The Vancouver Giants honour Trevor Linden prior to the WHL hockey game at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C., December 1, 2012.
Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG
VANCOUVER - The night started with former Canuck captain Trevor Linden being honoured by the Vancouver Giants as one of the true Heroes of Hastings. Unfortunately for the struggling Western Hockey League squad, it ended with Beau McCue being a hero at the Pacific Coliseum, too.
McCue’s second goal of the night, a short-handed tally with 5.9 seconds left in the third period Saturday, gave the visiting Tri-City Americans a 4-3 come-from-behind victory in front of 7,105 hockey fans.
The Giants, losers of seven consecutive games, led 3-2 with under three minutes left in the entertaining game. However, Americans’ defenceman Justin Hamonic scored his first goal of the season at 17:49 to tie the contest and set the stage for McCue’s heroics.
Wes Vannieuwenhuizen, Cain Franson and Tristan Sieben scored for the Giants, who received a solid effort from goaltender Liam Liston, who stopped 30 of the 34 shots he faced. Vancouver had 41 shots on goal.
Lucas Nickles scored the other goal for the Americans, who improved their record to 17-10-1-1. The Giants, who face the Royals Wednesday in Victoria (7 p.m., TEAM 1410), slipped to 7-20-0-0. Vancouver’s next home game is Friday (7:30 p.m., TEAM 1040) when the Swift Current Broncos visit.
American Hockey League
On a night when fans were encouraged to bring dogs to the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre for the Heat’s Pucks ‘N’ Paws special promotion, the American Hockey League leaders were cooled off by a bunch of persistent Bulldogs.
Hamilton snapped the Heat’s home-ice hot streak with a 3-0 victory Saturday, one night after being squashed 5-1 in the Fraser Valley. The Heat (13-3-2-2) had earned a least one point in each of their previous 11 home games.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs scored once on the power play, twice at even strength, and saw Cedric Desjardins earn Hamilton’s first shutout of the season.
The Bulldogs opened scoring at 4:23 of the first period when Patrick Holland scored his second goal of the season, set up by Gabriel Dumont and former Vancouver Giant Brendan Gallagher. The Bulldogs extended their lead in the third period with a power-play goal from Steve Quailer at 1:37 and an even-strength tally that deflected off a Heat defender’s skate at 4:37.
The Heat’s netminder Danny Taylor started for the 10th time this season and stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss.
The Heat host the San Antonio Rampage (6-11-0-3) on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games at the impressive King Road arena begin at 7 p.m.
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