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AHA MEDIA attended Game One of the WHL Western Conference between Vancouver Giants and Kelowna Rockets

AHA MEDIA was pleased to be able to attend the first game of the WHL Western Conference between Vancouver Giants and Kelowna Rockets. 🙂


AHA MEDIA was able to go to this game courtesy to Graham Lloyd , Account Manager, 99.3 The FOX http://www.cfox.com


Thanks Graham! 🙂



Over 8500 people packed Pacific Coliseum at 7pm Saturday April 18th




Game one of the WHL western conference finals played on Saturday night was an inauspicious start for the Vancouver Giants. They lost 4 to 2 to the Kelowna Rockets, a bigger, more physical team and it showed as the Giants were out-hustled and out-muscled in the first of a best of seven series.




            The first period was a fairly even session with no goals scored and the Giants out shooting the visitors by a 10 to 6 margin.


During Intermission, The Timbit League of young girls came out and showed off their skills.




Things started to unravel in the second period as the Rockets scored three unanswered goals and completely dominated the Giants at both ends of the rink. In fact the Giants did not even manage their first shot on goal until almost fifteen minutes had elapsed. That first shot was in fact a disallowed goal when video review determined that the Giants player pushed the puck past the Rockets goalie with his fist. The Giants were out-shot by a 15 to 4 measure in the second frame.




The Giants finally figured out the Rockets air tight defense in the third period  with an early power play marker Lance Bouma They followed it up with another score by James Henry when the Rocket’s goaltender let in a soft goal with 6 minutes left in the game.







It was a close as the Giants would get however as the Rockets shut down the home side down the stretch and salted away the win with an empty netter in the final minute.



The Giants will have to deal with the physical presence of the Rockets if they hope to prevent a replay of this troubling performance exhibited in game one. The many Kelowna fans in attendance were vocally pleased with their team’s performance. One thing to remember, however, is that Giants coach Don Hay has shown that he will always make the adjustments required to be successful. He will have to because the Giants certainly do not want to go into Kelowna 2 games down in the series.





AHA MEDIA hopes that for Game 2 at 5pm Sunday April 19th, things turn around for our Vancouver Giants! 🙂




Go Giants! 🙂



More photos of this game are available on our Flickr page 🙂


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