CHILLIWACK, B.C. - A big first period, coupled with sensational goantending from Mark Friesen, helped the Chilliwack Bruins cool off the hottest team in the Western Hockey League.
Friesen turned aside 41 shots as the Chilliwack Bruins beat Vancouver 3-2 in WHL action Tuesday afternoon, ending the Giants' seven-game winning streak and handing them their first regulation loss of the season.
Friesen's performance helped Chilliwack's three first-period goals stand up as the Bruins (7-11-1-2) extended their points streak to three games. The 18-year-old native of Winkler, Man., has been in goal for all three games, boasting a 1.95 goals-against average and .953 save percentage over that span.
Andy Smith scored two goals 1:32 apart in the first period against reigning Canadian Hockey League player of the week Tyson Sexsmith. Alexander Wiklund added power-play goal for the Bruins, who finished 2-for-5 with the man advantage while holding Vancouver (14-1-0-3) scoreless in four chances.
The win ended Chilliwack's eight-game losing streak against Vancouver, dating back to September 2007.
In other WHL action Tuesday, it was: Calgary 2 Swift Current 1; Brandon 6 Everett 3; Prince George 6 Red Deer 1; and Prince Albert 2 Seattle 1.
At Chilliwack, B.C., Gary Nunn and Adam Basford replied for the Giants, who hadn't lost a regular-season game in regulation since dropping a 5-2 decision to the Seattle Thunderbirds on March 8. Vancouver had gone 18-0-0-3 over that span.
Sexsmith made 15 saves in defeat.
Hitmen 2 Broncos 1
At Swift Current, Sask., Carson McMillan's goal midway through the second period led Calgary past the Broncos for its fifth win in a row.
Brett Sonne had the other goal for the Hitmen (18-4-1-0).
Geordie Wudrick countered for the Broncos (14-8-0-0), who dropped their third straight.
Wheat Kings 6 Silvertips 3
At Brandon, Man., Andrew Clark scored twice to lead the Wheat Kings past Everett.
Scott Glennie, Nathan Green, Del Cowan and Matt Calvert also scored for Brandon (12-7-1-0).
Kellan Tochkin scored twice while Daniel Bartek added a single for the Silvertips (9-8-3-0).
Cougars 6 Rebels 1
At Prince George, B.C., Dana Tyrell had a short-handed goal and added three assists in the Cougars' victory over Red Deer.
Brett Connolly had a pair of goals while Cameron Cepek, Parker Stanfield and Tyler Halliday added singles for Prince George (9-12-0-1).
Cullen Morin's power-play goal was the lone offence for the Rebels (7-13-0-5).
Raiders 2 Thunderbirds 1
At Prince Albert, Sask., Steven Stanford turned aside 41 shots as the Raiders beat Seattle.
Justin Bernhardt and Matt Robertson scored for Prince Albert (13-12-0-0).
Chris Cloud had the lone goal for the Thunderbirds (7-11-1-1).