Sunday, January 5, 2014

Giants Defeat Americans 4-2

Playing their third game in as many days, the Vancouver Giants skated to a hard fought 4-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans at the Pacific Coliseum on Sunday evening. Jared Rathjen made 17 saves for the win while the G-Men got goals from Alec Baer, Rob Trzonkowski, Dalton Thrower and Jackson Houck. With the two points, the Giants move into a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference with the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Vancouver got out to a flying start in the opening period, beating Americans goalie Eric Comrie twice in the first six minutes of the game. Baer netted his second goal in as many nights when he scored on the rebound of a Brett Kulak point shot to put the Giants on the board, and less than a minute later, Trzonkowski tallied his third to the season to make it 2-0 on a long shot off the right wing that snuck past Comrie.

The Giants out shot the Americans 19-4 in the second period, but they weren't able to extend the lead until late in the frame after Tri-City forward Matthew Gelinas was thrown out of the game for a check to the head on Vancouver defenseman Dmitry Osipov. On the ensuing man advantage, Dalton Thrower rippled the mesh with a long shot from the point to give the Giants a three goal lead after two periods.

The five-minute Vancouver power play extended into the third period, but it was the Americans that scored as Lucas Nickles hustled down the left wing and beat Rathjen for a shorthanded marker to pull Tri-City to within two goals. The Giants maintained their two goal lead until the late stages of the period when Philip Tot scored for the Americans after throwing the puck to the front of the net from below the goal line, but Houck would answer back for Vancouver with an empty netter to clinch the win.

The Giants will be in action next on Friday when they host the Prince George Cougars at the Pacific Coliseum. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS or visit

3 Stars:
1. Jackson Houck - Vancouver
2. Brett Kulak - Vancouver
3. Mason Geertsen - Vancouver

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