Vancouver (ISN) – The Vancouver Giants won their third straight game, defeating the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-2 Friday night at the Pacific Coliseum.
Cain Franson had a goal and an assist on a night in which his older brother Cody was added to the Giants ‘Ring of Honour’. With the win the Giants officially secured a spot in the playoffs.
Playing 4-on-4 hockey midway through the first period, Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring with his 35th goal of the year. Same situation five minutes later, this time it was Cain Franson ripping home his 24th goal of the season to put the Giants in front 2-0 after 20 minutes.
The Oil Kings would respond in the second period with a pair of goals on the power play to a make it 2-2. Edmonton had an opportunity to take the lead, by Adam Morrison stopped Jordan Peddle on a breakaway to keep the game tied at 2-2. The Giants eventually regained their advantage with just under four mintues remaining in the frame as Matt Bellerive took a great feed from Austin Vetterl, scoring his 4th goal of the year and putting the home side up 3-2 through 40 minutes.
Edmonton pressed in the third period, but it would be Jordan Martinook scoring the back breaker, beating Laurent Brossoit for his 31st goal of the year, giving the Giants a 4-2 lead. Jackson Houck scored 44 seconds later, coverting a nice pass from Franson to extend the lead to three goals. That would spell the end for Brossoit, who allowed 5 goals on 32 shots. He was replaced by Tristan Jarry. Martinook would add one more goal to make it a 6-2 final. Final shots were 34-28 in favour of the Giants. Vancouver went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Oil Kings finished 2-for-4. The Giants won all 3 meetings with the Oil Kings this year and improved to 10-1-0-0 all-time.
With the win and a Spokane loss, the Giants moved four points up on the Chiefs for 4th place in the Western Conference. The victory earned the Giants a playoff berth for a 10th straight season.
The Giants are back in action tomorrow night in Everett for the sixth and final meeting of the season vs. the Silvertips. Game time is 7:05 pm from Comcast Arena. The pregame show begins at 6:30 pm on AM 650.