Giants kicked off the 2019-20 season with a 5-3 victory over the Cougars at at the CN Centre in Prince George. (Brett Cullen/Vancouver Giants)

Giants win first game of regular season

Road trip off to a good start with Prince George victory

Regular season is off to a good start for the Langley-based Vancouver Giants.

Friday night at the CN Centre in Prince George, Giants kicked off the 2019-20 season with a 5-3 victory over the Prince George Cougars before a crowd of 2,857.

Five different skaters supplied the goals for the Giants while Trent Miner turned aside 20 of the 23 shots fired his way in net.

Giants power play went two-for-three while the penalty kill went six-for-seven.

Both Owen Hardy (two assists) and Seth Bafaro (one goal, one assist) had multi-point games for Vancouver. Tyson Upper had two goals in response for Prince George.

In the first period, Tristen Nielsen opened the scoring at 4:48. He snuck a low shot through the pads of Taylor Gauthier from the left-wing beside the goal. Owen Hardy and Seth Bafaro assisted.

Seth Bafaro extended Vancouver’s lead on a power play at 15:20. His shot from the right-wing point snuck through traffic and home. Dylan Plouffe and Owen Hardy both drew helpers.

Cole Moberg responded for the Cougars 51 seconds later when he capitalized off a three-way passing play with Ryan Schoettler and Josh Maser. Moberg’s marker came on a power play.

In the second: Lukas Svejkovsky extended the Giants lead to 3-1 when he wired a shot past Taylor Gauthier’s blocker off a two-on-one rush. His goal came at 10:50 and was unassisted.

Tyson Upper moved Prince George back within one at 16:36 off a shot from above the left-wing circle. Goaltender Taylor Gauthier had one of the assists.

Upper struck again with 11 seconds left in the period off a deflection from the left-wing beside the Giants goal.

In the third: Justin Sourdif gave the Giants their final lead of the night with an end-to-end rush on a power play at 4:56. Goaltender Trent Miner drew the lone assist.

Jackson Shepard provided the Giants with some insurance at 18:53. Shepard converted into an empty net off a breakaway feed from Milos Roman to secure his first goal as a Giant.

READ MORE: Assembling a new Vancouver Giants not an easy task

READ MORE: Vancouver Giants Scouts sticking with team for another season

Noteworthy:

Eight Giants recorded at least one point in Friday’s victory.

Tristen Nielsen led all Giants with five shots on goal.

Trent Miner improved his record to 5-0 lifetime against Prince George.

Both of the game’s goaltenders: Trent Miner and Taylor Gauthier recorded assists in the game.

The Giants are now 4-1-0-1 lifetime when starting their season on the road.

Jacob Gendron, John Little and Justin Lies all played in their first career WHL games for Vancouver.

Giants return to the ice in Prince George at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Sept. 21)

First home came will be Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. against Portland Winterhawks.

.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: sports@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Jackson Shepard takes a shot as the Giants recorded a 5-3 victory over the Prince George Cougars. (Brett Cullen/Vancouver Giants)

Dylan Plouffe and the Vancouver Giants kicked off the 2019-20 season with a 5-3 victory over the Prince George Cougars. (Brett Cullen/Vancouver Giants)

Just Posted

LETTER: Langley woman shocked by abuse of ‘My Mr. Rogers’ – Dr. Bonnie

Public workers and front line staff are working to protect and help everyone

New Langley digs facilitate 500 virus tests a day

Fraser Health expands COVID-19 testing and collection in Langley with move to Kwantlen university

Volunteers needed to help make Aldergrove shine

Business association will host downtown clean up day and will survey owners and residents on Oct. 3

WEATHER: Strong winds, heavy rainfall and risk of a thunderstorm forecasted for Langley

Special weather statement is in effect for Metro Vancouver, including Langley

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

‘Show us the money’ for cannabis, local governments tell B.C.

Municipal tax, transit revenues falling as costs rise

Young man assaulted, left for 12 hours until help called in Vancouver’s Strathcona Park

Vancouver police are looking to identify the victim as they investigate an assault on Monday evening

Boulders near Harrison vandalized with derogatory word

Vandalism likely occured between Sunday evening and Tuesday evening

Most Read