The 2019 Vancouver Giants hopefuls took the ice Friday for a full day of practices, games and fitness tests at Training Camp. Check out a full recap of the day’s events below:
JUSTIN SOURDIF TALKS TRAINING CAMP LEADERSHIP
Heading into Training Camp, Justin Sourdif is saying the right things. After posting 23 goals and 23 assists during his rookie season, he’s primed for bigger things in 2019-20. Sourdif is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. He scored twice on Friday and added an assist through two games.
DREW SIM LEANS ON UNDER-AGE EXPERIENCE FROM LAST SEASON
Drew Sim was the second goaltender selected in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. He’s back in town for his second Training Camp with the Giants. Last season, Sim spent a fair amount of time with the Giants, practicing and familiarizing himself with the day-to-day routine. Plus, he’s coming off a U-17 Summer Development Camp with Hockey Canada that further helped his confidence and development.
OWEN HARDY IS SOAKING IT ALL IN
When you’ve attended Vancouver Giants Training Camp for six straight years you learn a thing or two. Owen Hardy talked about some of his early memories from his younger years and much more in a conversation with Dan O’Connor after his morning practice.
NIELSEN THRIVES AFTER A GREAT SUMMER OF LOCAL TRAINING
Tristen Nielsen was hard to miss on Friday. In his first game with Team Kane he scored once and added two assists. He didn’t score in Game 2 against Team Lucic, but he hit three posts and came close on a number of other occasions. He trained locally this summer with Jordan Mackenzie and Ian Gallagher in Delta, and it has made a world of difference.
HOME SWEET HOME FOR JACKSON SHEPARD
There’s no place like home. Jackson Shepard made a solid first impression on Friday. He scored twice and added one assist which tied him for the scoring lead on Day 2 of Chevrolet Training Camp.
3 PM – Game #1 – Team Kane (Gray) vs. Team Gallagher (White)
Starting Goaltenders: Trent Miner (Kane) and Braedy Euerby (Gallagher)
KANE – Nearly 10 minutes into the first period Alex Kannok Leipert pounces on a turnover and rips it home.
Goalies: Sean Norum (Gallagher) vs. Conor Smith (Kane)
GALLAGHER – Dylan Plouffe converts from the left point on a power play. Assists to Owen Hardy and Brayden Watts.
KANE – Kyle Bochek finishes off a give-and-go with Tristen Nielsen to restore the lead for KANE.
GALLAGHER – Justin Sourdif notches his first goal of camp after pouncing on a loose puck in the slot.
KANE – With just over eight minutes left, Seth Bafaro wires home a feed from Tristen Nielsen.
KANE – Tristen Nielsen converts in alone on a shorthanded, unassisted goal with under a minute remaining.
FINAL SCORE: KANE (Gray) 4 – GALLAGHER (White) 2
4:45 PM – Game #2 – Team Kane (Gray) vs. Team Lucic (Black)
Starting Goaltenders: David Tendeck (Lucic), Drew Sim (Lucic) and Conor Smith (Kane)
LUCIC – Early on Jackson Shepard wires home his first of camp in close off the rush.
LUCIC – With eight minutes to go in the first, John Little goes upstairs from the left-wing off the rush. Evan Patrician gets the helper.
*David Tendeck and Drew Sim combine for a clean 25 minutes to start the game.
Goalies: Trent Miner (Kane) and Ethan Rau (Lucic)
LUCIC – Persistence pays off for Zack Ostapchuk who wins a battle beside the Kane goal and tucks a backhand home. His goal was unassisted.
LUCIC – Jackson Shepard strikes again. This time off the rush from the left-wing. Evan Patrician with his second assist of the game.
KANE – Alex Kannok Leipert strikes late for Kane to break the shutout bid.
FINAL SCORE: LUCIC (Black) 4 – KANE (Gray) 1
6:00 PM – Game #3 – Team Lucic (Black) vs. Team Gallagher (White)
Starting Goaltenders: Ethan Rau (Lucic) and Sean Norum (Gallagher)
GALLAGHER – Nolan Larson opens the scoring nearly five minutes in off a cross-crease pass from Jack Seaverson.
GALLAGHER – Colton Langkow finishes off a nifty three-way passing play at the left side of the goal. Owen Hardy and Justin Sourdif each draw assists. Just over six minutes remaining in the first half.
LUCIC – Back comes Lucic with under four minutes remaining. Evan Patrician converts in close off a Jadon Joseph pass. Jackson Shepard earns an assist as well.
Goalies: Braedy Euerby (Gallagher), Drew Sim (Lucic) and David Tendeck (Lucic)
GALLAGHER – Nolan Larson strikes for a second time. This time off a side-door setup from Justin Lies.
GALLAGHER – Justin Sourdif increases the Gallagher lead with a shorthanded breakaway goal.
LUCIC – Tyler Musgrove tips home a Kaleb Bulych point shot to get Lucic back within two goals.
GALLAGHER – With just under three minutes to go, Nic Draffin solves David Tendeck to make it a 5-2 game.
FINAL SCORE: GALLAGHER (White) 5 – LUCIC (Black) 2
MISC. FRIDAY NOTES
- Each of the three teams finished the day with 1-1 records.
- Jackson Shepard (2G, 1A, Lucic), Justin Sourdif (Gallagher) and Tristen Nielsen (1G, 2A, Kane) led all scorers with three points each.
- Justin Sourdif (Gallagher), Nolan Larson (Gallagher), Jackson Shepard (Lucic) and Alex Kannok Leipert (Kane) each recorded two goals on the day.
- Kaleb Bulych (Lucic), Owen Hardy (Gallagher) and Evan Patrician (Lucic) recorded two assists on the day.
- David Tendeck (Lucic) surrendered just one goal against through two appearances on Friday.
Saturday, August 24th:
9:00 am – 9:45 am Goalie Session All Goalies
10:00 am – 10:45 am Practice Team Lucic
11:00 am – 11:45 am Practice Team Kane
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Practice Team Gallagher
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Team Lucic vs. Team Kane
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm Team Kane vs. Gallagher
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Team Gallagher vs. Team Lucic