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Jonathan Blum scores the shootout winner as Vancouver edges Chilliwack

Thursday, 06.12.2007 / 1:42 PM / News
The Canadian Press
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Jonathan Blum scores the shootout winner as Vancouver edges Chilliwack

VANCOUVER - Jonathan Blum's fifth goal with 76 seconds to go in overtime gave the Vancouver Giants a 2-1 win over the Chilliwack Bruins Friday night at the Pacific Coliseum in Western Hockey League action.

Michel Repik took a pass from Mario Bliznak in the offensive zone, and after Repik's shot was blocked, Blum stepped into a shot that seemed to ricochet into the net, rewarding Repik for a solid shift of fore-checking. The goal sent the crowd of 10,171 into a frenzy.

Evan Pighin scored his first of the year for Chilliwack in the second period. Mario Bliznak responded for Vancouver.

Tyson Sexsmith made 18 saves in the winning effort. Matt Esposito stopped 31 pucks to draw the overtime loss.

After a scoreless first, Chilliwack (13-7-3-0) struck first.

Santorelli's shot was blocked by a Giants defenceman but the puck went right to Pighin who rifled the puck just under the bar, top corner, beating Sexsmith glove side at the 6:08 mark of the second frame.

Less than six minutes later the Giants (17-4-1-2) got on the board as well. Bliznak deflected Jonathon Blum's rising point shot past Esposito to knot the game at one. Brent Regner drew the second assist on Bliznak's third of the year at 11:33.