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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Kelowna Rockets (Game #37)

Rik Fedyck

Tonight in Kelowna, the Vancouver Giants wrap up a stretch of seven straight games against the B.C. Division when they face the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place. The Giants are 3-2-1-0 during their current stretch and are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss last night against the Kamloops Blazers. A regulation victory for the Giants tonight would move them to within two points of Kelowna for a top-3 spot in the B.C. Division. The Giants are 3-0 against Kelowna so far and are 1-0 against them on the road.

 

KELOWNA ROCKETS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Adam Foote

Record: 19-14-1-2

Home Record: 9-6-0-1

Last Game: A 2-1 loss at home to Victoria last night.

Last 10: 4-6-0-0

Record vs. Vancouver: 0-3

Goals For/Goals Against: 101 GF/106 GA (-5)

Power Play: 18.9% (14th)

Penalty Kill: 80.1% (11th)

Leading Scorers: Nolan Foote (25GP – 15G – 18A – 33PTS), Kaedon Korczak (36GP – 7G – 23A – 30PTS), Pavel Novak (28GP – 13G – 13A – 26PTS)

THE SEASON SERIES SO FAR:

The Kelowna Rockets enter tonight’s game with an 0-3 record on the season against the Vancouver Giants. The season series breaks down like this:

  • Sept. 29 – KEL 0 AT VAN 4
  • Dec. 18 – KEL 3 VS. VAN 4
  • Dec. 28 – KEL 2 AT VAN 6

Conner McDonald leads the Rockets with three points against Vancouver. Liam Kindree leads the Rockets with two goals.

KORCZAK INKS A CONTRACT:

On December 21st, Rockets defenceman Kaedon Korczak signed an entry-level contract with the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Korczak was selected by the Knights 41st overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, and so far has put together a superb 18-year-old season in the WHL. The product of Yorkton, B.C. has already set a new season high with seven goals, and he’s only four points shy of setting a new single season high for points (31). Korczak has scored in each of the past two games for Kelowna.

KELOWNA NOTES:

  • The Rockets are 1/15 on the power play this season against Vancouver.
  • When leading after the first period, Kelowna is 11-0.
  • The Rockets have three come-from-behind wins this season when trailing after the second. They are 3-12.
  • The Rockets will be without forward Nolan Foote who’s competing with Canada at the World Juniors.

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS:

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 17-16-1-1

Road Record: 9-9-1-1

Last Game: A 2-1 loss in overtime last night in Kamloops

Last 10: 4-5-1-0

Record vs. Kelowna: 3-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 91 GF/93 GA (-2)

Power Play: 11.9% (21st)

Penalty Kill: 80.5% (10th)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (36GP – 17G – 19A – 36PTS), Justin Sourdif (34GP – 13G – 16A – 29PTS), Tyler Preziuso (36GP – 14G – 14A – 28PTS)

ABOUT LAST NIGHT:

Last night in Kamloops the Vancouver Giants used some late game heroics from Tristen Nielsen and a rock-solid performance from David Tendeck to secure a single point against Kamloops. With time winding down in the third period, and the Giants net empty, Tristen Nielsen scored with 26.4 seconds to go, tying the game at 1-1. David Tendeck did his part making 42 saves in regulation and then another three in overtime, keeping his team within striking distance all game long.

AGAINST THE ROCKETS:

  • David Tendeck: 2-0, 1.50 GAA, .929 Save %
  • Tyler Preziuso: 3GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS
  • Justin Sourdif: 3GP – 2G – 2A – 4PTS
  • Tristen Nielsen: 3GP – 1G – 3A – 4PTS
  • The Giants are 3/11 on the Power Play against the Rockets.

VANCOUVER NOTES:

  • Last night’s game against Kamloops did not feature a single minor penalty on either side.
  • Tristen Nielsen has seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in his last 13 games.
  • The Giants are 12-0 this season when they lead after two periods.
  • The Giants are 3-1-0-1 in their last five games.
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