popoff made it 3-1 just 12 seconds later when he scored on a backhander that beat Edmonds on the short side. Traber would add his name to the score sheet later in the stanza when he was sprung in all alone after a nice stretch pass from Brett Kulak and wired a hard shot past Edmonds. Zach Pochiro pulled the Cougars back to within two goals late in the period, scoring on the man advantage with just over a minute left in the frame.

The Prince George club pressured the Giants in the third period, heavily out shooting Vancouver in the first 10 minutes of the stanza, but the G-Men held strong, and Rathjen stopped all 12 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes while Houck added an empty netter.

Vancouver returns to action on Friday with the first of back-to-back meetings with the Kelowna Rockets at the Pacific Coliseum. The face-off is set for 7:30pm. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Brett Kulak - Vancouver
2. Dalton Thrower - Vancouver
3. Thomas Foster - Vancouver

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Cougars

The Vancouver Giants will play their third game in as many nights on Monday when they host the Prince George Cougars at the Pacific Coliseum. The G-Men have won four of six meetings in the season series but lost their last game against PG 3-1 on December 15th.

The Giants bumped a two-game losing skid with a 4-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers on Sunday. Cain Franson had two goals in the win. The 20-year-old has posted 13 points in 10 games in the month of December. Monday's game marks only the third time this season that the Giants have played three games in as many days. Vancouver is 1-1-0-0 when playing for a third consecutive night. Dalton Thrower will return to the Giants' line-up on Monday after his two-game suspension.

The Cougars had the day off on Sunday after losing 5-2 to the Victoria Royals on Vancouver Island. The Prince George club sits five points behind the Tri-City Americans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Forward Jordan Tkatch has been on fire for the Cougars of late. The 18-year-old Saskatchewan native is on an eight game point streak, tallying six goals and five assists over that span.

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 7:00pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Franson Fires Giants Past Blazers

Cain Franson scored twice, including the game winner with less than two minutes remaining in the third period, as the Vancouver Giants beat the Kamloops Blazers 4-3 on Sunday night at Interior Savings Centre. Alec Baer and Blake Orban also had goals for Vancouver while Payton Lee made 20 saves for the victory.

The Giants got the first goal when Baer wired a hard wrister past Blazers goalie Taran Kozun from the slot, moments after Franson hit a goal post. Orban would add to the Vancouver lead on the power play when he found the top left corner with a shot from the right point. It looked like the G-Men would head to the intermission with a two-goal lead, but Sam Grist scored for Kamloops with less than a second remaining in the frame when his long shot bounced off Brett Kulak and past Lee.

The Blazers carried the momentum of their late period goal and came out flying in the second. Aspen Sterzer tied the game for Kamloops on the power play, knocking the puck into the back of the net after a nice centring feed from Tyson Ness. Sterzer would ripple the mesh again less than three minutes later when he tipped a Josh Connolly shot into the Vancouver goal to give Kamloops the lead, but the Giants responded quickly when Franson scored his first of the night, hammering a quick one-timer past Kozun after a nice pass from Jackson Houck behind the net.

Both teams had chances in the third, but the game remained tied until the late stages when Franson scored on a shot from the high slot with 1:41 remaining to lift the Giants to the win, ending Vancouver's two-game losing skid.

The Giants will play their third game in as many nights on Monday when they host the Prince George Cougars at the Coliseum. The face-off is set for 7:00pm. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com.


3 Stars:
1. Cain Franson - Vancouver
2. Tim Traber - Vancouver
3. Josh Connolly - Kamloops

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Blazers

The Vancouver Giants will head up the Coquihalla on Sunday for a visit to Kamloops to face the Blazers. The game will mark the fourth meeting in the season series between the teams. The G-Men are 3-0.

Vancouver is coming off a 4-2 loss to the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night at the Pacific Coliseum. The G-Men outscored the Rockets 2-0 at even strength but conceded three power play goals and one shorthanded goal. Saturday's game marked the second straight loss for Vancouver. The Giants haven't lost three games in a row since their East Division road trip in early October. Carter Popoff, who leads the team in points with 42, is currently on a four-game point streak.

The Blazers were idle on Saturday but enter Sunday's action on a three-game losing skid. Most recently, Kamloops lost to Kelowna by a score of 7-1 on Friday night. With nine wins on the season, the Blazers sit in last in the Western Conference, 19 points behind the seventh place Giants. Cole Ully leads the Kamloops team in scoring with 15 goals and 23 assists in 38 games.

Where: Interior Savings Centre; Kamloops, BC

When: 6:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 5:30pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Rockets Double Giants at Coliseum

In their first game back after the holidays, the Vancouver Giants lost 4-2 to the WHL leading Kelowna Rockets at the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday night. Anthony Ast and Jackson Houck scored for the G-Men in the loss while the the Rockets picked up their 14th consecutive victory.

The first period was a hard fought one with both teams generating opportunities, but neither side found the net. Justin Kirkland had Kelowna's best chance when he missed a tap-in at the left post on a shorthanded three-on-one while Luca Leone came close to breaking the deadlock for the Giants when he was stopped from close range by Rockets net minder Jordon Cooke.

Ast gave the Giants the lead 41 seconds into the second period when he found a rebound at the left post and shovelled the puck past Cooke for his fourth of the season. The Rockets responded on the power play just after the five minute mark as Colton Heffley knocked a loose puck between the legs of Jared Rathjen to tie the game. Cooke was called into action later in the stanza when the Giants went to the man advantage, making a pair of big stops on Houck and Carter Popoff to keep the game tied. The Rockets went ahead on a power play goal off the stick of Tyson Baillie late in the frame, and Tyrell Goulbourne would have given the Kelowna club a 3-1 lead before the intermission if not for a fantastic glove save from Rathjen to take away a goal and send the Giants to the dressing room down by one.

Cole Linaker would extend the lead for the Rockets early in the third, scoring while the Kelowna club was down a man. Houck pulled the G-Men to within one again when he rippled the mesh after a pretty move off an odd-man rush, but Madison Bowey restored the Rockets' two-goal lead with a long slap shot from the point on the power play. There was a skirmish later in the stanza after Shaun Dosanjh laid an open ice hit on Kris Schmidli of the Rockets. Dosanjh was given five and a game for a head check. The Giants killed off the ensuing five-minute power play but couldn't stage a comeback.

The Giants will get right back at it on Sunday evening when they visit the Kamloops Blazers. Catch the call on TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca. The Pre-Game Show begins at 5:30pm, followed by the opening face-off at 6 o'clock.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Tyson Baillie - Kelowna
2. Anthony Ast - Vancouver
3. Justin Kirkland - Kelowna

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Rockets

The Vancouver Giants will return from the Christmas break to host the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night at the Pacific Coliseum. It's the second of eight meetings between the two BC Division rivals this season. The Rockets took the first game 4-3 in overtime in the Okanagan back on December 3rd.

The G-Men lost their last game before the holiday break, falling 3-1 to the Prince George Cougars at the Rink on Renfrew. However, Vancouver has been playing great hockey of late. The Giants have picked up points in 15 of their last 17 games and are 5-2-1-0 in the month of December. The Vancouver club will be without the services of captain Dalton Thrower as he sits out the first game of a two-game suspension.

The Rockets are coming off a big 7-1 Friday night win over Kamloops at home. The victory marked Kelowna's 13th win in a row as the Rockets haven't lost since November 20th including a sweep of their six-game East Division road trip before the Christmas break. Goaltender Jordon Cooke has been a big part of Kelowna's success. The 20-year-old is third in the WHL in both goals-against average (2.21) and save percentage (.924).

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 7:00pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Elson Leaves Giants

Trace Elson will not be back with the Giants when they return to action on Saturday as the 19-year-old forward has elected to remain at home in Alberta.

Here's the release from the Giants:

The Vancouver Giants announced today that 19-year old Trace Elson has elected to stay home after the Christmas break.

The St. Albert native was added to the Giants' active roster in November and had 2 goals and 1 assist in 15 games with Vancouver.

"Trace decided he was more comfortable in Alberta," said Giants' Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Bonner. "He and his agent let me know he would not be returning on Christmas Day."

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cougars Edge Giants 3-1

The Vancouver Giants lost their final game before the Christmas break on Sunday night, falling to the Prince George Cougars by a score of 3-1 at the Pacific Coliseum. Carter Popoff had the only goal for Vancouver in the game.

The Giants scored the only goal of the opening frame with less than three minutes remaining in the stanza when Popoff forced a turnover at the Prince George blue line before beating Cougars goalie Ty Edmonds with a nice deke to give Vancouver the lead. Prince George out shot Vancouver 11-7 in the first period.

Prince George had a strong start to the second, scoring twice in the first five minutes to take the lead. Jordan Tkatch netted his ninth of the year after a nice play by Todd Fiddler, and Zach Pochiro scored on a rebound to put PG ahead. 15-year-old Tyler Benson nearly tied the game for the G-Men when he had a pair of golden opportunities on the same shift late in the period. Benson was stopped by Edmonds after a chance in the slot, then nearly scored after throwing it on net from behind the goal.

The G-Men had to kill off a five-minute Prince George power play early in the third period after captain Dalton Thrower was thrown out of the game after an open ice hit on Klarc Wilson, but the Vancouver penalty kill was incredibly effective as the Cougars didn't even register a shot on goal. The Giants had to pull the goalie late and had a number of chances to tie the game, but Edmonds kept the puck out. Wilson added an empty netter in the dying seconds to complete the scoring for Prince George.

The G-Men will now have some time off for the holiday break. They'll be back in action on December 28th against the Kelowna Rockets at the Pacific Coliseum. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Ty Edmonds - Prince George
2. Brett Kulak - Vancouver
3. Tyler Benson - Vancouver

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Cougars

The Vancouver Giants (17-12-5-2) will host the Prince George Cougars (13-18-2-3) at the Pacific Coliseum on Sunday in their final game before the December break. The G-Men are 4-0-0-1 in the season series with the Cougars.

Vancouver comes into Sunday's action on a four game winning streak after a pair of victories over the Everett Silvertips on Friday and Saturday. Jackson Houck had two goals in Vancouver's 6-3 win on Saturday night. The 18-year-old has three goals in the last two games since returning from a three-game suspension. Trent Lofthouse also found the net on Saturday, extending his goal scoring streak to four games.

The Cougars sit in ninth in the Western Conference, six points back of the eighth place Tri-City Americans. Prince George is coming off a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday. Despite the loss, 20-year-old forward Todd Fiddler had three points against Spokane. The Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan native now has 13 goals and 13 assists in 16 games with the Cougars since being acquired from the Moose Jaw Warriors on November 4th.

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 5:00pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Show starts at 4:30pm.)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Giants Double Silvertips 6-3

The Vancouver Giants won their fourth game in a row on Saturday night, downing the Everett Silvertips 6-3 at Comcast Arena. Jackson Houck had two goals for Vancouver while Brett Kulak, Carter Popoff, Trent Lofthouse and Tim Traber also found the net. Jared Rathjen made 21 saves in the win.

The Giants came out right off the opening face-off and scored 19 seconds into the game when Kulak beat Silvertips goalie Austin Lotz with a shot from the left point. Everett responded less than 30 seconds later as Joshua Winquist drove around Blake Orban down the right wing and made a nice move to the forehand before tucking the puck past Rathjen and into the net to tie the game. The 'Tips took the lead before the three-minute mark when Jujhar Khaira scored on a deflection after a long shot from Ben Betker.

Houck tied the game at 2-2 for Vancouver in the middle frame when he hammered a one-timer past Lotz after a nice feed from Travis McEvoy behind the net. Dalton Sward had a great opportunity to give the Giants the lead late in the period when he forced a turnover and skated in on a shorthanded breakaway, but Lotz stopped Sward's first attempt and kept the rebound out as well.

The G-Men took the lead in the first minute of the third when Popoff scored right off a face-off on the power play. Houck netted his second of the game before the midway mark, redirecting a centring pass from Cain Franson into the Everett net. Kohl Bauml pulled the 'Tips back to within one when he scored on the man advantage, but Lofthouse restored the two-goal lead for Vancouver with his fourth goal in the last four games, and Traber added an empty netter in the final minute.

The Giants now return home to host the Prince George Cougars on Sunday in their final game before the holiday break. The face-off is set for 5:00pm. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Jackson Houck - Vancouver
2. Carter Popoff - Vancouver
3. Jujhar Khaira - Everett

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Silvertips

The Vancouver Giants (16-12-5-2) will visit the Everett Silvertips (21-8-4-0) for the second game in as many nights between the two teams on Saturday evening at Comcast Arena. The G-Men have picked up three of a possible eight points against the 'Tips in the season series.

Jared Rathjen posted his first career shutout and the first shutout for a Vancouver goaltender this season on Friday in the Giants' 3-0 win over the Silvertips at the Pacific Coliseum. The G-Men have now picked up at least a point in 14 of their last 15 games and sit alone in seventh in the Western Conference, two points ahead of the Tri-City Americans. Vancouver is 3-5-3-0 against the US Division this season.

Friday's game marked just the second time this season that the Silvertips have failed to score. They lost 1-0 in overtime to the Spokane Chiefs back on October 5th. Everett, who won five games in a row to finish the month of November, has now lost four of five games in the month of December. The 'Tips have been good in the friendly confines of Comcast Arena this season, losing only four games in regulation time on home ice.

Where: Comcast Arena; Everett, WA

When: 7:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Rathjen Shuts Out Silvertips

Trent Lofthouse scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal while Jared Rathjen made 22 saves for his first WHL shutout as the Vancouver Giants blanked the Everett Silvertips 3-0 at the Pacific Coliseum on Friday night. The G-Men also got goals from Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck in the victory.

The Giants were the stronger team in the opening period, outshooting the 'Tips 14-6. Everett had a pair of power plays in the first but couldn't find the back of the net, and the game remained scoreless through the first 20 minutes.

Trace Elson nearly found the net for Vancouver in the early stages of the second period when a rebound came out to him in front of the net, but Elson couldn't bear down on a bouncing puck and hit the side of the net. Lofthouse opened the scoring and brought the teddy bears raining down when he tipped a Dalton Thrower point shot past Everett goalie Austin Lotz midway through the second period. The goal marked Lofthouse's seventh of the season and third in his last three games.

Kulak extended the Vancouver lead, scoring on an end-to-end rush, at 11:20 of the third period. After the goal, Rathjen made his best save of the evening when he stopped Tyler Sandhu from point blank range, flashing the left pad to keep the puck out. Houck would add an empty netter with less than two minutes remaining to ice the victory for the Giants.

The two teams will face-off again tomorrow night in Everett. Hear the call on TEAM 1410 and http://teamradio.ca. The Pre-Game Show begins at 6:30pm, followed by the face-off at 7 o'clock.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Trent Lofthouse - Vancouver
2. Brett Kulak - Vancouver
3. Joshua Winquist - Everett

Ryobi Hardest Working Player of the Game: Jared Rathjen - Vancouver

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Silvertips

The Vancouver Giants (15-12-5-2) will host the Everett Silvertips (21-7-4-0) at the Pacific Coliseum in the first of back-to-back games between the teams on Friday night. The game will mark the fourth of six meetings between the teams this season. The G-Men are 0-2-1 against the 'Tips so far.

Vancouver enters play on Friday tied for seventh in the Western Conference with the Tri-City Americans. The Giants are coming off two straight wins over the Victoria Royals and have only lost once in regulation time in their last 14 games. Mason Geertsen won't be available for the G-Men as he has been handed a three game suspension for his high hit on Victoria forward Austin Carroll in the closing seconds of Tuesday's win. Meanwhile, Jackson Houck returns to the line-up from a three game suspension of his own.

The Silvertips sit nine points up on the Giants in the standings and find themselves only two points back of the Portland Winterhawks who lead the US Division. However, the 'Tips have lost three of their last four games and are coming off a 5-3 loss against the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday. Everett forward Joshua Winquist sits in fourth in WHL scoring with 55 points in 32 games. The St. Albert, Alberta native has two goals and four assists in the three games in the season series against Vancouver.

Friday's game is also the annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Rink on Renfrew. Bring a new stuffed animal to the game, and when the Giants score their first goal, throw them on the ice! All the bears will then be collected and distributed by the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau in time for the holidays.

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 7:30pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Show starts at 7:00pm.)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Giants Win Second Straight over Victoria

The Vancouver Giants won their second in a row over the Victoria Royals, beating their BC Division rivals 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Pacific Coliseum. Tyler Morrison, Trent Lofthouse and Travis McEvoy found the net for Vancouver while Payton Lee stopped 14 of 16 shots to picked up the victory.

The Giants completely controlled the hockey game in the first period, out shooting Victoria 22-1 through the opening 20 minutes of play. Morrison opened the scoring with a shot off the left wing on the power play that beat Royals goalie Coleman Vollrath on the glove side. Lofthouse put the G-Men ahead by two when he knocked a rebound across the goal line after a strong net drive out of the right corner.

Ben Walker responded with a power play goal for Victoria just 18 seconds into the second period when he hammered a rebound past Lee after Brandon Magee's point shot. McEvoy restored the two goal lead for Vancouver just a few minutes later when he laid a hit on the end boards to force a turnover and scored on a wrap-around. Walker answered back again for the Royals with a shorthanded goal when he scored on a hard wrist shot off the rush.

Victoria tried to tie the game in the third, but the Giants continued their strong defensive play, limiting the Royals' opportunities. In the late stages, Vollrath was called to the bench, but Thomas Foster and Carter Popoff both came up with big shot blocks for the G-Men to help preserve the win. Just before the final buzzer, Mason Geertsen laid out Royals forward Austin Carroll with a huge hit just inside the Vancouver blue line. As the horn sounded, tempers boiled over when Magee speared Geertsen in the back of the legs, knocking him to the ice and prompting a scrum deep in the Giants' zone that also resulted in a fight between Dalton Thrower and Keegan Kanzig. In the end, Geertsen was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for a check to the head while Magee was handed a match penalty for the spear.

The Giants return to action on Friday night at the Pacific Coliseum for Teddy Bear Toss night against the Everett Silvertips. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Thomas Foster - Vancouver
2. Ben Walker - Victoria
3. Tyler Morrison - Vancouver

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Royals

The Vancouver Giants (14-12-5-2) will host the Victoria Royals (20-12-0-1) at the Pacific Coliseum for the third straight game between the two teams on Tuesday night. The season series is tied with each team winning two games thus far.

The G-Men got seven goals from seven different players in their victory over the Royals on Saturday night in Victoria, marking the first time the team has scored more than six goals in a game this year. Cain Franson found the net with less than 10 seconds left in the third period to extend his goal scoring streak to five games while Mason Geertsen netted his first goal of the year and Shaun Dosanjh scored his first WHL goal.

Despite losing to Vancouver on Saturday, the Royals remain six points ahead of the Giants in the Western Conference standings. Forward Austin Carroll tallied the Teddy Bear Toss goal for Victoria in his return to the line-up. The 19-year-old has 15 goals this season and has now scored four times against the Giants. The Royals have the second best penalty kill in the WHL, although the Giants went 3-for-6 on the power play on Saturday.

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 7:00pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Giants Put Up Seven on Royals

The Vancouver Giants scored five goals in the second period en route to a 7-4 come-from-behind win over the Victoria Royals at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday night. The G-Men got goals from seven different players while Payton Lee made 29 saves for his ninth win of the season. The victory marked the first time the Giants have won this season when trailing after the first period.

The Royals got the first goal of the hockey game on Teddy Bear Toss night in Victoria at 3:51 of the opening frame when Austin Carroll knocked the puck past Lee to put the home team ahead. The Royals would go up by two goals later in the period when Steven Hodges netted his second goal of the season. Vancouver got one back before the end of the first when Trent Lofthouse scored on the power play, chipping a rebound past Patrik Polivka in the Victoria net.

The G-Men turned the tide in the second period. Thomas Foster netted his second of the year with a backhander in front to tie the game less than two minutes into the stanza, and Mason Geertsen gave the Giants the lead with his first of the year, beating Polivka from the left point. Shaun Dosanjh tallied his first goal in the WHL with a shot from the point, and Polivka was pulled in favour of Coleman Vollrath after giving up four goals on 26 shots. The Giants weren't done there. Carter Popoff added his name to the score sheet, rippling the mesh after a nice drop pass from Arvin Atwal on an odd-man rush, and Dalton Thrower capped off the scoring in the period with a power play goal from the point, giving the Giants a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes.

Victoria tried to mount a comeback in the third. Ben Walker scored on the power play at 5:32 to pull the home team to within three goals, and Hodges picked up his second of the evening with a strong individual effort to beat Lee off a face-off in the Vancouver zone. Right after Hodges' goal, Lee had to come up big as he stopped Hodges from close range to preserve the two goal lead for Vancouver. Cain Franson also added a power play marker in the late stages to extend his goal scoring streak to five games.

The G-Men and Royals will play again on Tuesday at the Pacific Coliseum. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Carter Popoff - Vancouver
2. Steven Hodges - Victoria
3. Trent Lofthouse - Vancouver

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Royals

The Vancouver Giants (13-12-5-2) will visit the Victoria Royals (20-11-0-1) at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for the second straight night on Saturday. Victoria leads the season series with two wins in three games between the two teams.

The G-Men lost in Victoria by a score of 4-2 on Friday night. Jackson Houck didn't play for Vancouver as he sits out a suspension for a hit from Wednesday's win over Kootenay while Tim Traber was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding in the first period on Friday. Cain Franson scored in the loss to the Royals, extending his goal scoring streak to four games. Friday's result marked the first time the Giants had lost to a BC Division opponent in regulation time since the Royals beat them on the opening night of the season.

The Royals have now won 10 of their last 12 games after their win over the Giants on Friday. Brandon Magee had a big game for the Victoria club, scoring twice in the win. The 19-year-old now has 10 goals and 12 assists in 28 games this season. Goaltender Patrik Polivka stopped 23 of 25 Vancouver shots he faced on Friday. The native of the Czech Republic boasts a 2.38 goals-against average in 23 games played this year.

Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre; Victoria, BC

When: 7:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Royals Come Back to Beat Giants

The Vancouver Giants conceded three goals in the third period to fall to the Victoria Royals by a score of 4-2 on Friday evening at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Trace Elson and Cain Franson scored for Vancouver while Jared Rathjen made 22 saves in the loss.

Elson opened the scoring for Vancouver less than three minutes into the first when he deflected a Brett Kulak point shot past Patrik Polivka in the Victoria net to put the G-Men ahead. However, the Royals would equalize later in the period after Tim Traber was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Brandon Magee, and Magee came back to score on the ensuing power play. Rathjen came up big for the Giants late in the period when he stopped Magee on a breakaway to keep the game tied.

The Royals turned up the pressure in the first half of the second period and had a couple of opportunities to take the lead on the power play, but the Giants hung around and took the lead on a man advantage of their own when Kulak carried the puck down the left wing and feathered a pretty behind-the-back pass into the slot to Franson who buried his 12th goal of the year, extending his goal scoring streak to four games.

Prior to Friday's game, the Giants had not lost in regulation when leading after two periods, but the Royals would stage a comeback in the final frame. Ben Walker tied the game when he scored on a backhander, beating Rathjen on the blocker side. Taylor Crunk netted the eventual winner later in the period, and Magee would add an empty net goal in the final minute of the third to clinch the win for Victoria.

The two teams will get right back at it against each other on Saturday night in Victoria. Catch the play-by-play on TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca. The Pre-Game Show begins at 6:30pm, followed by the opening face-off at 7 o'clock.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Brandon Magee - Victoria
2. Brett Kulak - Vancouver
3. Taylor Crunk - Victoria

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Royals

The Vancouver Giants (13-11-5-2) will visit the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday night for the first of three consecutive games against the Victoria Royals (19-11-0-1). The game will mark the third meeting between the teams this season. Each club has one victory thus far.

The G-Men continued their point streak on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over the Kootenay Ice at the Rink on Renfrew. The Vancouver club has now picked up points in 11 consecutive games, and the Giants sit seven points clear of the ninth place Prince George Cougars in the Western Conference standings. Cain Franson rippled the mesh on Wednesday, extending his goal-scoring streak to three games.

Entering Friday's game, the Royals have won nine of their last 11 games and sit in fourth in the Western Conference, six points up on the Giants. Victoria has been getting strong goaltending of late as 19-year-old Patrik Polivka has won five of his last six starts while 18-year-old Coleman Vollrath boasts both the best goals-against average (1.88) and save percentage (.942) in the WHL. Logan Nelson leads the Royals in scoring with 12 goals and 19 assists in 31 games.

Where: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre; Victoria, BC

When: 7:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Giants Ice Kootenay 3-2

Cain Franson had a goal and an assist to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 3-2 win over the Kootenay Ice at the Pacific Coliseum on Wednesday night. Jared Rathjen made 33 saves for Vancouver while the G-Men also got goals from Travis McEvoy and Jackson Houck. With the victory, the Giants are now 6-0-5 in their last 11 games.

The first period ended scoreless and didn't have much flow as there were a lot of whistles in the opening 20 minutes. Carter Popoff had the best chance for Vancouver in the early going when he was stopped from point-blank range by Ice goalie Mackenzie Skapski. Rathjen, who started between the pipes for Vancouver for the second night in a row, made his biggest save of the frame in the final minute as he robbed Levi Cable on a partial break.

Franson put the Giants ahead at 7:27 of the second period when he beat Skapski with a short-side backhander at the left post. With the goal, Franson extended his goal scoring streak to three games. The Ice would equalize later in the stanza when Jon Martin netted his seventh of the season on the power play after Austin Vetterl found him in the slot with a pass from below the goal line. McEvoy gave Vancouver the lead again with 0.1 of a second left on the clock in the middle frame when he hammered a puck across the line from the top of the crease, and after a video review, it was ruled that the puck entered the net before the end of the period.

The Ice came out hard to start the third and had a few early opportunities. Sam Reinhart was sprung in on a shorthanded breakaway but mishandled the puck and fell into the net, knocking it off its moorings, and Jaedon Descheneau was stopped by Rathjen on a point blank chance at the edge of the crease. Kootenay eventually tied the game when Austin Vetterl beat Rathjen on the man advantage, but the Giants responded when Houck tipped a Kulak point shot into the Kootenay net on the power play, and it stood up as the winner as the G-Men closed out the victory.

The Giants will now face the Victoria Royals for three games in a row. The first tilt between the BC Division rivals goes Friday night on the island. Catch the action on TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca at 7pm.

Game Summary

Highlights

3 Stars:
1. Cain Franson - Vancouver
2. Jared Rathjen - Vancouver
3. Jon Martin - Kootenay

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Ice

The Vancouver Giants (12-11-5-2) will host the Kootenay Ice (15-13-2-0) on Wednesday night at the Pacific Coliseum in the lone meeting of the regular season between the two teams. In their only meeting of the 2012-2013 season, the G-Men doubled the Ice 6-3.

Vancouver is coming off a disappointing loss in Kelowna on Tuesday night. The Giants led 3-2 in the final minute of the third period but went on to lose 4-3 in overtime. Vancouver has now gone 5-0-5 in its last 10 games and sits in eighth in the Western Conference, four points back of the Tri-City Americans. Cain Franson had a good outing for the Giants in the losing cause on Tuesday, finishing the night with two goals.

The Ice have lost back-to-back games heading into Wednesday's contest. Kootenay was beaten 5-1 by the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday and 3-0 by the Victoria Royals on Tuesday. Sam Reinhart, who was one of four BC natives invited to Team Canada's World Junior selection camp, leads the Ice in scoring with 16 goals and 30 assists in 30 games. Former Kamloops Blazer Tim Bozon has posted 15 points in 17 games since being traded to Kootenay.

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 7:00pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

G-Men Fall in OT to Rockets

The Kelowna Rockets tied the game in the final minute of the third period, just seconds after the Vancouver Giants had taken the lead, and won 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday night at Prospera Place. Damon Severson had the winner for the Rockets while Vancouver got two goals from Cain Franson and one marker from Alec Baer. With the OT loss, the G-Men extended their point streak to 10 games.

Neither team was able to score in the first, but both sides had golden opportunities to take the lead. Kelowna's best chance came early in the game when Tyson Baillie was sprung in on a breakaway, but Jared Rathjen made a confident save to keep the game scoreless. Ty Ronning nearly put the Giants ahead in the late stages of the period when he hammered a puck off the cross-bar from the slot, but it stayed out.

Baillie put the Rockets ahead in the second when he beat Rathjen with a hard one-timer from the slot after a nice pass from below the goal line from Cole Linaker. However, the Giants tied the game less than two minutes later when Franson netted his first of the evening, scoring on a long shot off the right wing that found its way through Kelowna goalie Jordon Cooke. Franson would give Vancouver the lead later in the stanza when he wired a hard wrister into the top left corner from the bottom of the left circle, popping the water bottle off Cooke's net in the process.

Kelowna tied the game just before the 12 minute mark of the third period when Colton Heffley found a puck in traffic in front of the net and scored with a backhander that got past Rathjen on the blocker side. Following the equalizer, the Rockets pushed hard for a go-ahead goal, generating a number of good chances, but Rathjen was equal to the task. Vancouver took a late lead with 37 seconds remaining when Baer calmly walked into the slot after faking out a Kelowna defender and fired the puck past Cooke. The Rockets had another comeback in them though as they pulled the goalie, and after a scramble in front of the goal, Ryan Olsen shovelled a rebound past Rathjen with 17 seconds left on the clock to send the game to overtime.

Severson scored the winning goal 2:36 into overtime when he forced a turnover in the Vancouver zone and walked into the slot before beating Rathjen with a deke to the back hand to end the game.

The Vancouver club now has a quick turnaround as the Giants will be back at the Coliseum on Wednesday night to host Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice. The face-off is set for 7:00pm. Call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com for ticket information.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Jordon Cooke - Kelowna
2. Cain Franson - Vancouver
3. Tyson Baillie - Kelowna

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Rockets

The Vancouver Giants (12-11-4-2) will head to the Okanagan on Tuesday for their first meeting of the regular season with the Kelowna Rockets (19-3-0-2). The Rockets won seven of the eight meetings in the season series last year.

The Giants have been on a roll of late, going 5-0-3-1 in their last nine games. The line of Tim Traber, Thomas Foster and Dalton Sward has been lighting the lamp with frequency as well. Both Sward and Foster are on three game point streaks while Traber has points in his last two games including the game winning goal in Saturday's victory over the Prince George Cougars. Vancouver is 8-1-0-1 against BC Division teams this season.

Kelowna sits in first in the BC Division heading into Tuesday's action. The Rockets are on a three game winning streak and have picked up victories in 12 of their last 13 games. Despite their winning record, defenceman Madison Bowey is the only point-per-game player on the Kelowna club with 24 points in 24 games. However, the Rockets have six players with over 20 points on the season. Blue liner Damon Severson was one of nine WHL players named to the roster for Team Canada's World Junior camp on Monday.

Where: Prospera Place; Kelowna, BC

When: 7:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Giants Jump Above .500 with Win in Prince George

Quesnel native Tim Traber had the winning goal late in the second period as the Vancouver Giants downed the Prince George Cougars 5-3 at the CN Centre on Saturday night. The G-Men also got goals from Jackson Houck, Blake Orban, Dalton Thrower and Cain Franson while Jared Rathjen made 31 saves for his fourth win of the season. The win improved Vancouver's record to 12-11-4-2 and marked the ninth straight game that the Giants have picked up at least a single point.

Houck opened the scoring at 3:52 of the first when he chipped a rebound past Prince George goalie Ty Edmonds for his 13th goal of the year. Orban made it 2-0 later in the frame on a one-timer after Joel Hamilton found him in the slot with a pass from the bottom of the left circle. Thrower added his name to the score sheet with a shot from the right point, but the Cougars countered before the end of the period when Marc McNulty beat Rathjen with a long shot through traffic.

The Cougars carried the momentum from their opening goal into the second period and came back to tie the game. First, Alex Forsberg deflected a McNulty shot into the Vancouver net, and Sam Ruopp made it 3-3 with a point shot of his own. Traber scored the eventual winner late in the stanza, burying a chance in the slot after a nice pass from Thomas Foster off the left wing.

Prince George had a couple of good chances in the third to tie the game again, but Rathjen kept the puck out, and Franson added an empty net goal with less than a minute remaining to clinch the victory for the G-Men.

The Giants get back at it on Tuesday night when they face the Kelowna Rockets for the first time this season in the Okanagan. The puck drop is set for 7:00pm. Tune-in to TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca for the play-by-play.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Cain Franson - Vancouver
2. Todd Fiddler - Prince George
3. Dalton Thrower - Vancouver

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Cougars

The Vancouver Giants will face the Prince George Cougars for the second time in as many nights on Saturday evening at the CN Centre. The Cougars emerged victorious on Friday, edging the G-Men 6-5 in a shootout.

Vancouver held the lead on three separate occasions on Friday but had to settle for just the single point after the Cougars staged a late comeback. Dalton Sward put in a first star performance for Vancouver, scoring a hat-trick in his 200th WHL game. The G-Men fired a season-high 51 shots on net and went 2-for-3 on the man advantage on Friday as well. Despite the loss, the Giants have now picked up at least a point in eight straight games.

The Cougars won on home ice for just the fifth time this season by beating Vancouver on Friday night. The Prince George club was without captain Troy Bourke as well as forwards Zach Pochiro, David Soltes and defenseman Raymond Grewal among others. Chase Witala had two goals in the victory over the Giants. The Prince George native now sits tied with Bourke for the team lead in points with 29 and also leads the club in goals with 18.

Where: CN Centre; Prince George, BC

When: 7:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Sward Scores Hat-Trick; Giants Lose 6-5

Dalton Sward scored a hat-trick in his 200th game in the WHL, but it wasn’t enough as the Vancouver Giants fell to the Prince George Cougars 6-5 in a shootout. Arvin Atwal and Brett Kulak also found the net in the losing cause.

The G-Men found the net early as Atwal scored his first of the season in the first three minutes of a game when he beat Prince George goalie Ty Edmonds with a point shot on the power play. Sward made it 2-0 for Vancouver when he netted his first of the evening on a shorthanded breakaway, but the Cougars got one back 13 seconds later when Klarc Wilson beat Payton Lee through the five-hole.

The Prince George club tied the game in the second period on a strange goal when Jansen Harkins threw the puck to the slot from the left corner, and it bounced off Kulak’s stick and past Lee. Sward tallied his second of the game, knocking the rebound of a Thomas Foster shot into an open net to put the Giants ahead again, but Alex Forsberg leveled the score before the end of the stanza to send the teams to the dressing room tied 3-3.

The Cougars took their first lead of the hockey game in the early stages of the third when Chase Witala picked up his 17th goal of the year to put the Cougars ahead. The G-Men bounced back again though, scoring twice in 55 seconds to regain the lead. First, Kulak scored a power play goal with a drive from the blue line before Sward completed his hat-trick with a shot from the right wing that found its way though Edmonds and into the net. Prince George wouldn’t be deterred though as Witala scored again in the late going with a quick shot right off a face-off to send the game to overtime.

Marc McNulty thought he had won the game early in the extra period when he wired a shot off the post from the high slot, and the red light came on, but the referee waved the goal off and play continued. A subsequent review would show that the puck never crossed the goal line, and with neither side able to find a winner, the game went to a shootout. Cain Franson was the only Vancouver player to score in the skills contest while Forsberg and Witala beat Lee to give the Cougars their first win over the Giants this season.

The two teams will face-off again tomorrow night at the CN Centre. Listen to the play-by-play on TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca. The Pre-Game Show begins at 6:30pm, followed by the puck drop at 7 o’clock.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Dalton Sward - Vancouver
2. Peter Kosterman - Prince George
3. Chase Witala - Prince George

Ast Wins National Young Volunteers of the Year Award

Congratulations are in order for Giants forward Anthony Ast who has won the Canadian Diabetes Association's National Young Volunteers of the Year Award.

Here's the press release from the Giants:

The Vancouver Giants would like to congratulate forward Anthony Ast on being awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association's National Young Volunteers of the Year Award.

Ast, a Richmond native, is one of three recipients of the award which recognizes the work of someone up to age 29 who has significantly contributed to supporting people living with diabetes. 


The 18-year old was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in January of 2002 and has since become an advocate for helping young diabetic athletes fulfill their dreams.

Ast went to Camp Kakhemela, a summer camp for young diabetics, shortly after his diagnosis. The camp taught him how to live with diabetes, and was also an opportunity for him to get away from doctor’s visits.

Ast has since given back to Camp Kakhemela in various ways including through a contest by TELUS last spring. He shared photos and testimonials through the Give Where We Live campaign and was chosen as one of the ten winners who received a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choice.

Ast chose to donate the money to Camp Kakhemela, his childhood camp, and said, "I've always wanted to be involved in raising money for things that are close to my heart- obviously diabetes and diabetes research stand out- but for me this was a little bigger since Camp Kakhamela was my first ever experience going away, and it's where I gained the confidence to do my first insulin shot. I hope the money will help kids just like me realize that diabetes isn't something that has to hold you back. Once you learn how to live with it you can literally do anything you want. Camp taught me to find the positive amongst all the negative."

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Cougars

The Vancouver Giants will visit the CN Centre to take on the Prince George Cougars on Friday night in the first of back-to-back games between the teams in PG. The Giants have won all three games in the season series thus far.

Vancouver hasn't played in a week after beating the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-3 last Friday at the Pacific Coliseum. The G-Men have now picked up at least a point in seven straight games and sit eighth in the Western Conference standings, three points clear of the ninth-place Cougars. Friday's game marks the start of a busy week for the Giants as they'll play six games in the next nine nights. Vancouver's divisional record sits at 7-1-0-0.

The Cougars last played on Saturday when they lost 5-1 to the Red Deer Rebels on the road, but captain Troy Bourke was in the line-up for Team WHL on both Wednesday and Thursday night in the two Subway Super Series games against Russia in Red Deer and Lethbridge, Alberta. This weekend's games are crucial for the Cougars as they could find themselves as far as seven points behind the Giants if they lose both contests but could overtake Vancouver in the standings with two regulation wins.

Where: CN Centre; Prince George, BC

When: 7:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:00pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca.

Friday, November 22, 2013

G-Men Fly Past Thunderbirds 6-3

Trace Elson scored his first WHL goal and picked up a Gordie Howe hat-trick to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 6-3 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Pacific Coliseum on Friday night. With the win, the G-Men climbed to .500 on the season and moved to within one point of Seattle for seventh in the Western Conference. Vancouver also got goals from Rob Trzonkowski, Brett Kulak, Luca Leone, Joel Hamilton and Jackson Houck in the victory.

The T-Birds opened the scoring less than three minutes into the first when Jared Hauf's point shot found its way past Vancouver goalie Jared Rathjen through traffic. Vancouver responded to tie the game a few moments later when Trzonkowski, who was making his return to the lineup after missing 23 games due to injury, deflected a long shot from Dalton Sward past Thunderbirds net minder Danny Mumaugh. Late in the stanza, Hauf stepped up and laid a big open ice hit on Ty Ronning in the neutral zone, and Elson came to his teammate's defence, dropping the mitts with Hauf despite the face that the Seattle defenseman was eight inches taller and 35 pounds heavier than him.

Elson would net his first goal in the WHL in the second period when Carter Popoff found him in the slot with a pass from behind the net, and the native of St. Albert, Alberta buried it to put Vancouver ahead 2-1. Kulak extended the lead with his 10th of the year on a shot from the point that got past Mumaugh through the screen of Elson who was parked in front of the net, but Jaimen Yakubowski pulled the T-Birds back to within one goal when he hammered a rebound past Rathjen at the other end of the ice less than two minutes after Kulak's goal. Vancouver struck twice more before the end of the period to take a three goal lead to the break and chase Mumaugh from the Seattle crease. Leone tallied his first of the season when he scored on a sharp angle shot from the left circle, and Hamilton picked up his third of the year with less than 12 seconds left in the period on a shot from the high slot.

Houck added his name to the score sheet in the third period with a one-timer from in front of the net to put the Giants ahead by four. Vancouver got into penalty trouble later in the frame and gave Seattle six power plays. Fortunately for the Giants, the T-Birds were only able to convert once when Roberts Lipsbergs scored a pretty goal off the right wing by tucking the puck inside the post, and Vancouver stretched its point streak to seven games.

The Giants will now have an entire week off before they visit the Prince George Cougars for a double-header on Friday and Saturday. Both games are 7:00pm face-offs and can be heard on TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Trace Elson - Vancouver
2. Carter Popoff - Vancouver
3. Jackson Houck - Vancouver

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Thunderbirds

The Vancouver Giants (10-11-4-1) will host the Seattle Thunderbirds (12-8-1-3) at the Pacific Coliseum on Friday night in the third meeting of the season between the Western Conference opponents. The T-Birds have taken both games against the Giants this year, winning 6-0 on September 25th and 5-3 on October 26th.

The Vancouver club is coming off a two game US Division road trip where the G-Men picked up two of a possible four points after back-to-back overtime losses to Tri-City and Spokane. The Giants have secured at least a point in their last six straight games and sit in eighth in the Western Conference, three points ahead of the Prince George Cougars and three points behind the Thunderbirds. Cain Franson has been hot of late for the G-Men as he rides a six game point streak into Friday night's contest.

After a strong start to the season that saw the T-Birds win eight of their first ten games, the Seattle squad has come crashing back down to earth in November. Since the start of the month, the Thunderbirds have gone 1-5-1-1, and their opponents have averaged over 4.6 goals-per-game in that stretch. Anaheim Ducks draft pick Shea Theodore leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 14 assists from the blue line.

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 7:30pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Show starts at 7:00pm.)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chiefs Come Back to Beat Giants in OT

Carter Proft scored the winning goal 1:14 into overtime as the Spokane Chiefs came from behind to defeat the Vancouver Giants 5-4 on Wednesday night. Carter Popoff, Trent Lofthouse, Cain Franson
and Dalton Thrower scored for Vancouver in the loss.

The Giants got into penalty trouble early in the first, and the Chiefs made them pay for it. Tim Traber took a roughing minor off the opening face-off, and Mike Aviani found the net in the first minute, knocking a centring pass from Mitch Holmberg past Payton Lee to put Spokane ahead. The G-Men responded to tie the game later in the period with a shorthanded goal when Popoff forced a turnover at the Chiefs' blue line and skated in alone on Spokane goalie Eric Williams, scoring with a deke to the forehand. However, the Chiefs would retake the lead a couple of minutes later when Connor Chartier chipped a rebound into the Vancouver net as Mason Geertsen looked on from the penalty box.

The G-Men tied the game in the first two minutes of the middle frame when Lofthouse walked down the left wing and fired a hard wrister into the top right corner of the net. Franson put Vancouver ahead just after the midway mark of the period when he picked off a pass in the Spokane zone and found himself alone in the slot where he beat Williams cleanly for his seventh of the season.

The Giants extended the lead in the third when Thrower wired a slap shot from the point on the power play that found the back of the net to make it 4-2. But the Chiefs stormed back. Holmberg, the WHL's leading scorer, tallied a pretty goal on a breakaway before Jeremy McIntosh beat Lee on a point shot to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Spokane picked up the win when Tyler King stepped into a hard slapper from the right point, and Carter Proft tipped it into the net to end the game.

The Giants picked up two of a possible four points on their US road trip. They will now return home to host the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night. The face-off is set for 7:30pm. Call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com for tickets.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Tyler King - Spokane
2. Mitch Holmberg - Spokane
3. Dalton Thrower - Vancouver

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Chiefs

The Vancouver Giants (10-11-3-1) will play their second game in as many nights when they visit the Spokane Chiefs (15-7-0-1) on Wednesday evening. The game will mark the second and final meeting between the teams this season. The Chiefs took the first game 6-4 at the Pacific Coliseum on November 1st.

Vancouver is coming off a disappointing 2-1 overtime loss to the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick on Tuesday night. Despite heavily outshooting the Americans, the G-Men had to settle for the single point. Vancouver now has a record of 1-5-2-0 against teams from the US Division. The Giants were unable to score on the power play on Tuesday, but they also didn't concede any power play goals. The Vancouver penalty kill currently sits fifth in the WHL at 83.04 per cent.

The Chiefs haven't played since Saturday when they lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Regina Pats on home ice. Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani have continued to do the bulk of the offensive heavy lifting for Spokane. Holmberg leads the WHL in points with 55 while Aviani sits in sixth with 35 points. The Chiefs also boast the second best power play in the league as they've scored on 28.57 per cent of their power play opportunities.

Where: Spokane Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Spokane, WA

When: 7:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Giants Drop OT Decision in Tri-City

Parker Bowles scored in overtime to lift the Tri-City Americans to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Giants at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night. Travis McEvoy had the lone goal for the Giants who outshot the Americans 38-17 in a losing cause.

The Giants dominated the opening period, peppering 16-year-old goaltender Evan Sarthou with a number of shots. McEvoy and Dalton Thrower both hit goal posts early in the game while Jackson Houck was stopped on a great chance as well. The G-Men finally found the net when McEvoy found himself alone in front of the net and was able to knock the rebound of a Thrower point shot across the goal line. The Americans found an equalizer late in the period after a turnover in the Vancouver zone allowed Connor Rankin to get a shot away, and Brian Williams buried the rebound to even the score with less than eight seconds to go in the stanza.

Much like the game between the two teams in Vancouver on Saturday, the rest of the night was a defensive showdown. Neither side scored in the second period, and both goaltenders came up big at different points. Jared Rathjen made a big breakaway save on Brian Williams late in the period to keep the game tied at 1-1.

The Giants controlled the majority of the third period but Sarthou stood strong. Vancouver was given a power play in the late stages of the frame, but despite a number of chances, the G-Men couldn't find a go-ahead goal. Rathjen was called into action again before the end of the third when he made a big right pad save on Braden Purtill on a partial break to send the game to overtime.

Bowles ended the game 1:32 into the extra period when a turnover at the Vancouver blue line allowed him to walk in alone on net, and he beat Rathjen between the legs to secure the victory for the Americans.

The Giants will wrap up their two-game trip in the US on Wednesday evening against the Spokane Chiefs. Hear the action on TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca. The Pre-Game Show begins at 6:30pm, followed by the opening face-off at 7 o'clock.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Evan Sarthou - Tri-City
2. Parker Bowles - Tri-City
3. Jared Rathjen - Vancouver

Cooke Dealt to Warriors

The Vancouver Giants shipped forward Scott Cooke to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Tuesday in exchange for a sixth round bantam draft pick. Cooke has yet to play a regular season game this year after missing time with a lower body injury.

Here's the release from the Giants:

The Vancouver Giants have traded 19-year old forward Scott Cooke to the Moose Jaw Warriors for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Cooke played 79 games with the Giants over the last four seasons, registering 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) and 171 penalty minutes in those games. The White Rock native has yet to play a game this season because of injury.

"Scott has been a heart and soul player and person for this organization," said Giants' Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Bonner. "We'd like to thank him for his contributions and wish him all the best in Moose Jaw."

Cooke's Stats:

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Americans

The Vancouver Giants (10-11-2-1) will play the first of a two game US Division road trip when they visit the Tri-City Americans (13-10-0-2) on Tuesday evening. The G-Men are coming off a 5-2 win over Tri-City at the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday night.

Vancouver scored five goals in the third period on Saturday after the game remained scoreless through 40 minutes. The victory over the Americans marked the first win for the G-Men against a US Division team as Vancouver has now gone 1-5-1-0 against teams from south of the 49th parallel. Carter Popoff had a goal and two assists in the win. The 18-year-old now has six goals and 20 assists on the season and sits tied with Brett Kulak for the team lead in points.

Despite the loss to Vancouver, the Americans have won five of their last seven games. Tri-City has also been very good at home, winning eight of 11 games at the Toyota Center this season. The Americans also have the fourth best penalty kill in the WHL as they've allowed only 16 goals on 100 shorthanded situations. Brian Williams and Connor Rankin have done the bulk of the scoring for Tri-City this year as the two forward have combined for 49 points.

Where: Toyota Center; Kennewick, WA

When: 7:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Eder Reassigned to Munich

The Giants announced on Monday that German forward Andreas Eder has been re-assigned to Munich. The 17-year-old scored two goals in 18 games with the Giants, finding the net against the Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos during Vancouver's six-game East Division road trip. Eder had been a healthy scratch in a number of games in recent weeks.

Here's the release from the Giants:

The Vancouver Giants have reassigned 17-year old German forward Andreas Eder to Munich.

Eder, who was selected 61st overall in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft by the Giants, had 2 goals and 1 assist (3 points) in 18 games with Vancouver.

"Andy is a great kid but with the returning players, we didn't feel it was fair to keep him if he wasn't going to dress every game," said Giants' Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Bonner. "He's only 17 and needs to develop his play."

Eder's Stats:

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Giants Defeat Americans 5-2

Carter Popoff had a three point night to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans at the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday night. The Giants got goals from Popoff, Dalton Thrower, Tyler Morrison, Cain Franson and Jackson Houck to pick up their first win over a US Division team this season.

The game was scoreless after one period, but it was the Giants who had the better of the chances in the opening frame. Tyler Benson, who made his WHL debut, had an early chance at the side of the net before Franson was stopped by Americans goalie Eric Comrie on a partial break. Vancouver had to kill off a lengthy Tri-City power play as well after Mason Geertsen took two minor penalties on the same play, but the Giants penalty kill, which only allowed one goal on eight opportunities against Medicine Hat on Friday, was successful in keeping the Americans off the board.

Franson was denied again early in the second when he hammered a one-timer off Comrie's mask from the right circle while Giants goalie Payton Lee made a couple of big saves in the latter half of the middle stanza including an impressive stop with his right pad on a redirected Tri-City point shot. Comrie responded with a few nice saves of his own on a Vancouver power play late in the period, stopping a Brett Kulak point shot and denying Houck on the rebound as well to keep the game scoreless through 40 minutes.

The Americans got into penalty trouble early in the third, and the Giants finally opened the scoring 1:37 into the period when Popoff beat Comrie with a one-timer from the top of the left circle on the man advantage. Shortly thereafter, the G-Men went to the power play again, and Thrower netted his seventh of the season on a slap shot from the right boards that found the top left corner. Connor Rankin put the Americans on the board when he walked out of the right corner and beat Lee from in close on a Tri-City power play, but Morrison answered back for Vancouver with a long wrist shot that got through Comrie to make it 3-1. Mitch Topping would pull Tri-City to within one, but Franson and Houck added empty netters to clinch the victory for Vancouver.

The Giants will now head south of the border for a two game trip to Tri-City and Spokane. The G-Men and Americans will renew acquaintances on Tuesday night. Catch the action on TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca. The Pre-Game Show begins at 6:30pm, followed by the face-off at 7 o'clock.

Game Summary

Highlights

3 Stars:
1. Carter Popoff - Vancouver
2. Dalton Thrower - Vancouver
3. Mitch Topping - Tri-City

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Americans

The Vancouver Giants (9-11-2-1) will host the Tri-City Americans (13-9-0-2) on Saturday night at the Pacific Coliseum. The game marks the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The Americans swept the season series last year, going 4-0 against Vancouver.

Saturday will be a big night at the Coliseum. The Giants will wear special uniforms to honour the 1945-46 Vancouver White Spots of the Pacific Coast Junior League, and Gordie Howe will be on hand for the ceremonial puck drop. First overall pick Tyler Benson will make his WHL debut for the G-Men as well. The 15-year-old has 43 points in 20 games with the Pursuit of Excellence program in the Okanagan. Vancouver is coming off a 3-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday evening.

The Americans played at home on Friday as they defeated the Regina Pats 5-3. Tri-City sits in fifth in the Western Conference, seven points up on the eighth place Giants. Brian Williams leads the Americans offensively with 18 goals and nine assists in 24 games while goaltender Eric Comrie has been solid with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He's also posted two shutouts.

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 7:00pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rathjen Backstops Giants to Win Over Tigers

Jared Rathjen made 31 saves to help the Vancouver Giants to a 3-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Pacific Coliseum on Friday evening. The G-Men got goals from Ty Ronning, Jackson Houck and Dalton Sward in the victory.

Ronning gave Vancouver the early lead 5:03 into the game when Brett Kulak drove the net, and the 16-year-old was there to chip the rebound past Tigers goalie Daniel Wapple for his third of the season. Vancouver was given a five-on-three power play later in the period after Ty Stanton and Cole Sanford took penalties for Medicine Hat, and Houck converted on the man advantage to double the Giants' lead. The G-Men added another goal before the end of the first when Sward willed the puck over the goal line on a wraparound.

The second period was much quieter than the first. Neither side generated many scoring chances until the Tigers found their first of the game when Tommy Vannelli wired a slap shot past Rathjen from the left circle on the power play. Houck was robbed by Wapple in the late going as the Medicine Hat goaltender made a nice right pad save to keep the puck out.

Rathjen came up big for the Giants in the third, making a couple of huge stops as the Tigers turned up the pressure, trying to fight back into the game. Miles Koules did find the net with his eighth of the season, but Rathjen stood strong the rest of the period, making a couple of phenomenal stops in the final minute when the Tigers had their goalie pulled. Emotions boiled over at the end of the game with a large scrum around the Vancouver net. Dalton Thrower and Hunter Shinkaruk dropped the gloves with Thrower picking up a decisive victory.

The Giants will be right back at it at the Coliseum on Saturday for White Spot Legends night. The G-Men will wear special jerseys, Gordie Howe will be on hand for the ceremonial face-off and first overall bantam pick Tyler Benson will make his WHL debut. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com.

Game Summary

Highlights

3 Stars:
1. Jared Rathjen - Vancouver
2. Dalton Sward - Vancouver
3. Tommy Vannelli - Medicine Hat

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Tigers

The Vancouver Giants (8-11-2-1) will host the Eastern Conference leading Medicine Hat Tigers (15-3-3-0) on Friday night at the Pacific Coliseum. The match-up is the first of two meetings in the season series between the teams. The Tigers will be back at the Coliseum on January 22nd.

The Giants had a good week of practice after falling to the Everett Silvertips in overtime on Monday afternoon. The G-Men sit one point back of the Prince George Cougars for eighth in the Western Conference, but Vancouver holds two games in hand. Friday's game will be an opportunity for the Giants to improve their record against Eastern Conference teams as Vancouver has gone 1-5-1-1 against teams from the East, with their lone victory coming over the Calgary Hitmen in overtime.

The Tigers enter Friday's action as the second best team in the WHL, sitting only one point back of the Portland Winterhawks. The game against the Giants will be the fourth of a five game road trip for Medicine Hat. The Tigers have won their last four in a row as well as eight of their last nine games. The Medicine Hat club is led by Canucks first rounder Hunter Shinkaruk who has five goals and eight assists in 13 games this year.

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 7:30pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1040 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Round Table starts at 6:00pm.)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Elson Joins Giants

The Vancouver Giants announced on Thursday that forward Trace Elson has joined the team. Elson was the leading scorer on the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL, prior to joining the G-Men. The 18-year-old put up two assists in four games for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge en route to a bronze medal earlier this month.

Here's the full release from the Giants:

The Vancouver Giants have added 18-year old right-winger Trace Elson to their active roster after being placed on their Protected Player List earlier in the season.

The St. Albert native was the captain of the Whitecourt Wolverines of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).

Elson had been leading the AJHL in scoring with 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 20 games for the Wolverines when he left to represent Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge.

The 5'10", 181lbs forward played five games with the Red Deer Rebels in the 2011-2012 season where he registered an assist.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

G-Men Fall to Everett in OT

Ivan Nikolishin scored 1:07 into overtime as the Everett Silvertips edged the Vancouver Giants 4-3 on Monday afternoon at Comcast Arena. Vancouver got goals from Dalton Sward, Trent Lofthouse and Carter Popoff in the loss.

Neither team found the net in the first period, despite scrambles at both ends of the ice. Payton Lee made a big save on Joshua Winquist on a shorthanded breakaway while Thomas Foster and Joel Hamilton both had good chances in the Everett end as well, but the game remained scoreless through 20 minutes.

Sward gave the Giants the lead early in the second period when he forced a turnover at the Silvertips’ blue line and skated in all alone, beating Daniel Cotton cleanly. Everett responded with an equalizer 59 seconds later as Darcy DeRoose shoveled a rebound past Lee for his first WHL goal. The Silvertips took the lead late in the middle frame on Winquist’s 16th of the season as he completed a nice passing play that also involved Mirco Mueller and Manraj Hayer.

Vancouver tied the game in the first minute of the third when Lofthouse deflected a Brett Kulak point shot into the Everett goal, but Carson Stadnyk restored the Silvertips’ lead just before the six-minute mark when his centring pass off the right wing tipped off Mason Geertsen and into the Vancouver net. Popoff made it 3-3 late in the third, scoring on the backhand after a good pass from Sward off the left wing.

The Silvertips ended the game in the extra period after Lee came out of his net to handle the puck and turned it over to Jujhar Khaira, allowing the Everett forward to find Nikolishin in front for the winning goal.

The Giants will be back in action at the Pacific Coliseum on Friday night when they host Hunter Shinkaruk and the Medicine Hat Tigers. The puck drop is set for 7:30pm. For ticket information, visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS.

Game Summary

3 Stars:
1. Manraj Hayer - Everett
2. Dalton Sward - Vancouver
3. Darcy DeRoose - Everett

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Silvertips

The Vancouver Giants (8-11-1-1) will visit the Everett Silvertips (13-3-3-0) on Monday afternoon in the third meeting in the season series between the two teams. The G-Men are 0-2 against the 'Tips after 4-1 and 6-5 losses on September 27th and October 25th respectively.

Vancouver is coming off a big 5-1 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Brett Kulak scored twice while Jackson Houck had a goal as well. Both Kulak and Houck sit tied for the team lead in goals with nine apiece while Kulak leads the team in points with 22. The G-Men have had a tough time against teams in the US Division thus far, going 0-5 against clubs from south of the border this season.

The Silvertips also played on Saturday evening, falling 4-3 to the Tri-City Americans in a shootout. Despite the loss, the Everett club has picked up seven of a possible 10 points in the month of November and has only lost twice in regulation time on home ice this year. 20-year-old Joshua Winquist has been a big offensive catalyst for the 'Tips, netting 15 goals and 18 assists in 19 games. Winquist's 33 points are good enough for fourth in league scoring.

Where: Comcast Arena; Everett, WA

When: 2:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 1:30pm.)

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Giants Down Cougars 5-1

Brett Kulak scored two goals while Dmitry Osipov netted his first WHL goal as the Vancouver Giants cruised to a 5-1 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday night at the Pacific Coliseum. With the victory, the G-Men moved into eighth in the Western Conference.

Kulak opened the scoring for the Giants just over five minutes into the first period when he beat Cougars goalie Ty Edmonds cleanly with a hard slap shot from the point on the power play. Prince George equalized in the late stages of the stanza with a power play marker of their own when Troy Bourke scored with a long shot that eluded Payton Lee.

The G-Men took control of the game in the second. Osipov scored the eventual winning goal at 3:32 with a sharp angle shot from the left circle. Jackson Houck made it 3-1 with his ninth of the year, knocking a rebound past Edmonds who was pulled from the game after giving up three goals on 14 shots. Kulak added another power play marker before the end of the frame, giving the Giants a three goal lead through 40 minutes.

Vancouver controlled the third period as well, out shooting the Cougars 12-4. Tim Traber added the fifth and final goal for the Giants when he beat Brett Zarowny on the short side with a wrister off the left wing.

The Giants will travel down the I-5 on Monday for an afternoon game against the Everett Silvertips. The Pre-Game Show gets underway at 1:30pm followed by the face-off at 2:00pm on TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca.

Game Summary

Video Highlights

3 Stars:
1. Brett Kulak - Vancouver
2. Jackson Houck - Vancouver
3. Dmitry Osipov - Vancouver

Pre-Game Report: Giants vs. Cougars

The Vancouver Giants (7-11-1-1) will host the Prince George Cougars (7-10-1-3) at the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday evening. The game marks the third meeting between the teams this season. Vancouver is 2-0 in the season series after 6-5 and 3-2 victories in Prince George on October 29th and 30th respectively.

The Giants have been off since Tuesday after falling 3-0 to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday night. Vancouver sits two points ahead of the last place Kamloops Blazers in the Western Conference standings while the G-Men are also only two points back of the eighth place Cougars with a game in hand. The Giants have posted an impressive record of 6-1-0-0 against BC Division opponents but are only 2-6-0-0 on home ice this season.

The Cougars played on Friday night, falling 5-2 to the Kelowna Rockets in the Okanagan. Prince George's top two scorers, Chase Witala and Troy Bourke, were both held off the score sheet in the loss. The Cougars have added a new face to their roster since they last faced the Giants as they acquired forward Todd Fiddler from the Moose Jaw Warriors on Monday in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick. Fiddler has posted 10 points in 15 games played this season.

Where: Pacific Coliseum

When: 7:00pm

Tickets: Visit vancouvergiants.com or call 604-4-GIANTS

Listen: TEAM 1410 and teamradio.ca (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)