PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Seattle Thunderbirds (Game #53)

Rob Wilton

For the first time in two weeks, the Vancouver Giants are taking their show on the road. Tonight the Giants look to secure their ninth victory in a row when they clash with the Seattle Thunderbirds for the first time this season. The Giants are coming off a 5-2 home victory last night against Victoria while the T-Birds dropped a 2-1 decision last night in Everett. This marks the first game  between the two clubs since Game 6 of Round 1 of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.




Head Coach: Matt O’Dette

Record: 21-25-3-3

Home Record: 11-12-1-1

Last Game: A 2-1 loss in Everett last night.

Last 10: 3-4-1-2

Goals For/Goals Against: 147 GF/194 GA (-47)

Power Play: 13.9% (21st)

Penalty Kill: 76.8% (17th)

Leading Scorers: Andrej Kukuca (19-28-47), Kelti Jeri-Leon (21-14-35), Connor Roulette (16-15-31)


Philadelphia Flyers prospect Roddy Ross has appeared in the second most games of any WHL goaltender this season. The 2000-born goaltender from Meadow Lake, SK has appeared in 41 of Seattle’s 52 games, which is second only to Moose Jaw’s Boston Bilous (43). For the season, Ross is 17-18-3-3 with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. In Everett last night, Ross stopped 34 of the 36 Silvertips shots fired his way. Including the playoffs, Ross is 2-5 lifetime against the Giants. During the 2019 playoffs, Ross went 2-4 against Vancouver with 4.05 goals-against average and an .886 save percentage.


The future is a bright one indeed for the Seattle Thunderbirds who boast a bevy of young players that are making solid contributions early in their WHL careers. Leading the way is 2003-born forward Connor Roulette who sits third on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 15 assists. Not far behind are 2002-born forwards Payton Mount (11G, 17A) and Matthew Rempe (9G, 17A). This young T-Birds roster has performed well enough to put them into a wild-card playoff spot with a nine-point cushion on the Prince George Cougars who trail them.


  • Andrej Kukuca led all T-Birds with four goals and three assists for seven points against the Giants in the 2019 playoffs.
  • Kukuca leads Seattle with 14 power play points (5G, 9A).
  • Seattle is 13-0-2-0 when leading after two periods.
  • At home the Thunderbirds power play is 22/96 (22.9%).
  • Seattle enters the evening three points shy of Kelowna for the first wild-card playoff spot.




Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 27-20-3-2

Road Record: 12-10-1-2

Last Game: A 5-2 win last night at home against Victoria.

Last 10: 8-1-1-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 154 GF/136 GA (+18)

Power Play: 20.3% (13th)

Penalty Kill: 79.9% (9th)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (26-27-53), Justin Sourdif (21-25-46), Eric Florchuk (18-28-46)


The Giants take to the ice tonight in search of their ninth straight win. This eight-game streak started back on January 26th and has looked like this:

3-1 at Kelowna (Jan. 26)

5-4OT vs Kamloops (Jan. 31)

3-2 at Kamloops (Feb. 1)

12-4 vs Tri-City (Feb. 4)

5-2 vs Prince George (Feb. 8)

7-3 vs Kamloops (Feb. 9)

4-1 vs Red Deer (Feb. 12)

5-2 vs Victoria (Feb. 14)


  • Eric Florchuk’s point streak now sits at nine games. H has 15 points (3G, 12A) in that span.
  • Justin Sourdif has an eight game point streak. In that span he’s scored seven goals along with eight assists for 15 points.
  • Bowen Byram has notched 15 points over the course of his seven-game point streak. In that span the Colorado Avalanche prospect has four goals and 11 assists.
  • Tristen Nielsen has goals in three straight games, and has six goals over the course of his last six games.


  • In six playoff games against Seattle, Bowen Byram led all active Giants with three goals and five assists for eight points.
  • The Giants are 13-0 when either Tristen Nielsen or Justin Sourdif record a multi-point game.
  • Seth Bafaro is four games shy of reaching 200 for his WHL career.
  • Tonight marks Kaden Kohle’s 100th career WHL game.
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