Vancouver Giants drop 6-0 decision to Kelowna Rockets – Abbotsford News

After 2-0 midway through, the Vancouver Giants were very quiet in Friday night’s hockey game.

“Things did not go early, 2-0, and I think we overcame them 19-15, but it was just a matter of keeping it up and we could have made it a really interesting match, but we did not. Summed up head coach Michael Dyck. “We took a stupid punishment, and then it just went from bad to worse.”

The Kelowna Rockets made it 3-0 at that powerplay and 21 seconds later added another to an unbeatable 4-0 lead. Both of those goals came in the last minute of the regulation of the second period in what turned out to be a 6-0 win in Western Hockey League action at home at the Langley Events Center.

The Rockets improved to 21-10-1-3, while Vancouver sits at 16-19-2-0.

Kelowna led 1-0 after 20 minutes on Turner McMillan’s goal with less than four minutes left before Marcus Pacheco doubled the lead at 12:34 off the center frame. Pavel Novak (on power play) and Adam Kydd then put the match out of reach with goals in the last minute.

Adam Hall digs for the puck at the Rockets goal.  On Friday night, January 28 at the Langley Events Center, the Vancouver Giants (16-19-2-0) dropped a 6-0 decision to the visiting Kelowna Rockets (21-10-1-3).  (Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Center / Special to Langley Advance Times)

Adam Hall digs for the puck at the Rockets goal. On Friday night, January 28 at the Langley Events Center, the Vancouver Giants (16-19-2-0) dropped a 6-0 decision to the visiting Kelowna Rockets (21-10-1-3). (Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Center / Special to Langley Advance Times)

“We just got upset,” Dyck said, adding that it was a sign of a lack of confidence when things get tough. “They have to dig in … we’ve done it before, where we fought through adversity (but) tonight we did not, and it went from bad to worse.”

Mark Liwiski made it 5-0 with a card game 1:40 inside the third before Gabriel Szturc struck on another with less than four minutes left.

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Vancouver have gone 2-2-1-0 in their last five games as they appear to be strengthening their playoff position. Currently, the team is in seventh place, six points ahead of Tri-City Americans in ninth place.

The Giants are back on it tonight, Saturday, January 29, as they complete the home-and-home series with the Rockets in Kelowna. Vancouver will also host the Kamloops Blazers back at the Langley Events Center on Sunday, January 30 at 16.00

“It will be a good test to see how they react,” Dyck said of the Rockets rematch.

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Vancouver went 0-to-5 in the power play, while Kelowna was 1-to-3.

The final shots were 28-25 for the Rockets, with Talyn Boyko getting shutout after his performance with 25 saves.

Jesper Vikman made 15 saves on 19 shots through 40 minutes, with Will Gurski playing the third period and stopping nine of 11 shots.


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