Saturday afternoon in Everett, the Vancouver Giants (1-1) secured a 4-3 shootout victory over the Portland Winterhawks.
The Giants clawed back from three separate deficits en route to their first win of the exhibition season.
Brayden Watts had two goals in regulation and Justin Sourdif had the lone goal of the shootout.
Meanwhile, netminder Trent Miner stopped 25 of the 28 shots fired his way to earn the victory in goal.
Tyson Kozak led all Winterhawks with a goal and an assist.
This victory came after a defeat Friday night, again at the Angels of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash. when the G-Men fell to Seattle 4-2.
The Giants wrap up their weekend on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 1 with an 11:30 a.m. clash with the Spokane Chiefs – again in Everett.
They play the first of three preseason home games starting next Friday, Sept. 6, when they take on Victoria at the Langley Events Centre. That’s followed Sept. 7 by a game against Prince George, and a game Sept. 8 against Kamloops.
Shots: 14-6 Vancouver
POR – Mason Mannek opened the scoring for Portland at 5:14. Jonah Bevington and Tyson Kozak had the assists.
VAN – Just a minute and 29 seconds later the Giants answered when Jacob Gendron snapped a shot home from the top of the right-wing circle. John Little assisted on the play.
POR – Jaydon Dureau responded with an unassisted marker for Portland at 10:06.
Shots: 12-11 Vancouver
VAN – Brayden Watts moved the Giants back even at 8:08, converting off an Alex Kannok Leipert rebound.
POR – 43 seconds later Tyson Kozak gave Portland their third lead of the afternoon off a pass from Cross Hanas.
VAN – Brayden Watts wasn’t done. He snapped home his second goal of the day over the right shoulder of Dante Giannuzzi on a power play. Alex Kannok Leipert and Tristen Nielsen had assists.
Shots: 17-6 Vancouver
Shots: 5-2 Portland
1 – John Little (VAN) – Miss
1 – Dawson Pasternak (POR) – Miss
2 – Justin Sourdif (VAN) – Goal
2 – James Stefan (POR) – Miss
3 – Zack Ostapchuk (VAN) – Miss
3 – Simon Knak (POR) – Miss
GAME BY THE NUMBERS:
Final score: Vancouver 4 – Portland 3 (Shootout)
Final shots: 45-28 Vancouver
Trent Miner: 25/28 saves for Vancouver
Joel Hofer: 14/14 saves for Portland
Dante Giannuzzi: 28/31 saves for Portland
Vancouver: 1/8 on the power play
Portland: 0/4 on the power play