VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Giants overcame a poor power play and a persistent opponent to beat the Everett Silvertips 3-2 in Western Hockey League action Saturday night at the Pacific Coliseum.
Garret Hunt scored with under three minutes to go to put the Giants ahead for good.
Mario Bliznak scored a power play marker that tied the game early in the third period. Spencer Machacek scored his third short-handed goal of the season for the Giants in the second top open the scoring.
Zac Hamill and Kyle Beach scored while Dan Gendur had two assists for the visitors.
The game snapped the Silvertips' modest four-game win streak, while continuing Vancouver's own streak, improving to
The Giants out-shot the Silvertips 19-3 in the opening frame. Goaltender Leland Irving was up to the task early, stopping the barrage of Vancouver rubber, 33 saves in total.
However, the Giants finally got on the board at the 7:33 mark of the second. Using Mitch Czibere as a decoy on a two-on-one rush, Machacek wired a shot just under the bar, beating Irving (W, 6-4-0-0). Jonathan Blum earned an assist.
With much of the momentum in Vancouver's favour, Everett began to wiggle free of the grip and finally tied the game with less than three minutes to go in the period.
Beach tucked a backhanded pass behind Sexsmith right to Hamill in front, who hammered home his fourth goal of the year.
During a power play in the final minute of the second period Beach scored a goal of his own. A pass was thrown back to the point and Beach one-timed the puck past Sexsmith with a howitzer, giving the Silvertips a 2-1 lead. The goal ended 36 straight kills for the top-ranked Vancouver penalty killing unit.
The Everett power play is number-one in the WHL, yet the Giants held them to one goal on seven chances. Vancouver was one-for-10 with the man advantage.
The Giants got a power play goal of their own early in the third to knot it at two goals apiece. A mad scramble began in front of Irving with Bliznak, Michael Repik and Evander Kane all getting whacks at the puck, but Bliznak finally put it over the netminder on the fifth attempt at 4:03.
Then, at 17:24 of the third, Hunt batted in the puck off the rebound of a Brent Regner shot. Blum earned another assist.