A short-handed Vancouver Giants suffered a hard-fought loss at the hands of the Calgary Hitmen, despite an inspired effort that saw Ty Halaburda score while taking a fall Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, in a game with stellar goal tending on both ends of the ice .
The Langley-based Giants played the final 40 minutes with only four defencemen after Tom Cadieux was given a game misconduct early in the first period and Carson Haynes left the game with an injury.
After a scoreless first period, Calgary’s London Hoilett, with an assist from Maxim Muranov and Trey Patterson, scored his first career Western Hockey League goal to open the scoring at 1:53 of the second.
Vancouver’s Ty Halaburda tied the game at 6:34 into the third period, on a rebound, while he was falling down.
Samuel Honzek and Ty Thorpe had the assist.
Sean Tschigerl, with an assist by Carter Yakemchuk, restored Calgary’s lead just two minutes later on a sharp angle backhand, and Riley-Fiddler Schultz, with Grayden Siepmann and Tyson Galloway, brought the Hitmen lead to two on a breakaway with 1:59 remaining in the game.
Vancouver’s Samuel Honzek, with an assist from Mazden Leslie, and Jaden Lipinski, brought the game back within one just 0:35 later, but it proved to be the final tally of the game.
Honzek was named third star of the game.
Final Score Calgary 3 – Vancouver 2.
Calgary Hitmen netminder Brayden Peters was under slightly less pressure than Vikman, with Vancouver outshooting Calgary 34 to 26.
Giants next stop on their road trip will be Medicine Hat, where they will take on the Tigers Tuesday night at Co-op Place.
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