Giants need a break but Bruins surging

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

Vancouver Giants need the Christmas break, but the Chilliwack Bruins are hungry for more Western Hockey League action after a lucrative Alberta road trip.

Everett Silvertip Dan Gendur scored 52 seconds into overtime Saturday to edge the Giants 3-2 in Everett, Wash. The teams traded goals in the first and second periods.

The Giants hosted Everett on Friday at the Pacific Coliseum where the teams were tied 1-1 through regulation and overtime. The Silvertips, ranked No. 1 in major junior hockey, were 2-1 shootout winners.

Giants' only goal came on a penalty shot at 9:45 of the second period by Tim Kraus when he beat David Reekie. The goal ignited the Giants' annual Teddy Bear Toss. There was a delay in the game while the ice was cleared of the plush toy donations for needy children.

Giants were missing Cody Franson and Kenndal McArdle who were named to Canada's roster for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship beginning Boxing Day in Sweden.

Giants, 25-11 (including six tiebreaker losses), have lost five of their last eight games. They resume play Dec. 28 when the Kamloops Blazers visit.

The expansion Bruins will enjoy their first Christmas break after beating Medicine Hat Tigers 2-1 on Saturday. They came home with three wins from their four-games-in-five-night Alberta swing.

Bruins beat the Red Deer Rebels 6-5 and Calgary Hitmen 3-2 in a pair of overtime games on Wednesday and Thursday. They lost to the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-1 on Friday.

Bruins, 10-25 (including five tiebreaker losses), return to action Dec. 27 when they host the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. 


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