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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Victoria Royals (Game #27)

Chris Relke

Tonight in Victoria the Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals rekindle their rivalry when they get together for the second time this season. With 42 games remaining in their season, the Giants will still face the Royals nine times (including tonight). These two teams have met in each of the previous two postseasons, with the Royals and Giants each winning once. Both teams come into tonight’s game with 28 points on the season.

 

VICTORIA ROYALS

OVERVIEW:

Record: 13-8-2-0

Home Record: 7-4

Last Game: A 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday night in Spokane.

2019-20 Record vs. Vancouver: 1-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 61 GF/63 GA (-2)

Power Play: 19.5% (12th)

Penalty Kill: 82.7% (7th)

Leading Scorers: Tarun Fizer (23GP – 9G – 11A – 20PTS), Gary Haden (21GP – 8G – 7A – 15PTS), Keanu Derungs (23GP – 6G – 9A – 15PTS)

A SOLID GOALTENDING TANDEM:

The Victoria Royals have received stellar goaltending for much of the season courtesy of 20-year-old Shane Farkas and 18-year-old Brock Gould. Farkas is 9-4-1-0 this season with a 2.79 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage. For his career, Farkas is 5-0 against the Vancouver Giants. Last season with Portland he went 4-0 against the Giants with a 1.74 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage. Gould is 1-2-1-0 in four career games against the Giants.

FIZER LEADS THE WAY:

2001-born forward Tarun Fizer leads all Royals skaters with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points through 23 games. The product of Chestermere, Alberta has a four-game point streak on his hands, and has compiled two goals and five assists for seven points in that span. For his career, Fizer has suited up in 136 games with the Royals and has registered 24 goals and 37 assists for 61 points. He’s only 15 points shy of surpassing his point totals from last season.

VICTORIA NOTES:

  • The Royals were 3-1-1-0 against the Giants at home last season.
  • Victoria has scored the third fewest goals in the West, but have also surrendered the third fewest goals against.
  • Over their past four games, the Royals have outscored their opposition 15-10.
  • The Royals are 8-3 against the B.C. Division

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW:

Record: 13-1-1-1

Road Record: 7-7-0-1

Last Game: A 5-1 loss on Saturday in Kennewick, WA

2019-20 Record vs. Victoria: 0-1

Goals For/Goals Against: 70 GF/72 GA (-2)

Power Play: 11.3% (22nd)

Penalty Kill: 80.5% (10th)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (26 GP – 14G – 12A – 26PTS), Justin Sourdif (24GP – 11G – 11A – 22PTS), Dylan Plouffe (26GP – 5G – 16A – 21PTS)

BYRAM NAMED TO CANADA’S SELECTION CAMP:

Earlier this week, Giants defenceman Bowen Byram was one of 31 players selected to Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp which runs from December 9th – 12th in Oakville, ON. Byram was one of 10 defencemen and eight WHL’ers named to the camp. So far this season Byram has notched three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 24 games with the Giants this season. Last season against the Royals, Byram posted three goals and five assists for eight points in 10 games.

THE STREAK CONTINUES FOR NIELSEN:

2000-born forward Tristen Nielsen brings a three-game goal scoring streak into tonight’s game with Victoria. Over his past three games, Nielsen has scored four goals along with two assists for six points. Going back a span of six games, he’s registered five goals and four assists for nine points. He leads the Giants with 14 goals and 26 points and is currently the only Giant player clicking at a point-per-game.

VANCOUVER NOTES:

  • Milos Roman led all Giants with five goals scored against Victoria last season.
  • The next goal Milos Roman scores will mark the 50th of his WHL career.
  • Justin Sourdif leads the Giants with eight goals scored on the road.
  • Dylan Plouffe is six assists away from 100 for his WHL career.
  • David Tendeck was 4-1-1-0 against Victoria last season.
  • Trent Miner was 2-1-0-1 against Victoria last season.
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