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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Everett Silvertips (Game #43)

Chris Mast

Tonight at the LEC the Vancouver Giants and Everett Silvertips take center stage as the only game of the night in the Western Hockey League. The Giants have won two of their past three games and are back within just three points of third place in the B.C. Division standings. The Everett Silvertips are coming off an overtime loss last night in Spokane and despite earning seven of eight possible points in their last four games, they share an identical 4-4-1-1 record as the Giants in their last 10 games.

EVERETT SILVERTIPS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Dennis Williams

Record: 29-11-3-1

Road Record: 14-5-2-1

Last Game: A 3-2 overtime loss last night in Spokane against the Chiefs

Record vs. VAN: 2-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 150 GF/110 GA (+40)

Power Play: 27.5% (1st)

Penalty Kill: 80.9% (8th)

Leading Scorers: Bryce Kindopp (44GP – 30G – 25A – 55PTS), Cole Fonstad (41GP – 10G – 45A – 55PTS), Gage Goncalves (41GP – 24G – 21A – 45PTS)

A SAVVY MOVE:

One of the savviest trades of the season in the WHL took place back in mid-October when the Silvertips acquired 2000-born forward Cole Fonstad in a deal with the Prince Albert Raiders. Fonstad, a product of Estevan, SK has registered 46 points (8 goals, 36 assists) in 32 games with his new team and coming into tonight’s game Fonstad has recorded points in 10 of his last 11 games. Over the past 11 games, Fonstad has managed four goals and 13 assists for 17 points. He’s recorded two-or-more points in five of those past 11 games. Back in June, 2018 Cole Fonstad was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round of the NHL Draft. He has two assists in two games played against Vancouver.

BEWARE OF THE WOLF:

You can find Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf at or near the top almost every relevant goaltending statistic in the WHL this season. A 2.01 goals-against average? Tops in the league. A .935 save percentage? Also tops in the league. His seven shutouts? You guessed it – Tops in the league. He also ranks third in the WHL in wins (20) trailing only Dylan Garand and Joel Hofer (both have 24). In two meetings this season against the Giants, Dustin Wolf is 2-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage. For his career, Wolf is 6-3 lifetime against the Giants.

EVERETT NOTES:

  • The Silvertips have only surrendered four or more goals against the Giants once over the past three seasons. On November 17th, 2018 at home the Silvertips surrendered five goals against Vancouver, but still won the game 6-5.
  • Bryce Kindopp has two goals and one assist for three points in two games against Vancouver this season.
  • The Silvertips power play is 4/8 against Vancouver so far.
  • Wyatte Wylie leads all defencemen with three points (1G, 2A) against Vancouver this season.

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 19-19-2-2

Home Record: 9-9-1-0

Last Game: A 4-0 loss at home to Kamloops on Sunday

Record vs. EVT: 0-2

Goals For/Goals Against: 107 GF/112 GA (-5)

Power Play: 14.8% (20th)

Penalty Kill: 80.7% (9th)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (42GP – 20G – 20A – 40PTS), Tyler Preziuso (42GP – 16G – 16A – 32PTS), Eric Florchuk (38GP – 15G – 16A – 31PTS)

YES HE ‘KAN’:

With four points (all assists) in his last four games, Vancouver Giants captain Alex Kannok Leipert has proven to be an invaluable component of the Vancouver Giants blueline. The 2000-born product of Regina, SK brings a stat line of two goals and 13 assists along with 35 penalty minutes and a +9 rating into tonight’s game with the Everett Silvertips. His 15 points puts him just seven points shy of surpassing his previous season high of 21 which he set during the 2017-18 season. But the stats don’t tell the whole story with Alex Kannok Leipert.  As dependable as ever, the Vancouver Giants and their fans know that they’re going to get the best effort possible from the Washington Capitals prospect. He was selected by the Caps in the sixth-round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

MILESTONE WATCH:

  • Giants head coach Michael Dyck sits just one victory shy of 200 for his WHL head-coaching career.
  • Wednesday, January 1st marked the 300th career WHL game for Tyler Preziuso.
  • On Friday, December 6th at home against Spokane, Giants goaltender David Tendeck surpassed 7000 minutes played in a Giants uniform. He’s currently ranked third all-time in games played by a Giants goaltender (137) trailing only Payton Lee (140) and Tyson Sexsmith (172).
  • Milos Roman recorded his 50th career goal on December 28th at home against the Kelowna Rockets.
  • Zack Ostapchuk, Cole Shepard, Justin Lies, Holden Katzalay, Krz Plummer and Tanner Brown have all recorded their first WHL goals this season with the Giants.
  • Sunday marked the 200th career WHL game for Tristen Nielsen.

VANCOUVER NOTES:

  • The Giants power play is 1/5 against Everett this season.
  • When Milos Roman records a point the Giants are 13-2-1-1 this season.
  • Tristen Nielsen leads the Giants with nine goals scored at home
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