Giants Fall 4-3 In Overtime To Prince Albert

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Dan Elliott

The Prince Albert Raiders scored with 8.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, where they would get the game winning goal from Chicago Blackhawks 1st round draft pick Mark McNeill to defeat the Vancouver Giants 4-3 at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert Friday night.

The Giants led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play courtesy of Taylor Makin, who tipped home a point shot from Eric Walker, for his 3rd goal of the season. Walker, who joined the team last week was making his WHL debut.

Vancouver would add to their lead in the 2nd period on the power play; Marek Tvrdon slapped home his 14th goal of the season to put the Giants in front 2-0. However, just after killing off two straight penalties, the Giants would give up a late goal in the frame to cut their lead in half. The Raiders scored with 11 seconds left on the clock to make it 2-1 Vancouver after 40 minutes.

The Giants lead lasted into the final three minutes when the Raiders tied it up with 2:48 remaining in regulation. Just when everybody thought the game was headed to overtime Jordan Martinook took advantage of turnover and scored his 12th goal of the season with 42.3 seconds left to regain the Giants lead, 3-2. Unfortunately, with an extra attacker on the ice, the Raiders would get the equalizer with 8.4 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, Mark McNeill played the hero, beating Adam Morrison for the winner and snapping the Raiders 6 game losing skid. 4-3 was the final score. The Giants finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Raiders went 0-for-5.

The Giants are back at it tomorrow night in Saskatoon when they take on the Blades. Game time is 5:05 pm PST. The pregame show begins at 4:30 pm PST on AM 650.

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