WHL Roundup: Giants upend Hitmen in shootout
With only one game on Monday’s WHL schedule, the Vancouver Giants made a stop in Calgary to take on the Hitmen.
The back-and-forth affair saw the Giants complete a late comeback before securing the bonus point via the shootout.
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Vancouver Giants (5) at Calgary Hitmen (4) – SO
Vancouver (15-20-1-2) // Calgary (14-17-3-2)
The Vancouver Giants completed a come-from-behind victory, defeating the Calgary Hitmen 5-4 in a shootout on Monday.
Tied 2-2 heading into the third period, Matteo Gennaro and Beck Malenstyn scored consecutively in the opening 2:46 of the third period as the Hitmen took a quick-strike 4-2 lead. But the Giants received a fast response from Dylan Plouffe, who got his club back within one only 1:58 after Malenstyn’s 16th of the season.
From there, Matt Barberis drew the game even once again, sending his seventh of the season to the back of the net with only 1:11 to go in regulation, forcing overtime.
With no one able to decide the game in overtime, the festivities proceeded to the shootout where James Malm was the third Giant to beat Kyle Dumba, securing the win for Vancouver.
After a scoreless first period, it was the Giants taking control early in the second period as Ty Ronning and Tyler Benson scored back-to-back over a stretch of 49 seconds to give Vancouver a 2-0 lead only 6:06 in. But Jakob Stukel and Gennaro were there to tie the game 2-2 late in the middle period.
Benson finished the game with a goal and an assist for the Giants, while Gennaro managed four points (2G-2A) and Stukel had three (1G-2A) for the Hitmen.
David Tendeck made 34 saves, plus another two in the shootout to collect his third win of the season.
At the other end, Dumba made 36 saves plus another two in the shootout.
FINAL SCORE: Giants WIN it 5️⃣-4️⃣ in the shootout!
SHOTS: Giants 40 – Hitmen 38#BeAGiant
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) January 3, 2017