Giants 11, Silvertips 6: Vancouver ties the series at 2-2

Vancouver had lost Games 2 and 3 by a combined score of 13-5 after upsetting Everett 5-4 in overtime in Game 1.

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The Vancouver Giants still have a lot of fighting to do, it seems.

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The Giants, who were the eighth team in the WHL Western Conference during the regular season, beat first-place finisher Everett Silvertips 11-6 Friday night at the Langley Events Center to tie their best-of-seven quarterfinals at 2- 2.

Vancouver had lost Games 2 and 3 by a combined score of 13-5 after upsetting Everett 5-4 in overtime in Game 1.

Game 5 is Saturday in Everett. Game 6 will take place on Monday at the LEC.

Vancouver led 6-4 after two periods on Friday, but Everett’s Jacob Wright and Olen Zellweger scored within the first three minutes of the third to tie the game at 6-6.

The Giants, who have caved too often this season at the first hint of adversity, have never wavered this time. Team captain Zack Ostapchuk scored on the power play at 5:55 to restore Vancouver’s lead and the Giants cut it back to a two-goal margin when Colton Langkow deflected a shot from Alex Cotton at 6 :40.

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Fabian Lysell made it 9-6 when he scored at 9:27, much to the delight of a raucous crowd predicted at 3,112.

Ostapchuk, the Ottawa Senators prospect who is Vancouver’s first-line center, had two goals and four assists. Boston Bruins prospect Lysell, who teams up with overage Adam Hall to flank Ostapchuk on that top unit, had two goals, while Hall had one to go with an assist. Cotton, the Langley-born defenseman Vancouver added via trade from the Lethbridge Hurricanes early in the season, had two goals and two assists. He’s a Detroit Red Wings prospect.

Center Ty Thorpe and defenseman Evan Toth also scored for Vancouver.

Wright, a forward, scored three goals for Everett. Forwards Ryan Hofer and Hunter Campbell joined Zellweger with singles.

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The Silvertips (45-13-5-5) finished 47 points ahead of the Giants (24-39-5-0) in the league. Teams went 2-2-0-0 in their regular season series

Here’s what else we learned.

Swetlikoff will be back

The Silvertips reclaim leading scorer Alex Swetlikoff for Game 5. The overage center ended his two-game suspension on Friday night. It was additional discipline from the league office for his hit from behind on Vancouver winger Payton Mount in Game 2. Swetlikoff got a double check from behind on the play, and minor doubles are automatically reviewed. by the league office.

Mount left Game 2 after testing and has yet to play again in the series.

Everett was without 46-goal man Jackson Berezowski (undisclosed injury). No word on when he might be back.

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fiery rivalry

Niko Huuhtanen of Lysell and Everett had a skirmish late in the first period and were sent off with minors coincidentally. The Swedish winger from Vancouver and the Finnish winger from Everett have multiple heated discussions over the course of the season. Huuhtanen is a prospect for the Tampa Bay Lightning, one of the Bruins’ main rivals. That means they could see each other regularly in the NHL.

Meanwhile, Thorpe received four minor penalties. A snag opener late in the second period was suspicious and caused loyal Giants fan umpires to mock umpires Graedy Hamilton and Dexter Rasmuseen.

Key hangers

The Giants added defenseman Brenden Pentecost and minor forward Justin Ivanusec to the roster of defenseman Tom Cadieux and forward Matthew Edwards, who were both suspended by the league on Thursday afternoon for checks during the loss on Wednesday. Cadieux received major interference for a third period hit on Everett forward Austin Roest. Later in the frame, Edwards received a hit to the major-in-chief for a hit on Everett defenseman Ty Gibson.

The Giants were also without top-six winger Cole Shepard with a lower-body injury, who hasn’t played since March 16. He skates with the team.


Saturday: Game 5

Everett leads best-of-seven series 3-1 / Best-of-seven series tied 2-2

Vancouver Giants vs. Everett Silvertips

6:05 p.m., Wind Angel Arena. Radio: Sportsnet 650.

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