PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Victoria Royals (Game #33)
Tonight at the LEC the Vancouver Giants return to action looking to earn their fourth straight victory when they battle the B.C. Division leading Victoria Royals in the first of a home-and-home series. The Giants are 1-3-0-1 against Victoria this season and are 1-1 against them at the Langley Events Centre. The Giants, to their credit have played some great hockey as of late, and have been rewarded with three straight wins and five in their last six chances.
Head Coach: Dan Price
Road Record: 9-8-2-0
Last Game: A 5-4 loss in Prince George Tuesday
Last 10: 4-4-2-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 147-117 (+30)
Power Play: 22.3% (12th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 74.7% (18th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Matthew Phillips (34GP – 23G – 27A – 50PTS), Noah Gregor (31GP – 14G – 23A – 37PTS), Tyler Soy (29GP – 13G – 24A – 37PTS)
WHO’S UP FRONT:
Matthew Phillips: The Calgary Flames prospect leads the Royals in goals (23) and points (50). He has six goals and four assists for 10 points in five games so far this season against Vancouver.
Noah Gregor: The newly acquired 19-year-old registered an assist in his Victoria debut Tuesday in Prince George. The San Jose Sharks prospect has 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points. For his career he has 71 goals and 106 assists for 177 points in 165 career games.
WHO’S ON D:
Jared Freadrich: The 19-year-old has a goal and three assists against Vancouver so far this season. He leads all Royals defencemen in scoring with eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points.
Scott Walford: The Montreal Canadiens prospect has recorded 16 assists in 32 games this season with the Royals and sits second on the team in plus-minus with a +15 rating. He’s managed two assists in five meetings against the Giants this season.
WHO’S IN GOAL:
Griffen Outhouse: In four games against the Giants this season, Griffen Outhouse is 3-1 with a 2.57 goals-against-average and a .935 save percentage. For the season Outhouse is 18-6-3-0 with a 3.03 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage. He’s played 118 career WHL games (all with the Royals) and has registered 70 wins and nine shutouts in that span.
Offensive Depth: Even with some key injuries to Regan Nagy and Dante Hannoun, the Victoria Royals can score with the best of them. They lead all Western Conference teams with 147 goals. The scoring comes from all throughout the lineup. Seven of their forwards have reached double-digits in goals which is most of any team.
Head Coach: Jason McKee
Home Record: 9-6-0-0
Last Game: A 4-3 overtime victory over the Kootenay Ice at home Saturday
Last 10: 6-4-0-0
Power Play: 22.4% (11th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 74.3% (19th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Ty Ronning (32GP – 29G – 14A – 43PTS), James Malm (32GP – 13G – 18A – 31PTS), Brad Morrison (32GP – 10G – 21A – 31PTS)
WHO’S UP FRONT:
Ty Ronning: The Vancouver Giants leading scorer came up huge yet again last Saturday when he scored twice and added two assists in the Giants 4-3 overtime win over Kootenay. Ronning had the OT winner with 18 seconds left and now sits fourth in WHL goal-scoring with 29. He leads all Giants with five goals and two assists against Victoria this season.
Brad Morrison: The fellow 20-year-old has a goal and four assists in five games played against Victoria so far and sits tied for second in team scoring with 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points.
WHO’S ON D:
Matt Barberis: In five games against the Royals, the 19-year-old has registered two goals and three assists for five points. This season Barberis has supplied a little bit of everything for the G-Men having notched three goals and 15 assists for 18 points and his +8 rating is third best on the team.
Bowen Byram: The rookie d-man returns to the Giants lineup after missing the last six games due to injury. The 16-year-old comes into tonight’s game with a goal and 10 assists for 11 points in 21 games along with a +6 rating. Getting Byram back into the Giants lineup will be a big boost as he’s capable of playing big minutes in all situations.
WHO’S IN GOAL:
David Tendeck/Todd Scott: David Tendeck has started the last three games and has won them all. Does that mean that he’s the starter tonight? With three games in three days, both goaltenders will play this weekend. It’s just a matter of how Jason McKee wants to design his plan.
Tyler Benson: Over his past 10 games the Giants captain has scored eight goals while adding nine assists for 17 points. He’s recorded two-or-more points in six of those 10 games. He’s red hot and he’ll look to continue that impressive play this weekend.