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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Medicine Hat Tigers (Game #18)

Rob Wilton

Tonight at the LEC the Vancouver Giants look to climb back above the .500 mark when they battle the Medicine Hat Tigers for the first and only time in 2019-20. Both teams are coming off 6-3 road victories last night. The Giants grabbed their eighth win of the season with a ‘W’ over the Tri-City Americans, while the Tigers kicked off their road trip with a win in Victoria.

 

MEDICINE HAT TIGERS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Willie Desjardins

Record: 10-4-1-0

Road Record: 5-3

Last Game: A 6-3 victory last night in Victoria

Goals For/Goals Against: 61 GF/36 GA (+25)

Power Play: 23.3% (6th)

Penalty Kill: 82.0% (7th)

Leading Scorers: James Hamblin (15GP – 9G – 11A – 20PTS), Ryan Chyzowski (15GP – 10G – 9A – 19PTS), Brett Kemp (15GP – 3G – 16A – 19PTS)

HAMBLIN GETS TRICKY:

Medicine Hat Tigers captain James Hamblin has had a remarkable WHL career. The Edmonton, AB product has secured 88 career goals along with 124 assists for 212 career points in 274 games, all with the Medicine Hat Tigers. Three of those goals came last night on Vancouver Island as the Tigers defeated the Victoria Royals 6-3. Coming into tonight’s game, Hamblin leads the Tigers with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points. He’s recorded 20-or-more goals in each of his past three seasons, and last season he set a new single-season career high with 77 points.

A FAMILIAR FACE BEHIND THE BENCH:

For the first time since October 10th, 2010 Willie Desjardins will coach a WHL game against the Vancouver Giants. The former bench boss of the Vancouver Canucks returned to the Medicine Hat Tigers organization this summer to resume Head Coach/GM duties. Previously, Desjardins had previously spent eight seasons (2002-03 to 2009-10) at the helm of the Tigers, guiding them to championships in 2004 and 2007. So far he’s guided the Tigers to a 10-4-1-0 start.

TIGER NOTES:

  • Ryan Chyzowski will represent Team WHL at the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. He leads the Tigers with 10 goals.
  • Five of Ryan Chyzowski’s 10 goals have come via the power play.
  • Brett Kemp brings an eight-game point streak into tonight. In that span he’s notched two goals and 13 assists for 15 points.
  • Tyler Preziuso leads all active Tigers with 280 career WHL games played.

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 8-8-1-0

Home Record: 2-3-1-0

Last Game: A 6-3 road victory last night against the Tri-City Americans

Goals For/Goals Against: 47 GF/47 GA (0)

Power Play: 15.7% (18th)

Penalty Kill: 79.6% (12th)

Leading Scorers: Justin Sourdif (15GP – 8G – 8A – 16PTS), Tristen Nielsen (17GP – 8G – 7A – 15PTS), Dylan Plouffe (17GP – 4G – 11A – 15PTS)

A BIG NIGHT FOR SOURDIF:

Last night in Kennewick, WA Vancouver Giants forward Justin Sourdif recorded the first four-point game of his young WHL career. His two goals and two assists helped pace the Giants to a 6-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans. His first goal last night came with a minute and 30 seconds remaining in the second period, and tied the score at 3-3. He then clinched victory for the Giants with an empty-net goal with under two minutes remaining. For the season Sourdif now has eight goals and eight assists for 16 points, which leads the team.

AN OFFENSIVE BREAKTHROUGH:

Last night in Kennewick, WA the Vancouver Giants recorded a season-best six goals. Justin Sourdif led the way with four points, but he had plenty of help. Giants defenceman Dylan Plouffe had two goals and an assist while Evan Patrician, Bowen Byram and Jackson Shepard all chimed in with two assists. This season the Giants are a perfect 8-0 when they record four-or-more goals.

GIANTS NOTES:

  • With 15 points, Dylan Plouffe is tied for third in scoring among WHL defencemen.
  • Last night’s two-point performance was the first in Evan Patrician’s WHL career.
  • The Giants power play has scored a goal in three consecutive games.
  • Last night the Giants recorded a season-best 49 shots on goal.
  • The Giants are 4-0-1-0 this season when Jackson Shepard records at least one point.

 

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