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November 15, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Vancouver Giants News Release


Vancouver Giants' Cameron Schmidt in action
Vancouver Giants' Cameron Schmidt in action
(Vancouver Giants, Credit: James Doyle)

Prince George, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants lost 5-0 to the Prince George Cougars on Tuesday night at the CN Centre.

The Giants's record is now 7-11-1 this season.

The Cougars got noteworthy performances from the duo of Riley Heidt and Koehn Ziemmer, who each registered two goals and two assists. Scoring the fifth goal for Prince George was Hunter Laing. The Cougars remain in first place in the Western Conference with a 13-6-0-0 record.

GAME SUMMARY:

The Cougars only needed nine seconds to strike first in this one, as right off the opening face-off they entered on an odd-man rush where Heidt fed the puck across to a streaking Ziemmer, who made no mistake on the glove side to open the scoring.

The Giants had a strong push back, generating some serious offensive zone time, but goaltender Ty Young was able to keep the Giants off the board with 13 saves in the opening period.

Before the first period was done, Ziemmer scored his second of the period by batting the back out of mid-air to make it 2-0.

The Giants out-shot the Cougars 13-6 in the opening 20, but trailed on the scoreboard 2-0.

Just 1:30 in the second period, Ziemmer came down the right wing and found Heidt heading to the net on another odd-man rush, who simply tapped it in to make the score 3-0.

Several minutes later on a power play, Heidt blasted home a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Ziemmer to make it 4-0.

Laing would score in the third period at the 6:17 mark to make it 5-0.

The Giants did hit a post and crossbar in the third period, but neither bounced in their favour, making the final score 5-0.

THEY SAID IT

"That was one of our better first periods. PG is a good team. We know that. We know they're highly offensive and I thought we did a pretty good job. Nine seconds in I believe - or whatever it was - they score and we stuck with it through that period. We ran into some penalty trouble. Our discipline has to be there. It's a top PP in the league, but the guys fought hard I thought for the most part. A few posts and we end up losing this one. But we've got to stay positive with this young group here." - Associate Coach Adam Maglio

STATISTICS

SOG: VAN - 13/14/5 = 32 | PG - 6/13/8 = 27

PP: VAN - 0/3 | PG - 1/7

Face-Offs: VAN - 27 | PG - 26

3 STARS

1st: PG - Koehn Ziemmer - 2G, 2A, 3 SOG

2nd: PG - Riley Heidt - 2G, 2A, 3 SOG

3rd: PG - Ty Young - 32 Saves on 32 Shots

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Vancouver: Loss - Brett Mirwald (22 saves / 27 shots)

Prince George: Win - Ty Young (32 saves / 32 shots)

NEXT GAME:

Vancouver will play the Cougars again on Wednesday night. Then they'll host the Cougars on Friday, before playing Lethbridge at the LEC on Saturday.





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Vancouver Giants' Cameron Schmidt in action
Vancouver Giants' Cameron Schmidt in action

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