There is no giving up in the 2022 playoff version of the Vancouver Giants.
Friday night at the Sandman Center in Kamloops, the Vancouver Giants trailed 2-1 in the third period with four unanswered goals to keep their season alive. 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 swept aside 35 Kamloops shots to take the win. Matthew Seminoff and Luke Toporowski responded with goals for Kamloops.
Just 4:27 into the opening period, Luke Toporowski scored a two-for-one rush with Logan Stanoven to give Blazers the lead. The Giants reacted at 9:09 AM when Adam Hall completed a wrap around set up by Zack Ostapchuk.
The Blazers took their second game lead at 10:43 of center frame when Matthew Seminoff jumped on a centering feed and snuck a low shot down Jesper Vikman’s left pad. Fraser Minten and Viktor Persson both helped set up the piece.
Just 1:33 into the third period, the Vancouver Giants tied the score again when Ty Thorpe hit a Tom Cadieux rebound home from a point shot. Cole Shepard collected the second assist on Thorpe’s third of the playoffs.
In the next 59 seconds, the Giants made it 3-2 as Zack Ostapchuk finished off a centering feed from Evan Toth on the left wing. Fabian Lysell signed the second assist on Ostapchuk’s sixth of the playoffs.
Leading 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 their second power play of the game and it came from an too many men penalty for Kamloops who came late into the regulations.
Zack Ostapchuk put an end to any hopes for a Kamloops comeback at 6:38 PM when he also scored into an empty net from a shot from the center. Fabian Lysell and Adam Hall both helped.
Ostapchuk was named the first star of the game. After his four-point performance on Friday in Kamloops, Ostapchuk is once again the scoring leader in the 2022 play-offs. With seven goals and 16 assists, his 23 points are two more than teammate Fabian Lysell.
Then, on Sunday, May 15, the teams will face each other in Langley for Game 6.
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