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Giants Power Play Strikes Four Times in a 6-2 Triumph on the Island

January 19, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Vancouver Giants News Release

Vancouver Giants left wing Jackson Shepard scores against the Victoria Royals
Vancouver Giants left wing Jackson Shepard scores against the Victoria Royals
(Vancouver Giants, Credit: Kevin Light)

Victoria, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants are now two-thirds of the way towards a perfect weekend. Saturday night in Victoria the G-Men (19-18-2-2) earned a 6-2 victory over the Victoria Royals (25-15-3-0) in the back-half of a home-and-home series. Michael Dyck's Giants scored a season high four power play goals as five different forwards recorded multi-point games. Jackson Shepard led all Giants with a goal and two assists. Trent Miner made 19 saves in goal for Vancouver who are now just three points shy of third place in the B.C. Division standings. Phillip Schultz and Gary Haden scored for Victoria.

1st Period:

VIC - Royals captain Phillip Schultz opened the scoring at 5:17. Defenceman Will Warm's pass from the right-wing point found Schultz in front. From there, Schultz snuck a forehand shot past the stick of Trent Miner for his seventh goal of the season.

VAN - With one minute and 12 seconds left in the period, Jackson Shepard tied the game for Vancouver with a power play deflection. Shepard (7) parked himself in front of the net and tipped home a Michal Kvasnica point shot. The power play was far from done.

Shots: 6-6

2nd Period:

VAN - 22 seconds into the second, Tyler Preziuso (16) converted off a two-on-one rush with Tristen Nielsen to give the Giants the lead. Jackson Shepard added the second assist.

VAN - Rookie Zack Ostapchuk then got in on the act, one-timing his fifth of the season past Victoria's Adam Evanoff in close off a Justin Sourdif pass at 2:56.

VAN - Eric Florchuk then notched his fourth goal of the weekend on a five-on-three power play chance for the Giants. Florchuk's 15th goal of the season came off a one-timer from the right-wing circle. Bowen Byram and Tyler Preziuso assisted.

VAN - Justin Sourdif made it 5-1 at 13:57 off a scramble In front of the Victoria goal. Sourdif's 14th goal of the season came via the power play and was set up by Holden Katzalay and Michal Kvasnica.

Shots: 23 - 3 Vancouver

3rd Period:

VAN - The final power play goal of the night for the Giants came courtesy of Cole Shepard (9) at 12:25 off a shot from the slot that was set up by both Jackson Shepard and Alex Kannok Leipert.

VIC - With 3:30 remaining, Gary Haden scored his 15th of the season on a power play. Brayden Tracey and Mitchell Prowse both added assists.

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Final Score: 6-2 Vanouver

Final Shots: 38 - 21 Vancouver

Trent Miner: 19/21 saves for Vancouver (8-7-1-1)

Adam Evanoff: 32/38 saves for Victoria (5-14-1-0)

Vancouver Power Play: 4/7

Victoria Power Play:1/2

3 Stars:

Jackson Shepard (VAN - 1G, 2A)

Tyler Preziuso (VAN - 1G, 1A)

Justin Sourdif (VAN - 1G, 1A)

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NOTES:

Prior to Saturday, the last time the Vancouver Giants scored four power play goals in a game was on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 at home against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Since the trade deadline the Vancouver Giants power play has gone six-for-13.

Jackson Shepard has two career three-point games. Both have come this season with the Vancouver Giants. Prior to Saturday his previous three-point game (2G, 1A) took place on Opening Night (September 20th) in Prince George.

The Giants are now 3-3 against Victoria this season and are 2-1 against them on the road.

12 of the Giants 18 skaters recorded at least one point during Saturday's win.

The Giants are now just three points back of Kelowna for third in the B.C. Division and hold two games in hand.





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Vancouver Giants centre Eric Florchuk (left) vs. the Victoria Royals
Vancouver Giants centre Eric Florchuk (left) vs. the Victoria Royals

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Bowen Byram and David Tendeck of the Vancouver Giants
Bowen Byram and David Tendeck of the Vancouver Giants

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Vancouver Giants right wing Michal Kvasnica shoots against the Victoria Royals
Vancouver Giants right wing Michal Kvasnica shoots against the Victoria Royals

(Jay Wallace)
Cole Shepard, David Tendeck and Jackson Shepard of the Vancouver Giants
Cole Shepard, David Tendeck and Jackson Shepard of the Vancouver Giants

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Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram (left) vs. the Victoria Royals
Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram (left) vs. the Victoria Royals

(Kevin Light)
Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner Clogs the goal against the Victoria Royals
Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner Clogs the goal against the Victoria Royals

(Kevin Light)
Vancouver Giants left wing Jackson Shepard scores against the Victoria Royals
Vancouver Giants left wing Jackson Shepard scores against the Victoria Royals

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