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Sam Reinhart scores, adds 3 assists as Kootenay Ice beat Vancouver Giants 4-1

Posted by on 12/08/2018

VANCOUVER – Sam Reinhart scored a goal and added three assists as the Kootenay Ice beat the Vancouver Giants 4-1 on Sunday night.

Reinhart, 16, now has 14 points in 22 games in his first full Western Hockey League season. The five-foot-11, 160-pound centre will not be eligible for the NHL draft for another two years.

His brother Max, 19, and Joe Antilla both added a goal and a helper, while Brock Montgomery also scored for the Ice.

The Reinharts, who grew up in West Vancouver, B.C., are two of three WHL-playing sons of former NHL star defenceman Paul Reinhart. Their brother Griffin, 18, plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Defending WHL champion Kootenay improved to 15-5-3 while Vancouver (16-8-1) saw its win streak end at six games.

Jordan Martinook replied for the Giants, who were outshot 32-28.

The Ice scored on one of two power plays while the Giants were blanked on three.

Kootenay led 1-0 after the first period and 2-1 after the second before scoring two unanswered goals in the third.

Max Reinhart opened the scoring at 12:35 of the first period as he skated down the wing and fired a slapshot past Vancouver rookie goaltender Jackson Whistle, who could have stopped it easily.

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Martinook drew the Giants even just over a minute into the second period as he elected to shoot instead of pass on a two-on-one.

Montgomery sent the Ice ahead 2-1 during a power play at 12:26 of the second period as Sam Reinhart’s pass was blocked, the puck came to him and he whipped it past Whistle before he had much time to react.

The Giants had a glorious chance to tie the score with just over two minutes left in the second as they executed a three-way-passing play to perfection. But Kootenay goaltender Nathan Lieuwen sprawled to stop Jackson Houck as he tried to put home a one-timer from the edge of the crease.

Vancouver had another excellent chance 14 seconds into the third period but Lieuwen picked off Marek Tvrdon’s seeing-eye wrist shot with his catching glove.

Sam Reinhart increased Kootenay’s lead to 3-1 midway through the third period as he jammed in his own rebound.

Antilla padded the Ice’s lead just over three minutes later when he took a pass from Sam Reinhart and roofed a shot over Whistle.

Whistle usually plays a backup role but drew the start in place of No. 1 goaltender Adam Morrison with the Giants playing their third game in three nights.

Lieuwen was shaken up in the final two minutes and required a trainer’s attention after he was bowled over by Vancouver’s Matt Bellerive and then took a shot after the whistle while laying on the ice. But Lieuwen remained in the game until the final horn.

Notes: Paul Reinhart played for the Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks between 1979-80 and 1989-90.

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