The top two teams in the WHL’s Western Conference lock horns tonight at the Langley Events Centre. The Vancouver Giants and Everett Silvertips will meet for the fourth and final time in 2018-19 at 7:30 PM in a showdown between two of the hottest teams going in the entire league. The Giants have won seven straight and currently hold a 12 point lead for first in the B.C. Division standings while Everett has won nine of their last 10 and haven’t lost in regulation since November 16th – A span of 11 games.
Head Coach: Dennis Williams
Road Record: 12-4-0-1
Last Game: A 4-3 shootout loss in Spokane Wednesday night against the Chiefs
Last 10: 9-0-0-1
Goals For/Goals Against: 114/73 (+41)
Power Play: 23.5% (10th)
Penalty Kill: 82.3% (5th)
Leading Scorers: Connor Dewar (30GP – 24G – 21A – 45PTS), Riley Sutter (34GP – 11G – 24A – 35PTS), Bryce Kindopp (34GP – 14G – 16A – 30PTS)
‘DEW’ING IT RIGHT:
Everett Silvertips captain Connor Dewar (The Pas, MB) comes into this weekend ranked third overall in the Western Hockey League in goals (24) and sixth in scoring (45 points). Dewar has recorded at least one point in eight of his past nine games and during that span he’s recorded four goals and seven assists for 11 points. In three games so far this season against the Vancouver Giants, Dewar has managed three goals and two assists for five points. Back in June, Dewar was selected 92nd overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2018 NHL Draft. He was originally drafted by the Everett Silvertips in the fifth round (107th overall in 2014).
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF:
No goaltender has appeared in more games and played more minutes this season than 2001-born goaltender Dustin Wolf. The California native comes into tonight’s game with a record of 23-7-1-0 through 34 appearances. He also brings three shutouts, a 1,87 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage into this weekend. Wolf is 1-2 against the Giants with a .875 save percentage and a 3.04 goals-against-average.
THE HOTTEST TEAM GOING:
The Everett Silvertips have gone 9-0-1-1 over the course of their last 11 games. Their last regulation loss came on November 16th in Portland – A 5-2 loss. Since then the Silvertips have outscored their opponents 42-24. Dustin Wolf has earned two shutout victories in that span while backup goaltender Max Palage has one.
Head Coach: Michael Dyck
Home Record: 14-4-1-0
Last Game: A 2-1 overtime victory Saturday at home against the Victoria Royals
Last 10: 8-2
Goals For/Goals Against: 95 GF/64 GA
Power Play: 22.8% (13th)
Penalty Kill: 85.6% (2nd)
Leading Scorers: Davis Koch (29GP – 9G – 21A – 30PTS), Milos Roman (29GP – 16G – 13A – 29PTS), Bowen Byram (29GP – 9G – 16A – 25PTS)
BYRAM TO SUIT UP IN THE 2019 CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME:
It’s been a December to remember so far for Bowen Byram. The draft eligible defenceman from Cranbrook was named to the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game roster yesterday. He was one of 16 WHL representatives named to the event. Byram is currently in the midst of a seven-game point streak. During that span he’s notched three goals and seven assists for 10 points. He scored the 2018 Teddy Bear Goal for the Giants last Saturday at the Pacific Coliseum. His nine goals ranks him tied for first in the WHL for goals among defencemen.
KOCH KEEPS COOKIN’:
20-year-old Davis Koch has recorded at least one point in each of his past 10 games. The Surrey, B.C. product has registered six goals and 11 assists for 17 points in that span. He was named November Player of the Month for his efforts. In three games against Everett, Koch has struck for two goals and two assists for four points which ties him with Jared Dmytriw and Dawson Holt.
Vancouver Giants captain Jared Dmytriw had quite a night last Saturday. The 20-year-old product of Craven, SK recorded a goal and an assist in what ended up being a 2-1 win for the Giants over Dmytriw’s former team, the Victoria Royals. Dmytriw’s goal came in overtime on a breakaway, giving him seven goals on the season. Dmytriw has now scored in each of the past two games for the Giants and currently sits sixth in team scoring with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points. In three meetings so far this season against the Silvertips, Dmytriw has registered two goals and two assists for four points. He along with Dawson Holt and Davis Koch are tied for the team lead in scoring against the Everett Silvertips.