Giants put brakes on losing slip, cotton bags win in OT

Seventh goal this season for barter from Lethbridge, giving him the WHL lead among defenders

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Alex Cotton converted on a rebound after an end-to-end rush by Justin Sourdif at 3:30 overtime to give the Vancouver Giants a 3-2 victory over the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday in Portland.

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It ended in a four-game loss for the Giants.

Cotton, a Detroit Red Wings prospect who came to Vancouver via trade with the Lethbridge Hurricanes earlier this season, was on his way back to the ranks after missing two games with an upper body injury. It was the defender’s seventh goal of the season. That ties him to the league lead among backs with Edmonton Oil Kings blue liner Simon Kubicek. Kubicek has played 21 games, Cotton has only played 13. Cotton has three goals in five games with the Giants.

Sourdif, a center who is a Florida Panthers prospect, also spoke for Vancouver, marking his seventh of the season. Winger Payton Mount opened with his fourth goal for the Giants.

Vancouver coach Michael Dyck mixed his forward lines into the match. Fabian Lysell, Boston Bruins prospect, saw pretty much fourth line minutes.

Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jesper Vikman made 41 saves for the Giants (8-7-1-0), who are in the Tri-City Americans (4-9-2-0) on Friday and at the Spokane Chiefs (4-9 ) -2-0) on Saturday. Due to COVID-19, this is Vancouver’s first trip to the US since a visit to the Everett Silver Tips on February 22, 2020.

Defender Luca Cagnoni had a goal and an assist for Portland (7-9-2-1). Dante Giannuzzi made 25 saves for the Winterhawks.

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