Americans Beat Giants 4-1

November 2, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Vancouver Giants News Release

Vancouver Giants' Connor Dale on game night
Vancouver Giants' Connor Dale on game night
(Vancouver Giants, Credit: John Keller)

Kennewick, WA - The Vancouver Giants lost 4-1 to the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.

With the loss, the Giants are now 5-7-1 this season.

Scoring the lone Giants goal was rookie Aaron Obobaifo, who netted his first Western Hockey League goal. Matthew Edwards, who was playing in his first game of the season after returning from injury, had an assist on the goal and also registered a fight in the game.

Scoring for the Americans was Jordan Gavin (2), Jake Sloan and Deegan McMillan.


The only goal of the opening period was scored by Sloan off a crease scramble on the power play, 9:30 into the opening frame.

In the second, the Americans added to their lead after a backdoor feed from Max Curran to McMillan, who had an easy tap in to make it 2-0.

After 40 minutes, the score remained 2-0 for Tri-City, but Vancouver had the lead in shots on goal 22-17.

A big insurance marker was scored by the Americans 2:12 into the third period, when Gavin and Bell had a 2-on-2 that Gavin finished off with a quick release to make it 3-0.

Obobaifo responded less than two minutes later by burying a kick pass from Edwards, getting the Giants on the board.

The Giants tried to push for the equalizer with the goalie pulled in the final two and a half minutes, but Tri-City found the empty net to make it 4-1.

The shots on goal in the third were 15-7 for Vancouver and 37-24 overall.


SOG: VAN - 9/13/15 = 37 | TC - 9/8/7 = 24

PP: VAN - 0/2 | TC - 1/3

Face-Offs: VAN - 26 | TC - 28


1st: TC - Lukas Matecha- 36 Saves on 37 Shots

2nd: TC - Jordan Gavin - 2G, 1A, 3 SOG

3rd: TC - Jake Sloan - 1G, 1A, 4 SOG


Vancouver: Loss - Brett Mirwald (20 saves / 23 shots)

Tri-City: Win - Lukas Matecha (37 saves / 38 shots)


Giants rookie Aaron Obobaifo scored his first WHL goal on Wednesday

Matthew Edwards made his season debut, registering a fight and an assist


The Giants head back to Wenatchee to battle the Wild on Friday, November 3 before hosting the Blazers for the second time in six days on Saturday, November 4.

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Vancouver Giants' Tyler Thorpe on the ice
Vancouver Giants' Tyler Thorpe on the ice

(John Keller)
Vancouver Giants' Jaden Lipinski in action
Vancouver Giants' Jaden Lipinski in action

(John Keller)
Vancouver Giants' Connor Dale on game night
Vancouver Giants' Connor Dale on game night

(John Keller)

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