Giants want to learn from collapse
Considering how things finished against the Edmonton Oil Kings, it will be interesting to see how things start for the Vancouver Giants versus the Red Deer Rebels. On Sunday, the Giants nearly coughed up a seven-goal, third-period lead against the Oil Kings at the Langley Events Centre, hanging on for an 8-7 triumph. It was certainly a messy way to improve their lacklustre record in one-goal games, bumping it up to 3-6-2-2. They don’t have to wait long to try to rebound. Vancouver (8-8-2-2) takes on Red Deer at the LEC on Wednesday (7 p.m., TSN 1040). The Rebels carried an 8-11-1-0 record into a Tuesday visit to the Victoria Royals.
Vancouver’s struggles the past few years are no secret. They’ve missed the playoffs three straight springs and four of the past five seasons. Their last victory by seven goals or more was Oct. 18, 2014, when they thumped the Prince George Cougars 9-1. The largest margin of victory last season was four goals and they managed it just once. Their largest this season has been three, a feat they’ve achieved five times. On Sunday, Davis Koch scored for Edmonton at the 11:07 mark of the third to make it 8-2, and Vancouver quickly unravelled. Colton Kehler made it 8-7 when he tallied at 19:54. The Oil Kings couldn’t manage another shot, though. It was a sixth straight loss for the Oil Kings, who are last in the WHL at 5-12-20.
Vancouver is expected to have standout rookie defenceman Bowen Byram, 16, in the lineup Wednesday.