The Vancouver Giants earned their first ever regular season victory in Moose Jaw, defeating the Warriors 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday night at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw. With the win, the Giants improve to 4-1 in the shootout this season.
The Giants didn’t waste anytime getting on the board, as Jordan Martinook tipped home Marek Tvrdon’s shot on the power play for his 14th goal of the season to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead. Florida Panthers 1st round pick Quinton Howden tied up the game less then 5 minutes later, before Martinook got credited with his 2nd goal of the period off a Brendan Gallagher rush to put the Giants in front 2-1 through 20 minutes.
Just after killing off a Matt Bellerive penalty, Dalton Sward converted a nice feed from Taylor Makin for his 9th goal of the season to give the Giants a 3-1 lead 3:49 into the second period. However, the Warriors would score 46 seconds later to make it a 3-2 game. Late in the period, the Giants got into penalty trouble and just after killing off the first penalty of a 5-on-3 Cody Beach scored to tie the game at 3-3. For the second straight game the Giants gave up a shorthanded penalty shot, but once again Adam Morrison would come up big, denying Kenton Miller to keep it deadlocked at 3-3 after 40 minutes.
After a wide open first two periods, neither team wanted to make a mistake in the third period, so cautious, smart hockey was instituted by both teams. Shots were 7-5 in favor of the Warriors, but neither team would find the back of the net so overtime was needed.
James Henry took a penalty in overtime, but his teammates were able to pick him up and kill it off. It looked as if Henry had scored the game winner with 8.8 seconds left in overtime, but the goal was disallowed as the referee concluded he kicked it in, so a shootout was needed.
In the shootout, Adam Morrison stopped all 5 Moose Jaw shooters and Matt Bellerive scored the lone goal to give the Giants a 4-3 win and their 17th victory of the season. Morrison made 31 saves on the night. The Giants finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Warriors went 1-for-4.
The Giants continue their Eastern Division road swing tomorrow night in Brandon vs. the Wheat Kings. Game time is 5:00 pm PST. The pregame show begins at 4:30 pm PST