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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Kamloops Blazers (Game #20)

Rob Wilton

Tonight at the Langley Events Centre, one lengthy winning streak is going to come to an end when the Vancouver Giants (four straight wins) clash with the B.C. Division leading Kamloops Blazers (six straight wins). The Giants have rattled off four straight wins on the road and have now climbed back into the top four of the Western Conference. The Blazers meanwhile sit just two points back of Everett for the top overall spot in the Western Conference standings.

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KAMLOOPS BLAZERS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Shaun Clouston

Record: 17-2-0-0

Road Record: 12-2-0-0

Last Game: A 3-2 road victory last Saturday night in Everett.

Last 10: 9-1-0-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 91 GF/37 GA (+54)

Power Play: 24.7% (5th)

Penalty Kill: 82.3% (8th)

Leading Scorers: Logan Stankoven (12-17-29), Matthew Seminoff (11-16-27), Josh Pillar (9-18-27)

STANKOVEN CALLED TO CANADA

On Wednesday morning, Blazers forward Logan Stankoven was one of 21 forwards named to Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp roster. The third-year forward comes into the weekend ranked first on the Blazers in both goals (12) and points (29). His 29 points leads all Western Conference skaters and puts him tied for fourth in league scoring. Over the course of his six-game point streak, Stankoven has struck for three goals and seven assists for 10 points, all of which have been Kamloops victories. In four meetings so far this season against the Giants, the signed prospect of the Dallas Stars has managed a team-best four goals and three assists for seven points.

THE ‘GARAND’ PLAN

Blazers goaltender Dylan Garan will be joining Logan Stankoven at Canada’s Selection Camp, and has already been officially named to Canada’s roster as one of their three goaltenders. Coming into this weekend Garand leads all WHL goaltenders with a .935 save percentage, and 14 victories. His 1.76 goals-against average goals-against average ranks him third among all goalies. This season against Vancouver he’s a perfect 4-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage. He’s allowed one-or-fewer goals against the Giants in three of his first four appearances.

BLAZER NOTES

  • Josh Pillar leads all Blazers with eight points (2G, 6A) against Vancouver.
  • Logan Stankoven leads all Blazers with four goals against Vancouver.
  • 13 different Blazers have scored at least once against Vancouver this season.
  • The Blazers power play is 6/20 against Vancouver.
  • The Blazers penalty kill is 11/12 against Vancouver.

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 11-7-1-0

Home Record: 5-4

Last Game: A 5-3 road victory Wednesday night in Kelowna.

Last 10: 5-5

Goals For/Goals Against: 60 GF/53 GA (+7)

Power Play: 23.3% (7th)

Penalty Kill: 82.3% (8th)

Leading Scorers: Justin Sourdif (8-18-26), Fabian Lysell (8-14-22), Ty Thorpe (7-15-22)

SOURDIF ONE STEP CLOSER TO WORLD JUNIORS

Earlier this week on Wednesday, Sourdif was one of 35 players, 21 forwards and 15 WHL’ers named to Team Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp which begins on December 9th in Calgary, Heading into the weekend Sourdif leads the Giants in scoring with 26 points (8G, 18A), 10 multi-point games and a +15 rating. The signed prospect of the Florida Panthers has recorded points in each of his last six games and has only gone without a point in five of the Giants first 19 games. For his entire Giants career, Sourdif has compiled 68 goals and 92 assists for 160 points in 168 career regular season games. So far against Kamloops this season, Sourdif has registered two assists in four games.

SIZING UP THE STREAK

Some notable statistics from the Giants current four-game winning streak:

  • The Giants have won four straight games on the road for the first time since January, 2020.
  • The Giants have outscored their opposition 14 – 7 in the last four games.
  • Jesper Vikman has gone 3-0 while stopping 100 of 106 shots.
  • Will Gurski is 1-0 having stopped 22 of 23 shots.
  • The Giants have scored first in three of the four games.

GIANT NOTES

  • Justin Sourdif now has three goals and six assists for nine points during his current six-game point streak.
  • Justin Sourdif now has 10 multi-point games in his first 18 games this season.
  • Fabian Lysell has scored goals in each of his past three games, and had two-or-more points in each of those games.
  • Alex Cotton now has four goals and six assists for 10 points in his first eight games with the Giants.
  • The Giants power play has scored in each of the past five games going 6/20 in that span.
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