Malm’s first WHL goal nets Vancouver Giants first win of the season

The North Delta native was the first star in Vancouver’s first win in their new home at the Langley Events Centre on Oct. 2.

Vancouver Giants’ James Malm scored twice as the Giants beat the Kamloops Blazers 3-1 in Western Hockey League action at the Langley Events Centre on Oct. 2.

It took long enough for Vancouver Giant James Malm to score his first regular season goal in the WHL that he decided to add a second one for good measure.

The North Delta native was the first star in Vancouver’s first win in their new home at the Langley Events Centre, propelling the Giants to a 3-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers on Oct. 2. His goal at 9:00 of the first period gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead and ended up being the game winner.

“It’s awesome,” Malm said. “It means a lot for me to go out there and play and represent the Giants. It was a good night.”

Malm extended Vancouver’s lead just 1:40 after Brendan Semchuk gave the team the start they were looking for, driving to the net and putting in a rebound attempt off of an Alec Baer shot.

In the second period, Malm quickly answered a Kamloops goal that pulled the game within one, beating Blazers goalie Connor Ingram on a two-on-one.

Vancouver Giants head coach Jason McKee was less than impressed with his team’s play in the opening few games of the season, but was encouraged by the performance he saw on the ice against the Blazers.

“We played a much more structured game and our commitment level to winning the game was where it needed to be,” McKee said. “There are still areas we have to get better sports at, but there was lots of positives tonight.”

It was a much needed win for a club that started out winless in the first four games, including three straight defeats at home despite strong crowds all three nights; 3,712 was the official attendance at Sunday’s game.

The Giants hit the road for a six-game road trip on Friday, taking on Prince George (Oct. 7 and 8), Calgary (Oct. 10), Edmonton (Oct. 11), Lethbridge (Oct. 14) and Medicine Hat (Oct. 15) before returning home to face the Saskatoon Blades on Oct. 19.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Court awards Surrey Costco shopping cart collector $583K after car pins him

Kurtis Ryan Burdeniuk, 22, was retrieving carts when driver backed into him in the parking lot, pinning him

Woman in Fraser Health region confirmed as sixth COVID-19 case in B.C.

Woman remains in isolation as Fraser Health officials investigate

Delta police bust ‘insanely reckless’ driver going more than double the speed limit

Driver was caught traveling at 166 km/h on the South Fraser Perimeter Road

Committee that replaced Surrey’s Public Safety Committee seven months ago has never met

Surrey mayor dissolved safety committee in July 2019, replaced it with Interim Police Transition Advisory Committee

Guildford’s Winter Festival raises nearly $7K for Surrey Memorial Hospital

Funds raised through two weekends of skate rentals, on-site donations

Blair says RCMP have met Wet’suwet’en conditions, calls for end to blockades

The Wet’suwet’en’s hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink project

Woman missing out of downtown Maple Ridge

Police seek public’s help locating Atefeh Jadidian

Petition seeks to remove local police department from Lindsay Buziak murder case

American woman starts online petition in hopes of helping Buziak family

Health officials confirm sixth COVID-19 case in B.C.

Woman remains in isolation as Fraser Health officials investigate

Study says flu vaccine protected most people during unusual influenza season

Test-negative method was pioneered by the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2004

Saskatchewan and B.C. reach championship round at Scotties

British Columbia’s Corryn Brown locked up the last berth in Pool B

‘Chain reaction pile up’ closes southbound traffic on Coquihalla Highway

Black Press Media has reached out to RCMP, paramedics for details

Exploding enrolment prompts opening of second TWU campus in Richmond

Langley’s faith-based Trinity Western University opens a second campus in Richmond

Fraser Valley seniors’ home residents go without meds for a night due to staff shortage

Residents speak out about staff shortages that are leading to serious safety concerns

Most Read