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Outscored 16-6 in the series, and 8-0 after second periods, the Giants simply couldn’t stay with a superior Tri-City team.

Whenever any game was on the line, it was the Americans who produced in the pressure moments. They were down 1-0 in Game 1 and won it 2-1 in overtime. They led 5-4 going into the third in Game 2 and won it 5-4. They led 1-0 going into the third in Game 3 and won it 4-0. They led 2-1 going into the third in Game 4 and won it 5-1.

“We were close,” noted Giants defenceman Neil Manning (in photo), “but obviously they played just a little better than us. After those two tough games in Tri, we came back thinking we could get a couple at home and we weren’t able to do that. The guys are disappointed.”

Coach Don Hay needed just one victory to become the WHL’s all-time playoff wins leaders — he’s tied at 101 with Ken Hodge — so he’ll have to wait another year at least.

He was disappointed, too, but give him a lie detector test and he’d probably admit this team never had the horses to inflict any real damage.

In fact, the Giants practically expired in the month of March as they went 2-12-0, including regular season and playoffs. That’s not very good and neither were they.

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