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PREVIEW: North Vancouver Wolf Pack at Grandview Steelers (Game #39)

Tonight, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack look to finish their weekend on a high note as the team is fresh off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Richmond Sockeyes last night. It’s the 39th game of the season for the Wolf Pack, the fifth meeting of the season between these two teams and the game starts at 7:15pm.

GRANDVIEW STEELERS
OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Jim Camazzola

Record: 14-14-2-1

Home Record: 8-7-0-0

Last Game: An 8-1 road victory last night in Port Moody

Goals For/Goals Against: 109 GF/99 GA (+10)

Power Play: 25/113 (22.12%)

Penalty Kill: 25/109 (77.06%)

Leading Scorers: Jarod Yau (31GP – 2G – 26A – 28PTS), Isaac Phillips (30GP – 14G – 12A – 26PTS), Vincent Timperio (31GP – 12G – 14A – 26PTS)


IN ‘CAS’E YOU FORGOT

2003-born forward Lucas Cox (North Vancouver, B.C.) is in the midst of a career-best season in the PJHL with the Grandview Steelers. The 6’1″, 195-pound, right-shot forward comes into tonight’s game with seven goals and three assists for 10 points in 21 games. Heading into tonight’s game he sits tenth in team scoring. Cox, the pride of North Vancouver, has notched two goals in three meetings so far this season against the North Vancouver Wolf Pack and has three goals and two assists for five points in his last eight appearances.

TURN UP THE ‘TIMPER’ATURE
With 12 games still remaining in the regular season schedule for the Steelers, 2002-born forward Vincent Timperio figures to play a big part in any of the Grandview Steelers success down the stretch as the team tries to push for the playoffs. The product of Maple Ridge, BC comes into tonight’s contest with the Steelers with 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points through 31 games. Timperio is in his third and most offensively productive season with the Steelers and has two assists in four games against the Wolf Pack this season.

NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK
OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Matt Samson

Record: 27-7-3-1

Road Record: 14-4-0-0

Last Game: A 3-2 overtime loss against Richmond last night

Goals For/Goals Against: 152 GF/96 GA (+56)

Power Play: 35/157 (22.29%)

Penalty Kill: 19/145 (86.9%)

Leading Scorers: David Coyle (37GP – 25G – 27A – 52PTS), JJ Pickell (38GP – 27G – 24A – 51PTS), Ryan Hunter (38GP – 12G – 31A – 43PTS)

THEY ‘LOVE’D HIM
Jake Loverock is set and ready to take on his former team tonight since being traded by the Steelers last week. Loverock will wear the Wolf Pack colours for the second time tonight since making his debut last night against the Richmond Sockeyes. Loverock spent just over a season and a half with the Grandview Steelers and had three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 53 games with Grandview. Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, Loverock had an assist in three games against his current team.

AEDAN LOUGHRAN
Wolf Pack defenceman Aedan Loughran is by far one of the most underrated players in the PJHL. The 6’1″, 195-pound, right-shot defenceman has seven assists in 32 games played with the Wolf Pack and he has also recorded an assist in four games against Grandview. The 2004 born product from North Vancouver is currently in his first season of PJHL hockey and has a bright future ahead of him as he has already proved to be a reliable and hardworking player despite being the second youngest player on his team.

FINAL WORDS
Tonight marks the fifth meeting between these two clubs, these two teams are scheduled to meet for a total of six times. The Steelers took the first meeting on September 18 as Lucas Cox scored the shootout winner to give the Steelers a 5-4 shootout win and the Pack have won the last three meetings, 4-3, 3-1, and 3-1 on December 5th. These two teams will meet once more on February 12 to conclude the season series and the regular season for the Wolf Pack. North Van is 11-4-0-1 against Grandview over the last five seasons and 3-1 against them this season.