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Henry scores twice as Giants beat Rebels 4-1 in WHL action

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - James Henry scored two goals as the Vancouver Giants beat the Red Deer Rebels 4-1 in WHL action Friday night.

Brendan Gallagher and J.T. Barnett also scored for the Giants (15-6-1-2) as they increased their winning streak to three games before a crowd of 9,836 at the Pacific Coliseum.

Former Giant Andrej Kudrna, who began the season with Vancouver, replied for the Rebels (10-12-0-0) as they suffered their second straight loss.

Vancouver outshot Red Deer 43-26. The Giants went 2-for-6 on the power play while the Rebels were 1-for-8.

The score was tied 1-1 after the first and the Giants led 3-1 after 40 minutes.

In a rare occurrence, Vancouver goaltender Jamie Tucker gave the Rebels a 5-on-3 power play in the first period as he was penalized twice for delay of game 27 seconds apart. First, he was called for smothering the puck as Red Deer's Landon Ferraro, who wears No. 13, stood on his doorstep. Then Tucker was found guilty of shooting the puck over the glass.

A minute and a half later, Kudrna put a pass from Ferraro behind Tucker as Sebastien Svendsen and Lance Bouma sat in the penalty box on behalf of the goaltender. It was the fourth goal in three games for Kudrna, who played for the Giants last season as a 16-year-old but was dealt to the Rebels five games into the current campaign.

A few minutes later, in a rare outburst, Vancouver coach Don Hay stood on his club's bench and hollered at referees Colby Smith and Pat Smith (no relation), after they allowed Red Deer goaltender Darcy Kuemper to freeze the puck with no Giants around him. Soon afterward, in an apparent make-up call, Red Deer's Alex Petrovic was penalized for hooking.

About half a minute later, Henry converted a give-and-go with Milan Kytnar to create a 1-1 tie.

Gallagher gave the Giants a 2-1 lead in the second period, as he put in Kevin Connaughton's rebound during another power play. The goal, which came at 13:13 on Friday the 13th, proved to be the winner.

Only 19 seconds later, Henry notched his second goal of the night to put Vancouver ahead 3-1.

Adding to the Friday the 13th theme, Barnett rounded out the scoring in the third with his 13th goal of the season.

Four players, two from each team, received game misconducts as three fights broke out with 5.5 seconds left in the game. Vancouver's Connaughton received two game misconducts for his efforts.

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