MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – The Vancouver Giants began life without star defenceman David Musil in losing fashion Thursday, dropping a 5-1 decision to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Musil, 19, was traded Wednesday to the Edmonton Oil Kings for blueliner Mason Geertsen, 17, and a 2013 first round bantam pick. Geertsen made his Giants debut in Medicine Hat and was a minus-1.
The Giants also traded depth forward Austin Vetterl to the Kootenay Ice Thursday for a pair of prospects in the Alberta Junior League, forward Douglas Morris and blueliner Kyle Krabben. Former Tiger Kale Kessy scored the only goal Thursday for the Giants, who lost starting netminder Liam Liston with a possible groin injury at the 4:46 mark of the second period. Liston was hurt trying to make a save on the Tigers' second goal by Elgin Pearce. Liston stopped 14 of 16 shots while Tyler Fuhr allowed the final three Tiger goals on 22 shots. The Giants have called up 16-year-old netminder Payton Lee from the Junior B Richmond Sockeyes for their next game Saturday against Kootenay.
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