Giants Prepare For a Visit From Kelowna And Prince George

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Dan Elliott

The Vancouver Giants are set for a pair of games this weekend on home ice vs. two teams below them in the standings. On Saturday November 12, 7:00 pm, the Kelowna Rockets pay visit and then on Sunday November 13, 5:00 pm, the Prince George Cougars come calling. The Giants have won 7 of their last 9 games and are 8-1-0-1 at the Pacific Coliseum.

After playing host to the Edmonton Oil Kings Friday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, the Rockets will travel to Vancouver to take on the Giants for the 4th time this season. After starting the season 3-0, the Rockets have just 2 wins in 15 games and currently sit in 4th place in the BC division with a record of 5-11-1-1. However, 2 of those victories are over the Giants. Kelowna beat Vancouver by the same 6-3 score on October 1 and October 20. The Giants defeated them in their last meeting, a 5-2 victory back on October 23. The Rockets got back some much needed help last week with the return of Brett Bulmer. The 19 year old forward spent the first month of the season playing with the Minnesota Wild before being returned after playing 9 NHL games. In 3 games with the Rockets he has 2 goals, 5 assists, and 7 points. Adam Brown has been the mainstay in net, starting in 15 of the Rockets 18 games.

On Sunday it will be the Prince George Cougars in town. It will be the third game in as many nights for the Cougars, who play back to back games in Everett Friday and Saturday night. Prince George currently is last in the BC division with a record of 5-12-0-1. They have lost 9 of their last 11 games and are the lowest scoring team in the WHL. Sunday will mark the 4th and 8 meetings this season between the Giants and Cougars. Vancouver is 2-1-0-0 so far, defeating Prince George 6-2 October 25, 4-2 October 28, and losing 2-1 October 29. Because of their struggles to score, the Cougars rely heavily on 20 year old goaltender Drew Owsley; as he goes, so go Prince George. He made 28 saves and earned first star honours in the Cougars one win over Vancouver this year. So far this season he has a 2.99 goals against average and a .893 save percentage to go along with 2 shutouts. Rookie Alex Forsberg is the team’s leading scorer with 12 points in 18 games.

The Giants are currently in the midst of 4 straight games on home ice. They are coming off a solid 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday night. Cain Franson heads into the weekend on a 3 game goal scoring streak. He now has 6 goals and 19 points in 20 games and is an impressive +11. Some other good news from Wednesday night’s victory was a goal from Nathan Burns. The 18 year old winger had been snake bitten around the net and went 15 games without a goal. Now that they streak is over, he will be looking to break out. Adam Morrison continues to shine between the pipes. He has won 7 of his last 8 starts, while dropping his goals against average and improving his save percentage. In 14 games with Vancovuer he has a 2.43 GAA, a .906 SV%, and is 9-3-0-1.

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