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Jan 7, 2007, 10:34 PM EST


VANCOUVER (CP) - Gareth Hunt and Tim Kraus had a goal each as the Vancouver Giants ended a two-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Red Deer Rebels in Western Hockey League action Sunday.

Giants (28-7-3-4) goaltender Tyson Sexsmith picked up his sixth shutout of the season.

The Rebels dropped to 23-13-3-4 as the Giants enjoyed a 29-22 edge in shots on goal.

Both goals came at even strength as Vancouver had only two power-play opportunities and Red Deer went zero-for-six with the man advantage.

The first period was scoreless and Vancouver led 1-0 after 40 minutes. The Giants, playing their second game in two days, and the Rebels, playing their third in three days, both looked tired.

The most dangerous scoring chance of the evenly-played first period came with only 9.6 seconds left.

Sexsmith robbed Scott Doucet following a two-on-one with Jordan Henry. The play started when an errant Giants back-pass came to Henry as he skated out of the penalty box.

Henry delivered a perfect pass to Doucet, enabling him to skate in alone on Sexsmith, but the goaltender snared the Rebel's wrist shot with his catching glove.

The Giants outshot the Rebels 11-3 in the second period, but struggled to score. Hunt gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 14:40 as he put home a pass from Kenton Dulle.

Red Deer goaltender James Reimer actually stopped the shot, but defenceman Patrick Kozyra fell backwards, sending the goalie and the puck into the net.

The Rebels received a two-man advantage early in the third period after Vancouver's Spencer Machacek shot the puck over the glass and he received an automatic delay of game penalty.

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