Saturday, February 8, 2014
Oil Kings Down Giants 5-1
Cody Corbett nearly opened the scoring for the Oil Kings in the early going when he wired a hard shot off the post from the right circle. The Edmonton club nearly scored on the ensuing rebound as well with a number of players crowding the crease looking for the loose puck, but Payton Lee kept it out to keep the Oil Kings off the board. However, Curtis Lazar opened the scoring for Edmonton just a few minutes later with a hard shot off the rush. Foster tied the game later in the period with a shorthanded goal, and it looked like the Giants would escape the first period in a tie game, despite being heavily out shot, but Edgars Kulda scored a quick goal off a face-off on the power play with just three seconds remaining in the period to give the visitors the lead.
The Oil Kings held onto the 2-1 lead for most of the second period, but Dysin Mayo made it 3-1 in the final minute of the middle frame when he scored a highlight reel goal off the rush. After a give-and-go with Henrik Samuelsson, Mayo received a pass in the slot as he was falling to the ice but held onto the puck and scored, beating Lee top shelf from his knees.
Edmonton added two more goals in the third period. Brett Pollock scored a pretty end-to-end goal that saw him dance through the Vancouver defence and put the puck into the net from close range. Brandon Ralph added his name to the score sheet as well, completing a pretty passing play with Mads Eller to net his sixth goal of the season.
The Giants will wrap up their four-game home stand on Monday afternoon against the Victoria Royals. The puck drop is set for 2:00pm. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS or visit vancouvergiants.com.
1. Curtis Lazar - Edmonton
2. Griffin Reinhart - Edmonton
3. Thomas Foster - Vancouver