KELOWNA, B.C. - Spencer Machacek had a goal and two assists for Vancouver, as the Giants defeated the Kelowna Rockets 3-1 in WHL action at Prospera Place on Saturday night.
Mario Bliznak, with his 17th goal of the season, and Michal Repik, with his 24th, also scored for Vancouver (43-13-2-5), which led 2-1 and 3-1 at the period breaks. This season, the Giants are 33-0-0-0 when holding a lead after 40 minutes.
Lucas Bloodoff, with his 19th goal, replied for Kelowna (33-21-2-6), which lost its third consecutive contest and is now 3-7-0-2 in 12 games since Jan. 25.
Bloodoff opened Saturday's scoring, on the power play with a backhand at 3:15 of the first period, but Vancouver effectively clamped down on Kelowna's offence after the opening frame. In the third period, the Rockets managed just four shots.
The two teams meet again Sunday at Pacific Coliseum, to close out a home-and-home series.
Today's contest is also the third of a three-game weekend for both clubs, with each also having played Friday. Kelowna lost 5-2 to Seattle to start its weekend, while Vancouver rallied from a 2-1 deficit with two third-period goals to defeat Portland 3-2. The Giants have now won six straight and have points in 12 of their past 13 games.
For the second time in as many nights, Torrie Jung took the loss for Kelowna. He stopped 22 shots, while Tyson Sexsmith made 17 saves for Vancouver.