May 13, 2019
For the Vancouver Giants, there truly is no tomorrow.
It all comes down to tonight’s Game 7 in Prince Albert vs the home town Raiders, a team that has posted an almost unbeatable record all season (54-10-2-2, 112 points).
But the Giants have been formidable too, especially over the final half of the season and through the stretch run, finishing 48-15-3-2, 101 points.
Coming into tonight’s game, the Giants are 15W-6L with 73GF-55GA in the post season, while the Raiders are 15W-7L, with 76GF-46GA.
After clawing their way back from a 3-1 series deficit to the Prince Albert Raiders, which included a 4-0 shutout in Game 2 and an 8-2 shellacking in game 3 on home ice, the Giants will be looking to crown their run for the 2019 Rogers WHL Championship Series title, with a third straight win.
Only 12 previous times has the WHL championship series needed a Game 7.
It’s safe to say that the entire junior hockey world will be watching tonight as the Giants take aim at their second Ed Chynoweth Cup.
PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS
Head Coach: Marc Habscheid
Home Record: 8-3
Goals For/Goals Against: 76 GF/36 GA (+40)
Power Play: 24.0% (6th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 78.3 (6th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Brett Leason (21GP – 10G – 15A – 25PTS), Dante Hannoun (22GP – 13G – 10A – 23PTS), Aliaksei Protas (22GP – 12G – 10A – 22PTS)
A BIG GAME FROM KELLY:
The offensive catalyst for the Prince Albert Raiders last night in Game 6 was 1999-born forward Parker Kelly. The Ottawa Senators prospect supplied the Raiders with both of their goals in the first period, and was consistently one of the top Raider forwards throughout the game. In six games against the Giants Kelly has now struck for four goals and four assists for eight points. Only Brett Leason’s nine points rank higher.
SNAPPING THE STREAK:
For the first time in a span of nine games, Brett Leason did not register a point for the Prince Albert Raiders. Over his past nine games, Leason has still managed seven goals and six assists for 13 points. Coming into Game 7 he leads the Raiders in playoff scoring with 25 points and he’s tied with Bowen Byram for the lead in league scoring during the playoffs. Leason’s five goals and four assists for nine points rank him tops among all skaters (on either team) so far in this series.
- Never at any point during the regular season or the playoffs have the Prince Albert Raiders lost three games in a row.
- Goaltender Ian Scott is 3-3 in the series with a .914 save percentage, a 2.37 goals-against-average and two shutouts.
- Brett Leason (5), Dante Hannoun (4), Noah Gregor (4) and Parker Kelly (4) have combined for 17 of the Raiders 22 goals so far in this series.
- Parker Kelly and Zack Hayes lead the Raiders with a +5 rating in this series.
Head Coach: Michael Dyck
Road Record: 7-3
Goals For/Goals Against: 73 GF/55 GA (+18)
Power Play: 31.8% (2nd in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 77.1% (9th in WHL)
Leading Scorers: Bowen Byram (21GP – 8G – 17A – 25PTS), Davis Koch (21GP – 5G – 16A – 21PTS), Jared Dmytriw (21GP – 9G – 11A – 20PTS)
With a goal and an assist last night, Giants captain jared Dmytriw made darn sure that his final WHL-sanctioned game was going to be Game 7 tonight. The Craven, SK product now has 9 goals and 11 assists for 20 points in the playoffs, ranking him on the team in playoff scoring. His seven points through six games of this series match him with Bowen Byram for the team lead. He also went five-for-nine in the faceoff dot yesterday.
STACKING THE DECK:
David Tendeck was brilliant once again for the Giants last night, turning aside 36 of the 38 shots fired his way by the Raiders. For the playoffs, Tendeck has now improved his overall record to 11-3-1 with a a 2.39 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage. For the series he is 3-2 with a 2.84 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage. Over his past three starts, he’s stopped 98 of the 104 shots he’s faced.
- 15 different Giants have recorded at least one point during the Rogers WHL Championship Series with the Prince Albert Raiders.
- Davis Koch leads all Giants with three goals in the series. All three have come within the span of the past two games.
- The Giants are looking to become just the second road team in a span of 12 years to win a Game 7 championship game on the road.
- The Giants are also looking to become the first team since the 1981 Victoria Cougars to erase a 3-1 series lead and ultimately win the WHL championship trophy.