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PREVIEW: Vancouver Giants vs. Prince George Cougars (Game #31)

Rik Fedyck

Tonight at the LEC the Vancouver Giants kick off a stretch of seven straight games against the B.C. Division when they clash with the Prince George Cougars. The Giants are coming off a 3-2 loss on Saturday in Everett while the Cougars were 4-2 winners at home Saturday against the Victoria Royals. Tonight’s matchup marks the fifth of nine meetings on the season between the two clubs.

PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Mark Lamb

Record: 7-20-1-3

Road Record: 2-10-0-1

Last Game: A 4-2 win at home over Victoria on Saturday

Last 10: 3-5-1-1

2019-20 Record vs. Vancouver: 1-3

Goals For/Goals Against: 63 GF/105 GA (-42)

Power Play: 14.3% (19th)

Penalty Kill: 74.8% (20th)

Leading Scorers: Josh Maser (31GP – 13G – 9A – 22PTS), Cole Moberg (27GP – 4G – 13A – 17PTS), Ryan Schoettler (31GP – 2G – 13A – 15PS)

GAUTHIER THE WORK-HORSE:

Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier has faced a lot of rubber lately in the Cougars net. The ninth overall pick from the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft comes into tonight’s game with a record of 5-16-1-3, a save percentage of .910 and a goals-against-average of 3.05. Since November 15th Gauthier has appeared in 10 games and has stopped 30-or-more shots five times and 40-or-more shots four times. Last weekend at home, Gauthier stopped 64 of the 68 shots fired his way in a span of two games against the Victoria Royals. The Cougars went 1-0-0-1 during the weekend and won their game on Saturday by a 4-2 score. Fun fact: Gauthier recorded two assists along with his 32 saves on Saturday and was named the game’s third star.

KOFFER CALLED TO CAMP:

Tonight the Cougars will not have 2001-born Import forward Fillip Koffer in their lineup. He’s in the Czech Republic attending their National Junior Selection Camp. Koffer was one of nine WHL’ers to receive an invite. He’s notched 13 points through 29 games with the Cougars during his rookie season in the WHL.

PRINCE GEORGE NOTES:

  • The Cougars are 7-7-1 in their last 15 road games against the Giants.
  • When leading after two periods the Cougars are 7-3-1-2
  • The Cougars are 3-7-1-3 in one-goal games.
  • Tyson Upper leads all Cougars with two goals this season against Vancouver.
  • The Cougars are 1-2-1-1 in their last five games.

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

OVERVIEW:

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

Record: 14-14-1-1

Home Record: 7-5-1-0

Last Game: A 3-2 loss on Saturday night in Everett, WA.

Last 10: 4-6-0-0

Goals For/Goals Against: 78 GF/81 GA (-3)

Power Play: 11.6% (21st)

Penalty Kill: 80.4% (10th)

Leading Scorers: Tristen Nielsen (30GP – 15G – 16A – 31PTS), Justin Sourdif (28GP – 12G – 14A – 26PTS), Tyler Preziuso (30GP – 12G – 13A – 25PTS)

SOURDIF HEADING TO THE TOP PROSPECTS GAME IN JANUARY

Yesterday the Vancouver Giants announced that 2002-born forward Justin Sourdif (Surrey, B.C.) had been invited to participate in the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Sourdif along with 39 others from throughout the CHL will compete in the event in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday, January 16th, 2020.  Sourdif has registered 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 28 games so far this season.  Sourdif’s +22 rating is tops on the Giants, and tops among all 2002-born players in the WHL. In 96 career regular season games, Sourdif has posted 35 goals and 37 assists for 72 points. He’s added two goals and six assists for eight points in 24 career playoff games. Justin Sourdif is the 14th Giants player to receive an invite to participate in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Sourdif has posted two goals and four assists for six points in four games so far against Prince George.

NIELSEN’S CAREER SEASON CONTINUES:

Over the course of his past seven games, Tristen Nielsen has compiled five goals and six assists for 11 points. He’s recorded at least one point in six of those seven contests. Coming into tonight, Neilsen leads the Giants in goals (15) and points (31). Tristen Nielsen is just five points shy of surpassing his previous season high for points (35).

VANCOUVER NOTES:

  • The Giants have outshot their opponent in 21 of their first 30 games this season.
  • Heading into tonight, the Giants are 4-4-1-0 against the B.C. Division.
  • Jackson Shepard leads all Giants with four goals against Prince George.
  • The Giants are 3-4-1-1 in one-goal games.
  • Milos Roman’s next goal will mark the 50th of his WHL career.
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