PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Everett Silvertips (Game #37)
Response. That will be a big-time buzz word tonight for the Vancouver Giants as they head to Everett to face the Silvertips. From the Vancouver Giants stand-point, Wednesday is over with. The 11-0 loss still stings, sure. But one game and one poor performance certainly does not define a season or a stretch of games. Despite Wednesday’s setback, the Giants are 6-1 in their last seven and are 8-2 in their last 10 and will be looking for a major ‘response’ tonight Down South against an Everett club that’s won 12 of their last 13 games and three straight.
Head Coach: Dennis Williams
Home Record: 11-5-1-0
Last 10: 9-1-0-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 122/90 (+32)
Power Play: 18.7% (17th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 86.3% (1st in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Patrick Bajkov (37GP – 20G – 33A – 53PTS), Matt Fonteyne (37GP – 17G – 22A – 39PTS), Kevin Davis (36GP – 4G – 28A – 32PTS)
WHO’S UP FRONT:
Riley Sutter: The draft eligible forward had four goals and an assist Wednesday in Langley. He now has 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points which puts him fourth on the team. In two games against the Giants this season he has five goals and two assists.
Connor Dewar: The fellow 18-year-old had two goals and three assists for five points as well on Wednesday. For the season, Dewar has 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points in 33 games played.
WHO’S ON D:
Jake Christensen: The 18-year-old had a goal and was a +4 for Everett against Vancouver on Wednesday. For the season he’s compiled three goals and 16 assists for 19 points which ranks him second on the team for scoring among defencemen.
Kevin Davis: The veteran d-man logs big minutes in all situations for Everett. Despite being held off the scoresheet Wednesday he was a +3 and leads the Silvertips in that category with a +17 rating.
WHO’S IN GOAL:
Dustin Wolf: The 16-year-old turned aside all 24 shots fired his way to secure his second shutout of the season on Wednesday. For the season he’s 6-2 with a 1.75 goals-against-average and a .947 save percentage.
Confidence: The Everett confidence is sky-high after posting an 11-0 win against the Giants on Wednesday. Confidence was already a major factor for the Silvertips as they were winners of 11 of their previous 12 games heading into Wednesday. There’s no hotter team going right now in the WHL than Everett and it’s going to take a complete effort in all areas of the ice from the Giants to throw them off course.
Head Coach: Jason McKee
Last 10: 8-2-0-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 127/134 (-7)
Power Play: 23.4% (9th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 75.3% (16th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Ty Ronning (36GP – 31G – 15A – 46PTS), James Malm (36GP – 13G – 22A – 35PTS), Brad Morrison (36GP – 10G – 23A – 33PTS)
WHO’S UP FRONT:
James Malm: The talented 18-year-old sits second on the team in scoring, but has gone six games without scoring a goal. A big night offensively from Malm tonight would be huge for the collective confidence of the Giants.
Brad Morrison: The slick 20-year-old has just one goal in his last seven games. If the Giants are going to have success on the road they’ll need the likes of Morrison and his linemates to do some heavy lifting offensively.
WHO’S ON D:
Dylan Plouffe: The 18-year-old leads the Giants in scoring from the back-end with six goals and 22 assists for 28 points and was the only Giant to finish with an even rating during Wednesday’s game against Everett. He has a goal against Everett already this season.
Matt Barberis: The talented defenceman is tied for second on the team in plus-minus with a +7 rating and is trusted to play big minutes in all situations. His 21 points ranks him second on the team in scoring among defencemen and tonight the Giants will need a strong game from their veteran stalwart.
WHO’S IN GOAL:
David Tendeck: The reigning goaltender of the week in the WHL should not let one tough performance phase him. For the month of December he’s still 6-1 with two shutouts and his goals-against-average remains below 3.00 and his save percentage remains above .920. Tendeck has won some big games for the Giants on the road this season and tonight he might need a first-star type of performance to give the Giants their best shot.
A Good Honest Effort: You don’t go 18-14-2-2 by accident. The Giants are a good team in a good division in the best Junior Hockey League in Canada. They’ve beaten some of the elite teams this season and have especially lately. The big key for the Giants tonight will be to bring a good honest effort to the table. If they do that, they’re going to give themselves every opportunity possible to find success tonight in Everett.