Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants make six in a row

Another home ice win at Langley Events Centre

  • Feb. 12, 2020 10:10 a.m.

Had this game happened earlier in the season, head coach Michael Dyck isn’t sure what would have transpired.

He was referring to his Vancouver Giants club which struggled with inconsistency on a game-to-game basis for the first two-thirds of this Western Hockey League season.

On Sunday afternoon, the Kamloops Blazers had just tied the score with half a period to play.

“They made it 3-3 – probably the team before Christmas would have buckled a little bit but this team did a really good job of getting the momentum and once we got it back, we protected it,” Dyck said. “Every time they got momentum we pushed back quickly.”

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre. The win was a sixth straight for the Giants (25-20-3-2, 55 points) while Kamloops (32-16-3-1, 68 points) lost for a fifth consecutive game. The Blazers’ slide began with a pair of losses to Vancouver, the first of which was in overtime.

Vancouver, which sits third in the Western Hockey League’s B.C. Division, improved to 3-3-1-0 against the Blazers with two games remaining in the season series.

“It really wasn’t a 7-3 game, we were grinding that one out the whole time,” said Giants captain Alex Kannok Leipert. “It was a good, hard-fought game, a playoff game. That was a high-pace game, those are the ones you love to have.”

The teams traded goals in the first period with Logan Stankoven opening the scoring for the visitors before Cole Shepard responded for the Giants. The Blazers had a glorious opportunity to pull ahead when Connor Zary was awarded a penalty shot but David Tendeck came up with the glove save.

Tristen Nielsen gave Vancouver the lead late in the second, blasting home his 24th during a two-man advantage but less than three minutes later Orrin Centazzo pulled the Blazers back even with a power-play goal of their own.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Vancouver Giants stretch streak to five in a row with home ice win in Langley

For the second straight game, Dyck wasn’t happy with his team’s middle stanza.

“We challenged the guys. We needed to be better. At that point, we weren’t happy with the way they were playing and we needed a bigger push from them,” he said.

The team responded and in what has become the norm over the last dozen games (Vancouver is 8-3-1-0 in that span) the power play proved to be a major catalyst. On Sunday, the Giants cashed in on both their power-play chances in the third period and the finished the game 3-for-6. Vancouver has power-play goals in seven straight games with 15 goals in that span, operating at a 46.9 per cent success rate. Since January 10, the Giants are 21-for-48 (43.8 per cent) and have climbed from second-last in the 22-team WHL to 11th overall at 20.4 per cent.

Eric Florchuk had the first to make it 3-2 and after Ryan Hughes made it 3-3, Tyler Preziuso gave Vancouver the lead for good with both goals coming courtesy of the special teams.

Florchuk and Preziuso both added their second goals (Preziuso’s came into the empty net) and Holden Katzalay completed the scoring as he found the back of the net for the third straight game.

Vancouver will look for a seventh straight victory when they host the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday (February 12) at Langley Events Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m.

READ ALSO: Spend Family Day with the Vancouver Giants

Preziuso led all scorers with a pair of goals and four points while Florchuk (two goals, one assist), Nielsen (one goal, one assist), Bowen Byram (two assists) and Justin Lies (two assists) also had multi-point games.

The Giants improved to 20-0-0-0 when they score four or more goals.

The final shots on goal were 37-32 for Kamloops.

The Blazers entered the game with the league’s third-best penalty kill with an 86.6 per cent success rate.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

LangleyVancouver Giants

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Vancouver scored four unanswered goals as part of a five-goal period to defeat Kamloops 7-3 at Langley Events Centre Sunday, Feb. 10 (Gary Ahuja/special to Langley Advance Times)

Just Posted

(Photo: MOSAIC/Facebook)
Organization receives $10K from B.C. government to tackle racism in Surrey, White Rock

Funding to go toward forum for International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary. March 2021. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Reports of student attendance ‘dwindling’ at Surrey schools: teachers’ association

STA president said he’s heard from staff that students might not attend in-person for 4th quarter

Sports broadcaster and 30-year high school football coach Farhan Lalji. (Image via farhanlalji.com)
Farhan Lalji chats about the new B.C. high school sports governance proposal

Lalji, a 30-year high school football coach, thinks the new proposal will be bad for student athletes

Delta character - and former White Rock resident - Pansy May Stuttard inspects a loaded revolver in the cover photo for Jim Dwight and Gary Cullen’s fascinating biography, Lord don’t want me Devil won’t take me. Contributed photo
West Coast’s ‘Pistol-packin’ Pansy’ lives on in colourful biography

Infamous Delta character ended her days in White Rock and South Surrey

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)
‘Entire province faces risk’: B.C. citizens urged to prepare for above-average spring flooding

Larger-than-normal melting snowpack poses a threat to the province as warmer weather touches down

Vancouver-based Doubleview Gold Corp. is developing claims in an area north of Telegraph Creek that occupies an important place in Tahltan oral histories, said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
B.C. Indigenous nation opposes mineral exploration in culturally sensitive area

There’s “no way” the Tahltan would ever support a mine there, says Chad Norman Day, president of its central government

Stz’uminus Elder George Harris, Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, and Stz’uminus Chief Roxanne Harris opened the ceremony. (Cole Schisler photo)
Symbolic red dresses rehung along B.C. highway after vandals tore them down

Leaders from Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith hung new dresses on Sat. April 17

A Western toadlet crosses the centre line of Elk View Road in Chilliwack on Aug. 26, 2010. A tunnel underneath the road has since been installed to help them migrate cross the road. Saturday, April 24 is Save the Frogs Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 18 to 24

Save the Frogs Day, Love Your Thighs Day and Scream Day are all coming up this week

Local carpenter Tyler Bohn embarked on a quest to create the East Sooke Treehouse, after seeing people build similar structures on a Discovery Channel show. (East Sooke Treehouse Facebook photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. carpenter builds fort inspired by TV’s ‘Treehouse Masters’

The whimsical structure features a wooden walking path, a loft, kitchen – and is now listed on Airbnb

The Attorney General’s Ministry says certain disputes may now be resolved through either a tribunal or the court system, pending its appeal of a B.C. Supreme Court decision that reduced the tribunal’s jurisdiction. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Court of Appeal grants partial stay in ruling on B.C. auto injuries

B.C. trial lawyers challenged legislation brought in to cap minor injury awards and move smaller court disputes to the Civil Resolution Tribunal

An Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island (XRVI) climate change event in 2019 saw a large crowd occupy the Johnson Street bridge. Black Press File Photo
‘In grief for our dying world’: B.C. climate activists embark on 4-day protest

Demonstrators will walk through Vancouver for the first two days before boarding a ferry Sunday morning

Most Read