Giants wrap up U.S. road trip with another Americans setback

For the second time this weekend, the Langley hockey players took on Tri-City and lost 4-3.

Earlier this weekend, the Langley-based Vancouver Giants fell to the Tri-City American 6-2. During the rematch Sunday, the score was closer, but still not good for the G-Men.

Sunday night, once again battling the Tri-City Americans on their home turf in Kennewick, Wash. the G-Men went down 4-3.

Vancouver dropped what their play-by-play broadcaster Dan O’Connor called a hard-fought decision to the Americans.

“Tri-City struck twice within a 23-second span late in the second period to break open a 2-2 tie, and despite a valiant push in the third the Giants were unable to equalize,” he said.

Ty Ronning – who was just signed to the New York Rangers – scored his 58th and 59th goals of the season for the Giants while Davis Koch added two assists, extending his assist-streak to six straight games.

Between the pipes David Tendeck made 36 saves on 40 shots faced for Vancouver, while his counterpart Patrick Dea turned aside 37 of the 40 shots fired his way for Tri-City.

RELATED: Defeat Friday, rematch Sunday – Giants do battle with Americans

Game recap

At 14:27 into the first period, Tri-City got on the board when Jake Bean’s shot from the right point switched directions off a crowd in front and made its way through Tendeck and in for his 10th of the season.

Less than two minutes later Vancouver answered when Ty Ronning took a James Malm pass in the slot and ripped a shot up high and over the right shoulder of Dea to even the score 1-1.

51 seconds later though Tri-City stormed back when Morgan Geekie raced the puck across the Giants blueline, cut to the middle and snapped his 28th past Tendeck to give the Americans a 2-1 cushion.

That lead lasted into the first intermission. Shots were 14-9 Tri-City after one.

“Then, 36 seconds into the second period, Ronning tied the score for Vancouver when he knocked home a bouncing puck past Dea from in close along the right-wing,” O’Connor said.

Ronning’s goal came via the power play which finished the night one-for-four for Vancouver. His goal was assisted by both Tyler Benson and Koch.

“Both goaltenders made timely stops for their respective teams through the first 17 minutes of the second,” O’Connor elaborated.

Tendeck made multiple difficult saves off Dylan Coghlan and a breakaway stop off Sasha Mutala. At the other Dea made point-blank saves off Malm, Milos Roman, and Alex Kannok Leipert to keep the game tied.

That changed at 17:41 when Americans’ captain Michael Rasmussen parked himself in the slot and deflected an Anthony Bishop point-shot through traffic and past Tendeck for his 28th and a 3-2 lead.

Again, 23 seconds later, Riley Sawchuk hammered home his 14th of the campaign off a Parker AuCoin rebound, which moved Tri-City into a 4-2 advantage that they took into the second intermission. Shots were 30-24 Tri-City.

“Patrick Dea’s best period in goal for the Ams was the third as he faced 16 shots from the Vancouver Giants, many of which were quality looks,” O’Connor recounted.

Only one of those 16 chances went past him when Malm one-timed a Koch feed past the stretched left pad of Dea and in with a minute and 44 seconds to play in the period.

“A late push from the Giants proved unsuccessful and the Tri-City Americans held on to earn their 35th win of the season – A 4-3 triumph over the Giants,” he said.

Shots were even at 40-40 and Tri-City went zero-for-four on their power play chances. The loss drops the Giants record to 35-25-6-3, five points back of Victoria for second in the B.C. division standings.

Next up for the Giants have one final road test against the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday, March 14, before returning home.

Just Posted

Abbotsford goes up 2-0 on Langley

Pilots win both games on home ice, series now shifts to Langley

Kodiaks begin best-of-seven series strong

The Kodiaks opened their quarter-final playoff series by defeating the Delta Ice Hawks on home ice.

Heritage proposal for Aldergrove fire hall at a ‘standstill’

The Alder Grove Heritage Society faces a delay in knowing the fate of the fire hall due to tenants slated to live in the building until 2020.

VIDEO: Langley hosting high-flying fun at annual gymnastics tournament

Action runs Friday through Sunday at the Langley Events Centre fieldhouse.

BREAKING: Plecas won’t run in next election if legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

VIDEO: Langley hosting high-flying fun at annual gymnastics tournament

Action runs Friday through Sunday at the Langley Events Centre fieldhouse.

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Stabbing at Lower Mainland banquet hall sends man to hospital

RCMP says victim has ‘non-life threatening’ injuries, incident still under investigation

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Most Read