PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Victoria Royals (Game #31)
Tonight on the Island the Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals clash for the sixth time this season. The two clubs are no stranger to one another having already faced each other five times. This game tonight marks the fourth game between the two clubs since November 18th. The Giants are coming off a 4-1 setback last night at home to Everett while the Royals were 5-1 winners at home against Prince George. Tonight marks the second game of a three-in-three for the Giants while the Royals are playing their fourth game in five nights.
Head Coach: Dan Price
Home Record: 11-6
Last Game: A 5-1 win last night at home against Prince George
Last 10: 3-6-1-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 84 GF/89 GA (-5)
Power Play: 14.5% (22nd in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 80% (7th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Dante Hannoun (23GP – 12G – 13A – 25PTS), Kaid Oliver (28GP – 15G – 9A – 24PTS), D-Jay Jerome (29GP – 12G – 10A – 22PTS)
‘TARUN’ IT UP:
2001-born forward Tarun Fizer has recorded points in each of his past four games. The Chestermere, AB product has registered five goals along with two assists in that span. In five games against the Giants, Fizer has managed one goal and one assist. For the season he’s recorded eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points which ranks him fourth on the team.
OUTHOUSE NEARS THE CENTURY MARK
20-year-old Griffen Outhouse has played every second of hockey against the Giants so far this season for Victoria. The Likely, B.C. native comes into tonight’s game with an overall record of 12-9-1-0, a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage. He’s 2-2-1-0 against the Giants this season with a 2.35 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage. For his career, Outhouse is 20-6-2-0 against Vancouver and has an overall record of 99-53-11-3. Outhouse was 1:19 away from shutting out the Giants on Teddy Bear Toss last Saturday. You know that he’ll be charged up for this one tonight.
HANNOUN HEATING UP
The 20-year-old Delta, B.C. product has produced two goals and four assists of the course of three games this week and now leads the Royals outright in scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points. Hannoun has one assist in four meetings this season against the Giants, but historically Hannoun has registered 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in 40 career regular season games against the Giants.
Head Coach: Michael Dyck
Road Record: 7-2-1-0
Last Game: A 4-1 home loss last night against Everett
Last 10: 7-3-0-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 96 GF/68 GA (+28)
Power Play: 21.8% (14th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 85.9% (2nd in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Davis Koch (30GP – 9G – 21A – 30PTS), Milos Roman (30GP – 16G – 13A – 29PTS), Bowen Byram (30GP – 9G – 16A – 25PTS)
IT’S BEEN ONE WEEK:
The Vancouver Giants are 3-1-1 so far this season against Victoria and have defeated them in two consecutive meetings. Last week on Saturday Bowen Byram scored with 1:19 remaining in the third period to tie the game with Victoria, sending thousands of stuffed toys onto the ice at the Pacific Coliseum in the process. Former Royal Jared Dmytriw then ended the game in overtime with a breakaway goal. It’s safe to say there will be few (if any) secrets between these two teams.
Last night marked the WHL debut for 2003-born forward Zack Ostapchuk. The 15-year-old product of St. Albert, AB was selected 12th overall by the Giants in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, and skated on a line with Aidan Barfoot and Evan Patrician. The 6’2” forward finished even on the night and did not look out of place. He has travelled with the Giants to Victoria and will likely suit up again tonight. As an under-ager he’s eligible to play in five games this season until his CSSHL team is done with their season.
ROMAN GETS THE CALL FROM SLOVAKIA (AGAIN):
For a third straight season, Milos Roman will suit up for Slovakia at the World Juniors. The Calgary Flames prospect will not be with the team for the next two games of the weekend, and won’t likely rejoin the team until sometime in January. Roman leaves the Giants after posting a team-high 16 goals along with 13 assists for 29 points.