VANCOUVER -Michal Repik's goal with 58.4 seconds left in the third period gave the Vancouver Giants a 3-2 victory over the Chilliwack Bruins in the second game of their WHL opening-round playoff series Saturday night.
The goal, Repik's second of the game and third of the playoffs, staked the Giants to a 2-0 series lead. Spencer Machacek also scored for the defending Memorial Cup-champions in the tight-checking, penalty-filled contest before a crowd of 7,729 at the Pacific Coliseum.
Repik took a long pass from Brent Regner at the Chilliwack blue line, raced in alone, and beat goaltender Mark Friesen with a wrist shot.
Oscar Moller and Mark Santorelli tallied for the Bruins, who had led 1-0 and then overcome a 2-1 disadvantage.
The Giants outshot Chilliwack 33-22. The Bruins went two-for-eight on the power play while Vancouver as one for seven.
After a scoreless first period, Moller gave Chilliwack a 1-0 lead 8:48 into the second as he one-timed a pass from Nick Holden during a power play. Vancouver's Craig Cunningham was serving a roughing penalty, taken after a whistle.
Machacek, who scored the decisive goal in Friday's series-opening win, created a 1-1 tie during a Vancouver power play about five minutes later. He took a pass from Repik at the top of the left face-off circle, skated between the hash marks, and blasted a slapshot past Chilliwack goaltender Friesen.
The goal came only 18 seconds after Chilliwack's David Robinson was sent off for tripping.
Repik put the Giants ahead 2-1 on a breakaway at 1:14 of the third period. But Santorelli drew the Bruins even at 2-2 on a power play about four minutes later, setting the stage for Repik's late heroics.