Edit: Tyler Bunz was sent down to Stockton of the ECHL Saturday morning. He had an excellent AHL camp, but the plan was for him to see a lot of games in the echl this year.
Last night the Tigers got out to a quick 3-0 lead. Tonight it was the other way around and a bit uglier.
48 seconds into the game the Giants rushed down the Ice on 3 on 2. The puck would get passed to the trailer and he fired a shot on net. Langhamer stopped it but left a rebound, in which Riley Kieser smoked it in. 1-0 Giants
Cain Franson would carry the puck into the zone, circle back and draw Derek Ryckman over to him. Franson fired a high shot on net. Langhamer would give up another rebound right onto the stick of Brett Kulak who pinched in from the point and buried it. 2-0 Giants
The Tigers would call a Timeout, but it didn't seem to help as right off the next draw Tyler Lewington would get called for tripping.
On the ensuing poweplay Cain Franson would walk off the half-wall and take a shot through traffic. The puck somehow found its way passed Marek Langhamer, and trickled in. 3-0 Giants
That would end Marek Langhamer's night, giving way to Dawson MacAuley. MacAuley was tested immediately stopping a breakaway chance.
Late in the period on a mini 2 on 2. Marek Tvrdon would make a nice move but ran out of real-estate as he crashed into Dawson MacAuley. The puck would lay at the side of the net with MacAuley down and Jackson Houck would get his first of the season. 4-0 Giants
Dawson MacAuley comes with up two awesome saves early in the period.
About 6 minutes into the period the Tigers switched up their line combos, and it has seemed to give them a spark.
On the powerplay. Well officially it was not credited as a PP goal, but Kyle Becker threw a shot from the point on net. Curtis Valk would get his stick on it for a tip and put the Tigers on the board
The giants still managed too many scoring chances for my liking, but the Tigers looked a lot better after they switched up their lines. Trevor Cox was robbed with an open net on a rebound by Vancouver Goaltender Tyler Fuhr.
Giants would strike a couple more times in rapid succession early. David Musil would fire a shot from the point and it would bounce off the back of Tristan Sieben and into the net. 5-1 Giants
14 seconds later the Giants would strike again. Elgin Pearce's breakout pass would get intercepted and the giants would generate a 2 on 1 down low. Marek Tvrdon would give a perfect cross ice pass over to Nathan Burns, who tipped it in the open net.. MacAuley had no chance on it. 6-1 Giants
Marek Langhamer had some troubles with his rebounds early, and that quick 3-0 giants lead seemed to deflate the Tigers. This game could have been uglier, Dawson MacAuley made some high quality stops in relief. I thought the Vets didn't show up tonight, and it was a disappointing effort all around. Changing up the lines in the second period created a small spark but the Tigers couldn't establish a consistent fore-check.
I thought these past 5 periods the second and third efforts in the Tigers game has dissipated. I wasn't happy with the efforts of some of the veteran players. Perhaps its getting used to the road again, but I wanna see the "pop" back in their game before it turns into a bad habit.
One player that stood out for the right reasons in both road games was defenceman Spenser Jensen. Jensen looked really good and was a big physical presence on the ice.
Note: I will be unable to recap Saturdays game against Kamloops.