VANCOUVER, B.C. - James Henry scored the winning goal at 16:48 of the third period as the Vancouver Giants beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-2 in Western Hockey League action Sunday night.
Kevin Connaughton, Mitch Spooner, with his first WHL goal also scored while Lance Bouma potted one into an empty net with one second left for the Giants (13-6-3).
Working a give-and-go with J.T. Barnett at the Edmonton blue-line, Henry beat Oil Kings goaltender Torrie Jung with a wrist shot over his glove hand.
Michael St. Croix and Rhett Rachinski scored for the Oil Kings (7-11-5) as they suffered their sixth-straight loss.
The Giants outshot the Oil Kings 31-21. Vancouver went 2-for-6 on the power play as Bouma's empty-netter also came in a man-advantage situation. The Oil Kings went 1-for-6.
Both teams were playing their third game in three nights and fatigue was evident as they generated few scoring chances in the first two periods. The opening frame was scoreless and the game was tied 1-1 after 40 minutes.
Vancouver goaltender Jamie Tucker stopped Rachinski on a penalty shot at 15:36 of the first period. It was awarded after Rachinski blocked Connaughton's slapshot at the Edmonton blue-line and raced in on goal with the Giants defenceman hooking him.
Later in the opening frame, the Giants had a two-man advantage for a minute and 26 seconds. Brett Breitkreuz drew a goaltender interference penalty as he sent Tucker flying into his net, and Brent Raedeke shot the puck over the glass to earn a delay-of-game infraction.
But the Giants could not score on Edmonton goaltender Jung.
St. Croix opened the scoring on a power play about five minutes into the second period as his wrist shot from left wing got through a screened Tucker. The goal came after Vancouver's Lane Scheidl was sent off for hooking.
But Edmonton did not enjoy the lead long. Two and a half minutes later, Connaughton created a 1-1 with a power-play marker from the point. The goal came while Adrian Van de Mosselaer was serving a roughing penalty.
Spooner gave the Giants a 2-1 lead at 2:09 of the third as his wrist shot from the point went through Jung's legs. But Rachinski drew the Oil Kings even two and a half minutes later as he put in Drew Nichol's rebound, setting the stage for Henry's heroics.