Vancouver Giants keep their season alive – Maple Ridge News

There’s no giving up on the 2022 playoff version of the Vancouver Giants.

On Friday night at the Sandman Center in Kamloops, the Vancouver Giants erased a 2-1 third-period deficit with four unanswered goals and kept their season alive in the process. Zack Ostapchuk had a goal and three assists for the Giants in a 5-2 win over the Kamloops Blazers in Game 5.

Adam Hall added three points and Jesper Vikman deflected 35 Kamloops shots to earn the victory. Matthew Seminoff and Luke Toporowski answered with goals for Kamloops.

Just 4:27 into the opening period, Luke Toporowski scored on a two-on-one run with Logan Stanoven to give the Blazers an early lead. The Giants responded at 9:09 when Adam Hall capped a lap organized by Zack Ostapchuk.

The Blazers took their second lead of the game at 10:43 of the half frame when Matthew Seminoff pounced on a center shot and hit a low shot past Jesper Vikman’s left pad. Fraser Minten and Viktor Persson helped prepare the play.

Just 1:33 into the third period, the Vancouver Giants tied the score once again when Ty Thorpe hit a rebound off Tom Cadieux on a spike shot. Cole Shepard collected the second assist in Thorpe’s third of the playoffs.

In the next 59 seconds, the Giants made it 3-2 when Zack Ostapchuk finished Evan Toth’s cross from the left wing. Fabian Lysell drew the second assist in the sixth of the Ostapchuk playoffs.

With 18:22 remaining in the third, Adam Hall extended the lead to 4-2 when he scored from an empty net on a power play. For the Giants, it was only their second power play of the game and it came after a too-many penalty for Kamloops that came late in regulation.

Zack Ostapchuk ended all hopes of a Kamloops comeback at 18.38 when he also scored on an empty goal with a shot from the middle. Fabian Lysell and Adam Hall attended.

Ostapchuk was named the first star of the game. Following his four-point effort on Friday in Kamloops, Ostapchuk is once again the leading scorer in the 2022 playoffs. With seven goals and 16 assists, his 23 points are two behind teammate Fabian Lysell.

The teams then meet on Sunday, May 15 at Langley for Game 6.

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Jesper Vikman leads all WHL goaltenders with 326 playoff saves.  The next closest goalie is Red Deer's Chase Coward at 233. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Jesper Vikman leads all WHL goaltenders with 326 playoff saves. The next closest goalie is Red Deer’s Chase Coward at 233. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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