Tonight the Vancouver Giants take their road show down the I-5 to battle the Everett Silvertips for the fourth and final time this season. On one side you’ve got the Giants – The hottest team going right now in the WHL and the owners of an 11-game winning streak. On the other side you’ve got the Everett Silvertips who are 9-1 in their last 10 and the owners of a four-game winning streak in their own right. A win for the Giants tonight would give them a new single-season record for most (regular season) wins in a row.
Head Coach: Dennis Williams
Home Record: 21-6-1-0
Last Game: A 4-2 win at home last night against Prince George
Last 10: 9-1
Record vs. VAN: 3-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 189 GF/126 GA (+63)
Power Play: 28.0% (1st)
Penalty Kill: 80.8% (7th)
Leading Scorers: Cole Fonstad (13-52-65), Bryce Kindopp (33-29-62), Gage Goncalves (28-30-58)
THE BIG THREE:
Offensively the Everett Silvertips are led by the trio of Cole Fonstad, Bryce Kindopp and Gage Goncalves. The top line for the Silvertips has combined for 185 points this season, and eight of those have come against the Vancouver Giants. Fonstad leads the pack with 65 points, 52 of which are assists. Coming into tonight, Fonstad sits third in the league in helpers. Kindopp is the finisher. His 33 goals have him tied for fourth in the WHL. Goncalves already has a 43 point improvement on his point totals from a season ago.
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF:
In three games against the Giants this season, Dustin Wolf is 3-0 with a 1.67 goals-against-average and a .945 save percentage. The Calgary Flames prospect comes into tonight’s game leading the WHL in shutouts (9), goals-against average (1.86) and save percentage (.938). Only Portland’s Joel Hofer (30) has more wins than Dustin Wolf (28). Wolf’s 20 career shutouts leave him seven shy of surpassing both Carter Hart and former Giant Tyson Sexsmith for the all-time WHL record.
- Wyatte Wylie ranks fourth in league scoring among defencemen with 52 points.
- Wylie also leads all Silvertips with four points in three games against the Giants.
- Everett’s power play is 5/11 on the season against the Giants.
- Everett’s penalty kill is 6/7 against the Giants.
- All three of Everett’s wins against Vancouver this season have been by one goal.
Head Coach: Michael Dyck
Road Record: 13-10-1-2
Last Game: A 6-5 home victory over Calgary last night.
Last 10: 10-0
Record vs. EVT: 0/3
Goals For/Goals Against: 169 GF/145 GA (+24)
Power Play: 21.8% (11th)
Penalty Kill: 80.0% (9th)
Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (28-32-60), Eric Florchuk (20-32-52), Justin Sourdif (24-26-50)
The Vancouver Giants 11-game winning streak started in Kelowna back on January 26th with a 3-1 road victory. Since then the Giants have tacked on 10 additional victories, matching the longest (regular season) winning streak in franchise history. During the 2008-09 season the Giants also won 11 straight games on a streak that started on December 2nd, 2008 and ran through early January 2009. Some streak notes include:
- The Giants have scored four-or-more goals in eight of the 11 games.
- The opponent has only scored four-or-more goals in three of the 11 games.
FOUR INDIVIDUAL STREAKS:
- Bowen Byram is on a five-game goal streak and a 10-game point streak. In that span, Byram has compiled 21 points (7G, 14A).
- Eric Florchuk brings a 12-game point streak into tonight’s game. During that span he’s recorded 5 goals and 16 assists for 21 points.
- Justin Sourdif has recorded points in 11 straight games, and has posted 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in that span.
- Tristen Nielsen has points in each of his past six games. In that span he has five goals and seven assists for 12 points.
- The Giants power play has gone 26/65 since the trade deadline and has scored in 11 of their past 12 games.
- Alex Kannok Leipert and Tristen Nielsen both lead the Giants with two points each against Everett.
- Last night’s victory for the Giants marked their second victory of the season when they’ve trailed going into the third period.
- The Giants are 22-0-1-0 when leading after two periods.
- Tonight marks Seth Bafaro’s 200th career WHL game.