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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Tri-City Americans (Game #17)

Doug Love

Tonight in Kennewick, WA the Vancouver Giants kick off their November schedule with their first meeting of the season with the Tri-City Americans. The Giants are looking to snap a three-game slide while the Tri-City Americans have won two straight and are unbeaten in their last three games in regulation.

 

TRI-CITY AMERICANS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Kelly Buchberger

Record: 8-5-0-1

Home Record: 5-2-0-1

Last Game: A 5-2 home victory against the Seattle Thunderbirds last night.

Goals For/Goals Against: 39 GF/51 GA (-12)

Power Play: 16.4% (16th)

Penalty Kill: 81.4% (9th)

Leading Scorers: Sasha Mutala (13GP – 7G – 9A -16PTS), Samuel Huo (14GP – 5G – 5A – 10PTS), Connor Bouchard (14GP – 3G – 6A – 9PTS)

MUTALA IS ROLLING

Colorado Avalanche prospect Sasha Mutala comes into tonight’s game with a team-leading 16 points for Tri-City. The Vancouver native has recorded points in nine of his past 11 games (12 points altogether in that span). Originally selected sixth overall by Tri-City in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Mutala is looking to obliterate his previous season high for points (41 last season). The Avalanche drafted Mutala in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

GETTING ‘WARM’ER:

No goaltender made more saves last season than Tri-City veteran netminder Beck Warm. The now 20-year-old had 1925 saves last season which was 238 more than Portland’s Joel Hofer. This season, Warm has appeared in 12 of the first 14 games for the Americans. His record coming into tonight is 6-5-0-1 with one shutout, a goals-against-average of 3.40 and a .903 save percentage. Last season he was 0-2-2-0 against Vancouver.

TRI-CITY NOTES:

  • Samuel Huo leads the team with three power play goals.
  • Four Tri-City skaters (Olson, Lambert, Bjorklund, and Lambert) had two points in yeterday’s win over Seattle.
  • Samuel Stewart led all active Tri-City players with four points (all assists) against Vancouver
  • Tonight’s game marks the end of a six-game home stand for Tri-City. Their next game is Friday in Calgary, AB.

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 7-8-1-0

Road Record: 5-5

Last Game: A 3-2 overtime loss last Sunday against Prince George

Goals For/Goals Against: 41 GF/44 GA (-3)

Power Play: 15.9% (18th)

Penalty Kill: 79.8% (11th)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (16GP – 8G – 7A – 15PTS), Milos Roman (16GP – 7G – 5A – 12PTS), Justin Sourdif (14GP – 6G – 6A – 12PTS)

BYRAM NAMED AN ALTERNATE FOR TEAM WHL

Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram has been named to Team WHL’s leadership group for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Earlier this week the WHL announced that Bowen Byram would serve as an alternate captain. Ty Smith (Spokane, captain), Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge, alternate) and Nolan Foote (Kelowna, alternate) are also a part of the leadership group. Last season against Tri-City, Bowen Byram had four goals and four assists for eight points. Two of those four goals were OT winners.

NIELSEN KEEPS STREAKING:

Giants forward Tristen Nielsen brings a four-game point streak into tonight’s game against Tri-City. The Fort St. John, BC product leads the team in scoring with eight goals and seven assists. His eight goals are tops on the team. Last season against Tri-City, Nielsen had a goal and two assists for three points.

VANCOUVER NOTES:

  • Tristen Nielsen leads the Giants with 68 shots on goal. He’s third in the league behind only Dylan Cozens (71) and Connor Zary (70)
  • Milos Roman and Jackson Shepard have eached scored two game-winning goals for the Giants this season.
  • Milos Roman (346) has taken the third most faceoffs in the WHL. The only two with more are Jake Gricius of Portland (351) and Chase Wouters of Saskatoon (428).
  • The Giants were 4-0 against Tri-City last season.
  • The Giants are 2-4-1-1 in Tri-City over the past five seasons.

 

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