(ISN) – Vancouver, B.C.- The Tri-City Americans (12-9-0-0, 24 pts) were trying to make it five straight wins, but the Vancouver Giants (8-11-0-0, 16 pts) didn’t let that happen, taking down the Americans 6-2 in front of 3,711 at Pacific Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Vancouver wasted no time and grabbed an early lead, as Johnny Wesley scored 10 seconds into the game to put the Giants up 1-0. Tri-City was outshot 10-5 in the period as the Giants had the momentum going into the second period.
In the second period, the Giants continued to play well. It paid off 15 minutes into the second period as Carter Popoff scored to increase the lead to 2-0. Less than 40 seconds later, Popoff added another goal to make it 3-0 Giants. Vancouver wasn’t done, as Ryely McKinstry scored late in the second to make it 4-0 after two periods.
Early in the third period, Vancouver made it 5-0 as Brennan Menell added a goal 2:34 into the third. Tri-City got on the board shortly after, as Parker Wotherspoon scored to cut the lead to 5-1. Midway through the third, Lucas Nickles added a goal to make it 5-2 Giants. But the effort wasn’t enough, and the Giants put the game away as Matt Bellerive scored to put Vancouver up 6-2, sealing the victory for the Giants.
The loss snaps the Americans four-game win streak, while the win snaps the Giants three-game losing streak.
The two teams combined for six penalty minutes, and neither team scored on the power play, with the Americans going 0-for-1 with the man advantage.
Evan Sarthou stopped 37 shots for the Americans in the loss, while Vancouver goaltender Cody Porter made 19 saves in the win.
The Americans have a day off before taking on the Victoria Royals (10-9-2-0, 22 pts) at the Toyota Center this Friday, Nov. 14. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Americans are 1-1 against the Royals this season, earning a win in the most recent meeting on Nov. 2 in overtime, 5-4, at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Tickets are on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer locations or online at ticketmaster.com.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Carter Popoff, Vancouver
2. Ryely McKinstry, Vancouver
3. Jackson Houck, Vancouver