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PREVIEW: GIANTS BACK IN MAPLE RIDGE TONIGHT VS ROCKETS

Rob Wilton

The Giants return to Cam Neely Arena to conclude their preseason tonight (7:00PM) against the Kelowna Rockets. Last year, the G-Men topped the Prince George Cougars 3-1 in front of an electric crowd in Maple Ridge. Vancouver is looking to end the 2022 preseason with a win.

  • Offseason Acquisition G Brett Mirwald will make his first start between the pipes for the Giants tonight.
  • F Sammy May (1G – 2A – 3PTS) has a point in each preseason game so far.
  • NHL Prospects Zack Ostapchuk (Ottawa Senators) and Jesper Vikman (Vegas Golden Knights) are currently away from the team at NHL Training Camps.

KELOWNA ROCKETS

OVERVIEW

2021/22 Record: 42-20-1-5

2021/22 Record vs. VAN: 7-4-1

Head Coach: Kris Mallette

2021/22 Playoffs: Lost 4-1 in 1st Round vs Seattle

Leading Preseason Scorers: Elias Carmichael (0G – 6A – 6PTS), Andrew Cristall (4G – 1A – 5PTS)

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW

2021/22 Record: 24-39-5

2021/22 Record vs. KEL: 5-5-2

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

2021/22 Playoffs: Lost 4-2 in 2nd Round vs Kamloops.

Leading Preseason Scorers: Sammy May (1G – 2A – 3PTS), Samuel Honzek (1G – 1A – 2PTS)

The Giants will kick off the 2022/23 WHL Regular Season next weekend with a pair of games. On Friday night, Vancouver hosts the Seattle Thunderbirds at the LEC, and then on Saturday, there will be a rematch of Round 1 of the 2022 WHL Playoffs in Everett.



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