VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants came back from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 Wednesday night in Western Hockey League action.
James Henry scored with less than four minutes remaining to give the Giants (42-4-0-3) their conference-leading 42nd victory. Vancouver also got goals from James Wright, Garry Nunn and Craig Cunningham.
The Tigers (28-18-3-3) had goals from Tyler Ennis, Mark Isherwood and Travis Dunstall in the losing effort.
Other than a late start, the night was also highlighted by Casey Pierro-Zabotel passing Gilbert Brule as the new Giants' record holder for points in a single season.
The Tigers set up in the Giants' zone early and good positioning led to an early goal. Linden Vey threw a pass in front to Bretton Cameron, and though the overager was stopped, Ennis was there to pot the rebound 1:49 into the game.
After Tristan King grazed the post on a chance in close to Sexsmith the puck made its way to the high slot where Isherwood let a slap shot go. Isherwood's 15th of the season came with the man advantage.
Vancouver answered just 46 seconds into the second period. Wright picked up the puck on the left boards, made a move past a Tigers' defenceman and put a backhander past Ryan Holfeld.
Whatever momentum the Giants had was lost when the Tigers regained the two-goal cushion. Brennan Bosch took a shot from the slot that was stopped, but Dunstall potted the rebound past Tyson Sexsmith at 4:04.
On their fourth man advantage of the game, the Giants finally converted. Craig Schira took a shot from the point that was deflected by Nunn at 17:40 of the second to make it 3-2.
Moments later, rookie Brendan Gallagher hit the post on a chance in close.
The Giants thought that they tied the score in the third when three Giants were jamming at the puck in the Tigers' crease, but the referee Derek Zalaski quickly waived it off, saying the play had been blown dead already.
About halfway through the third, Giants history was made when Cunningham tied the game. Pierro-Zabotel took a puck at centre and crossed the blue-line before feeding it to Cunningham, who snapped his 21st of the season past the glove side of Holfeld at 9:26.
The assist gave Pierro-Zabotel a league-leading 88 points on the season, surpassing Brule's team record.
Then, with three-and-a-half minutes to go the home team took the lead for the first time in the game. Mike Piluso made a deft move to freeze a defender before sliding the puck across to Henry, who snapped home his 10th of the year at 16:34.