November 04 2013 02:08PM
We're at the quarter poll of the WHL season, so now's a good time to take a look at how the Giants have stacked up against their B.C. Division rivals. Although the results haven't always been there, they're just two points back of 8th place Prince George for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a game in hand, and statistically, they compare very favourably to the teams they're locked in a playoff race with.
Read past the jump for more.
October 26 2013 11:36AM
Finally! Wins! Alec Baer is excited!
Things are finally looking up for the Vancouver Giants. With the bulk of their injury woes behind them, they won back-to-back games for the first time this season, beating up a listless Kamloops Blazers squad before stunning the Eastern Conference leading Calgary Hitmen with a 4-3 overtime win. With 6 points in his last 3 games, Cain Franson appears to finally be heating up, and Brett Kulak has come alive to overtake captain Dalton Thrower for the team scoring lead.
Read past the jump for a closer look at how the Giants are turning things around.
October 18 2013 06:07PM
Madison Bowey and Tyson Baillie are leading the way for the strong Kelowna Rockets.
The Vancouver Giants haven't played a game since ending their disasterous eastern road trip without a win, so instead we'll turn our attention this week toward the Okanagan and what is probably the B.C. Division's top team: the Kelowna Rockets. Led by offensive contributions from young guns Tyson Baillie, Nick Merkley and Riley Stadel, the Rockets are off to a furious 6-1-0-2 start. They trail only the Victoria Royals for the B.C. Division lead, but the Royals have played four more games.
For a closer look at Kelowna's early season success, read past the jump.
October 13 2013 12:01PM
The WHL's Eastern conference has not been kind to the Vancouver Giants (1-7-1-1), as they not only lost all five games on their road trip, but they also lost top forward Cain Franson to an injury, at least in the short term. The good news is that Dalton Thrower's return and some good old shooting percentage regression has led to some offensive results, as the Giants scored more goals in the last seven days than they had all season. Alec Baer, Brett Kulak and Andreas Eder all found the back of the net for the first time this year too.
But that's about where the good news ends. Despite having what should be a strong blueline, the Giants just can't keep the puck out of their net. Read on past the jump for more.
October 05 2013 12:04PM
That's a captain's moustache, alright!
It's been a slow week for the Giants. After losing 4-1 to the Everett Silvertips on Friday, the Giants entered a week of practice as they waited to hit the road and begin their annual Eastern Conference trip, on which they dropped their opening game last night by a 4-3 score to the Wheat Kings. Joining the G-Men will be Montreal Canadiens 2nd-round pick, star overage defenseman and newly named captain Dalton Thrower. He'll bring an offensive punch and a hard-nosed demeanor to the blueline, while complicating an already cloudy situation.
Vancouver once again has eight defensemen competing to fill six spots, while a mess of injuries up front are forcing some guys to play out of position. Defenders Arvin Atwal and Reid Zalitach played forward against the Wheat Kings while Rob Trzonkowski, Travis McEvoy, Scott Cooke, Dalton Sward and Jakub Stuckel continue to nurse injuries. Tim Traber also didn't dress last night due to the flu.
Despite being ravaged by injuries and absolutely awful to start the season, the Giants can take some solace in the fact that their struggles have been in part the product of some bad luck.
Read on past the jump for more.