Tonight in Regina, the Vancouver Giants look to head home happy. They can do so with a road victory tonight against the Regina Pats. The Giants were fall marks last night in a 4-1 road victory in Moose Jaw, and a win tonight against the Pats would move the Giants above the .500 mark for the season and back to the .500 mark for a trip that has spanned 13 days.
Head Coach: David Struch
Home Record: 1-4
Last Game: A 5-3 loss Tuesday night at home against Edmonton.
Goals For/Goals Against: 15 GF/37 GA (-22)
Power Play: 8.3% (22nd)
Penalty Kill: 73.2% (18th)
Leading Scorers: Austin Pratt (8GP – 3G – 5A – 8PTS), Ty Kolle (8GP – 3G – 2A – 5PTS), Robbie Holmes (8GP – 3G – 1A – 4PTS)
PRATT LEADS THE WAY:
Up front the Pats are led by veteran 20-year-old Austin Pratt. The product of Lakeville, MN has notched three goals and five assists for eight points through his first eight games. Pratt’s career has spanned 262 games between Red Deer and Regina, and last season he posted his best season yet: 59 goals and 66 points for 125 points.
THAT WYTINCK FEELING:
Tonight in Regina 20-year-old Zach Wytinck will likely make his Regina Pats debut. Earlier this week he was acquired in a trade with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Wytinck had five goals and 38 assists for 43 points last season, and should provide some strong stability to an otherwise younger Regina Pats back-end.
A NEW KIEPER?:
With goaltender Max Paddock sidelined with injury the Pats have called up under-ager Matthew Kieper. Kieper was selected by the Pats in the third round (63rd overall) in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft and is considered one of the top goaltending prospects in the WHL. 2001-born Danton Belluk is the other goaltender currently on the Pats roster. He’s 0-3 with a 5.53 goals-against-average and an .806 save percentage.
Head Coach: Michael Dyck
Road Record: 4-4
Last Game: A 4-1 win last night in Moose Jaw
Goals For/Goals Against: 28 GF/24 GA (+4)
Power Play: 19.5 (9th)
Penalty Kill: 83.0% (10th)
Leading Scorers: Justin Sourdif (10GP – 6G – 6A – 12PTS), Tristen Nielsen (10GP – 6G – 5A – 11PTS), Dylan Plouffe (10GP – 1G – 8A – 9PTS)
WHEELIN’ AND NIELIN’:
Tristen Nielsen earned first star honours last night. The 2000-born forward had two goals and an assist for the Giants in their 4-1 win over the Warriors. Nielsen extended his point-streak to four straight games and now sits second in team scoring with 11 points in 10 games played.
TENDECK SHUTS THE DOOR:
Giants goaltender David Tendeck put forth another strong start last night in Moose Jaw. He faced 25 shots and stopped 24 of them on his way to a 4-1 record. In all four of his wins, Tendeck has surrendered one goal or less. He comes into tonight with the league’s best goals-against-average (1.00) and save percentage (.961).
PLOUFFE EXTENDS THE STREAK:
With another two assists last night, Giants defenceman Dylan Plouffe now sits with a goal and eight assists for the season. His nine points are tops among Giants blueliners and second in the entire WHL behind Portland’s Johnny Ludvig. He had two assists in last night’s win in Moose Jaw.