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Jackson Whistle gets first WHL shutout as Giants defeat Cougars 3-0

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VANCOUVER - Jackson Whistle made 20 saves to record his first Western Hockey League shutout Tuesday in the Vancouver Giants' 3-0 win over the Prince George Cougars.

It was also the first career win in six tries (1-5-0) for the native of Kelowna, B.C.

Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist, Dalton Sward scored the winner on his birthday and Jordan Martinook also scored in Vancouver's win. Vancouver (26-14-2) sits in fourth in the Western Conference, five points back of the B.C. Division-leading Kamloops Blazers. Nathan Burns had two assists.

It was the eighth and final meeting between the two teams. Prince George (13-26-2) is second last in the WHL and have now lost five straight games.

Drew Owsley (12-21-1) made 22 saves in the loss.

Vancouver opened the scoring the 10:09 mark. Sward took a pass from Burns and scored past a screened Owsley. That ended a 13-game goalless drought for Sward on his 18th birthday.

The Giants doubled their lead on their first power play of the game. Gallagher took a ricochet off Burns' skates and snapped home his 28th of the year at 15:50.

Owsley kept his team in a game with many key saves, including when he robbed Burns on a breakaway midway through the second period.

However the Giants did get another one by Owsley, again on the power play. Martinook deflected a hard point shot from Tvrdon at 15:32 of the second for his 26th of the year, with Gallagher drawing the second assist.

NOTES: Vancouver traded their captain James Henry before the game to the Moose Jaw Warriors. Henry finishes his career with the Giants with the second most games played in franchise history. The Giants named Gallagher the new captain.<

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