PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Prince George Cougars (Game #11)

Allen Douglas

A victory tonight and the Vancouver Giants will sit atop the B.C. Division standings. For the second time in as many nights, Michael Dyck’s crew will take the ice tonight in Kamloops.¬†Fresh off a 4-0 victory last night over Kamloops, the Giants will look for their third consecutive victory when they try and solve the Prince George Cougars – The only team so far this season who has defeated the Giants twice.




Head Coach: Mark Lamb

Record: 4-4-1-1

Last Game: A 7-5 loss to the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday night in Kamloops.

Record vs. VAN: 2-0-0-1

Power Play: 20% (8/40 – 14th)

Penalty Kill: 79% (30/38 – 1oth)

Leading Scorers: Craig Armstrong (9GP – 5G – 3A – 8PTS), Kyren Gronick (10G – 4G – 4A – 8PTS), Jonny Hooker (10GP – 4G – 4A – 8PTS)


2003-born forward Craig Armstrong comes into action tonight tied for first in team scoring with eight points (5G, 3A). In the span of his past five games, Armstrong has registered five goals and one assist for six points. All five of Craig Armstrong’s goals this season came in a two-game span against Vancouver back on April 10th and 12th. One week ago today, Armstrong posted all four Cougar goals in a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants.


Tonight the Cougars will be led in goal by Taylor Gauthier. The 2001-born product of Calgary, AB is now 2-3 on the season with a 3.82 goals-against average and an .890 save percentage. One week ago, Gauthier turned aside 37 of the 38 shots fired his way to earn the victory against the Giants. For his career, Gauthier is 6-8-1-0 against Vancouver. Back on April 14th in Kamloops, Gauthier surpassed the 4000-save mark for his WHL career.


  • Forward Kyren Gronick is the top scoring rookie in the B.C. Division with eight points (4-4-8) in 10 games.
  • Defenceman Jack Sander leads all B.C. Division defencemen with seven points (1-6-7) in 10 games.
  • All five goal scorers in their recent loss to Kelowna were rookies and¬†four of the five were 16-years-old.
  • Jonny Hooker leads all Cougars with three assists in three games against Vancouver.
  • The Cougars power play is 2/11 so far this season against Vancouver.




Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 7-3

Last Game: A 4-0 victory last night over the Kamloops Blazers

Record vs. PG: 1-2

Power Play: 24.2% (8/33 – 7th)

Penalty Kill: 88.1% (37/42 – 2nd)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (10GP – 11G – 8A – 19PTS), Justin Sourdif (10GP – 4G- 13A – 17PTS), Eric Florchuk (10GP – 2G- 9A – 11PTS)


Last night against Kamloops, Tristen Nielsen scored the final three goals of the game in what ended up as a 4-0 victory for the Vancouver Giants over Kamloops. With 11 goals now on the season, Nielsen leads the B.C. Division and sits just two goals shy of a share for the league lead. Nielsen has registered two hat-tricks on the season, and both have been “natural” hat-tricks where he’s scored three unanswered goals. In three meetings with Prince George this season, he’s managed one goal in regulation and also recorded a shootout winning goal against them back on April 4th.


Last night Trent Miner earned his league-leading fourth shutout of the season, stopping 27 Kamloops shots. Miner’s record improved to 5-2 with a league-leading 1.20 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage. Both of Trent Miner’s losses this season though have come against the Prince George Cougars. In three appearances against the Cougars, Miner is 1-2 with a 2.62 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage.


  • Tristen Nielsen has seven multi-point games so far this season.
  • The Giants are 5-0 in games when they score the first goal.
  • The Giants have only been outshot twice in 10 games.
  • The Giants are 6-0 this season when Zack Ostapchuk registers a point.
  • The Giants are 3-0 this season when Justin Sourdif registers a goal.
  • The Giants are 4-0 when they do not surrender a power play goal against.
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