Vancouver Giants wrapped up their eight-game home stand in convincing fashion Friday night with a 10-goal outburst.
Milos Roman, Tristen Nielsen, and Yannik Valenti each scored twice and nine Giants recorded a multi-point game in a 10-4 victory over the visiting Regina Pats.
Nick Henry responded with three goals and an assist for the Pats (7-14-0-0).
The win vaulted the Giants (14-4-2-0) back into a first-place tie for first in the Western Conference with Everett, and moved them nine points ahead of the Prince George Cougars for first place in the B.C. Division.
The Langley-based Giants rushed out of the gate with four unanswered goals. Rookie Justin Sourdif opened the scoring 54 seconds into the game, and exactly two minutes later Bowen Byram snuck a back-hand shot through Pats starter Max Paddock on a power play.
Jared Dmytriw extended Vancouver’s lead at 9:17 with his third of the season, and then Dawson Holt beat Paddock off a two-on-one rush off a shot from the left-wing circle.
The Pats then pulled Max Paddock out of their net in favor of Dean McNabb. Henry answered with his first of three on the night at 16:57.
Shots were 19-10 for the Giants after one.
Henry scored shorthanded for the Pats at 4:56 of the period to move the Pats deficit to two goals. But 26 seconds later Roman scored on that same Giants power play to extend their lead to 5-2.
Roman wasn’t done. He added a shorthanded marker on a breakaway at 13:01 to make the score 6-2.
Shots in the middle frame were 17-8 for the Giants.
The Giants attack kept coming in the third. Nielsen potted his first goal in a Giants uniform at 2:25, and Valenti beat McNabb with a shot off the rush from the left circle to make it an 8-2 game.
Jake Leschyshyn scored his team-leading 14th of the season for Regina on a power play at the six-minute mark but Valenti responded at 10:43 to move the Giants lead to 9-3.
Henry completed his hat-trick for Regina at the 11:41 mark off a two-on-one rush with Leschyshyn but under two minutes later Nielsen answered with his second of the game to give the Giants their 10th goal of the game and the 10-4 lead.
By the numbers:
Final Score: Vancouver 10 – Regina 4
Final Shots: 45-28 Vancouver
Vancouver Giants: 3/8 on the Power Play (1SHG)
Regina Pats: 1/6 on the Power Play (1SHG)
Next Game for the Giants: A road matchup with the Everett Silvertips tomorrow at 7:05 PM.
Fourteen different Giants recorded at least a single point in Friday’s win.
The Giants finished their eight-game home stand with a 5-2-1-0 record.
– The last time the Giants scored 10 goals in a game was Jan. 24th, 2014, when they defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 10-0. Joel Hamilton, Carter Popoff, and Mason Geertsen each recorded three assists for the Giants in that game while Dalton Sward had two goals.