Saturday night in front of 4200-plus at the Langley Events Centre the Vancouver Giants (25-12-2-0) kicked off their 2019 home schedule with a 7-4 victory over the visiting Kamloops Blazers (15-22-2-1). Bowen Byram paced the Giants offense with two goals and three assists, setting a new single-game franchise record for points for a Giants defenceman.
Milos Roman added a goal and three assists and Davis Koch and Tristen Nielsen each had a goal and two assists for Vancouver. Jermaine Loewen responded with two goals for Kamloops. Between the pipes, Trent Miner stopped 24 of Kamloops’ 28 shots while the tandem of Dylan Ferguson and Dylan Garand stopped 31 of 38 Vancouver shot opportunities. The win for the Giants coupled with Victoria’s loss in Everett moved the Giants seven points ahead of Victoria for first place in the B.C. Division standings. It was the second win in a row for the Giants altogether.
– With two goals and three assists, Bowen Byram became the first Vancouver Giants defenceman to ever record five points in a single game. Several others including: Jonathon Blum, Kevin Connauton, Neil Manning, Cody Franson and Paul Albers all had four points in a single game.
– Bowen Byram now has recorded points in five straight games. During that span he’s notched three goals and seven assists for 10 points. He leads all WHL defencemen with 12 goals.
– The Giants are now 3-0 against Kamloops this season. All three victories against them have come at the LEC. The Giants will still face Kamloops five more times over the course of their next 23 games.
– Saturday’s game marked the home debut for the three newest Giants: Dallas Hines, Seth Bafaro and Jadon Joseph.