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The Vancouver Giants regained home ice advantage, with help from a big performance in goal by Tyson Sexsmith. Sexsmith was superb as the Giants edged the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 in Game Three of the KAL TIRE Western Conference Final. Sexsmith turned aside 33 of 35 shots, many of them great scoring chances, to secure the win for the Giants.

Cody Almond opened the scoring of the game, tipping a Tyson Barrie goal mouth pass behind Sexsmith just six minutes into the game. Garry Nunn responded for the Giants, tipping in a Craig Schira point blast on the power play to tie things up at 1 after one period of play. Vancouver would gain their first lead of the game midway thru the second, as Craig Cunningham would snap a 30 foot shot from the top of the faceoff circles over the glove of Kelowna goalie Mark Guggenberger to give the G-men a 2-1 lead after two. A couple of ugly incidents marred the second period, in particular a two handed, blindsided slash to the back of Sexsmith's legs by a frustrated Jamie Benn would send Benn to the box for two minutes.

Jamie Benn would tie things up early in third. After leaving the penalty box, Benn would corral a loose puck at centre, skate in alone on Sexsmith and beat the Giants keeper to knot the score at two. The Giants would then kill off a monster two minute five on three power play by the Rockets, once again with Sexsmith being the best player on the ice. The Giants would kill of the penalties and then trade chances with the Rockets until late in the third. After big pressure by Kelowna in the Vancouver zone, Brent Regner would skate the puck out of danger and his own zone sliding a pass to Lance Bouma. Bouma would play give and go just inside the Kelowna blue line with Cunningham, taking a perfect feed and coming in down the wing two on one with James Wright. Bouma would look off Wright and fire a bullet under the crossbar, blocker side on Guggenberger with just 1:08 left on the clock. Bouma would get the winner and the Giants would skate away with a 2-1 series lead.

Next up, Game Four on Thursday night from Kelowna. You can catch all the WHITE SPOT GIANTS HOCKEY action on AM 650. Dave Sheldon and Steve Ewen from THE PROVINCE newspaper will have the call of all the action, beginning with the TERASEN GAS pregame show at 6:30 pm. Drop of the puck from the Okanagan is at 7 pm. You can also catch all the action live on SHAW TV. Dan Russell and Bill Wilms will have the TV call from Prospera Place.
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