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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Tri-City Americans (Game #17)

Rob Wilton

The Southern road swing continues tonight for the Vancouver Giants who, for the first time since February 2020 will battle the Tri-City Americans. So far on the road trip the Giants are 1-0 after a 3-2 overtime victory over Portland on Wednesday. A win tonight would give the Giants their fourth road victory, and their ninth overall.

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TRI-CITY AMERICANS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Stu Barnes

Record: 4-9-2-0

Home Record: 2-5-1-0

Last Game: A 6-2 loss Wednesday night in Everett

Last 10: 2-6-2-0

Power Play: 13.9% (19th)

Penalty Kill: 70.0% (21st)

Leading Scorers: Parker Bell (6-5-11), Connor Bouchard (2-9-11), Jake Sloan (5-4-9)

MUTALA RETURNS

On November 1st the Colorado Avalanche reassigned 2001-born forward Sasha Mutala (Vancouver, B.C.) to the Tri-City Americans. The talented forward made his season debut for the Ams on Wednesday in Everett. For his career, Mutala, a Colorado draft pick, has registered 65 goals and 89 assists for 154 points in 218 games. During the 2019-20 season, Mutala had two goals and five assists for seven points in four meetings with the Giants an in 12 career games against them he’s notched five goals and eight assists for 13 points.

NOTABLE STREAKS

Jake Sloan – 3 Games (2G, 2A)
Tyson Greenway – 4 Games (0G, 4A)
Marc Lajoie – 2 Games (1G, 1A)

AMERICAN NOTES

  • Marc Lajoie leads all Americans with five power play points (1G, 4A).
  • Parker Bell and Ethan Ernst are tied for the team lead with six goals each.
  • Connor Bouchard is tops on the team with nine assists.
  • Defenceman Lukas Dragicevic was picked fourth overall by Tri-City in the 2020 WHL Prospects Draft. He’s the son of former Giants head coach Milan Dragicevic. He won’t play tonight though as he’s attending the Under-17 Capital City Challenge.
  • Goaltender Cole Tisdale is 4-0-0-1 on the season with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 8-7-1-0

Road Record: 3-3-1-0

Last Game: A 3-2 overtime victory Wednesday against Portland.

Last 10: 4-5-1-0

Power Play: 20.6% (9th)

Penalty Kill: 80.9% (9th)

Leading Scorers: Justin Sourdif (7-15-22), Ty Thorpe (5-11-16), Adam Hall (8-7-15)

SO FAR, SO GOOD

The Vancouver Giants jumped back into the win column on Wednesday night in Portland, snapping a four-game losing streak in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Winterhawks. Alex Cotton, Justin Sourdif and Ty Thorpe each had two points while goaltender Jesper Vikman made 41 saves to earn his seventh victory of the season. Alex Cotton had missed the previous two games due to injury, and his return marked just the sixth game in a span of 16 where the Giants had a full contingent of over-age players.

THE MATCHUP TONIGHT

Tonight at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA the Vancouver Giants battle the Tri-City Americans for the first time since February 4, 2020. During the 2019-20 season the Giants went 3-1 against Tri-City and were 1-1 against them on the road. Justin Sourdif led all Giants with eight points (3G, 5A) in four meetings with the Ams. So far this season the Tri-City Americans are 2-5-1-0 at home and are 1-1 against B.C. Division teams. The Vancouver Giants are the first B.C. Division team to play a game in the Tri-Cities since the 2019-20 season.

GIANT NOTES

  • Alex Cotton is tied for the league lead with two overtime goals.
  • Justin Sourdif has scored in each of his past two games.
  • Justin Sourdif has recorded nine multi-point games through the first 16 Giants games of the season.
  • The Giants are 7-2 this season when they surrender three goals against or less.
  • The Giants are 5-1 when they do not surrender a power play goal against.
  • When leading after two periods, the Giants are 7-0-1-0.
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