Giants Go Down, Kovar Injury Diagnosed

By Jason Nacci

The Vancouver Giants looked a lot like an expansion team on this night, going down 4-1 to the Kelowna Rockets. As usual, the Marach – Lynch – Jackson line played it’s quality two-way game. However, the ENTIRE Rockets team attacked, defended, passed and rough housed much better than the rest of their Vancouver counterparts.

Kelowna really looked superior to their .429 winning percentage and second-last place position in the B.C. Division. Carsen Germyn, Kelowna’s leading point-getter this season, had a strong showing even though his 5 game scoring streak was ended. 6’5” Kiel McLeod had several big hits and scored the Rockets’ third goal, his 8th, with a picture perfect wrister from the slot that beat Vancouver goalie Brett Jaeger top shelf. But the player of the game was Kelowna’s star right winger Chuck Kobasew. Hailing from Ososyoos BC, the 19 year old rookie scored the Rockets’ first and third goals, had a number of other dangerous rushes and scoring opportunities and was the game’s first star. Kobasew, a Calgary Flames draft pick, leads Kelowna in goal scoring with 15, and is second in points with 26. Tyler Mosienko had the Rockets’ other goal and defenseman Jessie Ferguson recorded two assists. Goaltender Jason Stone made 23 stops for the win.

Vancouver was out shot 22-8 in the first period, and 45-24 overall in the game, so Giants netminder Jaeger certainly deserved his game star. Josh Bonar played well, and in the second period he got Vancouver’s only goal, rushing around a defenseman on the left wing, getting off a shot, then knocking home the rebound. Nick Marach checked tirelessly for 60 minutes while quick skating Jeremy Jackson was a consistent scoring threat. The Giants would be in a seriously sad state without those two players. Robin Big Snake had a dust up with Ryan Coghlan in the 2nd period which sent the Kelowna center back to the dressing room for a spell.

During Friday’s game against the Hitmen, Vancouver centerman Robin Kovar left the ice in a fair deal of pain and favoring his right leg. The official report is that he has been diagnosed with an “anterior taler fibular ligament ankle sprain” and is expected to miss two to three weeks. First of all, one has to happy for the 17 year old Czech that the word “broken” wasn’t part of the diagnosis. But, it is tough luck for Robin considering he missed all of October, 13 games total, with an injury to his shoulder, and after 9 games back he is out once again.