All stuffed toys thrown onto the ice during today’s teddy bear toss game will be gathered and donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. (Rik Fedyck/Vancouver Giants)

VIDEO: Giants earn a teddy bear toss victory Sunday at Rogers Arena

G-Men suit up next on Saturday, Dec. 14 when they take on the Everett Silvertips in Washington

Sunday night at Rogers Arena the Vancouver Giants earned a 4-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans during the Chevrolet teddy bear toss today.

And some new faces for the Vancouver Giants are being credited with having a huge impact on the outcome of the 2019 teddy bear toss game.

Forward Tyler Preziuso scored twice in his Giants debut (in the third period) to help cement a 4-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans (12-12-2-1).

Connor Horning’s first goal as a Giant was the game winner, and Michal Kvasnica’s first goal as a Giant at 4:04 of the first period served as the 2019 teddy bear goal.

Tristen Nielsen, Justin Sourdif, and Bowen Byram all recorded multi-assist games for the G-Men.

Connor Bouchard had the lone goal in response for Tri-City who were outshot 53-26 by the Giants on Sunday.

The Vancouver Giants (14-13-1-1) play next on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Everett, Wash. against the Silvertips.

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1st Period:

VAN – Michal Kvasnica scored the famed Teddy Bear Goal of 2019 for the Vancouver Giants at 4:04. He took a pass from Tristen Nielsen at the Tri-City blueline, skated into the left circle and wired home his shot from the left-wing circle past Beck Warm to make it a 1-0 game.

VAN – Connor Horning then extended the Giants lead at 15:55 off a low shot from the high slot that snuck past Beck Warm’s stick and in. Horning’s first as a Giant was assisted by Justin Sourdif and Bowen Byram.

Shots: 16-15 Tri-City

2nd Period:

No Scoring

Shots: 19-7 Vancouver

3rd Period:

TC – 1:07 into the third, Connor Bouchard potted the lone goal of the game for Tri-City in close off a feed from Krystof Hrabik. Bouchard’s seventh came just as a Tri-City power play had expired.

VAN – A minute and 45 seconds later the Giants answered when Tyler Preziuso knocked home a Tristen Nielsen rebound past Beck Warm for his 10th goal of the season.

VAN – Preziuso wasn’t done. At 6:34 of the third he wired home a shot from the slot on a Giants power play, increasing the Vancouver lead to 4-1. Tristen Nielsen and Bowen Byram drew the helpers on Preziuso’s 11th goal.

Shots: 19 – 3 Vancouver



• Final score: Vancouver 4 – Tri-City 1

• Final shots: 53 – 26 Vancouver

• David Tendeck: 25/26 saves for Vancouver (8-7)

• Beck Warm: 49/53 saves for Tri-City (8-12-1-1)

• Tri-City power play: 0/2

• Vancouver power play: 1/2

• 3 Stars: Tyler Preziuso (VAN – 2 Goals); Tristen Nielsen (VAN – 3 Assists); Michal Kvasnica (VAN – teddy bear goal)

• The Giants set a new season high for shots on goal Sunday with 53.

• The Giants have outshot their opposition in five straight games, and in 20 of their first 29 games altogether.

• Thanks to his three-assist effort, Tristen Nielsen has now registered five goals and five assists for 10 points in his past six games.

• The Giants improved their record against Tri-City to 2-1 on the season.

• Tomorrow (Monday) Bowen Byram will be heading to Oakville, Ont. to join Team Canada at their World Junior Selection Camp.

• The teddy bears will be donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

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All stuffed toys thrown onto the ice during today’s teddy bear toss game will be gathered and donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. (Rik Fedyck/Vancouver Giants)

All stuffed toys thrown onto the ice during today’s teddy bear toss game will be gathered and donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. (Rik Fedyck/Vancouver Giants)

All stuffed toys thrown onto the ice during today’s teddy bear toss game will be gathered and donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. (Rik Fedyck/Vancouver Giants)

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