PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Seattle T-Birds (Game 15)
Tonight at the LEC, the Vancouver Giants return to action for game number three of their season-long eight-game home stand when they clash with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Giants have been idle since Sunday and their 3-1 home victory over Kelowna while the T-Birds were in action last night at home and suffered a 7-2 loss against Kamloops. Tonight’s game marks the second meeting of four between these two Western Conference foes.
Head Coach: Matt O’Dette
Road Record: 2-2-1-0
Season Series vs. Giants: 1-0
Last Game: A 7-2 loss at home last night against Kamloops
Goals For/Goals Against: 42 GF/38 GA (+4)
Power Play: 26.3% (2nd in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 80.8% (7th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Dillon Hamaliuk (9GP – 6G – 9A – 15PTS), Noah Philp (11GP – 8G – 4A – 14PTS), Andrej Kukuca (11GP – 4G – 9A – 13PTS)
2000-born forward Dillon Hamaliuk leads all Seattle skaters in scoring with six goals and nine assists for 15 points. He’s managed those totals in just nine games. He recorded at least one point ine each of his first seven games of the season. He had a goal and an assist against Vancouver back on September 28th in Seattle’s 3-1 win.
PHILIN THE NET:
1998-born forward Noah Philp leads all Seattle skaters with eight goals. Six of those eight have come via the power play. Last season, Philp led all Seattle skaters with two goals and three assists in four games played against the Giants.
SOMETHING TO ‘LEE’N ON:
2001-born defenceman Jake Lee leads all Seattle defenders with two goals and 10 assists for 12 points. He’s 6’2”, 216 pounds and has already surpassed his offensive point totals from last season where he managed four goals and six assists for 10 points in 64 games.
BETWEEN THE PIPES:
1999-born Liam Hughes is 3-1-1-0 lifetime against the Giants, including a first-star performance at the LEC back on September 28th where he stopped 31 of the 32 shots the Giants fired his way.
Head Coach: Michael Dyck
Home Record: 5-1-1-0
Season Series vs. T-Birds: 0-1
Last Game: A 3-1 home victory last Sunday against Kelowna
Goals For/Goals Against: 45 GF/29 GA (+16)
Power Play: 21.6% (14th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 84.8 (4th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: James Malm (13GP – 9G – 6A – 15PTS), Bowen Byram (14GP – 5G – 7A – 12PTS), Davis Koch (14GP – 3G – 9A – 12PTS)
Bowen Byram comes into the weekend tied for second on the team in scoring with five goals and seven assists for 12 points. He’s earned points in four of his past five games and has compiled three goals and four assists for seven points in that span.
MINER RECOGNIZED AGAIN BY WHL:
2001-born goaltender Trent Miner has earned two separate WHL Goaltender of the Week honors in a three-week span. Last week Miner went 1-0-1-0 in two appearances and stopped 59 of the 62 shots he faced to capture the award. He also won it for the week ending October 7th. For the season, Miner is 3-0-1-0 with a league-best 1.24 goals-against-average and a league-best .958 save percentage.
HARDY LEADS THE CHARGE:
Owen Hardy scored twice last Sunday in a 3-1 Giants victory over the Kelowna Rockets. The 19-year-old Nanaimo, B.C. product has four goals and an assist for five points and has added a +4 rating. He along with linemates Davis Koch and Dawson Holt have been contributing big minutes at both ends of the ice, and will look to carry that over into this weekend.
POWER PLAY SURGE:
The Vancouver Giants power play has collected six goals in a span of 24 tries over the past six games for a 25 percent success rate.