Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pre-Game Report: Game 2 - Giants at Winterhawks

The Vancouver Giants will look to even their best-of-seven opening round series with the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday night when the two teams face-off in Game 2 at the Moda Center. The Winterhawks won the opener 4-3 on Friday night.

The Giants battled hard in the Game 1 loss and nearly forced overtime, despite the fact they were heavily out shot over 60 minutes. The Vancouver club was perfect on the penalty kill, holding the Winterhawks off the scoreboard on their five man advantages, but the G-Men will look to be more disciplined on Saturday. Payton Lee was the story of the night for Vancouver, stopping 41 of 45 shots in his first WHL playoff start.

The Winterhawks had two-goal nights from both Brendan Leipsic and Oliver Bjorkstrand on Friday and controlled the game for large portions, pinning the Giants in their own zone for minutes at a time. The Portland club will look to try and capitalize on more of their opportunities on Saturday as a number of their offensive chances went by the wayside in Game 1. Brendan Burke was solid between the pipes for Portland, despite allowing an awkward goal from Brett Kulak in the third period.

Where: Moda Center; Portland, OR

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

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