This day in Giants history – March 24

2004 – Giants take 3-1 series lead

After a close win in Game 3 the night prior, the Giants were looking for the 3-1 stranglehold on the series.

Vancouver had a very strong start, jumping out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a natural hat-trick from overage forward Darren Lynch.

The Blazers fought back with two goals of their own to cut the Giants’ lead to just one. Less than 30 seconds after Kamloops’ second goal, Vancouver regained a two-goal lead with a goal from Ty Morris.

The Morris goal would end up being the game winner as the teams traded goals in the final frame, with the Giants goal coming from Adam Courchaine.

The Giants took Game 4 by a score of 5-3.

Giants goaltender Aaron Sorochan stopped 37-of-40 shots while Geoff McIntosh had 19 saves on 24 shots.

2006 – Franson leads Game 1 victory

The Giants came into the 2006 playoffs as the top seed out of the BC Division and drew the Prince George Cougars in the first round, who finished 24 points behind Vancouver in the regular season standings.

The series got off to a slow start offensively, not seeing its first goal until 44 seconds into the third period when Cody Franson scored his first career playoff goal, followed by his second one with 2:11 remaining in regulation.

Gilbert Brule added an empty net goal to give the Giants a 3-0 win in Game 1.

Vancouver goaltender Dustin Slade stopped all 19 shots he faced while Scott Bowles had 21 saves.

2007 – Bruins steal Game 2

After a strange start to the series, that saw the game go to overtime despite Chilliwack only mustering ten shots in the game, the underdog Bruins continued to give the Giants grief.

Michal Repik opened the scoring in Game 2 just over half way through the contest with his first of that postseason.

Vancouver greatly out-shot their counterpart once again but Bruins goaltender Alex Archibald continued to keep his team in the series.

The Giants gave Chilliwack nine power plays in the game and it cost them…

The Bruins scored three unanswered goals, two of them on the man advantage, to give them a 3-1 win and a surprising split as the series shifted to the Fraser Valley.

Archibald stopped 32-of-33 shots while Tyson Sexsmith turned aside 15-of-18 shots.

2009 – Cougars almost steal Game 3

After outscoring the Cougars 17-3 in the first two games of the series, the Giants looked to be on their way to an easy sweep of their divisional rival who sat 66 points down the standings in the regular season.

The Giants allowed the first goal before ringing off two straight goals in the second period coming from Evander Kane and Nolan Toigo, each their second of the playoffs.

Brian Matte evened things back up for Prince George and forced a surprising overtime period at the CN Centre.

Just over three minutes into the extra frame, Craig Cunningham gave the Giants the 3-0 stranglehold of the series.

Cougars goaltender Kevin Armstrong has an impressive 49 saves while Tyson Sexsmith stopped 31-of-33.

2010 – Giants sweep the Blazers

Vancouver was looking to punch their ticket to the second round going into Game 4 against Kamloops. The series could have easily looked different, having two games of the previous three decided by overtime.

After Colin Smith opened the scoring for the Blazers late in the first period, Milan Kytnar evened things up for the Giants 3:51 into the middle frame.

The Blazers regained the lead a few minutes later before Brendan Gallagher and James Henry rattled off consecutive goals to make it 3-2 with just over five minutes left in the period, giving Vancouver their first lead of the game.

Goals continued to come in pairs for the respective teams for the remainder of the game, firstly with Kamloops taking their one-goal lead back with goals from Austin Madaisky and Colin Smith who had opened the scoring in the first period.

Vancouver buckled down for what would be the final ten minutes of the series, getting goals from Craig Cunningham and, again, Brendan Gallagher who scored the eventual series winner 15:41 into the third period.

Mark Segal stopped 25 shots for the Giants while Jon Groenheyde had 26 saves for the Blazers.

2012 – Vancouver put up seven goals on Chiefs again

The Giants came into Game 2 after having an offensive explosion the previous night that resulted in seven goals, and they picked up right where they left off for this one.

Just 40 minutes into the game, Vancouver found themselves with a comfortable 5-0 cushion on Spokane with goals coming from Neil Manning, Jordan Martinook, Brendan Gallagher and two from Marek Tvrdon.

Spokane found their legs during the intermission, scoring two goals, both on the power play, in the first 3:05 of the third to give them some life.

Neil Manning got the Giants back on the board with his second of the night, also on the man advantage, to make it 6-2 8:07 into the third, giving the Chiefs a large hill to climb in the remaining 12 minutes of play.

The Chiefs would find the score sheet one more time on the night, but Brendan Gallagher put the nail in the coffin to make it a 7-3 score which would stand as is.

Adam Morrison had 38 saves on the night while both Spokane goaltenders saw action in this one with starter Mac Engel stopping 12-of-17 shots and Eric Williams stopping 10-of-12 in relief.

2018 – Royals even up series

After taking Game 1 on the road, the Giants knew that Victoria would be firing at all cylinders to prevent going down 0-2 in front of their home fans.

As expected, the Royals jumped out to a quick start in an action-filled opening period. Dawson Holt cut the lead in half 16:34 in but Tarun Fizer answered right back less than a minute later to restore the two-goal lead.

Vancouver clawed their way back to even in the second period as Brennan Riddle and Milos Roman scored goals 1:15 apart (quick response was the story line of this game) to make it 3-3 early in the second.

Jared Freadrich got the Royals their lead back with a power play marker at the 12:01 mark, but it didn’t long at all this time.

Dawson Holt scored his second goal of the game just 17 seconds later as this was starting to make for an exciting series between the bitter rivals.

Victoria would have the last laugh in this one eventually as Jeff de Wit scored the eventual game winning goal with 1:58 remaining in the second period to send the series back to Langley tied 1-1.

Trent Miner stopped 21-of-26 shots for Vancouver while Griffen Outhouse stopped 33-of-37 in a winning effort.


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