Cougars complete Giant sweep in Prince George with 2-1 win
Vancouver stuck in WHL basement; Abbotsford Heat hits the road after slipping past Stars in shootout
Vancouver Giants' Trevor Cheek (right) celebrates his goal Friday that triggered the Teddy Bear Toss promotion for charity in game against the Prince George Cougars at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Vancouver won the game 2-1, but lost 6-0 and 2-1 in Prince George the next two nights.
Photograph by: Steve Bosch, PNG
The Vancouver Giants’ goal to escape the Western Hockey League basement before the Christmas break didn’t materialize as the Giants were swept on the weekend by the Cougars in Prince George.
After clipping the Cougars 2-1 on Friday in Vancouver, the Giants were crushed 6-0 on Saturday and tripped 2-1 on Sunday, going 0-for-two at the CN Centre.
Trevor Cheek gave visiting Vancouver a 1-0 lead Sunday with a second-period goal at 14:43, but Alex Forsberg tied the game with a goal 133 seconds before the end of the period that brought down all the teddy bears from the Prince George fans and changed momentum of the game.
Carson Bolduc scored the winner at 6:02 of the third, handing the Giants their 25th loss of the season in 34 games.
Meanwhile, after a sizzling November to remember, the cooled off Abbotsford Heat have had a difficult December. But on Saturday night, thanks to a 39-save performance by netminder Barry Brust and a hot hand by left-winger Krys Kolanos, the American Hockey League leaders were able to outlast the tough Texas Stars 2-1 in a shootout at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.
Kolanos scored a power-play goal in regulation for the Heat (15-5-3-3) and added the shootout winner. Matt Fraser scored for the Stars on a 5-on-3 second-period power play.
The Heat will finish the month on the road with six games, the first set for Wednesday morning against the Vancouver Canucks’ farm team, the Chicago Wolves. That game will be on Sportsnet One starting at 9 a.m. PST, and streamed on teamradio.ca.
The road trip finishes with games against the Grand Rapids Griffins (Dec. 21), Rockford IceHogs (Dec. 22), Chicago (Dec. 29 and 30), Peoria Rivermen (Dec. 31).
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