With contribution from Steve Erickson of Sportswave
The Vancouver Giants wrapped up the day last night with a “Specialty Teams Game” between the Grey team and the Black team.
The game consisted of “mini-games” which concluded with a five minute O/T period, then followed by a 5-player shoot-out, with all goalies having a chance between the pipes.
Head Coach Don Hay was not on the bench for this match-up, but rather left the duties to Glen Hanlon and Yogi Svejkovsky, who at times were very talkative to all players.
The first and second mini-game saw solid passing from several players with both tenders being tested from solid long shots from the outside all being turned away.
The final mini-game picked up speed with all players being more aggressive on the puck, with few give-aways.
It took a while, but Jackson Houck for the Black team scored at 6:43 on a shot from the top of the hash marks putting one past Liam Liston giving them the lead.
Tender Jackson Whistle was “on his game” for the Black team as he was making stops from all areas of the ice, one which had the making of a sure marker, only to be turned away as he took it off the mask.
Dalton Sword had the best chance of the final frame as he broke in on the right side, but again was denied by Jackson who threw out his right pad to deflect it in the corner.
Martinook was involved in a shoving contest in the dying stage of the period, but nothing transpired and both players went to the respective benches.
Carter Popoff was hit on the right arm with a shot from David Musil and left for a change, but never missed a shift as he just shrugged it off as a part of the game.
All five tenders played strong throughout the game and all took part in the eventual shootout to end the evening’s events.
Fuhr and Whistle were in net for team Black, while Lee, Redman and Liston were on the White team.
Tonight’s game features the annual Alumni Challenge intra-squad game at the Ladner Leisure Centre with the face-off set for 7pm.
The Giants hit the ice for the first pre-season action against the visiting Kelowna Rockets with the face-off again set for 7pm.