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Nov 19, 2006, 1:45 AM EST


VANCOUVER (CP) - Tyson Sexsmith won a classic goaltending duel as the Vancouver Giants eked out a 2-0 victory over the Regina Pats in a tight-checking Western Hockey League game Saturday night.

Sexsmith posted his third shutout of the season as the defending WHL champion Giants improved to 20-2-1-1.

Kyle Lamb, early in the first period, and Michael Repik, late in the third period, scored power-play goals for Vancouver as the clubs recorded 23 shots apiece.

The Pats fell to 11-10-1-1.

Vancouver led 1-0 after the first period and maintained that advantage during a scoreless second session as Regina goaltender

Linden Rowat was also unbeatable.

Lamb staked the Giants to a 1-0 lead just 1:05 into the game as he lifted a backhand high over goaltender Linden Rowat during a power play. But the Giants, playing their third home game in a week, appeared tired and did not display their usual first-period dominance for the rest of the frame as they managed a slight 9-7 edge in shots.

Despite playing their second game in two nights, the Pats outshot the Giants 8-7 but could not beat Sexsmith in a second period that featured close checking and few dangerous offensive opportunities.

Repik's goal with only one minute left in the third finally secured the victory for the Giants.

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