Vancouver Giants ended their home regular season schedule on a high note as they beat the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 at the Langley Events Centre on Friday night, March 24.
Samuel Honzek had a great game, setting up the first Vancouver goal in the second period, then scoring twice in the third to help Vancouver come from behind, and getting the winner with less than a second left.
After a scoreless first period, Andrew Cristall opened the scoring for the Rockets at 4:31 into the second period on a partial break.
Vancouver’s Skyler Bruce then tied the game 0:41 later on a rebound after a Samuel Honzek shot pinged off the post. Honzek, and Colton Alain, had the assist.
Kelowna struck back when Kayden Longley buried his first career WHL goal with 8:08 left in the period.
In the third, Samuel Honzek tied the game with a one-timer on the power play 4:44 with Mazden Leslie, and Brenden Pentecost, assisting.
Honzek netted his second of the night with 0.5 seconds left to break the tie and send the home crowd away happy. Ty Thorpe, and Mazden Leslie, assisted.
Final Score: Vancouver 3 – Kelowna 2
A pleased Giants Head Coach Michael Dyck called it a “good third period for us.”
“We came out well in the third period and got some life with our powerplay, nice way to finish.”
📹 "It was a good third period for us, we came out well in the third and got some life with our powerplay, nice way to finish."
Head Coach Michael Dyck post game after a 3-2 win over the Rockets. pic.twitter.com/6565Ieu3wz
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Kelowna outshot Vancouver 26-20.
Honzek was named first star of the game, while Giants netminder Brett Mirwald was named third.
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Giants final regular season game is set for tonight, Saturday night, against Kelowna at Prospera Place. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.
Dyck said the team wants to finish the season “with some energy going into the playoffs.”
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