Giants best in the west

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Vancouver Giants won their first Western Hockey League championship last night with a 6-3 road win over the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Giants swept the best-of-seven series 4-0 and will represent the WHL in the Memorial Cup beginning May 19 in Moncton, N.B.

"It's just an amazing feeling right now," said Giants' goaltender Dustin Slade. "We're still not satisfied - we're going to enjoy it - but we have a long road ahead."

Giants will meet the Moncton Wildcats, Quebec Remparts and London Knights or Peterborough Petes in major junior hockey's national championship tournament.

Giants came back from a 2-1 deficit and silenced all 2,924 fans at the Moose Jaw Civic Centre with a trio of second period goals.

Dustin Boyd gave fans in the Saskatchewan city hope at 1:17 of the first period, but scoring first in all four games may have been the Warriors' jinx.

The teams traded goals until Giants J.D. Watt, Jason Reese and Tim Kraus scored in a span of just over four minutes during the second period.

Gilbert Brule had his second assist of the contest when Brett Parker scored at 11:21 of the third. Steven Gillen cut Vancouver's lead with two minutes to go, but Mitch Bartley's empty netter with 14 seconds left made it official.

Slade saved 23 shots, while Warrior Joey Perricone stopped 15.


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