Vancouver, B.C. – Two games. Two nights. Two 3-1 victories for the Vancouver Giants against the defending Western Conference champs. Saturday night in Everett, WA the Vancouver Giants secured a 3-1 road victory over the Everett Silvertips. Giants captain Jared Dmytriw broke open a 1-1 tie at 10:12 of the third period and Justin Sourdif sealed the deal with an empty-netter at 18:34. Dylan Plouffe chimed in with two assists and Dawson Holt added a first period marker. Between the pipes David Tendeck earned his second win on the season stopping 27 of the 28 pucks fired his way. Connor Dewar scored Everett’s lone goal late in the second period.
David Tendeck picked up right where he left off a from a night ago making some spectacular saves early. His best save came off Connor Dewar who couldn’t beat Tendeck on a shorthanded breakaway. Moments later Tendeck’s teammates rewarded him with some timely offense.
Dawson Holt got the Giants on the board at 14:51 on a power play when he backhanded his first of the season by Everett starter Dustin Wolf. Lukas Svejkovsky and Dylan Plouffe drew the helpers. Shots were 10-10 after one period and the Giants led 1-0.
Everett controlled most of the second period, outshooting the Giants 16-6. But Tendeck’s brilliance continued as he kept the Everett offense at bay. His most memorable stop in period 2 came during an Everett power play when he lunged to his right and denied Martin Fasko-Rudas on a one-timer.
Everett finally solved Tendeck at 18:59 of the middle frame when Connor Dewar parked himself in front of the net and deflected a Wyatte Wylie point-shot home. Through 40 minutes the score was 1-1 with Everett holding a 26-16 shot advantage.
Any momentum that Everett had gained from their late strike in the second was quickly erased in the third. Michael Dyck’s team outshot the Silvertips 13-2 and showed strong resolve and urgency that eventually led to the go-ahead goal.
With the teams skating four-on-four, Dylan Plouffe started the rush up the left-wing, fed Giants captain Jared Dmytriw with a lengthy cross-ice pass and from there the captain did the rest. Dmytriw used his speed to get by the Everett defender before stuffing his first of the season under the pads of Dustin Wolf.
Justin Sourdif ended all hopes of an Everett comeback when he scored his first WHL goal into an empty net with a minute and 26 seconds remaining.
Final shots were 29-28 for the Vancouver Giants who finished one-for-four on the power play and a perfect four-for-four on the penalty kill. They’ll now take their 2-0 record into next weekend when they play host to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday, September 28th at 7:30 PM.
– David Tendeck stopped 57 of 59 shots he faced this weekend for a save percentage of .966.
– Dylan Plouffe led all Giants skaters Saturday with two assists. He added a +2 rating and and three shots on goal.
– The last time the Giants started a season 2-0 was in 2015-16.
– 11 Giants have recorded at least one point through the first two games of the season.