Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pre-Game Report: Giants at Winterhawks

The Vancouver Giants (31-26-7-3) will visit the Moda Center to face the Portland Winterhawks (49-13-2-3) on Saturday night in the fourth and final regular season meeting between the two clubs. The G-Men are 0-2-0-1 against the 'Hawks this year. If the playoffs began today, the Giants and Winterhawks would face each other in the first round.

The G-Men will look for their second win in a row on Saturday after skating to a 2-1 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday evening. Vancouver sits in seventh in the Western Conference, seven points behind the sixth place Everett Silvertips and eight points ahead of the eighth place Tri-City Americans. Giants forward Cain Franson has been playing well of late, tallying seven goals in his last seven games. The Sicamous native now has 29 goals on the season, equaling his total from last year.

The Winterhawks are coming off a 7-3 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday evening. The Portland club has won two straight and 23 of its last 24 games as the T-Birds ended the Hawks' 21 game winning streak with a 4-1 victory on March 1st. Winterhawks forwards Nic Petan and Oliver Bjorkstrand sit in 2nd and 3rd in league scoring respectively, trailing Spokane's Mitch Holmberg. The Portland pair have scored a combined 207 points.

Where: Moda Center; Portland, OR

When: 7:00pm (The Pre-Game Show starts at 6:30pm.)

Listen: Streamed online at and joined in progress on TEAM 1410 following the Vancouver Whitecaps FC soccer match

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