VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

Goaltender David Tendeck turned aside all 38 Prince George shots for his WHL-leading third shutout

Listening to the Vancouver Giants’ post-game comments and you would have believed the team was on the losing end of a 4-0 score. But that was not the case as the Giants remained unbeaten in regulation in the month of November while also stretching their point streak to six games thanks to a victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars.

Vancouver defeated Prince George by that 4-0 margin on Saturday night on home ice at Langley Events Centre, improving to 11-8-1-1 and 40-1-1 in their past six contests. The Cougars fell to 4-15-0-2, the worst record in the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference.

“Really disappointed with our effort tonight. It wasn’t even close to how we played the last four games,” assessed Giants head coach Michael Dyck bluntly.

“We didn’t play like a team, I didn’t think we worked as hard as we could have tonight, I didn’t think we competed as hard as we did in the last four games. I didn’t think we played smart or disciplined and we very fortunate to win the hockey game.”

READ MORE: Assembling a new Vancouver Giants not an easy task

Read More: Former NHLer joins Giants coaching team

The Giants were opportunistic on Saturday night, scoring four goals on 23 shots while goaltender David Tendeck turned aside all 38 Prince George shots for his WHL-leading third shutout of the season.

The opening goal saw Dylan Plouffe connect with Tristen Nielsen on a beautiful stretch pass. Nielsen then made a dazzling play, spinning and getting the puck over to Milos Roman with the centre making a nifty move to beat Tyler Brennan for a 1-0 lead after one period.

The Giants doubled the lead in the second period with Zack Ostapchcuk winning the face-off cleanly and Cole Shepard quickly snapping the puck for a 2-0 advantage. And with 1.3 seconds to play in the middle stanza, Roman scored his second off a scramble in front of the Prince George zone.

Nielsen had the final goal early in the third, rifling home a shot short side as the top line finished of Nielsen (one goal, two assists), Roman (two goals) and Justin Sourdif (two assists) had three goals and seven points.

“One positive is two more points., that’s huge for us down the road,” said Nielsen, the game’s first star.

“We really just need to stay disciplined. Really just stick to our coaches’ structure. They get us prepared like crazy … sometimes we are there and sometimes we are not. We just really have to dial it in.”

“We certainly didn’t help him very much tonight, giving up 38 shots. I thought he was really, really good for us,” Dyck said.

Tendeck (the second star) was making his first appearance since November 2, a game which saw him replaced after the first period. Following that game, Trent Miner started the next three, going 2-0-0-1 and earning the WHL Goalie of the Week for his efforts.

Tendeck admitted to feeling ‘game rusty’ to begin, but quickly adapted, making 13 saves in both the first and second periods and then another dozen in the third for his 10th career shutout.

The team didn’t help him either, allowing seven Prince George power plays, including a pair of five-on- threes, another bone of contention with Dyck, especially cross-checking penalties when the opponent clearly had their back turned or after the whistle infractions.

The Giants also did not earn much power-play time, only playing with the man advantage for a combined 43 seconds and 0:15 of that came right before the final buzzer.

Vancouver looks to continue their November run as they welcome the Lethbridge Hurricanes to Langley Events Centre on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Hurricanes come in rested as they were off on Saturday night. They are also 6-2-0-2 in their last 10 and tied for third place in the Eastern Conference at 13-6-0-3.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

Just Posted

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks to reporters from B.C. legislature. (B.C. government/Special to The Star)
Ryan’s Regards: You’re not a lesser person

Premier Horgan’s simple words about the virus are necessary for all to hear

Share your opinion with editor@langleyadvancetimes.com
LETTER: Langley could make 208th Street hill safer with little cost

A left turn onto 208th Street hill makes intersection dangerous

Langley Animal Protection Society is asking people to think about the animals in need this holiday season, offering a number of ways to help. (Drew Harkness/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Santa Paw efforts afoot in Langley this Christmas

Aldergrove animal shelter develops new ways for people to help pets this holiday season

Local people are signing onto an online campaign to have people stand out of doors at 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve and ring bells for two minutes. (Facebook post)
LETTER: Langley, ring those Christmas bells

Global campaign asks people to ring bells for two minutes outside at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve local time

Idyllic winter scenes are part of the atmosphere of the holiday season, and are depicted in many seasonal movies. How much do you know about holiday movies? Put your knowledge to the test. (Pixabay.com)
QUIZ: Test your knowledge of holiday movies and television specials

The festive season is a time for relaxing and enjoying some seasonal favourites

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

A man walks by a COVID-19 test pod at the Vancouver airport in this undated handout photo. A study has launched to investigate the safest and most efficient way to rapidly test for COVID-19 in people taking off from the Vancouver airport. The airport authority says the study that got underway Friday at WestJet’s domestic check-in area is the first of its kind in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Vancouver Airport Authority *MANDATORY CREDIT*
COVID-19 rapid test study launches at Vancouver airport for departing passengers

Airport authority says that a positive rapid test result does not constitute a medical diagnosis for COVID-19

Kevin Bieksa during his days playing with the Vancouver Canucks. (Photo: commons.wikimedia.org)
Bieksa to guest on free Canucks Alumni ‘Hot Stove’ on Zoom app

Former NHL player has become a game analyst on Sportsnet

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Vees goalkeeper Yaniv Perets stands watch while Tyler Ho takes the puck around the back of the net on Nov. 7. The BCHL press release did not name the player who tested positive.(Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton Vees quarantining after player tests positive for COVID-19

The team, staff and billets are isolating while they are tested

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)
Indigenous actor, author, elder, leaders appointed to Order of Canada

Outstanding achievement, community dedication and service recognized

Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. The church has decided to continue in-person services despite a public health order banning worship services that was issued on Nov. 19, 2020. (YouTube)
2 Lower Mainland churches continue in-person services despite public health orders

Pastors say faith groups are unfairly targeted and that charter rights protect their decisions

A big job: Former forests minister Doug Donaldson stands before a 500-year-old Douglas fir in Saanich to announce preservation of some of B.C.’s oldest trees, July 2019. (B.C. government)
B.C. returning to ‘stand-alone’ forests, rural development ministry

Horgan says Gordon Campbell’s super-ministry doesn’t work

Most Read