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PREVIEW: North Vancouver Wolf Pack vs. White Rock Whalers (Game #21)

The Wolf Pack play their third game in three nights tonight at home against the White Rock Whalers. The Pack have already won two games this weekend and look to make it their third win in a row while the Whalers hope that they can get back in the win column after a 5-4 loss to the Delta Ice Hawks last night.

 

White Rock Whalers

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Jason Rogers

Record: 10-10-1-0

Road Record: 6-5-0-0

Last Game: A 5-4 home loss against the Delta Ice Hawks last night.

Goals For/Goals Against: 64 GF474 GA (-10)

Power Play: 15/58 (25.86%)

Penalty Kill: 18/65 (72.31%)

Leading Scorers: Chris Fortems (19GP – 7G – 16A – 23PTS), Matthew Burry (21GP – 9G – 8A – 17PTS), Ryden Mathieson (19GP – 7G – 8A – 15PTS)

 

Leading the ‘Fort’

The 2002 born forward from Delta BC, has seven goals and sixteen assists, for twenty three points in nineteen games. Fortems is no stranger to the PJHL and the Wolf Pack as he has spent his last three seasons with the Whalers and even played in all five of White Rocks playoff games which were against the Wolf Pack back in the 2019-20 season. Fortems is currently leading his team in points (23) and will be one player to watch out for.

Treading Water

The Whalers are just over the water right now as they have a .500 record percentage as a result of having a 10-10-1-0 record. The Whalers sit in fourth in the Tom Shaw Conference which is good for 8th overall in the PJHL. If this team plans on making the playoffs they will need to get things going sooner rather than later.

 

NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Matt Samson

Record: 16-3-0-1

Home Record: 7-1-0-1

Last Game: A come from behind 4-3 shootout win last night against the Grandview Steelers.

Goals For/Goals Against: 84 GF/44 GA (+40)

Power Play: 16/86 (18.6%)

Penalty Kill: 8/73 (89.04%)

Leading Scorers: JJ Pickell (19GP – 18G – 10A – 28PTS), David Coyle (18GP – 13G – 15A – 28PTS), Ryan Hunter (18GP – 4G – 18A – 22PTS)

 

Good ‘Job’ ‘Son’

Wolf Pack forward Jobey Pearson sealed the deal in last night’s game against the Grandview Steelers by scoring the shootout winning goal in the 6th round. This season, Pearson has scored three times, and he has three assists for seven points in seventeen games. Pearson doesn’t get a lot of playing time compared to some of his teammates, but he can be a factor whenever he is given the opportunity to shine.

 

First of Three

The Pack conclude their third of three straight games tonight at home against the White Rock Whalers. The Pack started their three game stint in Ridge Meadows by beating the Flames 3-2, they then hosted the Steelers and beat them 4-3 in a shootout. It will be interesting to see how the Pack is able to do considering that they have already played in two consecutive games.

 

Final Words

These two clubs have already played once against one another and that game was on October 30 when Damian Perovic was able to shut out the Whalers and David Coyle was able to record a hat trick to give the Pack the 3-0 victory. After tonight, the Whalers will host the Wolf Pack on December 18 and 19, and on January 22 to conclude the season series.