Giants earn road victory in first playoff game

A Langley-based WHL hockey team pulls out a 2-1 defeat over Victoria Friday, plays again Saturday.

Game one in the playoffs spelled victory for the Vancouver Giants.

Friday night at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, the Langley-based WHL team earned a hard-fought 2-1 road victory over the Victoria Royals.

It was game one of their first-round Western Conference playoff matchup.

Milos Roman and Matt Barberis scored second period goals for the Giants, while rookie Trent Miner turned aside 40 of the 41 shots fired his way by the Royals to earn the victory in goal and first-star honours.

Tanner Kaspick responded with Victoria’s lone tally.

HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:

A minute and 15 seconds into the game 20-year-old defenceman Darian Skeoch collided with Royals forward Dino Kambeitz.

Kambeitz was helped off the ice and initially no penalty was called on the play.

After gathering together to discuss the play, the officials reversed their decision and handed Skeoch a five-minute major and a game-misconduct.

The Royals did not score on their five-minute power play and finished the night zero-for-four on their power play chances.

Later in the period, at 12:07, former Victoria Royal Jared Dmytriw was hooked up on a breakaway – which resulted in a penalty shot.

Dmytriw’s attempt was denied by Royals starter Griffen Outhouse who finished the game with 31 saves on 33 shots faced.

Neither team could solve the other in the opening period as the shots slightly favored Victoria 14-13 after one.

At 5:48 into the second period, Roman put the Giants up 1-0 when he followed up a Ty Ronning shot and knocked home a rebound past a sprawled Outhouse.

James Malm added an assist on Roman’s first career WHL playoff goal.

Kaspick answered for Victoria at 11:36 when he beat Miner on a high shot from the slot. Dante Hannoun and Matthew Phillips both drew assists.

Late in the second period though, the Giants answered with what ended up as the game-winning goal.

Off a failed clear, the puck ended up on the stick of 20-year-old Brennan Riddle at the left-wing point. Riddle’s low shot deflected off Barberis and past Outhouse at the 18:45 mark to give the Giants the 2-1 advantage.

Shots through two were 27-25 for Victoria.

Trent Miner was peppered by 14 shots in the third period for Victoria, but had an answer for all of them.

His best sequence of saves came off a trio of shorthanded Victoria chances from Phillips and Kaspick.

Collectively the Giants defended well in front of Miner in the later stages of the game and when the final horn sounded the Giants had earned themselves a 2-1 victory and a 1-0 series lead.

The final shots were 41-33 for the Royals.

Vancouver went zero-for-four on their power play chances and a perfect four-for-four killing penalties.

Game two of the best-of-seven series between the two clubs takes place on Saturday night.

NOTES:

– Friday’s victory marked the first WHL playoff victory for the Giants since March 24, 2012 – A 7-3 home-ice victory over the Spokane Chiefs.

– Including the regular season, three of Trent Miner’s four WHL victories have come on the road.

– Defenceman Matt Barberis finished the game with a goal, a +2 rating and four shots – Tied with Ty Ronning and Tyler Benson for the most on the team.

– The Giants, Prince Albert Raiders and Tri-City Americans are the only three road teams to win Game 1 of their respective first-round WHL playoff series.

 

Just Posted

Glow-in-the-dark swim and games for a cause

Township of Langley will celebrate Earth Hour with its first glow-in-the-dark swim in Aldergrove.

Sources Langley Food Bank can’t find a home

Landlords don’t want to rent to the food bank and time is running out

Vancouver Giant named to Western Conference first-tier all-star team

Young hockey defenceman Bowen Byram is once again lauded for his outstanding efforts on the ice

Our Views: Here’s hoping they mean it

For Langley dairy, poultry, and egg farmers, it sounded like potentially good… Continue reading

Giants begin playoff run in Langley tonight

With one win and a loss last weekend, the G-Men now top the Western Conference

Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash sentenced to eight years

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Fierce feline spotted as ‘aggressor’ in face off with coyote in B.C. backyard

North Vancouver resident Norm Lee captures orange cat versus coyote in backyard showdown

Wilson-Raybould to reveal more details, documents on SNC-Lavalin affair

Former attorney general has written to the House of Commons justice committee

Anti-discrimination group wants to map offenders with cross-Canada hate atlas

Morgane Oger Foundation issues call for volunteers to help build Canadian Atlas of Populist Extremism

Kater to launch ridesharing service in Vancouver by end of month

The Surrey-based company got its permits from the Vancouver Taxi Association

Surrey RCMP investigate alleged assault that may have been a ‘driver dispute’

Police say a vehicle fled the scene after an alleged assault this morning at 96th Avenue and 152nd Street

Second case of measles reported in the B.C. Interior

Case is connected to an earlier measles case in 100 Mile House

Police watchdog investigating after man falls out third-storey window in Vancouver

The man fell to the ground and was taken to hospital with serious injuries

Most Read