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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Kamloops Blazers (Game #5)

Allen Douglas

Tonight in Kamloops the Vancouver Giants return to action for their fifth game of the season when they clash with the B.C. Division leading Kamloops Blazers. The Giants are freshly removed from a 1-0 shootout victory last night against Prince George, while the Kamloops Blazers were 5-4 overtime winners on Saturday night against Victoria.

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KAMLOOPS BLAZERS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Shaun Clouston

Record: 4-0

Road Record: 2-0

Last Game: A 5-4 victory Saturday night in overtime against the Victoria Royals.

2020-21 Record vs. VAN: 1-0

Power Play: 31.2% (4th)

Penalty Kill: 81.8% (11th)

Leading Scorers: Logan Stankoven (3GP – 5G – 3A – 8PTS), Connor Zary (4GP – 2G – 5A – 7PTS), Orrin Centazzo (4GP – 1G – 5A – 6PTS)

STRONG START FOR STANKOVEN

Heading into action tonight, 2003-born forward Logan Stankoven leads the WHL in points-per-game with 2.67. Through three games the draft eligible forward has posted five goals and three assists for eight points. Saturday night in Kelowna, Stankoven posted a four-point night (2G, 2A) and nabbed the overtime winning goal helping the Blazers improve their record to 4-0. In their lone meeting with the Giants so far this season, Stankoven has posted one goal and one assist. This may be the final time the G-Men see Stankoven this season as he’s due to join Team Canada for the World Under-18’s which kick off next week in Dallas, TX.

STAY WARY OF ZARY

Kamloops Blazers captain Connor Zary brings a four-game point streak into tonight’s tilt with the Giants. The 2001-born prospect of the Calgary Flames has tw0 goals and five assists for seven points through four games. On opening night against the Giants, Zary posted three assists for Kamloops in a 7-3 victory. He and linemates Orrin Centazzo and Matthew Seminoff have combined for seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points in four games.

KAMLOOPS NOTES

  • Goaltender Dylan Garand is expected to start tonight for Kamloops. He’s played every second of available hockey so far this season between the pipes for Kamloops and is 4-0 with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .876 save percentage.
  • Rookies Connor Levis, Tye Spencer and Mats Lindgren have all scored their first WHL goals so far this season.
  • 19 different Blazers (including Dylan Garand) have recorded at least one point so far this season.
  • The Blazers have outshot their opponent in all four games of their season so far.

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 3-1

Home Record: 2-1

Last Game: A 1-0 shootout victory over Prince George last night.

2020-21 Record vs. KAM: 0-1

Power Play: 18.8% (13th)

Penalty Kill: 85.0% (8th)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (4GP – 5G – 4A – 9PTS), Justin Sourdif (4GP – 0G – 7A – 7PTS), Eric Florchuk (4GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS)

TRENT MINER GOES BACK-TO-BACK

2001-born goaltender Trent Miner is off to a 2-0 start this season for Vancouver and has not surrendered a single goal against in either of his two appearances. For his career, Miner now has six career shutouts. He did not face the Kamloops Blazers back on opening night, so assuming he gets the nod again tonight, it’ll mark his first appearance in Kamloops since last season.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Connor Horning’s next point will mark the 50th of his WHL career.
  • Connor Horning is 19 games shy of 200 for his WHL career.
  • Justin Sourdif’s next goal will mark the 50th of his WHL career.
  • Trent Miner is seven wins shy of reaching 50 for his WHL career.

GIANTS NOTES

  • Trent Miner posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time in his WHL career last night. The last goaltender to accomplish this for the Giants was David Tendeck last season who shutout the Kelowna Rockets on September 29th and the Winnipeg ICE on October 5th, 2019.
  • Last night’s 1-0 shootout victory for the G-Men marked the first time since the shootout era began that the Giants have won a game by that score. It was just the ninth game “ever” in the WHL to finish 1-0 via the shootout.

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