PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Victoria Royals (Game #24)
Tonight at the LEC the Vancouver Giants battle the Victoria Royals for a fourth time this season and for the second time in a one-week span. The Giants are coming off an impressive 4-2 road victory Wednesday in Seattle while the Royals were in action last night and fell 3-1 in Kelowna against the Rockets. The Giants dropped a 3-1 decision to Victoria last Sunday at the LEC and are now 1-1-1-0 against Victoria through three games. Following tonight’s game, these teams will still meet twice more (Dec. 8 + Dec. 15) before the holiday break.
Head Coach: Dan Price
Road Record: 3-3
Last Game: A 3-1 loss last night in Kelowna against the Rockets.
Last 10: 4-6-0-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 57 GF/58 GA (-1)
Power Play: 16.9% (18th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 79% (9th in WHL) – 6 SHG
Leading Scorers: Kaid Oliver (18GP – 14G – 8A – 22PTS), D-Jay Jerome (19GP – 11G – 8A – 19PTS), Dante Hannoun (13GP – 7G – 8A – 15PTS)
OUTHOUSE CONTINUES TO SET RECORD:
The 20-year-old netminder for the Victoria Royals suited up in his 166th career WHL game last night, surpassing Coleman Vollrath for the most games played ever by a Victoria Royals goaltender. The Likely, B.C. native already holds the franchise record for most wins in a Royals uniform. 20 of his 98 career wins have come against the Vancouver Giants. His overall record against the G-Men over the past four seasons is 20-5-1-0 with a 2.21 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage.
OLIVER’S BREAKOUT SEASON CONTINUES:
2000-born forward Kaid Oliver come into tonight’s game riding a four-game point streak for the Victoria Royals. During that span, he’s notched three goals and an assist for four points. Over the course of his past 10 games, he’s only been held off the score sheet once. Over his past 10 games Oliver has nine goals and four assists for 13 points. Oliver leads the Royals in scoring with 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points. He’s got a goal and three assists for four points in four games against Vancouver this season.
AN ADDED WEAPON UP FRONT:
Last night in Kelowna marked the return of 1998-born forward Dante Hannoun to the Royals lineup. Hannoun had missed the past three games due to injury. In 13 games, the Delta native has notched seven goals and eight assists for 15 points. In 271 career WHL games with the Royals Hannoun has notched 86 goals and 141 assists for 227 points. In 38 career games against the Giants, Hannoun has registered 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points.
Head Coach: Michael Dyck
Home Record: 9-4-1-0
Last Game: A 4-2 road victory Wednesday in Seattle
Last 10: 6-4-0-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 73 GF/54 GA (+19)
Power Play: 21.7% (14th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 84.4% (3rd in WHL) – 1 SHG
Leading Scorers: Milos Roman (23GP – 11G – 10A – 21PTS), Davis Koch (23GP – 5G – 16A – 21PTS), Bowen Byram (23GP – 7G – 10A – 17PTS)
PLOUFFE PLAYS GAME 200 IN STYLE:
1999-born defenceman Dylan Plouffe comes into tonight’s game riding a four-game point streak. During that span, Plouffe has scored twice while adding four assists for six points. On Wednesday in Seattle, Plouffe scored his third goal of the season and added an assist in what ended up as a 4-2 victory for the Giants against the Seattle Thunderbirds. For the season, Plouffe now has three goals to go along with 11 assists for 14 points and a +5. His 14 points rank him second on the team in scoring among defencemen. Wednesday’s game in Seattle also happened to be Plouffe’s 200th career WHL game. Originally drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, Plouffe has registered 18 goals and 62 assists for 80 points during his WHL career.
KOCH IS CRUISIN:
1998-born forward Davis Koch is currently in the midst of a four-game point streak for the Vancouver Giants. Over the course of his past four games, Koch has registered two goals and six assists for eight points. Coming into tonight’s game, Koch is tied for the team lead in scoring with 21 points (5G, 16A). Koch leads all Giants with four points (all assists) in three games so far this season against the Victoria Royals. He leads the Giants with 11 power play assists.
KEEP THAT POWER PLAY ROLLING!:
The Giants power play has caught fire as of late going seven for its past 24 for a 29.1% success rate. In three of their past four games, the Giants have recorded multiple power play goals. The only game in their past four where they didn’t capitalize on the power play was last Sunday against Victoria where they went zero-for-four.