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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Victoria Royals (Game 57)

Chris Relke

Tonight at the LEC the Vancouver Giants look to inch a bit closer to clinching a B.C. Division banner when they take the ice against the Victoria Royals for the eighth time this season. The Giants take the ice tonight looking to arrive at the 40-win mark for the seventh time during their 18-year tenure in the WHL. A win tonight in regulation would also move the Giants to within one single point of clinching the B.C. Division banner for the first time since 2009-10.

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VICTORIA ROYALS

 OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Dan Price

Record: 30-24-1-2

Road Record: 13-13-1-2

Last Game: A 6-2 home victory Tuesday against the Kelowna Rockets

Last 10: 5-4-0-1

Goals For/Goals Against: 175 GF/183 GA (-8)

Power Play: 17.0% (20th in WHL)

Penalty Kill: 78.7% (11th in WHL)

Leading Scorers:

Kaid Oliver (56GP – 27G – 22A – 49PTS)

Scott Walford (55GP – 9G – 35A – 44PTS)

D-Jay Jerome (57GP – 21G – 18A – 39PTS)

‘OL’ OVER IT:

When all is said and done in 2018-19, 2000-born forward Kaid Oliver will have likely surpassed 30 goals and 50 points in his third full WHL campaign. The White Rock, B.C. native comes into tonight’s game leading the Royals in both goals (27) and points (49). Offensively he’s already 21 goals and 24 points ahead of his totals from a season ago. Earlier this week in two games against the Kelowna Rockets, Oliver struck for three goals and three assists for six points. Over his past nine games, Oliver has tallied eight times and added three assists for 11 points. In seven games this season against the Vancouver Giants, Oliver has scored once while adding four assists for five points. His lone goal against the Giants was an overtime winner that he secured back on October 14th in Victoria.

TAKE ME ‘OUT’:

20-year-old goaltender Griffen Outhouse holds virtually every single Victoria Royals goaltending record. The pride of Likely, B.C. has appeared in 192 career games for the Royals and holds a lifetime record of 111-59-11-4. Of those 111 wins, 21 have come against the Giants. In 30 career appearances against the Giants, Outhouse has compiled a record of 21-6-2-0. So far this season he’s 3-2-1 against Vancouver with a 2.29 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage.

TIP THE ‘D-JAY’:

2018-19 has been a major success for 1999-born forward D-Jay Jerome. After posting just one single assist in 44 games played a season ago, the Lethbridge, AB native has contributed 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 total points this season which ranks him third in team scoring. Jerome leads all Royals with five goals against the Giants and his seven points against them is also tops among Royals skaters.

 

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

 OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 39-14-2-1

Home Record: 22-6-1-1

Last Game: A 5-3 home loss to Portland on Monday afternoon

Last 10: 8-2-0-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 182 GF/132 GA (+50)

Power Play: 22.4% (9th in WHL)

Penalty Kill: 84.6% (2nd in WHL)

Leading Scorers:

Davis Koch (56GP – 23G – 37A – 60PTS)

Bowen Byram (56GP – 21G – 34A – 55PTS)

Milos Roman (50GP – 22G -22A – 44PTS)

THIS ‘JUST’ IN:

2002-born forward Justin Sourdif is enjoying a terrific rookie season with the Vancouver Giants. The pride of Surrey, B.C. comes into tonight’s game with a statline of 17 goals, 15 assists and a +18 rating. His 17 goals are tops among all 2002-born players in the WHL. Coming into this weekend Sourdif ranks fourth among all WHL rookies in goals. Sourdif has recorded at least one point in each of his past four games and in seven of his past eight games. During that span he’s notched five goals and five assists for 10 points. With 12 games remaining in the 2018-19 regular season, Sourdif is trying to become just the third Giant to ever surpass 20 goals during his 16-year-old season. The only other two to do so: Evander Kane (24 in 2007-08) and Gilbert Brule (2004-05). Sourdif has scored once and added one assist against Victoria through seven games so far this season.

KOCH KEEPS ROLLING:

20-year-old Davis Koch continues to put forth a terrific final WHL season. The White Rock, B.C. native comes into the weekend leading all Giants in both goals (23) and points (60). Koch has points in each of his past four games and during that span has scored twice while adding four assists. He leads all Giants in scoring this season against Victoria with two goals and eight assists for 10 points. With so many forwards missing from the Giants lineup, it’s been imperative for Koch to maintain his steady offense, and he’s done exactly that.

GIANTS NOTES:

  • Trent Miner is 1-1 on the season against Victoria with a .939 save percentage and a 1.52 goals-against-average.
  • David Tendeck is 3-1-1-0 against Victoria with a .903 save percentage and a 2.16 goals-against-average.
  • The Giants haven’t lost a game in regulation to a B.C. Division opponent since December 15th (in Victoria). The Giants have since gone 11-0-0-1 against B.C. Division teams.
  • The Giants power play has gone seven-for-22 over the past five games.
  • In 2009, seven of the Giants nine home games have had crowds of 4000-plus.
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