MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – The Vancouver Giants dropped their third straight game Tuesday when they were blanked 4-0 by the Medicine Hat Tigers despite a 31-shot attack on Tiger netminder Cam Lanigan. Giant goalie Payton Lee made 30 saves and was beaten once in the first period, once in the second and twice in the third.
The cellar-dwelling Giants (11-31-0-0) played without captain Wes Vannieuwenhuizen, who missed his second consecutive game with a broken finger. They were also without leading goal scorer Trevor Cheek, 20, who is a candidate to be moved before the Western Hockey League's Thursday trading deadline. New right winger Rob Trzonkowski, obtained last Wednesday in the Kale Kessy deal with Kamloops, was out of Tuesday's lineup as well with a knee injury.
The Giants complete their five-game road swing through Alberta Wednesday night in Lethbridge where they will meet the Hurricanes.
Off the ice, the Giants bid farewell to head equipment manager Chad Scharff, who is joining the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant in their equipment department. The 26-year-old Scharff played for the Giants from 2002-07 and also served as a scout and assistant coach. According to GM Scott Bonner, athletic therapist Nick Murray will add Scharff's duties for the remainder of the season.
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