By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Vancouver Giants have had their share of trouble with the Tri-City Americans as of late.
Sans a 5-2 win over the Americans on Saturday at Pacific Coliseum, the Giants are a woeful 2-12-1-1 against their Western Conference counterpart dating to 2009-10.
The Americans (13-10-0-2, 28 points) would like to even the score this season when they host the Giants (10-11-2-1, 23 points) tonight at Toyota Center.
“They are pushing from the bottom up right now,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said of the Giants, who have won seven of their last 10 games. “They didn’t give us a lot of chances. Obviously, going back-to-back, we know how hard it was to generate (chances). It wasn’t a great game. There weren’t a lot of scoring chances either way.”
The Americans mustered 18 shots Saturday, while Vancouver had 29 — two of those coming with an empty net that helped seal the win.
Payton Lee, bucking to become the Giants’ starting goalie over Jared Rathjen, stopped 16 shots and the Americans were just 1-for-4 on the power play.