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Giants mount first period comeback but drop fifth straight game

A bad first five minutes, a good next fifteen minutes and an average everything else.

The Vancouver Giants lost their fifth straight game Saturday night and second in consecutive nights to the Spokane Chiefs by a score of 6-3.

After a sluggish start that saw them down 2-0 less than five minutes into regulation, the Giants rattled off three goals in a 13-minute span to give them a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes.

“I thought we started out well. Our first five minutes weren’t good, but we responded well,” said Michael Dyck postgame.

Two of the three goals came on the man advantage — something that has been a struggle all season for the second-worst power play in the league.

 

Tristen Nielsen opened the scoring for the Giants with his 20th goal of the season with assists from Washington Capitals prospects Alex Kannok Leipert and Eric Florchuk.

Kannok Leipert had helpers on all three Giants goals while Florchuk had two of his own, giving him three assists in two games since being acquired in a trade on Thursday’s trade deadline.

Another mid-season acquisition got in on the action. This time it was Tyler Preziuso, also on the power play, for his sixth as a Giant and 15th on the year.

“I thought our power play was good tonight. We generated some momentum. It was nice to see us finally finish some opportunities. It’s something to build on,” Dyck said on his team’s successful man advantages in the first period.

Something you don’t see everyday….

Stop me if you’ve heard this already….

One of the new guys made an early impact in his home debut. This time it was Kaden Kohle who was acquired in a trade from Tri-City that saw John Little go south of the border.

As you can see in the video, Kohle drew Spokane’s Filip Kral in with a slight hesitation, opening the lane for Zack Ostapchuk to score his fourth of the season.

Kohle, who had just one assist in 28 games in a limited role with the Americans, has impressed his new coach early.

“He made a great play on Ostapchuk’s goal. He’s been exactly what we thought he was going to be and I thought he played really well,” Dyck said on Kohle, who turns 18 on Monday.

Quite the period for the 4,322 in attendance.

The excitement mellowed out for the second period, with only one goal scored.

Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman scored his 30th goal of the season to even things back up at three at the 15:04 mark of the period.

The goal tied him for the league lead in goals with Everett’s Bryce Kindopp and an assist later in the game tied him for the lead in points with Medicine Hat’s James Hamblin.

It marked the second straight night that these two teams entered the third period knotted up, and for the second time, the Chiefs came out on top.

“We were in the same position as we were last night (going into the third period tied) and one mistake and they take advantage of it. We had some ample opportunities tonight but didn’t finish,” Dyck commented.

Eli Zummack, who had four points on the night and is in the midst of a 17-game point streak, broke the deadlock at 9:35 with a beautiful toe drag move to beat David Tendeck which stood as the game winner.

Spokane added two empty netters late after Justin Sourdif came close to tying the game but was denied by Chiefs goalie and Los Angeles Kings prospect Lukáš Pařík backdoor.

Vancouver is still looking for its first win of 2020 and things aren’t going to get any easier.

The team’s next action sees a home-and-home again but this time with the Victoria Royals who are fresh off of taking three out of four points from the conference leading Portland Winterhawks.

The Royals sit second in the BC Division with 49 points, 11 ahead of the Giants. The Royals also just acquired Anaheim Ducks first-round pick Brayden Tracey from Moose Jaw on Thursday to add to their pleasantly surprising season.

Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, the roster is set and can now shift its focus to a march to the postseason.

But it won’t be easy….

“Our coaches told us…this is the start of the season, the deadline is over. From here on out, we really have to start buying in, we have to start winning games. It’s all about results. Seattle is one back of us and Tri-City is going to be pushing soon so we have to dig in,” Tristen Nielsen said after the game.

The Giants have one game in hand on the Thunderbirds while the Americans sit five points back with a game in hand on Vancouver.

Bowen Byram is expected to make his return to the line up next weekend after getting some rest after a successful World Junior tournament.

Vancouver had a 3-5-1-1 record during Byram’s absence.

 

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