Giants win their first playoff series in 9 years

Vancouver will take on Victoria or Kamloops after eliminating Seattle in six games

The Vancouver Giants are through to the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs after sweeping weekend games from the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The Giants captured their first playoff series win in nine years thanks to a 5-1 game six victory on Saturday night in Kent, WA. 

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The result came 24 hours after a 3-2 game five triumph at the Langley Events Centre. Vancouver will now face the winner of Victoria/Kamloops in the next round. Victoria takes a 3-2 series lead into Kamloops on Monday night.

Jadon Joseph scored twice for Vancouver on Saturday while Davis Koch added three assists. David Tendeck stopped 33 of the 34 shots as his team took control with three unanswered goals in the second peripd.

Dallas Hines broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period to help lift the Giants to a pivotal game five win at the LEC in front of a season-high 4,627 fans.

Ten of the Giants 25 goals in the series came courtesy of defencemen. Dylan Plouffe had four, Bowen Byram had three, Hines had two and Alex Kannok Leipert had one.

Vancouver will be hosting games one and two of the next round on Friday and Saturday night. The Giants went 6-2-1-1 against Victoria and 8-0-0-0 against Kamloops in regular season play. 

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