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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Kamloops Blazers (Game #4)

Rob Wilton

Tonight at the Sandman Centre, the Vancouver Giants look to get back into the win column when they clash with the B.C. Division leading Kamloops Blazers. Tonight marks the second time in as many games that the Giants will battle the Blazers, and are looking to avenge a 5-0 loss suffered against them back on Saturday night at home. Michael Dyck’s crew would love to start their busy weekend on a winning note when the puck drops tonight in Kamloops.

WEBCASTRADIOGAME NOTES

KAMLOOPS BLAZERS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Shaun Clouston

Record: 5-1

Home Record: 1-0

Last Game: A 5-0 victory against the Giants on Saturday at the LEC.

Goals For/Goals Against: 31 GF/16 GA (+15)

Power Play: 10/30 (33.3% – 3rd)

Penalty Kill: 15/21 (71.4% – 19th)

Leading Scorers: Caedan Bankier (6GP – 6G – 3A – 9PTS), Logan Stankoven (6GP – 3G – 6A – 9PTS), Josh Pillar (6GP – 3G – 6A – 9PTS)

MONEY IN THE ‘BANK’

2003-born forward Caedan Bankier (Surrey, B.C.) is picking up right where he left off from last season. The 6’2″ forward enters the weekend with the team-lead in goals (6) and is in a four-way tie for the team lead ins coring with nine points. Bankier has recorded at least one point in five straight games, including a power play goal against the Giants last Saturday. He was selected by Minnesota in Round 3 of the 2021 NHL Draft.

THREE BLAZERS LISTED

The Kamloops Blazers have three players listed on NHL Central Scouting’s players to watch list that was released earlier this week. Forward Fraser Minten (3G) and defenseman Mats Lindgren (1G, 5A) were rated as ‘B’ prospects which are considered possible second or third-round choices, while forward Matthew Seminoff (1G, 5A) was rated as a ‘C’ prospect which is a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round selection.

BLAZER NOTES

  • Seven Blazers are clicking at a point-per-game (or better) pace through six games: Bankier, Pillar, Stankoven, Sydor, Kuefler, Seminoff.
  • Overall the Blazers rank second in the entire WHL in goals for (31). Only the Winnipeg ICE (53) have managed more so far.
  • Dating back to April 25, 2021 the Blazers have won four consecutive games against Vancouver.
  • Following tonight’s game, the Blazers won’t play again until Friday, October 29th vs. Victoria.

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 2-1

Road Record: 1-0

Last Game: A 5-0 loss at home to Kamloops last Saturday.

Goals For/Goals Against: 11 GF/9A (+2)

Power Play: 1/10 (10% – 21st)

Penalty Kill: 14/17 (82.4% – 10th)

Leading Scorers: Justin Sourdif (3GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS), Adam Hall (3GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS), Mazden Leslie (3GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS)

TRUE ‘LIES’

Earlier this week, Giants forward Justin Lies earned a ‘C’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch List. The Flin Flon, MB native has posted one goal and two assists for three points in three games so far this season along with a +2 rating and four penalty minutes. Lies, a late 2003 birthday, is in his first year of NHL Draft eligibility.

ZACK IS BACK

2003-born forward Zack Ostapchuk is hoping for a different result in a couple of different ways tonight in Kamloops. The Ottawa Senators signed prospect was kicked out of Saturday’s game only 8:25 in for a check-to-the-head penalty. At the time, he was assessed a major penalty, but the WHL officials have since changed the call, meaning no additional supplemental discipline would be enforced. Ostapchuk returns to the Giants lineup tonight in search of his first goal of the 2021-2022 campaign.

GIANT NOTES

  • Tanner Brown is only four games shy of 100 for his WHL career.
  • Payton Mount is just four points shy of 75 for his WHL career.
  • Justin Sourdif is 11 points shy of 150 for his WHL career.
  • Seven of the Giants first 11 goals this season have come in the first period.
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