The Vancouver Giants hosted an Eastern Conference team for the first time this season on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Langley Events Center, and the Brandon Wheat Kings spoiled the party with a 4-2 win.
Brandon opened the scoring when WHL bantam draft pick Roger McQueen scored 1:06 into the game with a deflection in front of the net.
Ty Thorpe of the Giants responded with a redirect from his side on the power play 15 minutes later against his former team.
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Vancouver briefly took the lead in the second period, after Ethan Semeniuk buried a shorthanded goal at 7:28 with a breakaway.
Less than thirty seconds later, Brett Hyland scored on the same power play to tie the game at two.
In the third, Jake Chiasson brought the Wheat Kings back in front with another power-play goal midway through the third.
Then Brandon added another power-play goal with 3:36 left in the game with a high tip from Rylen Roersma.
Final score: Brandon 4 – Vancouver 2
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Zack Ostapchuk, returning from Ottawa Senators training camp, made his debut as captain.
The Giants made it official before the game, announcing their captains for the 2022-23 Western Hockey League season.
Ostapchuk, the captain, topped the WHL playoffs last spring with 23 points in 12 games.
Alternates are Tom Cadieux and Ty Thorpe.
Acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Regina Pats, Cadieux leads the Vancouver blue line with 174 career WHL games.
Thorpe, the recipient of last season’s “Unsung Hero” award for the Giants, is among the league’s best in the face-off spot.
Cadieux and Thorpe are two of the Giants’ three 20-year-olds this season, and Thorpe carried an “A” for parts of last season.
“We’re really pleased with the leadership in the locker room this year,” Giants general manager Barclay Parneta said. “We have a bigger leadership group, but Zack, Tom and Ty have a major impact on their teammates and represent the Giants with maturity and class.”
Nex, the Giants host Winnipeg ICE at the Langley Events Center next Wednesday night, October 19, puck drop is 7 p.m.
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