VANCOUVER - Brent Regner's goal at 13:19 of the third period gave the Vancouver Giants a 3-2 comeback victory over the injury-riddled Portland Winterhawks in WHL action Friday night.
Regner scored on a wrist shot from the point to give the Giants their first u and only lead u of the game.
The setback spoiled a stellar effort by Portland goaltender Jordan White. He made 52 saves as the Giants outshot the Winterhawks 55-23.
"Whew! They gave us a bit of a scare," said Vancouver coach Don Hay as he made his way to a post-game radio interview in the press box.
Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Jonathan Blum also scored for the Giants (42-13-2-5) as they posted their fifth straight victory before a crowd of 7,681 at the Pacific Coliseum.
The Giants were expected to win easily, but Portland led 1-0 after the first period and 2-1 after the second, in which Vancouver outshot the visitors 20-5.
Jacob Dietrich and Luke Walker scored for the Winterhawks (9-51-1-1), who suffered their 17th consecutive loss.
Portland was missing a total of nine players as eight sat out with injuries u five of which are season-ending u and defenceman Scott Gabriel served the fourth of a five-game suspension.
But Dietrich gave the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead on a power play only 3:04 into the game as he put a rebound past Vancouver goaltender Kraymer Barnstable.
The goal came only 14 seconds after Vancouver left winger James Henry was penalized for hooking.
Pierro-Zabotel created a 1-1 tie at 2:28 of the second period during a five-on-three power play. The Giants dominated the middle frame, but Walker gave the Winterhawks a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded tally at 16:48.
He tapped Tristan King's rebound into an empty net after a couple of Giants collided with goaltender Barnstable and knocked him out of his crease following a two-on-one.
Blum forged a 2-2 tie on a power play at 3:42 of the third period as he put in Spencer Machacek's pass from behind the net.
Giants winger Garet Hunt sat out, completing a two-game suspension for a kneeing incident Sunday against Chilliwack. Left winger Adam Basford has officially joined Vancouver as an affiliate player from the Surrey Eagles of the tier II B.C. Hockey League, but he did not play Friday.
Surrey had suspended Basford for the balance of the BCHL season because of bad off-ice poor behaviour. But his suspension was lifted earlier this week, enabling him to play a maximum of five games with Vancouver until Surrey's season is over.