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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Everett Silvertips (Game #21)

Rob Wilton

 

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EVERETT SILVERTIPS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Dennis Williams

Record: 18-1-1-1

Home Record: 9-1-0-1

Last Game: An 8-2 home victory last night against the Tri-City Americans

Last 10: 8-1-1-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 89 GF/40 GA (+49)

Power Play: 21.6% (9th)

Penalty Kill: 80.9% (10th)

Leading Scorers: Jackson Berezowski (13-11-24), Alex Swetlikoff (12-12-24), Hunter Campbell (12-11-23)

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

Forward Hunter Campbell netted his first career WHL hat trick, while Olen Zellweger logged a goal and five assists in an 8-2 victory last night for the Everett Silvertips over the visiting Tri-City Americans. Five different Silvertips had multi-point games and goaltender Braden Holt made 26 saves on 28 shots faced to help Everett secure their Conference leading 18th victory. It also marked Everett’s eighth victory in their past 10 games.

SEELEY, ZELLWEGER CALLED TO CANADA

Two of the most dominant defencemen in the Western Hockey League anchor the Everett Silvertips blueline. Anaheim Ducks prospect Olen Zellweger and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Ronan Seeley currently sit second and third overall in league scoring among defencemen. Zelwegger comes into action tonight with seven goals anad 20 assists for 27 points. Last night against Tri-City he had a goal and five assists for six points. Ronan Seeley has six goals and 16 assists for 22 points. Only Winnipeg’s Ben Zloty has more points (28) than either guy. Both Zellweger and Seeley were recent invites to Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp.

SILVERTIP NOTES

  • The Silvertips have now scored 17 goals over their last two games, coming off a 9-2 trouncing of the Spokane Chiefs Wednesday night.
  • Austin Roest and Alex Swetlikoff each had two points against the Giants back on November 19th.
  • Koen MacInnes made 18/19 possible saves against Vancouver on November 19th.
  • Everett’s power play was 0/2 against Vancouver back on November 19th.
  • Everett’s penalty kill was 2/2 against Vancouver on November 19th.

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 12-7-1-0

Road Record: 6-3-1-0

Last Game: A 3-1 home victory last night against the Kamloops Blazers.

Last 10: 6-4

Record vs. EVT: 0-1

Goals For/Goals Against: 63 GF/54 GA (+9)

Power Play: 22.7% (8th)

Penalty Kill: 82.1% (8th)

Leading Scorers: Justin Sourdif (8-18-26), Fabian Lysell (8-15-23), Ty Thorpe (7-15-22)

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

The Vancouver Giants winning streak reached five straight games after a 3-1 home victory over the division leading Kamloops Blazers. Jesper Vikman stopped 39 Kamloops shots en route to a first star performance while Zack Ostapchuk, Ethan Semeniuk and Payton Mount supplied the goals for Vancouver. The lone Kamloops goal came from Ethan Brandwood late in the third period. It marked the first win of the season for the G-Men against Kamloops and their sixth win on home ice.

VIKMAN HEATING UP

Jesper Vikman has now won four straight stars for the Giants and has stopped 139 of his past 146 shots faced for a save percentage of .952. The prospect of the Vegas Golden Knights brings a record of 10-3-1-0 into tonight’s game with a .914 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average. In one previous meeting with Everett, Vikman stopped 21 of 24 shots in a 4-1 defeat back on November 19th.

GIANT NOTES

  • Zack Ostapchuk has now registered three goals in his past two games.
  • Fabian Lysell extended his point streak to five straight games thank to an assist on the empty-net goal. He now has four goals and five assists for nine points in the span of that streak.
  • The Giants improved their home ice record to 6-4 thanks to Friday‚Äôs victory.
  • During their five-game winning streak the Giants have outscored their opponent 17-8.
  • During their five-game winning streak the Giants power play has gone 5/17.
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