PREVIEW: North Vancouver Wolf Pack vs. Port Moody Panthers (Game #23)
Tonight, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack conclude their weekend by hosting the Port Moody Panthers at 7:00. These two teams have played each other twice already and the Pack have won both of those games. The first game was on October 16 and the Pack won 3-2 and the second meeting was held on October 26 and the Pack won that game 8-3. North Van has a record of 14-0-0-0 against Port Moody over the past five seasons. These two teams will face one another twice more before the end of the regular season.
Port Moody Panthers
Head Coach: Terry Morrison
Road Record: 1-8-0-0
Last Game: A 5-4 home loss against Delta last night.
Goals For/Goals Against: 69 GF/134 GA (-65)
Power Play: 21/106 (19.81%)
Penalty Kill: 29/115 (74.78%)
Leading Scorers: Ryan Tong (17GP – 7G – 14A – 21PTS), Sukhraj Narwal (22GP – 6G – 14A – 20PTS), Connor Hughes (21GP – 11G – 6A – 17PTS)
Yesterday, the Port Moody Panthers announced that defenseman Ryan Tong signed with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL as an affiliate player. This season, Tong has seven goals and fourteen assists as he leads his team in points with 21. Congrats Ryan!
The Panthers enter tonight’s game as the last placed team in the PJHL. Port Moody has already lost to the Pack twice this season and since that last meeting which took place on October 26, Port Moody has had a record of 0-6-0-0. Only seven of the twenty-four players on the Panthers have ten or more points while three Wolf Pack players have more points than Ryan Tong who leads his Panthers team in points with 19.
NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK
Head Coach: Matt Samson
Home Record: 8-2-0-1
Last Game: A 3-2 home victory last night against the Surrey Knights.
Goals For/Goals Against: 90 GF/50 GA (+40)
Power Play: 17/94 (18.09%)
Penalty Kill: 10/83 (87.95%)
Leading Scorers: David Coyle (21GP – 14G – 17A – 31PTS), JJ Pickell (21GP – 19G – 10A – 29PTS), Ryan Hunter (21GP – 4G – 19A – 23PTS)
‘Hal’ of Fame Player
Defenceman Billy Johal has played in twentythree PJHL games this season. After spending six games with Delta, Billy has played his last seventeen with the Wolf Pack. Johal recorded a goal in last night’s contest against the Surrey Knights and is no stranger to making big hits and playing key minutes for his team. Johal is most proud about the fact that he can easily get the puck out of his own end and should be proud of his play this season too.
Teddy Bear Toss Announced
The North Vancouver Wolf Pack is partnering with Family Services of the North Shore to present Teddy Bear Toss night on Saturday, December 11th. This is the 2nd ever Teddy Bear Toss game that the Wolf Pack will be hosting. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears to the game and when the Wolf Pack score their first goal of the game, fans can throw the stuffed animals onto the ice. We’ll collect the stuffies so that the teddy bears can then be donated to the North Shore Christmas Bureau where they will be gifted to families and children to ensure that every child in our community has a smile on their face come Christmas Day.
Tonight is the third of five meetings between North Vancouver and Port Moody and the last time this month that the Wolf Pack will play at home for two consecutive nights in a row. After the game tonight, the Pack are back in action on Tuesday night when they visit the Delta Ice Hawks.