VANCOUVER - Michael Burns had a goal and two assists and James Henry added five assists as the Vancouver Giants beat the Everett Silvertips 6-5 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.
Brett Kulak, Jackson Houck, Nathan Burns, Marek Tvrdon and Dalton Olsen, with the winner, also scored for the Giants (2-1-0). Vancouver remained unbeaten after two home games in the young season.
Zach McPhee, Ryan Murray, Ryan Harrison, Josh Birkholz and Tyler Maxwell replied for the Silvertips (0-1-2) who remained winless following their third straight one-goal loss.
Everett led 2-1 after the first period but the score was tied 3-3 after the second. The Giants built a 6-3 lead in the third with Olsen?s power-play score at 13:57, the first goal of his WHL career, standing up as the winner.
Everett outshot Vancouver 24-22. The Giants converted two of five power plays while the Silvertips were good on one of four.
McPhee opened the scoring 1:33 into the game when he easily backhanded the puck past goaltender Brendan Jensen. About 11 minutes later, Murray put the Silvertips ahead 2-0 as he picked the top corner over a badly screened Jensen.
Michael Burns brought Vancouver back within a goal 1:19 later as he tapped in his own rebound. He was playing his first regular-season game after missing the first two due to a suspension for a pre-season kneeing incident.
Kulak tied the game 2-2 on a power play at 12:30 of the second period. After Burns won a faceoff and sent the puck back to the point, Kulak beat Everett goaltender Kent Simpson cleanly with a booming slapshot.
Harrison gave the Silvertips a 3-2 advantage at 14:22 of the middle period, but Houck replied 58 seconds later to tie the game again.
Nathan Burns gave the Giants their first lead of the game at 5:33 of the third period as he scored on a high wrist shot. Tvrdon increased Vancouver???s lead to 5-3 just over five minutes later. Then Olsen fired in a shot from the point on a power to give the Giants a three-goal cushion ??? and they needed it.
Burkholz reduced Everett???s deficit to 6-4 at 15:28 as he drove straight to the net and pushed the puck through Jensen. Then, about two minutes later, Burkholz set up Maxwell during a power play, setting the stage for a frantic finish.