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

AHA MEDIA was excited to be able to attend the second 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! 🙂





The Vancouver Giants dodged a huge bullet on Sunday evening in their second game of the WHL western final by defeating the Kelowna Rockets 4-3 in overtime at the Pacific Coliseum. They evened the series at one game apiece and head to Kelowna for game three on Tuesday.


   The Giants came out on Sunday night, intending to put their horrible start the night before behind them.




            While they were thoroughly outplayed in game one it was imperative that Vancouver even the series before going on the road into a tough building in Kelowna. The Giants were impressive in responding to the physical play of the larger Rockets team which dominated in the first game. There was a lot of rough play with nine penalties assessed to the Rockets and six to the Giants, mostly for roughing and high sticking. The Giants were able to adapt to the rough play however and scored on two power plays.





The first period was action packed, where the Giants outshot the Kelowna Rockets and scored a goal.



            The second period was almost the same high intensity with Vancouver outshooting their opponents with goals for each team, Vancouver leading.




            The third period was a messy affair with the Giants taking an early 2 goal lead then Kelowna scoring 2 unanswered goals. The Giants outhit their larger opponents by a far margin. The game was very rough with lots of penalties. No fights considering all the cheap shots from both teams .


            After allowing the Rockets to come back from a 3-1 third period deficit to send the game into overtime the Giants scored in the last minute of the OT frame on a Casey Pierro-Zabotel goal at 19:26 of the extra period. Pierre-Casey Zabotel scored his 4th goal of the playoffs from a scrum in front of the net to give Vancouver the 4-3 win!






Below are photos of  all the Vancouver Giants all celebrating their hard – earned victory!









The Giants also managed to take better care of the puck on this night, not turning it over when pressed by the Rockets and also skated better and showed more energy overall than they did in game one. To be fair to the Giants they are coming off an extremely demanding series with the Spokane Chiefs that saw them play five overtime periods in the final two games of that series in which they overcame a 3-2 deficit to win.

            The stage is now set for a thrilling game three in Kelowna on Tuesday night  and game four goes Thursday also in Kelowna. The series switches back to Vancouver for game five on Saturday.


Go Giants! 🙂



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


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