Medicine Hat, AB – The Vancouver Giants lost in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday evening, falling 5-4 to the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Canalta Centre. James Malm scored twice for Vancouver while Ty Ronning and Jack Flaman also bagged goals. Ryan Kubic made 35 saves in the Giants’ net.
Malm scored his first of the evening with a hard shot off the rush less than two minutes into the game to give Vancouver the early lead. John Dahlstrom evened the score for the Tigers late in the first period.
Ronning put Vancouver ahead again, knocking a rebound past Medicine Hat goalie Michael Bullion from the top of the crease. Flaman added a shorthanded goal on a 2-on-1 later in the stanza before Steven Owre beat Kubic with a wraparound to pull the Tigers back to within one goal.
Owre scored again early in the third period to tie the game before James Hamblin wired a hard wrister past Kubic from the slot to give the Tigers their first lead of the night. Malm tied the game for the Giants with 2:05 left in the third period, scoring a power play marker from the right circle. The Giants earned a late power play, but Owre completed his hat-trick and scored the winning goal with seven seconds left in the third period on a shorthanded 2-on-0 after the Tigers forced a turnover at their own blue line.
The Tigers out shot the Giants 40-31. Vancouver was 1-for-5 on the power play.
The G-Men will wrap up their road trip on Sunday afternoon against the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook. Puck drop is set for 3:00pm.
Vancouver’s next home game will be at the Langley Events Centre on Friday, January 13th, against the Moose Jaw Warriors