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Burns scores in a shootout as Vancouver Giants edge Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3

Wednesday, 10.31.2012 / 2:34 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Burns scores in a shootout as Vancouver Giants edge Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - Nathan Burns scored in regulation and the only goal in a shootout as the Vancouver Giants edged the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3 on Tuesday in WHL action.

The Giants opened the scoring when Burns pounced on a rebound at 4:36, but the Hurricanes equalized at 13:55 when Graham Hood set up Russell Maxwell on a 2-on-1.

The Hurricanes took the lead in the second when Daniel Johnston pounced on a loose puck in the slot to beat goalie Liam Liston.

Ten minutes later the Giants tied it on a broken play, as Carter Popoff scored his first WHL goal to make it 2-2 headed to the third.

Axel Blomqvist was stopped by Liston on a breakaway in the third only to get his revenge shortly after and give Lethbridge the lead back at 4:46.

With the goalie pulled for the extra attacker in the final minute, Dalton Sward tipped in a point shot to tie the game with just 50 seconds left.

The win moves Vancouver to 4-10-0 while Lethbridge suffers their first shootout loss and now drops to 8-7-2.

Hurricanes goalie Ty Rimmer finished with 33 saves. Liston stopped 26 of 29.

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