Teddy Bear Toss night at the Langley Events Centre.

Back-to-back wins for Giants

Vancouver goes into break with consecutive victories for first time in over a month




For the first time in more than a month, the Vancouver Giants were able to string together back-to-back victories.

The Giants went into the holiday break with a pair of big wins, knocking off the Portland Winterhawks 6-3 on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre on Teddy Bear Toss Night, before following that up with a 5-4 overtime win in Victoria against the Royals on Saturday night.

The results improved Vancouver to 13-18-1-2 and 29 points in Western Hockey League action.

Even more impressive was the fact the wins came against Western Conference opponents.

The victory over Portland was the Giants’ first win against a U.S. Division foe as Vancouver entered the contest 0-8-0-2 against the division. And by beating Victoria, Vancouver improved to 4-9-1-0 against their divisional foes.

In both games, the Giants jumped ahead to 3-1 leads after 20 minutes.

But while in the first contest, they led throughout, Saturday’s game saw the Giants fall behind 4-3 midway through the third period.

With goaltender Ryan Kubic on the bench for an extra attacker, Thomas Foster — who scored twice in Friday’s win — struck for the equalizer with 1:18 to play.

And Ty Ronning scored on the power play with 14 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Giants the extra point.

Jack Flaman, Tyler Benson and Jeff Rayman had the other Vancouver goals, with Rayman scoring in back-to-back games for his first two goals of the season.

Kubic made 31 saves in Friday’s victory, including 16 in the third period alone.

“I thought we controlled the game for the first 50 minutes,” Vancouver coach Jason McKee said following Friday’s victory. “And then I thought we showed some immaturity. We started to bring pucks back into our own zone rather than going north with them.”

“At times we took way too much risk in my opinion.”

But all in all, it was a complete effort.

“I have said from day one, we need everyone in our lineup to give a complete effort if we want to have success (and) I thought our guys competed,” McKee said, adding that the players fed off the home crowd’s energy on Teddy Bear Toss Night, which was triggered by Malm’s goal 3:34 into the contest.

Just Posted

Surrey-North Delta Meals on Wheels in ‘desperate’ search for new partner

Without a new kitchen found by Sept. 1, the charity says it won’t have food to deliver to those in need

Why school portables are a ‘way of life’ in Surrey

THIRD IN A SERIES: A look at concerns surrounding Surrey’s 300-plus portables

Surrey-led StatsCan project sheds light on overdose victims

Findings from ‘unprecedented’ case-study to be used to fight national opioid crisis

Grieving mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

White Rock water testing well within Health Canada guidelines

Drinking water more than measuring up to current standards, Dr. Saad Jasim tells council

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Driver loses tire while behind the wheel after lug-nut thief strikes in Burnaby

Burnaby RCMP are investigating after two reports of lug-nut tampering in the city this month

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

B.C. municipality prepares to forbid overnight camping by homeless despite court ruling

While courts have ruled against blanket bans, Langley City is employing a site-by-site approach

B.C. auditor says Indigenous grad rate highest ever but education gaps exist

The percentage of Indigenous students graduating from B.C. public high schools has hit its highest level ever

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Metro Vancouver’s air quality could be the worst yet this wildfire season

As wildfire season approached, Metro Vancouver experts predict the air will be an issue for many

Most Read