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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Edmonton Oil Kings (Game 24)

Rik Fedyck

Tonight at the LEC the Vancouver Giants wrap up their November home schedule with a Saturday night showdown against the Edmonton Oil Kings. After going six straight games without a regulation loss, the Giants have since lost two straight and are looking for their 12th victory of the season. The Edmonton Oil Kings are coming off a 5-3 loss last night to the Victoria Royals. Both teams have secured points in six of their last 10 games. Tonight marks the lone meeting of the season between these two clubs.

 

EDMONTON OIL KINGS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Brad Lauer

Record: 14-5-3-2

Road Record: 7-2-3-1

Last Game: A 5-3 loss last night in Victoria

Goals For/Goals Against: 84 GF/71 GA (+13)

Power Play: 18.3% (16th)

Penalty Kill: 85.4% (4th)

Leading Scorers: Riley Sawchuk (24GP – 11G – 17A – 28PTS), Jake Neighbours (24GP – 5G – 21A – 26PTS), Josh Williams (24GP – 10GP – 13A – 23PTS)

A GOOD NEIGHBOUR:

2002-born forward Jake Neighbours is enjoying a strong second season in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings. The product of Airdrie, AB was selected one spot behind Justin Sourdif (fourth overall) in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, and has managed five goals and 21 assists for 26 points through 24 games. Over the course of his past 13 games, he’s notched three goals and 13 assists for 16 points. In 47 games last season, Neighbours scored 11 goals along with 13 assists for 24 points. In the summer, he earned a silver medal with Justin Sourdif and Giants head coach Michael Dyck at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Neighbours recently cracked NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch List as a ‘B’ ranked prospect.

GOOD LUCK ‘CHUK’:

20-year-old forward Riley Sawchuk has been quite a find for the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Prince Albert, SK product joined the Kings after suiting up in 195 games for the Tri-City Americans. Fresh off a 20-goal campaign in 2018-19, Sawchuk leads all Oil Kings in goals (11) and points (28) through 24 games. He’s on pace for a 79 point season which would obliterate his previous season high of 53 that he set one season ago.

EDMONTON NOTES:

  • Last night’s loss in Victoria was just their second road regulation loss of the season.
  • The Oil Kings have played in six overtime games – The second most in the WHL behind Prince Albert. Calgary also has been to overtime six times. The Giants meanwhile have been to overtime just three times.
  • The Oil Kings have 10 players in their lineup who have scored five-or-more goals this season.
  • Dylan Guenther (5G, 9A) is tied for sixth in WHL rookie scoring.

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 11-10-1-1

Home Record: 5-4-1-0

Last Game: A 3-1 loss on Wednesday

Goals For/Goals Against: 61 GF/61 GA

Power Play: 13.4% (20th)

Penalty Kill: 82.2% (7th)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (23GP – 10G – 10A – 20PTS), Justin Sourdif (21GP – 9G – 10A – 19PTS), Dylan Plouffe (23GP – 5G – 13A – 18PTS)

SOURDIF MAKES THE GRADE:

2002-born forward Justin Sourdif is having a strong second season with his hometown Vancouver Giants. The product of Surrey, B.C. comes into tonight’s game ranked second on the team in both goals (9) and points (19). In a span of seven November games, Sourdif has compiled three goals and four assists for seven points. Sourdif also leads all Giants skaters with a +14 rating. In 89 career games with the G-Men, Sourdif has registered 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points. Originally selected by the Giants with the third overall pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Sourdif was one of five WHLers who recently cracked NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch List as an ‘A’ graded prospect. Among those five players, Sourdif and Kamloops Blazers forward Connor Zary were the only forwards.

BYRAM LIGHTS THE LAMP:

The lone goal for the Giants Wednesday in Portland came off the stick of Bowen Byram. The fourth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft secured his third goal of the season in the second period, and was named the game’s third star for his efforts. For the season, Byram has now registered three goals along with 12 assists for 15 points and a +5 rating. As we get closer to December 9th, the Giants star defenceman will be waiting to hear his name called to Canada’s World Junior Camp roster. In the meantime he’ll continue to log huge minutes for the Giants in all situations.

VANCOUVER NOTES:

  • The Vancouver Giants have gone three full games without a full two-minute power play.
  • The Giants have gone two full games with a power play, period.
  • Milos Roman leads the Giants with six goals scored at home.
  • The Giants are 5-1 against the Edmonton Oil Kings over the past five years and are 2-0 against them at the LEC.
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