Vancouver Giants blanked the Everett Silvertips in their first of two meetings this weekend, a home game at the Langley Events Centre before 3,515 Friday, March 17.
Jesper Vikman registered the first shutout of the season for Vancouver.
Jaden Lipinski opened the scoring with a fantastic individual effort on a rush chance 11:41 into the game. Ty Halaburda had the assist.
Colton Roberts made it 2-0 with a shot from the boards in the secon period where the rebound bounced in off the Everett defender in front of the net with 4:04 left in the period, with Ty Halaburda, and Ty Thorpe assisting.
In the third, Ty Thorpe knifed through the Silvertips defence and buried on a 1-on-3 effort 5:55 into the period.
A few seconds later, Dylan Anderson preserved Jesper Vikman’s shutout by taking a rebound in the face.
“That was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” Vikman said after the game, wishing his temmate a quick recovery from his injury.
“It’s going to be important to get him (Anderson) back as soon as possible.”
Vikman said “it feels like it’s been ages since I had a shutout, it was nice to have one, [it’s a] super important game to climb today in the standings.”
For Saint Patrick’s Day, Giants were wearing special Shamrock jerseys originally created in honour of the “Big Irishman,” Pat Quinn.
📹 "It feels like it's been ages since I had a shutout, it was nice to have one, super important game to climb today in the standings."— X - Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) March 18, 2023
Jesper Vikman post game after making 32 saves for his first shutout of the season a 3-0 win over Everett. pic.twitter.com/f0w2g7ubJ2
Final Score: Vancouver 3 – Everett 0
Everett outhot Vancouver 32-22.
All three stars (in order) were Giants: Vikman, Halaburda and Roberts.
Next, the Giants head down to Everett for a rematch Saturday night and a chance to tie the season series. Puck drop is 6:05 p.m.
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