2006 – Giants shutout Cougars
The first two games of this series featured shutouts with both teams coming out on the right end of one.
Game 3 was no different as the series moved to Prince George. Vancouver’s special teams were the difference maker in this one, converting four times on the power play and once shorthanded.
The Giants scored twice on the man advantage in the first 4:36 of this one, with goals from Michal Repik and Gilbert Brule and the team carried that momentum over to the second period…
Half of the Giants’ goals on the night came in the second period, starting with Mario Bliznak scoring shorthanded 5:25 into play. A goal from Tim Kraus followed and another power-play goal from Jason Reese made it 5-0 after 40 minutes of play.
Jonathan Blum rounded out the scoring with yet another power-play goal 1:11 into the third to give Vancouver the convincing 6-0 win and take a 2-1 series lead.
Dustin Slade had a 21 save shutout for Vancouver and Scott Bowles made 34 saves for the Cougars.
2007 – McArdle’s two goals puts Bruins on the brink
Vancouver shut out the Bruins in Game 3 the night prior and continued with their potent offence as they looked to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
The first period saw just one goal, from Kenndal McArdle for his first of the postseason.
The game’s offence exploded in the third period, seeing five goals between the teams. Jonathan Blum scored the eventual game winning goal at the 6:49 of the third period, his second of the playoffs.
Future NHLer Nick Holden scored Chilliwack’s only goal of the contest at the 12:51 mark before the game opened up with three unanswered goals scored by Vancouver.
Two goals came on the power play from McArdle (empty net) and Mike Wuchterl while JD Watt added an even strength goal to take Game 4 by a score of 5-1.
Tyson Sexsmith stopped 19-of-20 shots for the Giants and Alex Archibald made 31 saves in a losing effort.
2012 – Chiefs tie series in overtime
Spokane squeaked out a 3-2 win in Game 3 and was looking to tie the series at two games a piece after dropping the first two games in Vancouver.
The Chiefs came out to play early, and jumped to a 2-0 lead through the midway point of the game with goals from Darren Kramer and Liam Stewart.
Vancouver controlled the third period, out-shooting the Chiefs 12-5 and out-scoring them 2-0.
Austin Fyten opened the scoring for the Giants at 9:21 of the period, setting up for a dramatic end of regulation.
With time winding down, the Giants put on the late pressure and it paid off with Brendan Gallagher tying the game with just 31 seconds remaining on the clock to send Game 4 to overtime.
Spokane erased their 0-2 deficit in the series when Mitch Holmberg became the hero for the Chiefs at 6:43 of overtime and sent the series back to Vancouver tied 2-2.
Adam Morrison stopped 23 shots for the Giants and Eric Williams stopped 21-of-23.