Giants forward Justin Lies tangles with a Cougar at Saturday night’s preseason game at the LEC (Rik Fedyck/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Giants defeat Cougars

Langley-based team now has a four-and-one preseason record

Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre the Vancouver Giants (4-1) secured their fourth preseason victory in a row, a 5-3 decision over the Prince George Cougars.

Lukas Svejkovsky broke open a 3-3 tie with two consecutive goals in the third period.

Other Giants goals came courtesy of Justin Sourdif, Jadon Joseph and Jacob Gendron.

Goaltender Drew Sim stopped 32 shots to earn the win in goal. Ilijah Colina, Ryan Schoettler and Craig Armstrong responded with goals for the Cougars.

In the first period, Ilijah Colina wasted little time getting the Cougars on the board.

Just 49 seconds in, his shot from the left side of the net found its way home.

Jadon Joseph answered for the Giants with his first of the preseason at 6:06.

Joseph finished off a right-wing corner feed from Owen Hardy. 2004-born prospect Julian Cull added the second assist on the play.

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Just over two minutes later, Ryan Schoettler restored the Cougar lead on a five-on-three power play.

His one-timer from the left-wing point was set up by Ilijah Colina and Ethan Sampson.

In the second, Justin Sourdif evened the game at 2-2 at 14:12.

His shot from the left-wing circle off the rush snuck under the bar and past the glove of Isaiah DiLaura for his second of the exhibition season.

Thirteen seconds later, off a faceoff victory, Jacob Gendron converted off a low shot from the left-wing point. His second of the preseason was assisted by Jackson Shepard. Craig Armstrong fired right back for Prince George at 16:56 on a shorthanded breakaway.

Fifty seconds into the third period, Lukas Svejkovsky notched his first of two on the night on a forehand deke in close. His goal was unassisted.

Svejkovsky struck again at 8:48. This time it was a backhand deke, on a power play, off a feed from John Little.

Final Score: Vancouver 5 – Prince George 3

Final Shots: 35-27 Prince George

Drew Sim: 32/35 saves for Vancouver

Isaiah DiLaura: 22/27 saves for Prince George

Vancouver:1/4 on the Power Play

Prince George: 1/7 on the Power Play

Next Giants Game: this Sunday (Sept. 8) at 5p.m. against the Kamloops Blazers.

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Giants forward John Little takes a shot during Saturday night’s preseason game at the LEC (Rik Fedyck/Special to Langley Advance Times)

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