Vancouver Giants head coach Jason McKee.

Coach’s Corner: Feb. 23, 2017

Vancouver Giants head coach Jason McKee talks about the team's recent performance.

A well-deserved and hard-fought win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Vancouver Giants on Saturday.

Better than the win is the way it went down, said Giants head coach Jason McKee.

“We competed hard,” McKee said of the game against the Red Deer Rebels. “When we do that, we give ourselves a chance.”

The back-and-forth game on home ice at the LEC saw the Giants take victory 4-3 in a final shootout. But the Giants scored first, with Owen Hardy putting the team on the board a minute into the first period.

With a big performance from goalie Ryan Kubic, particularly during overtime and the shootout, until Jack Flaman’s final goal.

Many players got in on the scoring action and carried the puck to Red Deer’s end of the rink.

“We need offense from everybody,” said McKee. “Your defence needs to be up in the rush.”

It was a big improvement over a Friday game that saw the Giants fall 6-1 to the Kamloops Blazers.

Although the Giants did not prevail, the game began strong, with a goal by Calvin Spencer just two minutes into the first period.

“I thought we had a real good start in that game,” said McKee.

Unfortunately, Spencer’s goal would be the only one for the Giants, who would face a shelling from the Blazers, finishing the game down 6-1.

“They’re a good team, and they made us pay for it,” said McKee.

The team seemed to learn from that Friday night defeat, however, taking some of the lessons from their Kamloops defeat and transforming them into the ingredients of Saturday’s win over Red Deer.

Focusing on detail is key for the injury-ravaged Giants right now, Jason McKee said. The team can’t score its way out of trouble.


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