CHLTV GOTW preview: Chiefs vs. Giants, Nov. 23, 2022

The matchup

Two WHL Western Convention groups meet tonight within the CHLTV Recreation of the Week because the Spokane Chiefs (4-13-1) host the Vancouver Giants (7-9-4).

The rebuilding Chiefs have seen 9 skaters 17 or youthful play at the least 10 video games this 12 months and up to now, to good outcomes. Berkly Catton, who represented Canada Crimson on the current World U17 Hockey Problem, has starred early offensively alongside veteran Chase Bertholet.

Spokane has struggled to maintain the puck out of the online — their 101 targets towards are tied for the second most within the WHL — however newly acquired Dawson Cowan impressed with a 54-save efficiency Saturday in his first begin for the crew after he was acquired from Winnipeg.

Vancouver has dropped its final two contests however earlier than that, had put collectively a 3-0-1 run that propelled them right into a Western Convention playoff spot.

The Giants have scored simply 60 targets in its 20 video games however the offence is led by the trio of Samuel Honzek, Zack Ostapchuk (OTT) and Ty Thorpe, all of whom have handed the 20-point mark this season.

Who to observe

Catton has had a powerful 2022-23 season up to now.

In 13 video games with the Chiefs, the 16-year-old has 4 targets and 12 factors. The Saskatoon native additionally represented Canada Crimson on the 2022 World U17 Hockey Problem the place as captain he received a silver medal and was named to the U17 WHC All-Star Group after he had 12 factors (three targets) in seven video games.

Catton is eligible for the 2024 NHL Draft.

Talking of the NHL Draft, Honzek has starred up to now for the Giants. The 2023 prospect leads the crew in targets (13) and factors (29) in his first WHL season. Amongst certified rookies, the Slovak ahead leads all CHL rookies in scoring.

The Giants’ franchise file for factors in a season by a rookie is 60, a mark held by Gilbert Brule in 2002-23. Final month, Honzek was given an ‘A’ score and is taken into account a candidate to be chosen within the first-round of the 2023 NHL Draft.

Stats leaders

Bertholet has 23 factors up to now for the Chiefs to steer the crew in that class as he appears to be like to greatest a career-high 58 factors a season in the past.
Ty Cheveldayoff’s 9 targets, 4 of which have come on the facility play, leads Spokane whereas his 16 factors are second most on the squad. In all, the Chiefs have seven gamers who’ve reached double-digit factors this season.

Vancouver’s Thorpe has 23 factors (9 targets) whereas captain Ostapchuk has notched 20 factors in simply 14 video games.

Thorpe and Jaden Lipinski every have 4 energy play targets whereas Mazden Leslie’s 19 factors from the blue line are tied for the eleventh most amongst WHL d-men.

In his sophomore WHL season, Jesper Vikman (VGK) is 6-6-1 with a 3.61 GAA.

The place to observe

Tuesday’s contest could be seen stay for free on CHL TV at 10:05pm ET / 7:05pm PT.

Out there to followers from coast to coast, CHL TV is accessible on the CHL cellular app, along with Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fireplace, and on-line at watch.chl.ca. Every year, CHL TV presents entry to greater than 2,000 regular-season video games masking the CHL’s three Member Leagues and 60 markets throughout Canada and the USA. Followers can obtain the free CHL app by way of the App Retailer and Google Play.

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