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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Kamloops Blazers (Game #10)

Allen Douglas

Tonight in Kamloops, the top two teams in the B.C. Division go head-to-head when the Vancouver Giants battle the Kamloops Blazers. It marks the third meeting of the season between the two clubs, and a win for the Giants would give them an equal number of points as Kamloops. It’ll be a busy stretch for the Giants who are set to play three games in the next four days. Michael Dyck’s crew is looking to build off a 4-0 victory on Thursday evening against Victoria.

RADIOWEBCASTGAME NOTES

KAMLOOPS BLAZERS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Shaun Clouston

Record: 7-1

Last Game: A 5-0 victory against Prince George back on Wednesday, April 15th.

Record vs. VAN: 1-1

Power Play: 23.7% (9/38 – 8th)

Penalty Kill:  87.0% (20/23 – 4th)

Leading Scorers: Connor Zary (8GP – 3G – 13A – 16PTS), Orrin Centazzo (8GP – 3G – 9A – 12PTS), Logan Stankoven (6GP – 7G – 3A – 10PTS)

ZARY LEADING THE CHARGE

Kamloops Blazers captain Connor Zary has been as advertised this season for Kamloops. The Calgary Flames prospect leads the team in scoring with 16 points (3G, 13A) in eight games. Zary has recorded at least one point in seven of his first eight games on the season – The only blemish being the 4-0 loss his team suffered to Vancouver back on April 5th. Zary has nine points (1G, 8A) in his past three games and has five multi-point games on the campaign.

A PILLAR OF STRENGTH

2002-born forward Josh Pillar is averaging 1.25 points-per-game this season so far for Kamloops. The product of Warman, SK comes into tonight’s game with five goals and five assists, has goals in each of his past two games and has at least one point in six of the Blazers first eight games. Pillar has not yet recorded a point against Vancouver, but since the departure of Logan Stankoven to the World Under-18’s, Pillar leads all active Blazers with five goals.

BLAZER NOTES

  • Orrin Centazzo has six points (2G, 4A) over his past three games.
  • Defenceman Inaki Baragano has a +13 rating – The tops among any B.C. Division skaters.
  • The Kamloops Blazers have 37 goals on the season, the most in the B.C. Division.
  • Matthew Seminoff (2G, 1A) and Connor Zary (3A) lead the Blazers with three points each against the Giants.
  • The Blazers are the only team in the B.C. Division that has not surrendered a shorthanded goal against.

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 6-3

Last Game: A 4-0 triumph over the Victoria Royals on Thursday night at home.

Record vs. KAM: 1-1

Power Play: 21.4% (6/28 – 11th)

Penalty Kill: 87.5% (35/40 – 3rd)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (9GP – 8G – 8A – 16PTS), Justin Sourdif (9GP – 4G – 12A – 16PTS), Eric Florchuk (9GP – 2G – 6A – 8PTS)

SOURDIF CONTINUES TO IMPRESS

2002-born forward Justin Sourdif brings a five-game point streak into tonight’s game with Kamloops. The Florida Panthers prospect has four goals and five assists for nine points in that span, and is tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points. In two meetings against Kamloops this season, Sourdif has registered one goal and one assist.

KEEPING THE DOOR SHUT

  • Goaltenders Drew Sim and Trent Miner have combined for four shutout victories in a span of nine games.
  • Defensively the Giants have held their opponent to 20-or-fewer shots in four of the first nine games.
  • The Giants have surrendered 30 shots against just once and it came against Kamloops on April 5th.
  • The Giants have given up an average of 5.4 shots in the third period this season. Opposing teams have managed just 49 shots against Vancouver in the third period.

GIANT NOTES

  • Tristen Nielsen leads all Giants skaters with one goal and three assists in two meetings against Kamloops so far this season.
  • Tristen Nielsen has goals in each of his past two games.
  • Five different Vancouver Giants have scored game-winning goals on the season.
  • Giants captain Alex Kannok Leipert has three goals and one assist for four points in his past four games.
  • Justin Lies leads all B.C. Division skaters with 26 penalty minutes.
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