Giants want to learn from col­lapse

24 Hours Vancouver - - SPORTS - STEVE EWEN sewen@post­

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.

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