There’s no giving up in the 2022 playoffs version of the Vancouver Giants.
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 win. Matthew Seminoff and Luke Toporowski responded with goals for Kamloops.
Just 4:27 into the opening period, Luke Toporowski scored two to one with Logan Stanovenfor giving the Blazers an early lead. The Giants responded at 9:09 am, when Adam Hall finished a lap that was mounted by Zack Ostapchuk.
The Blazers took the game’s second lead at 10:43 of the middle frame when Matthew Seminoff took advantage of a center feed and passed a low shot past Jesper Vikman’s left block. Fraser Minten and Viktor Persson helped put together the play.
Just 1:33 into the third period, the Vancouver Giants tied the score once again when Ty Thorpe hit a Tom Cadieux rebound on a point shot. Cole Shepard received the second assist in the third of the playoffs from Thorpe.
Over the next 59 seconds, the Giants made it 3-2 when Zack Ostapchuk finished off a central advance by Evan Toth on the left wing. Fabian Lysell provided the second assist in the sixth of Ostapchuk’s playoffs.
At 18:22 in the third, Adam Hall extended the lead to 4-2 when he scored into an empty net on a power play. For the Giants, it was only the second power play of the game and it came off a many-man penalty for Kamloops, who came late in regulation.
Zack Ostapchuk dashed all hopes of a Kamloops comeback at 18:38 when he also scored into an empty net with a shot from the center. Fabian Lysell and Adam Hall helped.
Ostapchuk was named the game’s first star. After his four-point effort on Friday in Kamloops, Ostapchuk is once again the scoring leader in the 2022 playoffs. With seven goals and 16 assists, his 23 points are two more than teammate Fabian Lysell.
The teams then face each other on Sunday, May 15 at Langley for Game 6.
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