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James Henry scores shootout winner as Vancouver Giants defeat Spokane Chiefs 3-2

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VANCOUVER - James Henry scored the only goal of the shootout Wednesday as the Vancouver Giants downed the Spokane Chiefs 3-2 in the Western Hockey League.

Newly-acquired Vancouver goalie Adam Morrison preserved the win by stopping Anthony Bardaro on Spokane's last chance of the shootout.

Morrison, who finished with 25 saves, pumped his fist several times after making the final shootout save and was chosen as the game's first star.

Brendan Gallagher and Levi Bews scored in regulation for Vancouver (3-3-0). Bardaro and Darren Kramer had the goals for Spokane (1-1-1). Luke Lee-Knight made 19 saves in taking the loss.

The 20-year-old Morrison, who grew up in the suburban Vancouver community of White Rock, was playing his first game since being acquired in a multi-player trade Tuesday with the Saskatoon Blades.

With Spokane trailing 2-1, Kramer jammed the puck through Morrison with 2:12 left in regulation to tie the score.

Bews, who was also acquired by Vancouver in the trade with Saskatoon, opened the scoring at 18:48 of the first with his first WHL goal.

Morrison held the Chiefs in the second as Vancouver had just three shots in the first 15 minutes. On the Giants' fourth shot, Gallagher fired home David Musil's rebound off the end boards at 15:20.

But Morrison took a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass and Bardaro reduced Vancouver's lead to 2-1 at 16:47.

The Chiefs converted 1-of-3 power-play attempts, while the Giants went 0-for-4.

Notes: Rock 'n' roll legend Rod Stewart's son Liam plays for the Chiefs but did not suit up Tuesday with what the team is describing as an upper-body injury. The 17-year-old was checked head-first into the boards Saturday in Spokane's home-opener against the Tri-City Americans. Marcus Messier received a four-game suspension Tuesday for the illegal check. Liam Stewart is the son of the rocker and his second wife, Rachel Hunter. The younger Stewart was born in London but grew up in the Los Angeles area. He recently received International Ice Hockey Federation approval, after months of negotiations, to play for Britain at the under-18 World Championship Division II Group A tournament in Holland next spring. ... Gallagher played his first home game since being returned to junior by the Montreal Canadiens last week. ... Giants No. 1 goaltender Brendan Jensen was a healthy scratch. Vancouver general manager Scott Bonner has indicated he plans to trade the 18-year-old El Granada, Calif., native.

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