Thursday, 23 October 2014

Preview: Vancouver at Victoria, Friday Oct. 24th

The Victoria Royals (6-6-1-0, 13pts) open a five game homestand with a pair of games against the Vancouver Giants (6-5, 12pts) Friday and Saturday.

Friday night Victoria will unveil their first ever 3rd Jersey, while Saturday is the annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser night.

Pregame show on The Zone @ 91.3 fm at 6:40 both nights, www.thezone.fm/whl

It’s the third meeting of the season, with the Giants winning both encounters so far in Vancouver by 3-1 and 5-3 scores.

The Royals have a 1 point lead over the Giants in the standings (13 to 12), and are 4th and 5th in the BC Division respectively.

Victoria is on a two game win streak after a 6 game in 9 night Central division road swing, winning 4 of 6 games.  They only allowed 5 goals against in their last 3 outings.

Royals top point getters on the road:
- Carroll – 9 pts (4g, 5a)
- Hicketts – 8 pts (1g, 7a)
- Soy – 6 pts (3g, 3a)
- Walker – 6 pts (3g, 3a)
- Blomqvist – 5 pts (4g, 1a)
- Brown – 4 pts (1g, 3a)

They wrapped the trek up with a 4-0 shut out victory over Kootenay last Saturday as Brandon Magee made his return from suspension had 2 assists, as did Royals leading scorer, Austin Carroll.  Coleman Vollrath made 27 saves for his 2nd career shut out.

Getting the goals were Travis Brown, Logan Fisher, Axel Blomqvist, and Brandon Fushimi.

Vancouver had their two game win streak snapped in Kamloops Wednesday, falling 7-2.  Payton Lee took the loss allowing 3 goals on 18 shots.  Lee was nominated for CHL goaltender of the week.

The Giants come into Friday’s game with the 5th best power play percentage, and have scored the 5th most goals per game on average (4.00), while taking the 4th most shots on average.

Vancouver looks for their first road win of the season (0-4), while Victoria is 2-1-1-0 on home ice this year.

The Royals power play has improved to 9th best in the league and have now scored the 8th most goals for on average per game, up from 20th spot before the 6th game road trip.

Wednesday, the Royals acquired goaltender Jayden Sittler (1996) from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.  His father’s cousin is the famed Darryl Sittler.

The 6-0, 184 lb netminder Sittler was brought in as a result of netminder Evan Smith being injured at practice.

According to GM Cam Hope, “A good positional goalie, he battles…”

Sittler joins the Royals after starting the 2014-15 season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL.  In four games for the Oil Barons, he posted a 2-2-0 record with a goals against average (GAA) of 3.04 and a 0.903 save percentage (SV%).

“He’s a know entity on what kind of guy he is.  A little unknown, in terms of what kind of goaltender he is except for his statistics – but we like what we’ve seen.” Continued Hope

The native of Red Deer, AB played in one game for the Ice last season, making 17 saves in a victory.

Sittler was part of the Chiefs team that captured the Telus Cup along with current Royal Logan Fisher.

The WHL announced Tuesday that Victoria defenceman Joe Hicketts has been named the Denny’s WHL Player of the week.  Last Thursday he was named to the roster for Team WHL in the upcoming Subway Super Series.

Hicketts who wears the ‘C’, recorded seven points (1g-6a) over the Royals’ four games last week to go along with four penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating on his way to the Player of the Week honour. He becomes the second player in Victoria team history to receive the award (Alex Gogolev, 2012-2013).

Hicketts was tied for first in league scoring among defencemen after last weekend, with 4 goals and 11 assists in 11 games played.

Saturday’s contest vs. the Giants marks the Royals’ fourth annual Pink in the Rink Night at SOFMC. Victoria holds a record of 2-1-0-0 on PITR Night including last year’s overtime victory against Vancouver.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Vancouver Giants: Head To Head Stats Summary
Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-2-0-0Vancouver 2-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 5-4-0-1Vancouver 5-4-1-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 20-20-1-1Vancouver 22-19-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 12-7-0-1Vancouver 8-11-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VancouverVictoria 8-13-1-0Vancouver 14-8-0-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 3 @ Vancouver 5 (Sep 28 2014) Final
Victoria 1 @ Vancouver 3 (Sep 20 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Vancouver
Victoria
Team Record6-5-0-0 -- 12 points6-6-1-0 -- 13 points
Division Ranking5th B.C.4th B.C.
Conference Ranking8th Western7th Western
League Ranking14th13th
Past 10 Games5-5-0-06-3-1-0
Streak0-1-0-02-0-0-0
Last Game7-2 L @ Kamloops (Oct 22 2014) Final4-0 W @ Kootenay (Oct 18 2014) Final
Home Record6-1-0-02-1-1-0
Away Record0-4-0-04-5-0-0
GF44 41 
GA32 49 
PP (Overall)(13/54) 24.1(14/71) 19.7
PP (Home)(9/28) 32.1(4/20) 20.0
PP (Away)(4/26) 15.4(10/51) 19.6
PK (Overall)(13/55) 76.4(14/65) 78.5
PK (Home)(6/33) 81.8(4/16) 75.0
PK (Away)(7/22) 68.2(10/49) 79.6
Leading RookieBenson (3-7-10)Hannoun (1-2-3)
Most PIMAtwal - 22Crunk - 36
Team PIM/GM17.7/Game19.0/Game
Leading ScorersHamilton (4-10-14)Carroll (8-8-16)
Popoff (7-6-13)Hicketts (4-11-15)
Foster (6-7-13)Walker (5-7-12)
Houck (5-8-13)Soy (4-7-11)
Benson (3-7-10)Brown (3-7-10)
Last 5 Games7-2 L @ Kamloops (Oct 22 2014) Final4-0 W @ Kootenay (Oct 18 2014) Final
9-1 W vs Prince George (Oct 18 2014) Final4-2 W @ Lethbridge (Oct 17 2014) Final
3-0 W vs Kamloops (Oct 17 2014) Final3-2 L @ Edmonton (Oct 15 2014) Final
2-1 L @ Prince George (Oct 11 2014) Final6-5 W @ Red Deer (Oct 14 2014) Final OT
2-1 L @ Prince George (Oct 10 2014) Final8-2 L @ Medicine Hat (Oct 11 2014) Final
Leading After 1st2-2-0-03-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd4-1-0-02-1-0-0
Tied After 1st3-2-0-01-0-0-0
Tied After 2nd1-1-0-02-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st1-1-0-02-5-1-0
Trailing After 2nd1-3-0-02-5-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents6-1-0-04-1-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents0-2-0-02-5-0-0
1-Goal Games0-3-0-03-1-1-0
2-Goal Games3-1-0-01-2-0-0
3-Goal Games1-0-0-00-1-0-0

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Royals Acquire G Jayden Sittler

ROYALS TRADE FOR JAYDEN SITTLER
Victoria acquires 1996-born goaltender from Kootenay.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that the club has acquired goaltender Jayden Sittler (1996) from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

Sittler joins the Royals after starting the 2014-15 season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). The 6-0, 184 lb netminder has played in four games for the Oil Barons, posting a 2-2-0 record with a goals against average (GAA) of 3.04 and a 0.903 save percentage (SV%).

The native of Red Deer, AB played in one game for the Ice last season, making 17 saves for the victory.

Sittler spent the past two seasons with Red Deer Optimist Chiefs of the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League (AMHL). During the 2013-14 season, Sittler registered a mark of 12-4-2 with a 2.03 GAA and a SV% of 0.913. In 2013 he was part of the Chiefs team that captured the Telus Cup.

Victoria is now home for a pair of games vs. the Vancouver Giants on Friday October 24th and Saturday October 25th. Friday’s contest marks the unveiling of the Royals third jersey, while Saturday’s game is the annual Pink in the Rink Night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Get your tickets today by calling 250-220-7777 or visiting at www.victoriaroyals.com 


Pro-rated Royals season ticket packages are still available and offer a host of fantastic benefits. Get more details by calling 250-220-7889 or visiting at www.victoriaroyals.com. Join the Royal family today.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Hicketts Named WHL Player Of The Week

ROYALS’ JOE HICKETTS NAMED DENNY’S WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Victoria defender records seven points in four games.

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 20, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Western Hockey League today announced that Victoria Royals’ defenceman Joe Hicketts has been named Denny’s WHL Player of the week.

Hicketts, an 18-year-old from Kamloops, BC recorded seven points (1g-6a) over the Royals’ four games last week to go along with four penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating on his way to the honour. The 5-8, 186 lb blueliner becomes the second player (Alex Gogolev, 2012-2013) in Victoria Royals team history to receive the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week award.

In eight games played so far in the month of October, Hicketts has notched 11 points (2g-9a) to go along with six minutes in penalties. Hicketts is tied for first in league scoring for defencemen with four goals and 11 assists in 11 games played.


Drafted by the Royals in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft as the club’s first ever draft pick, Hicketts has registered 63 points (16g-47a) over 115 games with Victoria.


Victoria now returns home for a pair of games vs. the Vancouver Giants on Friday October 24th and Saturday October 25th. Friday’s contest marks the unveiling of the Royals third jersey, while Saturday’s game is the annual Pink in the Rink Night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Get your tickets today by calling 250-220-7777 or visiting at www.victoriaroyals.com.  

ROYALS’ JOE HICKETTS Named 
Denny's WHL Player Of The Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Victoria Royals’ defenceman Joe Hicketts is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 19, 2014. 

Hicketts amassed a goal and six assists for seven points along with a plus-5 rating in four road games over the past week, helping the Royals post a 3-1-0-0 record in that span.

On Tuesday, October 14th, Hicketts recorded three assists in a 6-5 overtime victory over the Red Deer Rebels.  On Wednesday, October 15th, Hicketts scored his fourth goal of the season in a 3-2 defeat to the Edmonton Oil Kings.  On Friday, October 17th, he notched two assists, including setting up the game-winning goal, and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 4-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  On Saturday, October 18th, Hicketts extended his point streak to four games with an assist in a 4-0 shutout win over the Kootenay Ice.

Hicketts, an 18-year-old from Kamloops, B.C., is in his third season in the WHL with the Victoria Royals.  The 5’8”, 186-lb rearguard has amassed 16 goals and 62 points in 115 career regular-season contests, including four goals and 14 points in 11 games to start the 2014-15 season. The Royals’ first round pick, 12th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Hicketts recently signed a three-year entry-level NHL contract with the Detroit Red Wings after attending their training camp in September 2014.

The WHL has also nominated Payton Lee of the Vancouver Giants for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. An 18-year-old product of Cranbrook, B.C., Lee posted a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout in two starts over the past week, allowing just one goal on 50 shots for a 0.50 goals-against average and a .980 save percentage in that span.  On Friday, October 17th, Lee stopped all 23 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 3-0 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers.  On Saturday, October 18th, Lee made 26 saves on 27 shots to earn his sixth win of the season in a 9-1 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars.  Lee is in his third season in the WHL with the Giants, posting a 41-43-4-3 record with three shutouts in 94 career appearances.  He selected by the Giants in the second round, 28th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.  Lee is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Ivan Nikolishin, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Recap: Victoria 4 - Kootenay 0 Final

Brandon Magee had two assists in his return, while Coleman Vollrath made 27 saves to lead the visiting Victoria Royals to a 4-0 shut out of the Kootenay Ice.

“I thought our preparation tonight was outstanding…I really liked our first period." said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,

"That power play goal got us going and got us settled in and allowed us to play with a lead.” 

Victoria wraps up their 6 game in 9 night Central Division road trip on a two game win streak, and a 4 and 2 record taking 8 of a possible 12 points.

“When we left and we didn’t know when we were going to win one, I’m going to take the 8 points and be real happy going home .500.” said Lowry,

It was the Royals first win in Cranbrook in their 3rd try as the club improves to .500 on the season (6-6-1-0).

“It was important for us to win against Portland at home (before they left for the road trip) we were able to get on the road and win a couple games we probably didn’t deserve to, and tonight we finished it off with a game that was probably our best game from start to finish.”

Magee returned to the line up after serving a 12 game suspension, and assisted on a pair of goals :16 seconds apart by Brandon Fushimi and Axel Blomqvist, late in the middle frame to give the Royals a 3-0 lead.

“It was awesome to put those threads back over my shoulders, and put the uniform on…” said Magee who looked like he hadn’t missed a beat, “…in the second period I felt more comfortable and made a couple plays with Fushimi and Blomqvist and we were able to capitalize on them.”

The two quick, late goals changed the face of the game according to Lowry,

“The turning point in the game was the one shift where we scored two goals.  You bring a player of Magee’s magnitude back in the line up it’s going to give your club a lift – and tonight it was great for us.” According to Lowry

Travis Brown scored on the power play in the first in a period where Victoria outshot Kootenay 13-6.  Logan Fisher added a single in the third on Austin Carroll’s second assist on the night, putting the game out of reach.

Coleman Vollrath stood tall in his second career shut out, his first came against the same Ice last season in a 3-0 win on the Island.  Vollrath came through with 12 second period saves when Kootenay turned up the heat, preserving the 1-0 lead.  Wyatt Hofflin took the loss allowing 4 goals on 29 shots.

The Royals finished strong despite playing a stretch of 4 games in 5 nights.

“It’s amazing when you get your head into the game, and when you decide to play a certain way and play a certain way and stay within the parameters of our team game, it gives you an opportunity to win.” Said Lowry

Victoria was 1 for 4 on the power play, while blanking the opposition on two man advantages.

The Royals return home to open a 5 game home stand which begins with a pair of games against the rival Giants Friday and Saturday.

-Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 4 at Kootenay Ice 0 - Status: Final
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Western Financial Place - Cranbrook, BC

Victoria 1 2 1 - 4
Kootenay 0 0 0 - 0

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Brown 3 (Hicketts, Carroll), 14:03 (PP).

Penalties-Kanzig Vic (boarding), 9:18; Martin Ktn (hooking), 13:48; Legien Ktn (tripping), 16:45.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Fushimi 3 (Magee), 18:56.
3, Victoria, Blomqvist 4 (Magee, Kanzig), 19:11.

Penalties-Kanzig Vic (roughing), 14:45.

3rd Period-
4, Victoria, Fisher 2 (Carroll, Jarratt), 6:06.

Penalties-Descheneau Ktn (hooking), 0:37; Philp Ktn (high sticking), 9:30.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 13-6-10-29.
Kootenay 6-12-9-27.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Kootenay 0 / 2.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 5-5-1-0 (27 shots-27 saves).
Kootenay, Hoflin 3-5-0-0 (29 shots-25 saves).

A-2,042
Referees-Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Sean Donnelly (109), Michael Roberts (87).

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Preview: Victoria at Kootenay, Saturday Oct.18

The Victoria Royals (5-6-1-0) wrap up their 6 game in 9 night Central Divison road swing in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice (3-6) Saturday, in their only meeting of the year.

Pregame show at 5:40, puck drop at 6 on The Zone @ 91.3 fm or www.thezone.fm/whl

Tonight is the return of Victoria’s leading scorer from last season, Brandon Magee who has finished serving his 12 game suspension.

Montreal Canadiens draft pick, F Tim Bozon didn‘t make his return Friday due to a lower-body injury. Bozon's status is considered day-to-day according to the Daily Townsman in Cranbrook. In 63 games with Kamloops and Kootenay in the WHL in 2013-14, Bozon collected 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists).

Last season the Royals blanked the visiting Ice 3-0 on December 3rd.  Carroll, Magee and Nelson got the goals for Victoria who’s power play went 2 for 3.

Victoria is 3-2 on the road trip which started with a 3-2 win in Calgary, 8-2 loss in Medicine Hat, 6-5 overtime win at Red Deer, and 3-2 loss in Edmonton.

Friday night Axel Blomqvist scored twice to lead the Royals past the Hurricanes 4-2.  Tyler Soy broke a 2-2 third period tie, and Blomqvist added another just :37 seconds later.  Jack Walker and Soy had a goal and an assist each, while Joe Hicketts was the number star with 2 assists.  Coleman Vollrath earned the win with 20 saves.

The Kootenay Ice shut out the visiting Regina Pats 1-0 Friday night snapping a 4 game losing skid.  Wyatt Hoflin made 34 saves, and Troy Murray's second period power-play goal held up. Murray, is the younger brother of Columbus Blue Jackets D Ryan Murray. Murray's tally was also a WHL first as Kootenay improved to 2-0 on home ice this season.

Hoflin recorded his first career WHL shutout, as the the Ice were outshot 34-16 on the night.  He improved his record to 3-4-0 with a 3.22 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

The Ice had a short bench as five defencemen and 11 forwards dressed.

Tim Bozon, Vince Loschiavo and Rinat Valiev also missed the game due to injury.  Valiev, the Leafs 3rd round pick, missed his ninth game with a lower-body injury.

The Ice were also without defencemen Bryan Allbee and Dylan Overdyk, as well as forward Jared Legien. The trio missed Friday's game, due to team-imposed suspensions after violating team rules at Mount Baker High School earlier this week.

Thursday Team WHL for the 2014 Subway Super Series was announced, with Victoria defenseman, Joe Hicketts making roster.  Team WHL will be coached by Royals bench boss Dave Lowry, who will also serve as Assistant Coach for Team Canada at the World Juniors.  Team WHL will face Team Russia  November 10th and 11th in Saskatoon and Brandon respectively.

Hicketts becomes the fifth player from the Royals’ franchise to play in the SUBWAY ® Super Series. Forward Steven Hodges played for Team WHL in 2012, while forwards Kevin Sundher, Ryan Howse and Mark Santorelli competed at the event in 2011, 2010 and 2007, respectively.

Hicketts is 2nd in defenseman scoring in the league with 13 points in 10 games, 2 back of the Rockets Madison Bowey.

Kootenay forward Jaedon Descheneau, the Blues 5th round pick, made his 200th career WHL regular season appearance Friday. The 19 year-old was named to Team WHL for the second consecutive season for the the upcoming Subway Super Series against Russia earlier in the week.

After playing Kootenay, Victoria travels home to open a 5 game homestand with a pair against the Vancouver Giants next Friday and Saturday.

- Marlon Martens

KOOTENAY DRAFTED PLAYERS:

RINAT VALIEV - Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Round, 2014 NHL Draft),
JAEDON DESCHENEAU - St. Louis Blues (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft),
TANNER FAITH – Minnesota Wild (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft).

How the 2 teams match up
Kootenay
Victoria
Team Record3-6-0-0 -- 6 points5-6-1-0 -- 11 points
Division Ranking5th Central4th B.C.
Conference Ranking9th Eastern6th Western
League Ranking18th12th
Past 10 Games3-6-0-05-4-1-0
Streak1-0-0-01-0-0-0
Last Game1-0 W vs Regina (Oct 17 2014) Final4-2 W @ Lethbridge (Oct 17 2014) Final
Home Record2-0-0-02-1-1-0
Away Record1-6-0-03-5-0-0
GF20 37 
GA34 49 
PP (Overall)(5/33) 15.2(13/67) 19.4
PP (Home)(1/6) 16.7(4/20) 20.0
PP (Away)(4/27) 14.8(9/47) 19.1
PK (Overall)(7/37) 81.1(14/63) 77.8
PK (Home)(0/4) 100.0(4/16) 75.0
PK (Away)(7/33) 78.8(10/47) 78.7
Leading Rookie(0-0-0)Hannoun (1-2-3)
Most PIMSteenbergen - 20Crunk - 36
Team PIM/GM14.3/Game20.2/Game
Leading ScorersDescheneau (5-3-8)Carroll (8-6-14)
Philp (4-3-7)Hicketts (4-9-13)
Zborosky (2-3-5)Walker (5-7-12)
Murray (1-4-5)Soy (4-7-11)
Fleury (0-5-5)Brown (2-7-9)
Last 5 Games1-0 W vs Regina (Oct 17 2014) Final4-2 W @ Lethbridge (Oct 17 2014) Final
5-0 L @ Swift Current (Oct 10 2014) Final3-2 L @ Edmonton (Oct 15 2014) Final
3-1 L @ Moose Jaw (Oct 9 2014) Final6-5 W @ Red Deer (Oct 14 2014) Final OT
5-4 L @ Regina (Oct 8 2014) Final8-2 L @ Medicine Hat (Oct 11 2014) Final
6-4 L @ Calgary (Oct 4 2014) Final3-2 W @ Calgary (Oct 10 2014) Final
Leading After 1st1-2-0-02-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd1-1-0-01-1-0-0
Tied After 1st2-2-0-01-0-0-0
Tied After 2nd1-2-0-02-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st0-2-0-02-5-1-0
Trailing After 2nd1-3-0-02-5-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents0-0-0-03-1-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents3-6-0-02-5-0-0
1-Goal Games2-1-0-03-1-1-0
2-Goal Games1-3-0-01-2-0-0
3-Goal Games0-0-0-00-1-0-0

Friday, 17 October 2014

Recap: VIC 4 - LETH 2

Axel Blomqvist scored a pair of goals against his former club to lead the visiting Victoria Royals past the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-2 Friday night.

“Great feeling right now, really good to get this win for the boys and two goals for myself.  Good to show those guys over there – it was fun.” Said Blomqvist.

Victoria broke a 2-2 third period tie with a pair of goals :37 seconds apart by Tyler Soy and Blomqvist.

The Royals had built up a 2-0 lead on goals by Blomqvist in the first, and Jack Walker with the man advantage in the second.  The Hurricanes used a pair of power play goals to draw even in the middle frame, the second during a full two minute 5 on 3.

“Liked our first period, liked our third, didn’t like our second.  When we get drawn into the after whistle game, we’re not a very good team.  We were in control of the hockey game and we gave them life and a reason to continue to play.” Said Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“We have to get back to the mentality that when you have a two goal lead you’re looking for that third goal, you’re not looking for an opportunity to let these guys back into the game.”

Victoria went 1 for 4 with the man advantage, while Lethbridge was 2 for 5 in a game that had 4 fights and a total of 120 penalty minutes combined.

“I liked the emotion in the game but I don’t like the reason why the fights were happening…I like when the game is being played and there is an altercation or is a fight, it is result of a play on the ice.” Said Lowry

Walker and Soy had a goal and an assist each, while Hicketts, who was named to the roster of Team WHL Thursday, was the first star with a pair of helpers.

Giorgio Estephan and Tyler Wong got the singles for the Canes who fall to (1-6-0-1) and are now winless in 5.

Netminder Coleman Vollrath made 20 saves for the win, while Zac Robidoux allowed 4 goals on 33 shots.

Victoria did not all a shot against for the first 12 minutes of the game.

“We wanted to make sure we got through the first period and not spot a team 2, 3 goals.” Said Lowry, who’s club had given up the first goal in all four games of the road trip.

“Tonight I thought our guys did a really good job of managing the ice well, got in shooting lanes, and made it tough to get to our net.”

Ryan Gagnon was very physical, throwing three large hits, including dumping former Royals Zane Jones into Victoria’s bench.

Austin Carroll had his 9 game point and 8 game goal streak snapped.

Victoria improves (5-6-1-0) on the season and 3-2 on their Central Division road trip which started with a 3-2 win in Calgary, 8-2 loss in Medicine Hat, 6-5 overtime win at Red Deer, and 3-2 loss in Edmonton.

Not dressed was defenseman Marsel Ibragimov, forward Matthew Campese and Brandon Magee who served the final of his 12 game suspension.

The Royals wrap up 6 in 9, with the final of a 4 game in 5 night stretch Saturday against the Ice in Cranbrook.

“We’re going to build off the emotion that should be in the building with Magee coming back for our hockey club, and that’s something that moving forward is probably going to help us.”

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 4 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 - Status: Final
Friday, October 17, 2014 - Enmax Centre - Lethbridge, AB

Victoria 1 1 2 - 4
Lethbridge 0 2 0 - 2

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Blomqvist 2 (Fushimi, Jarratt), 19:00.

Penalties-Jensen Let (roughing), 3:19; Crunk Vic (major-fighting), 9:27; Folk Let (major-fighting), 9:27; Brown Vic (holding), 11:09.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Walker 5 (Soy, Hicketts), 3:59 (PP).
3, Lethbridge, Estephan 1 (Milekhin, Cooper), 11:23 (PP).
4, Lethbridge, Wong 1 (Sayers, Nielsen), 16:06 (PP).

Penalties-Amson Let (high sticking), 3:10; Dmytriw Vic (major-fighting, game-second fight), 4:33; Fisher Vic (major-fighting), 4:33; Nielsen Let (major-fighting), 4:33; Sheen Let (major-fighting, game-second fight), 4:33; Carroll Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 6:51; Walker Vic (major-fighting), 6:51; Jensen Let (major-fighting), 6:51; Kitt Let (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 6:51; Crunk Vic (interference), 10:01; Blomqvist Vic (slashing), 15:07; Carroll Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:07; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 19:00; Foulk Let (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 19:00; Wong Let (elbowing), 19:00.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Soy 4 (Hicketts, Walker), 6:39.
6, Victoria, Blomqvist 3   7:16.

Penalties-Cooper Let (checking from behind), 2:06; Kanzig Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 5:03; Kitt Let (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 5:03; Fisher Vic (hooking), 10:41.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 13-12-8-33.
Lethbridge 5-10-7-22.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Lethbridge 2 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 4-5-1-0 (22 shots-20 saves).
Lethbridge, Robidoux 0-4-0-0 (33 shots-29 saves).

A-2,726
Referees-Matt Cassidy (93), Jason Cramer (57).
Linesmen-Aidan Henderson (78), Jared Mackey (52).

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hicketts & Lowry to TEAM WHL

ROYALS’ DAVE LOWRY NAMED HEAD COACH OF TEAM WHL FOR SUBWAY® SUPER SERIES
Head Coach Dave Lowry named bench boss of Team WHL for SUBWAY ® Super Series.

For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that Head Coach Dave Lowry has been named the head coach of Team WHL for the upcoming SUBWAY® Super Series against Team Russia.

Since joining the Royals for the 2012-13 season, Lowry has posted an 87-56-4-8 regular season record as Victoria’s bench boss. In the eight year history of the franchise, Lowry holds the best record for a coach in his first two seasons with the club. He also holds the franchise record in playoff victories with seven.


Lowry recently completed his second season with the Royals and was named the 2013-14 WHL Coach of the Year after leading Victoria to a franchise-record 48-20-1-3 regular season. Last year, Lowry guided the Royals to numerous franchise records including wins (48) and points (100), breaking the records he established during his first season with the club. Lowry helped Victoria finish the season as the 10th ranked club in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings, while also guiding the franchise to its first playoff series victory.

ROYALS’ JOE HICKETTS NAMED TO TEAM WHL ROSTER FOR SUBWAY® SUPER SERIES
Victoria defender earns nod to Team WHL for SUBWAY ® Super Series.

For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals would like to congratulate defenceman Joe Hicketts who was today named to Team WHL’s roster for the upcoming SUBWAY ® Super Series against Team Russia.

Hicketts appointment to Team WHL comes after recording 11 points (4g-7a) in nine games so far this season for Victoria.

The product of Kamloops, BC is coming off of a summer that saw him sign a three-year entry level contract as a free agent with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Detroit Red Wings. Last season, Hicketts recorded six goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 36 games played for the Royals. He also tallied two assists in nine games during the 2014 Playoffs.

Drafted by the Royals in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft as the club’s first ever draft pick, Hicketts has registered 59 points (16g-43a) over 113 games with Victoria.

Hicketts becomes the fifth player from the Royals’ franchise to play in the SUBWAY ® Super Series. Forward Steven Hodges played for Team WHL in 2012, while forwards Kevin Sundher, Ryan Howse and Mark Santorelli competed at the event in 2011, 2010 and 2007, respectively.

The SUBWAY® Super Series features regional teams of CHL All-Stars competing against the Team Russia in a six-game event serving as an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The WHL hosts the first two games of the six-game series with the middle leg hosted by the OHL and the final two games played in the QMJHL. Last season the CHL prevailed with their ninth series win in 11 years of this event, earning a 10-8 victory in points which included three regulation wins, two losses, and one defeat by shootout.

Team WHL faces Team Russia for the first two games of the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series. Saskatoon will kick-off the series on Monday, November 10th while Brandon will welcome the WHL All-Stars and Team Russia for the second game on Tuesday, November 11th. The 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Bank of Montreal and Old Dutch. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet with QMJHL games shown on TVA Sports.

The schedule for the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series is as follows:
Game 1 – Monday, November 10 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 11 at Brandon, MB

Game 3 – Thursday, November 13 at Peterborough, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 17 at Kingston, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday, November 18 at Bathurst, NB
Game 6 – Thursday, November 20 at Rimouski, QC

The Royals wrap up their road trip with contests on Friday, October 17th vs. the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Saturday October 18th against the Kootenay Ice. Puck drop for both games are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


Victoria will then return home for a pair of games vs. the Vancouver Giants on Friday October 24th and Saturday October 25th. Friday’s contest marks the unveiling of the Royals third jersey, while Saturday’s game is the annual Pink in the Rink Night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Get your tickets today by calling 250-220-7777 or visiting at www.victoriaroyals.com.