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Nunn's winner lifts streaking Vancouver to 4-3 victory over Tri-City

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Gary Nunn's goal midway through the third period gave the Vancouver Giants a 4-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans in WHL action Wednesday night.

Nunn gave Vancouver broke a 3-3 tie on a stellar effort at 10:37 of the third period. He raced in on a breakaway, deked Tri-City goaltender Chet Pickard and roofed a backhand.

Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Craig Cunningham and Andrej Kudrna also scored for the Giants (11-0-0-3), who remained undefeated in regulation time before a crowd of 5,672 at the Pacific Coliseum. Vancouver coach Don Hay is now one victory shy of 400 in his WHL career.

Kruise Reddick, Justin Feser and Tyler Schmidt replied for Tri-City (10-4-0-1).

The Giants outshot the Americans 40-22, but the Americans still led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after the second as their power play went two-for-six.

Vancouver posted its fourth straight win despite being blanked on three man-advantage opportunities.

Pierro-Zabotel opened the scoring 1:19 into the game as he put in Evander Kane's rebound off the post. With the assist, Kane extended his points streaking to a league-leading 14 games.

Tri-City goaltender Pickard engineered Reddick's tying goal on a power player less than three minutes later. Pickard fired the puck from his end to Taylor Procyshen near the Vancouver blue-line. Battling along the boards, Procyshen fed Reddick and he put a wrist shot over Vancouver netminder Tyson Sexsmith.

Feser gave the Americans a 2-1 lead on another power play at 13:34. The goal came with only three seconds left in Pierro-Zabotel's roughing penalty.

Cunningham created a 2-2 tie at 4:27 of the second period as he stuffed the puck around a kneeling Pickard.

Schmidt put the Americans ahead 3-2 with only 33.3 seconds left in the middle session as he fooled Sexsmith on a long wrist shot from just inside the blue line.

Kudrna brought the Giants even on a spectacular goal at 8:07 of the third period. Starting from his own blue line, he rushed up the middle of the ice, stickhandled between two defencemen and beat Pickard with a high wrist shot to his glove side.

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