Ottawa Senators prospect Zack Ostapchuk and Boston Bruins prospect Fabian Lysell led Vancouver to a 5-3 road win Wednesday over the Kelowna Rockets.
Zack Ostapchuk wasted no time getting Michael Dyck out right.
Ostapchuk, an energetic forward who was selected in the second round of the Ottawa Senators draft this summer, started the Vancouver Giants season with just one goal in his first 13 games. Dyck, who is Vancouver’s head coach, was quoted on these pages in a story published Wednesday afternoon as saying that he was not concerned about Ostapchuk’s totals to date and that his offense “will come.”
Sure enough, Ostapchuk scored two goals in the third period Wednesday night to help lead the Giants to a 5-3 road win over the Kelowna Rockets.
It was the fourth straight win for Vancouver (11-7-1-0), which has a great weekend with a home game on Friday at Langley Events Center against the Kamloops Blazers (17-2-0-0) and a Saturday game away against the Everett Silvertips (17-1-1-1).
Winger Fabian Lysell, who was selected in the first round of the Boston Bruins this summer, scored two goals and two assists for the Giants against the Rockets. Lysell has four goals and four assists in his last three games. He has up to eight goals in the season. Winger Adam Hall added his ninth team leader of the season for Vancouver to complete the Giants goal. Forward Justin Sourdif, the 2020 Florida Panthers third rounder who had been named to Team Canada’s junior world test camp earlier in the day, added two assists.
Jesper Vikman, who was selected in the fifth round of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2020, made 38 saves at the Vancouver net. Talyn Boyko stopped 19 shots for Kelowna (10-6-0-0).