The Vancouver Giants fall to 2-1-1-0 on their 6 game Eastern Division road swing, losing 5-4 to the Brandon Wheat Kings Wednesday night at Westman Place. The Giants led 4-2 at the midway point of the game, but the Wheat Kings scored 3 unanswered games to earn the victory.
Brandon opened the scoring as Brendan Walker beat Jackson Whistle, who was making his 4th start of the season. It was the first shot of the night for the Wheat Kings. With under 4 minutes left in the frame Levi Bews snapped his 16 game goalless drought with his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Before the period was out Brendan Gallagher scored a power play goal for his 20th of the season to give the Giants a 2-1 through 20 minutes.
Brandon didn’t waste anytime getting the equalizer in the second period, tieing things up 1:42 into the frame. Brendan Gallagher then went back to work, scoring back to back goals for the hat trick to put the Giants up 4-2. However, Vancouver got into penalty trouble and the Wheat Kings would captialize, scoring on a 5-on-3 and then just over a minute later on a 5-on-4 to tie the game at 4-4. That would spell the end of the night for Jackson Whistle, who gave up 4 goals on 16 shots in 33:34 of ice time. He was replaced by Adam Morrison. The game remained tied through 40 minutes.
Working on the final 30 seconds of a power play to start the third period, the Wheat Kings would gain control in the Giants end and eventually the league’s leading scorer, Mark Stone, would beat Morrison just as the penalty expired to give the Wheat Kings a 5-4 lead 35 seconds into the period. The Giants were able to mount much of a response firing just 7 shots on net in the final frame and as a result end up losing 5-4. Morrison stopped 12 of 13 shots he faced in relief. Vancouver finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Wheat Kings went 2-for-7.
The Giants are back in action Friday in Regina against the Pats. Game time is 5:00 pm PST. The pregame show begins at 4:30 pm PST on AM 650.