Forward Jack Ostapchuk is questionable for a 3-1 start against Tri-City after being hit by a teammate’s shot 3-1 against Prince George at home on Saturday.
The Vancouver Giants finished their five-game rate skid on Saturday night and will be looking to speed up their break during the holiday break this afternoon.
Vancouver (14-12-1-0) will host the Tri-City Americans (8-13-4-0) in their final game before the seven-day Christmas break at the Langley Event Center today at 2 p.m.
The Giants’ 3-1 win over Prince George Cougars on Saturday night was their first in six attempts, and the first since coach Michael Dyke left his charge with the Canadian World Junior team. He is the assistant of that squad. Vancouver have lost forward Justin Sordiff to Team Canada and goaltender Jasper Vickman and forward Fabian Laiselle to the Swedes.
They are all expected to miss five more matches.
Asked on SportsNet 650’s post-game show after Saturday’s win how he would prepare his players for today’s final game before today’s quick changes and breaks, Giants assistant coach Keith McCambridge said: Not sure how things are going, so it’s time to make the most of every change, every change.
“It simply came to our notice then. We hope she’s OK. It’s tough with a tight turnaround, “said McCambridge.
At 18:06 in the first period, Ostapchuk started scoring with his seventh backhanding of the season from in front of Prince George goalkeeper Tie Young. Defender Evan Toth, with his first goal in 75 games, won for Vancouver in the second period at 8:32, hiding from the point to the crease lip and home backhanding on a rebound by winger Justin Lies.
Center Ty Thorpe II added an insurance marker at 11:19, the ninth of his year.
Jaren Brinson, with the first of her season, made it 1-0 for Prince George when he defeated Will Gursky in the first 7:33 long shot.
Gursky made 34 saves in the night. Young 27 paused.
Vancouver have conceded 28 of those five goals. This stretch followed the six-game winning streak that preceded the four-game rate streak.
Vancouver Victoria Royals Hosting resumed operations on 27 December. Dyck, Sourdif, Vikman and Lysell should return to Kelowna on January 7.