Jadon Joseph of the Vancouver Giants celebrates a first period goal against the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place in Kelowna. Photo by Marissa Baecker

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants edged by Kelowna Rockets in overtime

Final regular season game for Langley-based hockey team

Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna the Vancouver Giants (48-15-3-2) dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Kelowna Rockets in their final regular season game of 2018-19.

Mark Liwiski scored at 3:40 of overtime to extend the Kelowna Rockets season to at least Tuesday night.

Justin Sourdif and Jadon Joseph responded with goals for the Giants who also got 32 saves from goaltender David Tendeck. Brayden Watts assisted on both Giants goals.

Giants got on the board first at 12:46 into the first period when Sourdif converted off a Dallas Hines rebound. Brayden Watts also assisted on Sourdif’s power play marker. The Giants finished their night one-for-one on the power play.

But 80 seconds later the Rockets caught a break when Cayde Augustine’s shot from the left-wing point bounced off a Giants defenceman and past David Tendeck to tie the game at 1-1.

In the second period, Alex Swetlikoff put Kelowna ahead 2-1 at 15:29 when he converted off his own rebound off a wrap-around chance.

With less than a minute remaining in the game and their net empty, the Giants tied the game 2-2 whenJoseph’s blast from the right-wing point snuck through traffic and by Rockets netminder Roman Basran and sending the game into overtime.

For Joseph, it was his 22nd of the season and was assisted by both Brayden Watts and Milos Roman.

After they were unable to convert on an overtime power play, the Kelowna Rockets extended their season when Mark Liwiski charged wide down the left-wing and placed a low shot through David Tendeck’s legs to give the Rockets the 3-2 victory and force a one-game playoff play-in game with Kamloops on Tuesday night.

Final Shots: 35-21 Kelowna

David Tendeck: 32/35 saves for Vancouver (24-10-2-1)

Roman Basran: 19/21 saves for Kelowna (20-19-3-1)

Vancouver: 1/1 on the Power Play

Kelowna: 0/2 on the Power Play

Three Stars:

1. Alex Swetlikoff (Kelowna, one goal, one assist)

2. Roman Basran (Kelowna, 19 Saves)

3. David Tendeck (Vancouver, 32 Saves)

Justin Sourdif ended his rookie season with 23 goals for the Giants, the third most goals ever scored by a Giants 16-year-old.

Dawson Holt suited up in his 200th career WHL game on Saturday for the Giants.

Joel Sexsmith made his 2018-19 Giants debut on Saturday.

A ninth overall pick from the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Sexsmith has posted five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 15 games this season with the Delta Hockey Academy.

With 101 points on the season the Giants finished atop the Western Conference standings, one point ahead of the Everett Silvertips.

Next Giants Game is Friday, March 22nd at home against Seattle in game one of their first-round best-of-seven series.

 

Kaedan Korczak of the Kelowna Rockets checks Owen Hardy of the Vancouver Giants during first period play at Prospera Place in Kelowna. Photo by Marissa Baecker

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP search for missing 17-year-old girl

Mikayla Logan was last seen in Guildford on Tuesday, May 14

North Delta med student helps plant the seed of hope

​Jas Hans shared his mother’s story with a patient at to help the new mom cope with her fears

GALLERY: Cloverdale Rodeo Parade brings thousands through the town centre

From ponies to hot rods, the 73rd annual parade had it all

Surrey to begin ‘public engagement process’ on policing transition next week

First in a series of public events set for May 23 at Cloverdale rec centre

Jeep totalled, four young people in hospital, after single-vehicle crash in Surrey

Mounties have not ruled out any possible factors in what led to the overnight crash

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

ICBC urging drivers to slow down this May long weekend

Speed is number one cause of car crash fatalities: ICBC

Bucks hammer Raptors 125-103 to take 2-0 playoff series lead

Toronto heads home in a hole after second loss to Milwaukee

Most Read