Friday night at the Langley Events Centre the Vancouver Giants (21-7-2-0) dropped a 4-1 decision to the visiting Everett Silvertips (26-7-1-1). The Silvertips scored all four of their goals in a 6:47 span of the second period while Owen Hardy provided the Giants lone goal late in the third period. For the Giants it was their first loss since November 18th, a span of eight games. Everett has now gone 13 straight games without a regulation loss (11-0-1-1 in that span).
Both teams came out flying in the first period and both starting goaltenders were dialled in. Silvertips starter Dustin Wolf went 13/13 in the opening frame while Giants netminder Trent Miner turned aside all 10 Everett chances. The best scoring chance came via Giants defenceman Bowen Byram who hit the crossbar on an early power play chance.
At 10:26 of the middle frame Bryce Kindopp snagged the game’s first goal when he picked off the puck at his own blueline and beat Trent Miner on a shorthanded breakaway. Two minutes and change later Dawson Butt one-timed his sixth of the season past the left leg of Miner to make it 2-0. Reece Vitelli notched his fourth of the season off a shot from the right-wing circle at 16:32 to make it 3-0 and then under a minute later Kindopp banged home a Conrad Mitchell rebound at 17:23 giving the Silvertips their fourth and final goal of the night. Shots were 14-12 for Everett in the second. David Tendeck replaced Trent Miner in goal for Vancouver.
The Giants outshot the Silvertips 13-3 in the final period and would finally get rewarded at 17:44 when Owen Hardy split through the defense, took a Jared Dmytriw pass and blasted his sixth of the season under the glove of Wolf and in, spoiling his shutout bid.