Marek Tvrdon and Nathan Burns each had two assists while rookie Jackson Whistle stopped 20 shots for his first career shutout on top of his first career win. David Musil left the game with a wrist injury and hasn’t played since.
Friday saw a dismantling at home by the hands of the Tri-City Americans.
Scoreless after one, the Americans scored six in the second period on route to an 11-4 win. Justin Feser had a hat trick for the Americans while Cain Franson had a goal and two assists in the losing cause. To injuries to insult, Brendan Gallagher, Adam Morrison, and Dalton Sward all left the game with injuries and have been out since.
Back in action the next night, the Giants outshot the Kelowna Rockets 39-15 but fell 4-3 thanks to Carter Rigby’s third period winner. Jackson Whistle was back between the pipes in replace of the injured Morrison but unable to recreate his magic from Tuesday.
The Giants play host to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday. The Hurricanes are dead last in the Eastern Conference and are exactly the type of team that an injury-ravaged Giants team should be able to still beat. The Hurricanes traded their Captain and leading scorer Cam Braes at the deadline.
Friday, the Everett Silvertips are in town, the worst team in all of the WHL. Again, exactly what the Giants want to see right now. The ‘Tips made a move at last week’s deadline by acquiring Reid Petryk from Medicine Hat.
Saturday means a quick trip to Kelowna to face the Rockets. Kelowna currently sits sixth in the West . The Rockets picked up Brett Lyon last Tuesday to add some size up front for their playoff run.
Finally, the Giants are back home Sunday to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds. The T-Birds are seventh in the West and have struggled offensively all year, having scored as many goals on the year as there were Dalmatians in that movie, or 61 less than the Vancouver Giants. Seattle used the trade deadline to send Marcel Noebels to Portland for a prospect and picks.
As mentioned, the Giants infirmary numbers are piling up.
David Musil picked up a wrist injury last Tuesday that will put him out week-to-week.
Speculation has it that Brendan Gallagher and Dalton Sward have seperated shoulders but Don Hay will only say they’re out week-to-week with upper body injuries.
Adam Morrison, meanwhile, came to Don Hay after getting pulled Friday to admit he wasn’t feeling well. The speculation there, that again Hay won’t confirm, is that Morrison picked up a concussion during dryland training Friday morning.
Two other Giants, Jackson Houck and Matt Bellerive, are close to returning from their injuries and should be available sometime this week.
News & Notes
Don Hay will join Pat Quinn behind the bench of Team Orr for the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game February 1. Team Canada assistant coach Ryan Huska will join Mark Recchi behind the bench for Team Cherry. As well, Giants defenceman Brett Kulak was added to the roster of Team Cherry.
Kulak was also in the news last week for landing 67th on Central Scouting’s list of draft-eligible North American skaters. Teammate Dalton Sward was ranked 188th. Kulak was ranked 12th among WHL skaters in the preliminary rankings released in October.
With James Henry traded during last week’s trade deadline, Brendan Gallagher has been named the new captain of the Vancouver Giants.
In The Community
This Friday is Don Hay bobblehead for 500 lucky fans in attendance to see the Giants take on the Silvertips. Early fans can also pick up a Don Hay poster. The night is part of the Giant’s “Top 10 Special Events” happening throughout the year that has already included honouring Milan Lucic and seen Guy Lafleur drop by the Pacific Coliseum.
Gordie Howe makes a visit February 3.
Fresh off his first career win and shutout in the same game, all eyes are on young rookie Jackson Whistle as Adam Morrison’s injury makes him the de facto number one for the short-term. The 16-year-old is 1-6 on the year with a 3.98 GAA and an .847 sv pct.
The Giants face-off against the Lethbridge Hurricanes Tuesday to try and snap their two game losing streak. Puck drop is 7 pm and the game can be found on 650 am.