PREVIEW: Hurricanes at Giants (Game #24)
Tonight at the LEC the Vancouver Giants take the ice searching for their fifth straight victory at home and their also their fifth victory in a span of seven games when they battle the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the first time this season. The Hurricanes snapped an eight game losing streak last night in Victoria with a commanding 10-4 victory against the B.C. Division leaders and will no doubt be charged up, looking for a repeat performance tonight against the G-Men.
Head Coach: Brent Kisio
Road Record: 2-7-0-0
Last Game: A 10-4 win last night in Victoria.
Last 10: 2-7-1-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 75/87 (-12)
Power Play: 29.3% (3rd in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 70.9% (20th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Girgio Estephan (21GP – 11G – 21A – 32PTS), Jordy Bellerive (20GP – 11G – 18A – 29PTS), Calen Addison (21GP – 5G – 16A – 21PTS)
WHO’S UP FRONT:
Giorgio Estephan: Over his past five games, the 20-year-old has scored five goals and added six assists for 11 points. He leads all Hurricanes in scoring with 11 goals and 32 points. He had two goals and two assists last night against Victoria.
Jordy Bellerive: The North Vancouver product has goals in three straight games and has three goals and four assists for seven points in that span. Bellerive was the second overall pick of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and signed a three-year entry level contract during the off-season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
WHO’S ON D:
Calen Addison: The draft eligible defenceman has five goals and 16 assists for 21 points in 21 games so far this season. He had a goal and two assists last night against Victoria. He was recently ranked as a ‘B’ prospect by Central Scouting in their November Players to Watch List.
Tate Olson: The 20-year-old Saskatoon native has played 11 games this season with Lethbridge after arriving in a trade from Prince George. He’s registered five assists through 11 games and was acquired to provide some veteran presence to the Hurricanes back-end. He was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
WHO’S IN GOAL:
Stuart Skinner: The third-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2017 is coming off a victory in last night’s game against Victoria. Skinner is 8-10-1-0 on the season with a 3.72 goals-against-average and an .889 save percentage. For his career he’s 82-61-7-5 through 170 career appearances with a .907 save percentage and a 3.33 goals-against-average.
Continued confidence: The Hurricanes snapped an eight-game losing streak last night with their 10-4 victory in Victoria. A win like that against Victoria is bound to have instilled some swagger in confidence into the Lethbridge dressing room and no doubt they’ll look to feed off of that confidence tonight when they clash with the Giants.
Head Coach: Jason McKee
Home Record: 6-4-0-0
Last Game: A 6-1 win at home Saturday over Kelowna.
Last 10: 5-3-1-1
Goals For/Goals Against: 89/89 (0)
Power Play: 23.1% (13th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 74.0% (18th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Ty Ronning (23GP – 23G – 11A – 34PTS), James Malm (23GP – 11G – 15A – 26PTS), Brad Morrison (10GP – 6G – 9A – 15PTS)
WHO’S UP FRONT:
Ty Ronning: The 20-year-old New York Rangers prospect comes into tonight’s game with a 10-game goal scoring streak. Over his past 10 games Ronning has recorded 13 goals and five assists for 18 points. He leads all the Giants in scoring with 34 points in 23 games.
Tyler Benson: Last Saturday against Kelowna Benson had two goals and an assist and was named the game’s first star. For the season the Giants captain has six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 10 games played since returning from injury. He and his linemate James Malm have combined for 19 points in their past four games.
WHO’S ON D:
Alex Kannok Leipert: The rookie out of Regina has five assists in his past seven games and has logged some clutch minutes in all situations for the Giants. Through 23 games Kannok Leipert has registered a goal and eight assists for nine points.
Bowen Byram: The fellow rookie blueliner has a goal and nine assists for 10 points in 18 games played so far this season. The 16-year-old is a +9 and has also played in all situatiosn this season. With no Matt Barberis in the lineup for the foreseeable future Byram will likely have to log even more clutch minutes for the G-Men.
WHO’S IN GOAL:
David Tendeck/Todd Scott: If we go with the rotation it would be Todd Scott’s turn. If we go with recent results David Tendeck might have warranted another start tonight for the G-Men. Tendeck is 3-0 in his last three starts and has stopped 94 of his last 98 shots faced.
Dawson Holt/Marcus Kichton: The Giants will get two veterans back in the lineup tonight as forward Dawson Holt and defenceman Marcus Kichton draw back in. Holt brings even more offense to a Giants team that has scored has scored the fifth most goals in the entire WHL. The return of Kichton brings some more physicality and stability to the Giants back-end that is missing one of its top performers in Matt Barberis.