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VIDEO: A great game by netminder not enough for Vancouver Giants win

We won third period, coach says
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Brett Mirwald was solid in goal Saturday, Jan. 4, stopping 50 of 54 shots, but the Giants were unable to convert on the power play until it was too late as Kamloops came into the Langley Events Centre and defeated the Giants 4-2 Saturday night. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Blazers fired 54 shots on Brett Mirwald and the Giants were unable to convert on the power play until it was too late as Kamloops came into the Langley Events Centre and defeated the Giants 4-2 Saturday night.

Logan Stankoven opened the scoring for Kamloops at 2:26 into the game when he found a rebound in the slot.

Vancouver’s Dylan Anderson tied it with a one-timer from the point just 1:29 later, but Matthew Seminoff gave the Blazers a 2-1 lead on the power play before the end of the first.

Brett Mirwald was solid in goal Saturday, Jan. 4, stopping 50 of 54 shots, but the Giants were unable to convert on the power play until it was too late as Kamloops came into the Langley Events Centre and defeated the Giants 4-2 Saturday night. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Brett Mirwald was solid in goal Saturday, Jan. 4, stopping 50 of 54 shots, but the Giants were unable to convert on the power play until it was too late as Kamloops came into the Langley Events Centre and defeated the Giants 4-2 Saturday night. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)

In the second, Blazers widened the gap to 4-1, with Seminoff netting his second of the night 14:13 into the second when he batted in a puck in a scramble in front of the net. Just 33 second later, Ryan Hofer made it 4-1 with a deflection.

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In the third period, Vancouver’s Ty Thorpe netted a power play goal with 1:50 to go in the game.

Final Score: Vancouver 2 – Kamloops 4.

Post-game, Giants Head Coach Michael Dyck sounded pleased with almost everything but the final score, praising Mirwald as “solid” and the team for their third-period surge.

“I like the fact that we got a lot of pucks in the net,” Dyck said.

“We beat that team in the 3rd period. That’s two games in a row [we’ve done that].”

Mirwald, who stopped 50 of 54 shots for Vancouver, was named third star of the game.

Brett Mirwald was solid in goal Saturday, Jan. 4, stopping 50 of 54 shots, but the Giants were unable to convert on the power play until it was too late as Kamloops came into the Langley Events Centre and defeated the Giants 4-2 Saturday night. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Brett Mirwald was solid in goal Saturday, Jan. 4, stopping 50 of 54 shots, but the Giants were unable to convert on the power play until it was too late as Kamloops came into the Langley Events Centre and defeated the Giants 4-2 Saturday night. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Next, Giants host Tri-City Americans this afternoon, Sunday, Jan. 5, at 4 p.m.


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