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Prince George Cougars (14-3-2-0) at Vancouver Giants (8-11-0-0)
Thursday, Nov. 10 – 7 p.m. (Pacific) – Langley Events Centre
Channels – Local Shaw TV SD; Shaw HD Channel 304

The Prince George Cougars visit the Vancouver Giants at the Langley Events Centre this Thursday (7pm Pacific) on WHL on Shaw.

As a part of the festivities, the Giants will pay tribute to late co-owner Pat Quinn in honour of his posthumous induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

For folks who may have missed the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series as it made stops in Prince George and Edmonton this week, four players who represented Team WHL return to their club teams tonight. Tyler Benson and Ty Ronning return to the Giants, while Jansen Harkins and Brad Morrison return to the Cougars.

In Prince George, Harkins was named Player of the Game for Team WHL after capping a highlight-reel play by finding the back of the net against Team Russia. In Edmonton, Benson was named Player of the Game for Team WHL following a three-point (1G-2A) performance in a 4-1 victory for Team WHL.

Morrison leads the scoring parade for Prince George, having registered 21 points (7G-14A) in 18 games. On the other side, it’s Benson leading the Giants with 17 points (8G-9A) in 14 games.

Between the pipes, 20-year-old veteran Ty Edmonds has carried the bulk of the workload for the Cougars, collecting a record of 10-2-1-0 with a 2.29 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. The Giants are backstopped by 18-year-old Ryan Kubic, who is 7-9-0-0 with a 3.21 GAA, .899 SV% and one shutout this season.

The Cougars are fresh off a 4-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers and will look to continue building upon a sizeable lead in the BC Division. Heading into tonight’s action, Prince George is eight points ahead of the second place Victoria Royals for the division lead.

Meanwhile, the Giants knocked off the Lethbridge Hurricanes by a 7-3 margin during their last outing and will look to maintain that momentum as they try to catch up in the BC Division. Heading into Thursday evening, Vancouver is four points behind the Kelowna Rockets for fourth place in the division.

Having already met three times, the Giants will look to claim a victory over the Cougars for the first time this season, with Prince George having cruised to a 3-0-0-0 record in the head-to-head series thus far in 2016-17. It’s been a high-scoring series between the two BC Division rivals, with the teams having combined to score an average of 9.67 goals per game.

Tyler Benson
Giants forward Tyler Benson with Team WHL

Vancouver Giants

Head coach: Jason McKee
Record: 8-11-0-0
Scoring leaders: LW Tyler Benson (8-9-17); LW Radovan Bondra (11-5-16); RW Ty Ronning (7-8-15)
Goaltending leader: Ryan Kubic (7-9-0-0, 3.21 GAA, .899 SV%, 1 SO)
Power play: 18th – 16.4 per cent
Penalty kill: T-21st – 71.1 per cent
Injuries: D Ryely McKinstry (upper body, indefinite); D Ryan Jones (upper body, month to month)

Jansen Harkins scores first for Team WHL
Cougars forward Jansen Harkins with Team WHL

Prince George Cougars

Head coach: Richard Matvichuk
Record: 14-3-2-0
Scoring leaders: C Brad Morrison (7-14-21); LW Jared Bethune (6-11-17); LW Jesse Gabrielle (8-8-16)
Goaltending leader: Ty Edmonds (10-2-1-0, 2.29 GAA, .921 SV%)
Power play: 10th – 20.7 per cent
Penalty kill: First – 86.0 per cent
Injuries: D Josh Anderson (upper body, week to week); F Colby McAuley (upper body, day to day)
Suspensions: F Kody McDonald (two games remaining); D Sam Ruopp (seven games remaining)

Season series

Sept. 27 – Prince George (7) at Vancouver (6)
Oct. 7 – Vancouver (2) at Prince George (5)
Oct. 8 – Vancouver (4) at Prince George (5)
Nov. 10 – Prince George at Vancouver (7 p.m. PST)
Nov. 29 – Prince George at Vancouver (7 p.m. PST)
Jan. 23 – Prince George at Vancouver (7 p.m. PST)
Feb. 7 – Vancouver at Prince George (7 p.m. PST)
Feb. 8 – Vancouver at Prince George (7 p.m. PST)

WHL on Shaw schedule

Friday, Nov. 18 – Medicine Hat at Red Deer (7 p.m. local)
Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Kelowna at Victoria (7 p.m. local)
Friday, Nov. 25 – Brandon at Saskatoon (7 p.m. local)

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