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Vancouver Giants rally past the Edmonton Oil Kings for 5-3 victory

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EDMONTON - The Vancouver Giants overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-3 in the Western Hockey League Friday night.

Kevin Connauton, Connor Redmond, Neil Manning and Craig Cunningham gave Vancouver (27-14-3) the lead, while Gary Nunn added an empty-net marker.

Tomas Vincour, Dylan Wruck and Klarc Wilson scored for Edmonton (10-23-10). The Oil Kings had opened up a 2-0 lead in the first period despite being out-shot 16-9.

Vincour scored on a cross-crease feed in his first game back from the World Junior Hockey Championship, while Wruck scored from the top of the circle.

Connauton and Redmond each scored from the high slot while Manning and Cunningham tallied on the power play.

Wilson also scored for the Oil Kings on a shot from the faceoff dot.

Mark Pysyk is now 4-5 in his last 12 games and St. Croix is 2-5 in his last eight with one assist each for Edmonton. Brett Breitkreuz assisted on all of Edmonton's tallies.

With the Calgary Hitmen idle on Friday night, Cunningham's goal gives him a three point lead in the scoring race over Brandon Kozun.

Cunningham has 66 points (24-42) while Kozun is at 63 (19-44), but Cunningham has played 10 more games than the Calgary native Kozun, who was with Team Canada for the World Juniors.

Connauton is currently the league leader among defenders and rookies with 50 points (20-30) with his goal and assist.

Vancouver was 2-for-4 with the man advantage while Edmonton went 1-for-4.

Cam Lanigan stopped 30 shots in net for the Oil Kings. Derek Tendler turned aside 20 for the Giants in his first start of the season.

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