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Vancouver Giants Knock off Broncos in a Nine-Round Shootout

October 20, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Vancouver Giants News Release

Vancouver Giants celebrate their shootout win over the Swift Current Broncos
Vancouver Giants celebrate their shootout win over the Swift Current Broncos
(Vancouver Giants, Credit: Rik Fedyck)

Vancouver, B.C. - As far as debuts go, Giants rookie forward Cole Shepard won't forget his anytime soon. The rookie forward recorded his first career WHL goal and a shootout marker in a nine-round 4-3 shootout victory for the Vancouver Giants (7-6-0-0) over the Swift Current Broncos (2-6-1-2). Bowen Byram chimed in with a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Ben King responded with a goal and an assist for the Broncos.

1st Period:

SC - Ben King got the Broncos on the board first at 16:06 when he snuck a shot past Trent Miner from the right-wing boards off a failed clear. His fourth of the season came unassisted.

Shots: 9-9

2nd Period:

VAN - Bowen Byram got the Giants back even 1:18 into the middle period off a shot through traffic. Dylan Plouffe and Milos Roman earned assists.

VAN - Cole Shepard gave the G-Men a 2-1 lead off a two-on-one rush. Shepard wired his first career WHL goal past the glove of Reece Klassen from the left-wing circle. Bowen Byram and Milos Roman assisted on the marker.

Shots: 14 - 9 Vancouver

3rd Period:

VAN - Tristen Nielsen restored the Giants lead at 4:53 when he split through the Bronco defence and roofed his seventh of the season from in close. Lukas Svejkovsky had the lone assist.

SC - The Broncos wouldn't go away. Ethan Regnier tied it at the eight-minute mark off a shot from the high slot through a screen. Hayden Ostir and Hendrik De Klerk assisted.

Shots: 15-7 Vancouver

Overtime:

No Scoring

Shots: 1-1

Shootout:

VAN - Lukas Svejkovsky - GOAL

SC - Ethan Regnier - GOAL

VAN - Bowen Byram - MISS

SC - Ben King - MISS

VAN - Cole Shepard - GOAL

SC - Connor Horning - GOAL

VAN - Tristen Nielsen - MISS

SC - Joona Kiviniemi - MISS

VAN - Dylan Plouffe - MISS

SC - Carter Chorney - MISS

VAN - Milos Roman - MISS

SC - Brecon Wood - MISS

VAN - Jackson Shepard - MISS

SC - Matthew Culling - MISS

VAN - John Little - MISS

SC - Kasper Puutio - MISS

VAN - Sergei Alkhimov - GOAL

SC - Hayden Ostir - MISS

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Final Score: Vancouver 4 - Swift Current 3 (Shootout)

Shots: 39 - 26 Vancouver

Trent Miner: 23/26 saves (2-4)

Reece Klassen: 36/29 saves (0-2-0-1)

Vancouver: 0/2 on Power Play

Swift Current: 0/3 on Power Play

3 Stars:

Bowen Byram (VAN - 1G, 1A)

Cole Shepard (VAN - 1G, 1SOG)

Reece Klassen (SC - 36 Saves)

Next Giants Game: Tomorrow night at 4:00 PM against the Victoria Royals at home.

NOTES:

Saturday's game marked the first time in 2019-20 that the Giants went to overtime and a shootout.

The Giants improved their home record to 2-1 on the season.

With two points Saturday, Bowen Byram is now tied with Calgary Hitmen defenceman Egor Zamula for the league lead in scoring among defencemen (12 points).

Cole Shepard's WHL debut included one goal, one shootout goal, two shots and two penalty minutes.





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Vancouver Giants center Tristen Nielsen (left) vs. the Swift Current Broncos
Vancouver Giants center Tristen Nielsen (left) vs. the Swift Current Broncos

(Rik Fedyck)
Vancouver Giants centre Cole Shepard (16) and defenceman Bowen Byram
Vancouver Giants centre Cole Shepard (16) and defenceman Bowen Byram

(Vancouver Giants)
Vancouver Giants left wing Zack Ostapchuk eyes the goal vs. the Swift Current Broncos
Vancouver Giants left wing Zack Ostapchuk eyes the goal vs. the Swift Current Broncos

(Rik Fedyck)
Vancouver Giants left wing Sergei Alkhimov scores against the Swift Current Broncos
Vancouver Giants left wing Sergei Alkhimov scores against the Swift Current Broncos

(Rik Fedyck)
Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner faces the Swift Current Broncos in a shootout
Vancouver Giants goaltender Trent Miner faces the Swift Current Broncos in a shootout

(Rik Fedyck)
Vancouver Giants defenceman Caleb Bulych (top) vs. his brother Aiden of the Swift Current Broncos
Vancouver Giants defenceman Caleb Bulych (top) vs. his brother Aiden of the Swift Current Broncos

(Rik Fedyck)
Vancouver Giants celebrate their shootout win over the Swift Current Broncos
Vancouver Giants celebrate their shootout win over the Swift Current Broncos

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