PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Everett Silvertips (Game 21)
Tonight down South, the Vancouver Giants take to the road for the first time in nearly a full month. Last night they wrapped up an eight-game home stand with a dominant 10-4 victory over the Regina Pats and tonight they’ll look to continue their winning ways against one of the hottest teams going in the WHL – the Everett Silvertips. The Silvertips are 15-7 and sit first in the US Division with 30 points. The Giants come into today’s game with a 14-4-2-0 record. Their 30 points have them ranked first in the B.C. Division. Yes, the winner of tonight’s game will sit alone in top spot in the Western Conference standings.
Head Coach: Dennis Williams
Home Record: 5-3
Last Game: A 5-2 loss to Portland on the road last night.
Last 10: 8-2-0-0
Season Series: 0-2 against Vancouver
Goals For/Goals Against: 72 GF/49 GA (+23)
Power Play: 25.0 (5th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 87.6% (2nd in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Connor Dewar (18GP – 16G – 12A – 28PTS), Riley Sutter (22GP – 9G – 17A – 26PTS), Wyatte Wylie (22GP – 4G – 17A – 21PTS)
HOW DO YOU ‘DEWAR’:
Everett captain Connor Dewar is having a phenomenal season for the Everett Silvertips. The Minnesota Wild prospect leads all Silvertips with 16 goals and 28 points. Last night in Portland he was kept off the score sheet for the first time since October 6th! That’s a span of 11 games. During that 11-game span, he scored 12 goals and added nine assists for 21 points. Dewar is one of the WHL hopefuls hoping to receive an invite to Canada’s 2019 World Junior selection camp next month.
THE WOLF OF SILVERTIP STREET:
17-year-old Dustin Wolf leads all WHL goaltenders with 21 appearances so far this season, meaning he’s appeared in all but one of Everett’s 22 games. His record is 14-7 with a 1.84 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage and one shutout. In two appearances against the Giants this season, Wolf is 0-2 with a 2.04 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage.
A ‘WYLIE’ BLUELINE:
1999-born defenceman Wyatte Wylie leads all Everett Silvertips in scoring from the back-end. He’s got four goals and 17 assists for 21 points and is a +6. Coming into tonight, Wylie ranks fifth among WHL defencemen in scoring. In two games against the Giants, Wylie has two assists. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.
Head Coach: Michael Dyck
Road Record: 5-1-1-0
Last Game: A 10-4 home victory last night over the Regina Pats
Last 10: 6-3-1-0
Season Series: 2-0 against Everett
Goals For/Goals Against: 63 GF/43 GA (+20)
Power Play: 21.0% (13th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 84.3% (3rd in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Milos Roman (20 GP – 10G – 7A – 17PTS), Brayden Watts (20GP – 4G – 12A – 16PTS), Davis Koch (20GP – 3G – 13A – 16PTS)
ROGER THAT, 10-4:
Last night at home the Giants registered 10 goals in a 10-4 decision over the Regina Pats. Nine different players recorded two-or-more points. Milos Roman, Yannik Valenti and Tristen Nielsen each scored twice while Davis Koch added three assists. Trent Miner was strong in goal making 24 saves on the 28 shots he faced to earn his sixth win of the season.
STACKING THE DECK:
Assuming David Tendeck starts tonight for the Giants, he and his teammates should feel very confident heading into the game. Tendeck is 2-0 against Everett this season having defeated them twice earlier back on September 21st and 22nd. Tendeck has a 1.00 goals-against-average against Everett through two starts and brings a .966 save percentage into tonight’s matchup. Tendeck is 8-4-1-0 for the season with one shutout, a 2.23 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage.
SOME POWER PLAY TRACTION:
Last night against Regina the Giants power play went three-for-eight. It marked the second time this season that the Giants have tallied three power play goals in a single game. Their eight power plays for also marked a season high for power plays in a game. Tonight they’ll be in tough though against an Everett squad that’s had 108 power plays (the second most in the entire WHL). Everett has also been fairly penalized having gone to the box 97 times. The Giants on the flipside have only gone to the box 83 teams (13th most).