Vancouver, B.C. – Despite a late comeback bid, the Vancouver Giants lost their final game of 2016 by a score of 4-2 to the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre. James Malm and Ty Ronning scored for Vancouver. Giants goalie Ryan Kubic made 26 saves in the loss.
The Giants carried the play early, but Dallas Valentine opened the scoring for the Blazers late in the first period, beating Kubic on a slap shot from the point. Kubic made a pair of big saves in the closing moments of the period, stopping both Garrett Pilon and Deven Sideroff on a shorthanded 2-on-0.
Pilon extended the Kamloops lead just over a minute into the middle frame, capitalizing on an odd bounce out of the corner to score from the slot. Quinn Benjafield netted Kamloops’ third goal of the evening on a power play in the final minute of the period when he tipped a Deven Sideroff point shot into the back of the Vancouver net.
Malm spoiled Ferguson’s shutout bid on a 6-on-4 power play late in the third period while Kubic watched from the bench, hammering a rebound into the back of the goal from the right circle. Just over two minutes later, with Kubic off again for the extra attacker, Malm setup Ronning in the slot to pull Vancouver to within one goal. Collin Shirley added an empty netter for Kamloops to spoil Vancouver’s comeback attempt.
The Giants out shot the Blazers 41-30. Both teams went 1-for-5 on the power play.
Vancouver begins a five-game road trip on Monday afternoon in Calgary against the Hitmen. Face-off is set for 3:00pm Pacific Time.
The G-Men will be back at the Langley Events Centre on Friday, January 13th, against the Moose Jaw Warriors.