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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants at Victoria Royals (Game #6)

Allen Douglas

Tonight, the Vancouver Giants continue their season from the RE/MAX Hub when they take to the ice for a second time against the Victoria Royals. The Giants (4-1) are looking for their fifth straight victory while the Victoria Royals (1-3-1-0) are looking for their second straight win after defeating the Prince George Cougars 3-2 in overtime yesterday.

VICTORIA ROYALS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Dan Price

Record: 1-3-1-0

Last Game: A 3-2 overtime victory last night against Prince George.

2020-21 Record vs. VAN: 0-1

Power Play: 25.0% (7th)

Penalty Kill: 66.7% (20th)

Leading Scorers: Brayden Tracey (5GP – 3G – 5A – 8PTS), Tarun Fizer (5GP – 2G – 5A – 7PTS), Brandon Cutler (5GP – 2G – 1A – 3PTS)

TRACEY LEADS THE WAY

Last night in Kamloops Brayden Tracey scored twice for Victoria, including the overtime winner to help lift his team to their first victory of the season. He added an assist on Gannon Laroque’s goal in the second period. Coming into tonight, Tracey leads all Royals ins coring with three goals and five assists for eight points. Tracey, a signed forward with the Anaheim Ducks had a goal and an assist against Vancouver back on March 30th.

KEEP AN EYE ON FIZER

Royals captain Tarun Fizer comes into tonight’s contest with two goals and five assists for seven points in five games. So far on the season, Fizer has three multi-point games, including a one goal, one assist effort against the Giants back on March 30th. The product of Chestermere, AB has appeared in 175 career games with the Victoria Royals and has 36 goals and 65 assists for 101 points.

ROYALS NOTES

  • 2003-born defenceman Gannon Laroque scored his first career WHL goal in last night’s win over Prince George. Laroque has one goal and two assists for three points in four appearances so far this season.
  • Adam Evanoff faced the Vancouver Giants six times last season in goal, and was 1-5 with a 3.75 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage.
  • Of Victoria’s seven goal scorers so far this season, five have scored more than once.
  • Through five games, the Royals have been on the power play 16 times – The second lowest total in the entire WHL.

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 4-1

Last Game: A 4-0 shutout victory on Monday against Kamloops.

2020-21 Record vs. VIC: 1-0

Power Play: 15.8% (17th)

Penalty Kill: 87.5% (4th)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (5GP – 5G – 6A – 11PTS), Justin Sourdif (5GP – 1G – 8A – 9PTS), Adam Hall (5GP – 4G – 1A – 5PTS)

SIM’S TIME TO SHINE

Drew Sim will get the nod in goal tonight for the Vancouver Giants. The 2003-born goaltender from Tees, AB is 1-1 on the young season, and his first career WHL victory came against the Victoria Royals back on March 30th. That night Sim turned aside 23 of the 27 shots fired his way en route to the victory.

NIELSEN A FACTOR EVERY NIGHT

2000-born forward Tristen Nielsen has now recorded four multi-point games so far this season. On Monday against Kamloops Nielsen notched two assists and was a +2. Even in the lone game where Nielsen didn’t record multiple points he was still a factor! He had the lone shootout goal during Sunday’s 1-0 shootout victory for the Giants over the Prince George Cougars.

GIANTS NOTES

  • The Giants are 6-1 against the Victoria Royals dating back to January 17th, 2020.
  • Adam Hall has scored four goals in the span of his four most recent games.
  • Tristen Nielsen leads all B.C. Division skaters with 25 shots on goal.
  • Marko Stacha leads all Giants defencemen in plus-minus with a +4 rating.
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