Vancouver Giants defencemen Alex Kannok Leipert (right) and Matt Barberis tie up Edmonton Oil Kings’ Tomas Soustal during the Giants’ win in Edmonton on Jan. 3. Andy Devlin Edmonton Oil Kings

Ho delivers shootout winner as Giants win again

Vancouver surpasses last season’s win total with 32 games still remaining in WHL regular season

A shootout victory in Edmonton has the Vancouver Giants in unfamiliar territory.

The Giants defeated the host Oil Kings 4-3 in the shootout with the extra point gained nudging Vancouver into second place in the Western Hockey League’s B.C. Division.

Vancouver — 9-1-1-0 in their last 11 games and 21-14-3-2 for 47 points overall — got goals from Tyler Benson and Tyler Ho in the shootout while David Tendeck stopped 37 of 40 shots and then six of seven Edmonton shooters for the crucial second point.

The victory surpassed last season’s win total of 20 games and Vancouver did so in their 40th game. The team is on pace for 84 points over the 72-game regular season, which would earn them their first playoff berth since the 2013/14 campaign. And if they keep at this pace, their point total would be their highest since an 86-point total they earned in 2011/12.

The Giants had a great start to the game on Wednesday night at Edmonton’s Rogers Place as Benson and Aidan Barfoot gave the visitors a 2-0 lead with goals 1:17 apart less than nine minutes in.

Benson’s goal was a career-high 15th for the Edmonton Oilers second round draft pick and Giants captain.

The Oil Kings’ Brett Kemp cut the lead in half in the second but Dylan Plouffe restored the two-goal advantage.

The third period was all Edmonton however, as they fired 16 shots on the Vancouver net and were rewarded with goals from Tomas Soustal and Conner McDonald.

After both teams missed their first attempt in the shootout, Colton Kehler and Benson scored in the second round. Tendeck then came up with five straight saves and with the game on the line, Ho came down the ice in the seventh round and snapped home the winner glove side on Oil Kings’ goalie Josh Declaine.

In addition to the shootout winner, Ho finished the game with a pair of assists for his first career multi-point WHL game.

The Giants continue the road trip with games in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat on Jan. 5 and 6, respectively.



sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Giants’ Owen Hardy rubs out the Oil Kings’ Aidan Lawson along the boards during Vancouver’s 4-3 win at Edmonton’s Rogers Place. Andy Devlin Edmonton Oil Kings

Just Posted

Gardening: Fall colour that lasts

Four broadleaf evergreens which provide a long-lasting display.

Voters see numerous issues in Pitt Meadows

Development, transportation, taxes and the race for mayor all cited

Untrending: Thinking in terms of legacy

New book, like new council, collaborative effort.

Along the Fraser: Cats are smarter than dogs

You can train dogs to complete simple tasks, but not how to figure things out logically.

Two undefeated teams meet, and tie 6-6

Clash in Haney Masters Curling

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

One year to election: Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate, premiers

Analysts say that the Liberals have reason to be ‘fairly confident’

GUEST COLUMN: B.C.’s proportional representation vote is dishonest, misleading

Veteran of 2005 Citizens’ Assembly urges rejection of new voting systems

Prank pizzas delivered to B.C. mayor on election night

The fake orders happened throughout Victoria mayor’s re-election campaign

Chilliwack voters reject anti-SOGI school board candidates

Slate, including Barry Neufeld, had opposed anti-bullying LGBTQ teaching resource

MLA to become Nanaimo’s next mayor, could weaken NDP’s grasp on power

Leonard Krog’s win will trigger a byelection when he gives up his provincial seat

Horvat nets OT winner as Canucks beat Bruins 2-1

Young Vancouver star had spirited scrap earlier in contest

Most Read