The Vancouver Giants ran into the buzz saw that is the #1 ranked team in the WHL and CHL, the Tri-City Americans, losing 11-4 Friday night at the Pacific Coliseum. Unfortunately, on this Friday the 13th, the story of the game was injuries to the Giants, as Brendan Gallagher and Dalton Sward both left the game early.
The opening period was a hard fought, tight checking 20 minutes as neither team was able to capitalize on the power play, keeping the game scoreless after 20 minutes. Dalton Sward left the game 8:07 into the period after throwing a big hit on the back boards. He was quickly followed by Brendan Gallagher, who left the game after falling awkardly into the boards. Both are dealing with upper body injuries and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Down to 10 players the Giants lost their mojo in the second period. The Americans scored 4 goals in the span of 5:54 and never looked back. After giving up a fifth goal midway through the period, Adam Morrison was pulled in favour of Jackson Whistle. Morrison allowed 5 goals on 18 shots. The Americans would add one more goal to make it 6-0 through 40 minutes.
The Giants showed some life in the third period, after getting down 8-0 they would end up scoring 4 goals to make it a 11-4 final. Goal scorers for the Giants included Riley Kieser with his 1st career WHL goal, Marek Tvrdon, Cain Franson, and Anthony Ast. Whistle ended up giving up 6 goals on 17 shots. The Americans finished 2-for-7 on the power play and added a shorthanded goal, while the Giants went 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
Vancouver will be action tomorrow night when the play host to the Kelowna Rockets at 7:00 pm at the Pacific Coliseum. The pregame show begins at 6:30 pm on AM 650.