Tri-City Americans

Americans Doubled-up by Giants

December 2, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Tri-City Americans News Release

A four-goal third period pushed the Giants to a 6-3 victory over the Americans tonight at the Toyota Center.

Vancouver opened scoring just 44 seconds into the game as Ty Halaburda scored on a two-on-one rush. Lukas Dragicevic tied the game for Tri-City midway through the period as he snapped a quick wrist shot to the net's top corner. The score held tied into intermission despite the Ams outshooting Vancouver 12-7 during the first period.

12:12 into the second frame Andrew Fan set up Cash Koch in front of the net where the rookie forward used his backhand to score and put the Americans in front 2-1. Tri-City's lead held for five minutes until Samuel Honzek scored for Vancouver to once again tie the game. Tri-City once again dominated shots 16-7 through the second period.

After going 0/4 on the power play last night, the Americans were finally able to capitalize on a man-advantage early third period. Just six seconds after Vancouver's Matthew Edwards took a kneeing penalty, Carter MacAdams cleaned up a shot from Jackson Smith to put Tri-City back in front 3-2.

Deagan McMillan took a high-sticking penalty at 7:07, followed by a delay-of-game penalty from Lukas Dragicevic at 8:48. Jaden Lipinski scored on the power play with just seconds remaining on McMillan's penalty. Cameron Schmidt followed with another power play goal for the Giants to give them the final lead.

Halaburda and Honzek each added their second goals of the night to give Vancouver a 6-3 victory.

Matthew Hutchison put on an impressive performance in net for the Giants, turning aside 39 of 42 shots faced. Kyle Kelsey played in net for the Ams and stopped 25 of 30 shots faced.


SHOTS: 42-31

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