Prince George, B.C. – The Vancouver Giants overcame an early 2-0 deficit but went on to lose 5-4 to the Prince George Cougars on Saturday night at the CN Centre. Radovan Bondra, Ty Ronning, Jack Flaman and Johnny Wesley had Vancouver’s goals.
Bartek Bison and Kody McDonald got goals for the Cougars in the first six minutes of the game to jump out to the early lead, but the G-Men scored three goals in a span of 50 seconds to vault in front. First, Bondra tipped a Dylan Plouffe point shot past Prince George goaltender Nick McBride to get Vancouver on the board before Ronning knocked home a rebound to tie the game. Flaman added his team-leading fifth of the year to put Vancouver in front, scoring on a nice shot from the left circle. Jesse Gabrielle tied the game at 3-3 with a power play goal at the 12-minute mark, but Wesley restored Vancouver’s lead with a beautiful goal on a hard net drive from the right wing with 1:09 left in the first period.
Tyler Benson also missed a large portion of the first period because of a 10-minute misconduct after dropping the mitts with Colby McAuley when the Cougar forward laid a hit on Alec Baer, and the Giants’ captain came to his teammate’s defence.
The G-Men stayed in front until the late stages of the second period when Brad Morrison scored for the Cougars to even the score yet again. Morrison would add his second of the game, and the eventual game winner, on a power play in the third period.
David Tendeck made 19 saves on 24 shots in goal for Vancouver.
The Giants will continue their road trip on Monday afternoon in Calgary against the Hitmen. Puck drop is set for 3:00pm.
Vancouver’s next home game is on Wednesday, October 19th, when the G-Men welcome the Saskatoon Blades to the LEC.