Sunday, 21 September 2014

VIC 1 - VAN 3

Coleman Vollrath made 42 saves and gave his team a fighting chance, but the visiting Victoria Royals fell to the Vancouver Giants 3-1 Saturday.

The Royals dropped their first two games of the season, both on the road as they fell 6-3 in Kamloops Friday.

Saturday, Travis Brown scored the lone goal for Victoria on the power play as they opened the scoring, but a pair of Vancouver goals late in the first period just :39 seconds apart gave them the eventual game winner.

The Royals were still without 5 veterans away at NHL camps, and dressed 7 first year players.

There were two fights, Taylor Crunk squared off against Jack McClelland and Slovakian forward Kristian Ferletak went up against Matt Bellerieve.

Victoria was 1 for 6 on the power play, while shutting down all 5 Vancouver man advantages.

The G-men outshot the Royals 45-12.

It was the first of 10 meetings this season, and they’ll square off again next Sunday night in Vancouver at 5 pm.

The Royals hold their home opener this Friday as they entertain the Blazers for a pair of back to back games.


- Marlon Martens






ROYALS TOPPED BY GIANTS

Victoria falls 3-1 to Vancouver.
For Immediate Release
Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vancouver, BC- The Victoria Royals lost a 3-1 decision to the Vancouver Giants on Saturday night in Vancouver’s season opener at Pacific Coliseum.

Veteran goaltender Coleman Vollrath made his second consecutive start in goal for the Royals, while the Giants countered with Payton Lee between the pipes.

Victoria opened the scoring in the first period with a power play marker from defenceman Travis Brown. Vancouver answered back with two goals in 39 seconds for a 2-1 advantage after 20 minutes.
The Giants would add a third goal in the final frame to round out the scoring. Joel Hamilton scored the winning goal, while Tyler Morrison and Trevor Foster had the other tallies for Vancouver.

Victoria went 1/6=16.7% with the man advantage, while Vancouver went 0/5=0.0%.

Victoria scratched 20-year-olds Brandon Magee, and Austin Carroll along with regulars Keegan Kanzig, Joe Hicketts and Axel Blomqvist who were all away attending NHL training camps.

The Royals kick-off their 2014-15 home schedule with a Friday night clash versus the Kamloops Blazers on September 26th.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Interested in joining our Royal Family? Royals season ticket packages start at just $414 and offer a host of fantastic benefits including early entrance to home games, savings at the Royals team store, monthly e-newsletters, and first right of refusal on the same seats for the play-offs. Get the full details at www.victoriaroyals.com or by calling 250-220-7889.


Victoria Royals 1 at Vancouver Giants 3 - Status: Final
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC

Victoria 1 0 0 - 1
Vancouver 2 0 1 - 3

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Brown 2 (Reddekopp, Fushimi), 11:32 (PP).
2, Vancouver, Hamilton 1 (Stukel), 17:15.
3, Vancouver, Morrison 1 (Popoff), 17:54.

Penalties-Brumm Van (hooking), 2:16; Hamilton Van (high sticking, high sticking), 8:01; Bellerive Van (slashing), 11:09; Palmer Vic (tripping), 19:00.

2nd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Crunk Vic (major-fighting), 3:28; McClelland Van (major-fighting), 3:28; Gagnon Vic (checking from behind), 13:31.

3rd Period-
4, Vancouver, Foster 1 (Benson, Morrison), 10:59.

Penalties-Popoff Van (tripping), 0:34; Soy Vic (tripping), 2:29; Brown Vic (roughing), 8:59; Sward Van (roughing), 8:59; Fisher Vic (cross checking), 12:25; served by Oleksyn Vic (too many men), 14:41; Foster Van (slashing), 16:20; Ferletak Vic (major-fighting), 19:36; Bellerive Van (major-fighting), 19:36.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 4-6-2-12.
Vancouver 11-18-16-45.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Vancouver 0 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 0-2-0-0 (45 shots-42 saves).
Vancouver, Lee 1-0-0-0 (12 shots-11 saves).

A-5,793
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Mark Pearce (5).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Nathan Van Oosten (115).

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Preview: Victoria at Vancouver, Sat. Sept 20th

The Victoria Royals (0-1) visit the Vancouver Giants Saturday night, looking for their first win of the season after falling 6-3 in their season opener in Kamloops Friday.

Pregame show on the Zone @ 91.3 or online at www.thezone.fm at 6:40, puck drop 7pm.

It’s the home opener for the Giants, who beat the Royals in exhbition by a score of 3-0.

It’s also the regular season debut for their new bench boss Troy Ward, a name Victoria fans are familiar with from his days coaching the Salmon Kings.  He was previously with the AHL Abbotsford Heat.

Last year, both clubs earned 5-4-1 records against each other, and will face each other a total of 10 times again this season.

The G-men won 32 games overall, finishing 7th in the Conference and bowing out in 4 to the Winterhawks.

Vancouver will be without their leading goal scorer from last season, Jackson Houck who’s in main camp with Edmonton, and defenseman Mason Geertson, attending Colorado’s.

The Giants will have three 20 year olds dressed in Dalton Sward, Joe Hamilton and Matt Bellerieve.  Graduating players include Tim Traber (Pro-Swiss), Dalton Thrower (Montreal) and Cain Franson (66pts).  Defenseman Brett Kulak is with the Flames.

1st overall selection in 2013, Tyler Benson will begin his rookie campaign after scoring 95 points in 49 games with Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence.  It will be the 2nd season for defenseman Dmitry Osipov, taken 1st overall in the 2013 CHL Import draft from Russia.

The Royals will dress a very similar and young line up, with 7 newcomers in the fold, as 5 players are still away at NHL Main Camps.

In Calgary it’s Brandon Magee (f/a), Austin Carroll (7th rd) and Keegan Kanzig (signed).  Axel Blomqvist (signed) with Winnipeg and Joe Hicketts (f/a) with Detroit.

Friday night in Kamloops, the Blazers jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on the Royals and never let up in the 6-3 win.

Mitch Skapski and Travis Brown tallied a goal and assist each, while 16 year old defenseman Ralph Jarratt notched his first WHL goal.

Coleman Vollrath and Evan Smith split the goaltending duties.  The Royals edged the Blazers 33-32 in shots as both clubs struck once with man advantage.

Saturday night Victoria looks to get into the win column and avenge the preseason game loss to Vancouver at the Pacific Colesium.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Vancouver Giants: Head To Head Stats
Summary

Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 5-4-0-1Vancouver 5-4-1-0
Head to Head Record 2012-13 Regular SeasonVictoria 7-3-0-0Vancouver 3-7-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 23-24-1-2Vancouver 27-22-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 13-10-0-2Vancouver 12-12-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VancouverVictoria 10-14-1-0Vancouver 15-10-0-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 2 @ Vancouver 3 (Mar 12 2014) Final
Victoria 3 @ Vancouver 2 (Feb 10 2014) Final
Vancouver 2 @ Victoria 3 (Feb 1 2014) Final OT
Vancouver 5 @ Victoria 4 (Jan 31 2014) Final SO
Victoria 3 @ Vancouver 1 (Jan 25 2014) Final
Victoria 2 @ Vancouver 3 (Dec 10 2013) Final
Vancouver 7 @ Victoria 4 (Dec 7 2013) Final
Vancouver 2 @ Victoria 4 (Dec 6 2013) Final
Vancouver 2 @ Victoria 1 (Sep 21 2013) Final
Victoria 4 @ Vancouver 2 (Sep 20 2013) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Vancouver
Victoria
Team Record32-29-7-4 -- 75 points48-20-1-3 -- 100 points
Division Ranking3rd B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking7th Western3rd Western
League Ranking16th6th
Past 10 Games3-6-0-16-4-0-0
Streak0-2-0-00-3-0-0
Last Game5-3 L @ Kelowna (Mar 15 2014) Final3-2 L @ Everett (Mar 15 2014) Final
Home Record19-16-0-122-11-1-2
Away Record13-13-7-326-9-0-1
GF234 238 
GA248 181 
PP (Overall)(71/293) 24.2(61/297) 20.5
PP (Home)(37/145) 25.5(33/153) 21.6
PP (Away)(34/148) 23.0(28/144) 19.4
PK (Overall)(61/312) 80.4(53/284) 81.3
PK (Home)(31/156) 80.1(29/146) 80.1
PK (Away)(30/156) 80.8(24/138) 82.6
Leading RookieEder (2-1-3)Dykstra (1-0-1)
Most PIMTraber - 162Carroll - 114
Team PIM/GM15.8/Game13.9/Game
Leading ScorersPopoff (13-51-64)Magee (25-42-67)
Franson (30-33-63)Carroll (34-23-57)
Houck (34-27-61)Blomqvist (24-32-56)
Kulak (14-46-60)Walker (24-30-54)
Hamilton (13-33-46)Nelson (23-31-54)

VIC 3 - KAM 6

The Kamloops Blazers doubled up the visiting Victoria Royals 6-3 Friday night in both clubs season openers.

“Their goalie did play well, he outplayed our goalies, their top players out played ours…" Said head coach Dave Lowry,

Kamloops held period leads of 3-0 and 4-2.

“We didn’t do enough to win a hockey game, and it was evident in our start.”

Victoria was short a defenseman and had 7 first year players dressed, while 5 skaters were still away at NHL camps.

“Tonight their was good opportunity on the table for some of our young guys and some of our older guys.  Some guys did a good job, and some are going to have be a heck of a lot better tomorrow.”

The Royals were missing 20-year-olds Brandon Magee, and Austin Carroll along with regulars Keegan Kanzig, Joe Hicketts and Axel Blomqvist who were all away attending NHL training camps

Kamloops was without Chase Souto (inj), and Ryan Rehill away at New Jersey camp.

Victoria outshot Kamloops 33-32, with netminder Bolton Pouliot credited with the win.

“We generated some good quality chances, but when it’s a clear shot, he’s going to stop it.” Said Lowry

Smith replaced Vollrath by Quigley
Coleman Vollrath was replaced by Evan Smith mid way through the second after allowing 4 goals on 14 shots.

Victoria was 1 for 6 on the power play, and did not allow Kamloops a man advantage in the final two periods, as the Blazers went 1 for 4.

Mitch Skapski and Travis Brown had a goal and assist each for the Royals, while 16 year old defenseman Ralph Jarratt scored his first WHL goal.

In the first minute Matt Revel batted a rebound out of the air past Vollrath, Josh Connolly fired a rising shot in on the power play and Matt Needham knocked in a puck which bounced out front after it came off the back glass.

Jarratt scored his 1st WHL Goal. Credit: Quigley
Brandon Fushimi was stoned on a shorthanded breakaway by Pouliot, seconds after Logan Fisher had a good opportunity down a man.

Victoria would respond in the second as Mitch Skapski would bury a rebound.  Rookie Jake Kryski would again extend the lead to three as he fired in his first WHL goal coming down the wing, sending Vollrath to the bench midway through the period.

Royals 16 year old rookie defenseman Ralph Jarratt fired a puck from the point that found it’s way past Pouliot for his 1st WHL goal in his first game and Victoria was again to within 2.

Ryan Gagnon had a dust up with Luke Harrison in the middle frame.

Revel added his second of the game in the third, before Brown ripped a shot top corner on the power play for Victoria.  Cole Ully found the top corner as well for Kamloops to round out the scoring.

The Royals now take on the Giants in Vancouver Saturday night in the G-men’s home opener.

Victoria’s home opener is next Friday as they entertain Kamloops for a pair of weekend games.

-Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Kamloops Blazers 6 - Status: Final
Friday, September 19, 2014 - Interior Savings Centre - Kamloops, BC

Victoria 0 2 1 - 3
Kamloops 3 1 2 - 6

1st Period-
1, Kamloops, Revel 1 (Shirley, Ully), 0:52.
2, Kamloops, Connolly 1 (Gaudet, Sideroff), 5:40 (PP).
3, Kamloops, Needham 1 (Connolly, Kryski), 16:14.

Penalties-Kryski Kam (hooking), 2:50; Brown Vic (holding), 4:07; Fushimi Vic (hooking), 5:40; Gagnon Vic (charging), 14:14; Brown Vic (hooking), 18:57; Crunk Vic (elbowing), 20:00; Needham Kam (boarding, roughing), 20:00.

2nd Period-
4, Victoria, Skapski 1 (Palmer, Brown), 2:03.
5, Kamloops, Kryski 1 (Shynkaruk, Pouliot), 11:04.
6, Victoria, Jarratt 1 (Skapski), 11:51.

Penalties-Maier Kam (hooking), 2:16; Gagnon Vic (major-fighting), 5:36; Harrison Kam (major-fighting), 5:36.

3rd Period-
7, Kamloops, Revel 2 (Ully, Harrison), 3:25.
8, Victoria, Brown 1 (Fushimi, Soy), 6:56 (PP).
9, Kamloops, Ully 1 (Connolly), 12:02.

Penalties-Fora Kam (elbowing), 5:49; Reagan Kam (tripping), 13:07; Harrison Kam (kneeing), 16:15.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 7-14-12-33.
Kamloops 10-12-10-32.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Kamloops 1 / 4.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 0-1-0-0 (14 shots-10 saves); Smith 0-0-0-0 (18 shots-16 saves).
Kamloops, Pouliot 1-0-0-0 (33 shots-30 saves).

A-4,421
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Dexter Rasmussen (25).
Linesmen-Riley Balson (46), Spencer Lockert (84).


ROYALS FALL TO BLAZERS IN SEASON OPENER
Victoria drops 6-3 decision to Kamloops.

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 19, 2014

Kamloops, BC- The Victoria Royals dropped a 6-3 result to the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night in the teams’ opening game of the 2014-15 WHL Regular Season at Interior Savings Centre.

Veteran goaltender Coleman Vollrath got the start in net for the Royals while rookie Evan Smith replaced him midway thru the second period.

Kamloops jumped out to 3-0 lead thru one period of play on goals by Matt Revel, Josh Connolly, and Matt Needham. Teams exchanged goals the rest of the way with Mitch Skapski, Ralph Jarratt and Travis Brown scoring for the Royals. Jarratt’s tally was the first of his WHL career. Jake Kryski, Revel, and Cole Ully had the other markers for the Blazers.

Vollrath stopped 10 of 14 shots he faced, while Evan Smith turned away 16 of 18 shots in relief for the Royals. Blazers’ netminder Bolton Pouliot made 30 saves on 33 shots for the win.

Victoria went 1/6=16.7% on the power play, while Kamloops went 1/4=25.0%.

The Royals were missing 20-year-olds Brandon Magee, and Austin Carroll along with regulars Keegan Kanzig, Joe Hicketts and Axel Blomqvist who were all away attending NHL training camps

Victoria now heads to Vancouver tomorrow for a match-up against the Giants. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Royals kick-off their 2014-15 home schedule with a Friday night clash versus the Kamloops Blazers on September 26th.  Interested in joining our Royal Family? Royals season ticket packages start at just $414 and offer a host of fantastic benefits including early entrance to home games, savings at the Royals team store, monthly e-newsletters, and first right of refusal on the same seats for the play-offs. Get the full details at www.victoriaroyals.com or by calling 250-220-7889.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Preview: Victoria at Kamloops, Friday Sept. 19

The Victoria Royals head into their 4th campaign on the Island after a record setting season.

Pregame show on The Zone @ 91.3 fm at 6:40, with puck drop at 7pm.  www.thezone.fm

A franchise best 100 points, and 48 wins.  First ever playoff series victory with a  sweep of the Spokane Chiefs, only to fall in 5 to the Portland Winterhawks.

Bench Boss Dave Lowry was rewarded with WHL Coach Of The Year honours, and recently signed a contract extension.  GM Cam Hope was name Executive of the Year.

Lowry was later named an assistant Coach for Team Canada for the upcoming World Juniors.

The Royals lost some veterans as they graduated Captain Jordan Fransoo, Logan Nelson who’s off to New York Rangers Main Camp, and Ben Walker who’s been assigned to St. John’s, the Winnipeg Jets affiliate in the AHL.

Netminder Patrik Polivka signed a pro contract in his home country.

Steven Hodges got signed by the Florida Panthers and later had his rights traded to Tri City as the 20 year old has a great chance of playing Pro.

19 year old defenseman Brett Cote was traded to Red Deer at the Bantam Draft.

Victoria’s leading goal getter and penalty minute leader Austin Carroll was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 7th round.

Many players were busy in the off season competing on the world’s stage.  Joe Hicketts earned a Bronze Medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship, and the Royals Rookie of the Year 17 year old Tyler Soy won Gold at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The CHL import draft brought over the fleet footed, and gritty Slovakian forward Kristian Ferletak.

Five Royals are now at NHL Main Camps, including Carroll, Brandon Magee, and Keegan Kanzig for the Flames, Joe Hicketts is off to Detroit Red Wings camp, while Axel Blomqvist who could play for Team Sweden at the World Juniors is attending the camp for the Winnipeg Jets.

Defenseman Travis Brown returned from Ottawa Senators camp and will head up a defence corps that allowed the second-fewest number of goals in the WHL last year.

With plenty of talent returning, the Royals aim to remain at the top of the B.C. Division.  Up front, the Royals could return four of their top six scorers from last season, including feisty Brandon Magee who’s beginning his 12 game suspension from an incident in the final game of the playoffs versus Portland.  Big power forwards Austin Carroll and Axel Blomqvist will also be counted upon for offense.

17-year-old Tyler Soy impressed in his rookie season last year, and is a good bet for a much bigger role in the attack.

Joe Hicketts will look to put last year’s injury woes behind him while Keegan Kanzig and Ryan Gagnon add toughness and defensive strength to the blue line.

19-year-old Coleman Vollrath takes over the top job in the Royals’ goal after posting 20 wins and a WHL-best .928 save percentage in 34 games last year.  Michael Herringer was traded to Saskatoon, leaving 6'6 Colorado netminder Evan Smith in the back up role.

Friday night they begin the season on the road in Kamloops to take on former Vancouver Head Coach Don Hay, back behind their bench for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

They met once in exhibition, with Kamloops coming away with a 3-2 overtime victory.  Last season Victoria owned the set, winning 7 of 8 games.

Kamloops did not make the playoffs last year winning just 14 of 72 games (14-53-2-3) 33pts.

The Blazers may be without their leading scorer from last year, 19-year-old Cole Ully who’s attending Dallas Stars camp.  Defenseman Ryan Rehill at New Jersey’s.  Forward Matt Revel was returned from a free agent try out by the Canucks.  Colin Shirley also attended Stars camp on a free agent try-out.

Saanichton’s Nathan Looysen is no longer with the Blazers, and has joined the Victoria Grizzles.

Dallas Stars prospect Cole Ully will once again be the focal point of the Blazers’ offense after coming off a 30-goal, 72-point season.  Veterans Matt Needham, Matt Revel and Collin Shirley will also contribute offense for Kamloops, while 17-year-old Nick Chyzowski should take a step forward in his development.

Defensively, 20-year-old Brady Gaudet returns to the team that drafted him and will lead the Blazers’ blue line.  Veteran Josh Connolly can provide plenty of offense from the point while physical and strong Ryan Rehill will have to keep things organized in the defensive zone.

20-year-old goaltender Bolton Pouliot looks to be the Blazers’ No. 1 netminder.  With 85 games of WHL experience under his belt, Pouliot will provide a stable presence in net.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Kamloops Blazers: Head To Head Stats
Summary

  
Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2014 PreseasonVictoria 0-0-1-0Kamloops 1-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 7-1-0-0Kamloops 1-7-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 20-17-1-2Kamloops 20-17-1-2
Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 13-5-1-1Kamloops 7-11-0-2
Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at KamloopsVictoria 7-12-0-1Kamloops 13-6-1-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonKamloops 3 @ Victoria 2 (Sep 6 2014) Final OT

How the 2 teams match up: Preseason

   
 
Kamloops
Victoria
Team Record4-1-0-0 -- 8 points2-3-2-0 -- 6 points
Division Ranking1st B.C.4th B.C.
Conference Ranking2nd Western9th Western
League Ranking3rd17th
Past 10 Games4-1-0-02-3-2-0
Streak3-0-0-01-0-0-0
Last Game4-3 W vs Prince George (Sep 12 2014) Final OT3-2 W @ Kelowna (Sep 13 2014) Final
Home Record2-0-0-00-1-1-0
Away Record2-1-0-02-2-1-0
GF17 14 
GA15 18 
PP (Overall)(3/18) 16.7(7/49) 14.3
PP (Home)(2/9) 22.2(0/13) 0.0
PP (Away)(1/9) 11.1(7/36) 19.4
PK (Overall)(4/29) 86.2(2/27) 92.6
PK (Home)(3/13) 76.9(1/6) 83.3
PK (Away)(1/16) 93.8(1/21) 95.2
Leading RookieMaier (1-2-3)Peckford (1-1-2)
Most PIMMaier - 10Brown - 8
Team PIM/GM14.2/Game11.4/Game
Leading ScorersUlly (3-3-6)Soy (2-3-5)
 Zaharichuk (2-3-5)Dmytriw (3-1-4)
 Kryski (2-2-4)Campese (2-0-2)
 Maier (1-2-3)Blomqvist (1-1-2)
 Needham (1-2-3)Peckford (1-1-2)
Last 5 Games4-3 W vs Prince George (Sep 12 2014) Final OT3-2 W @ Kelowna (Sep 13 2014) Final
 5-1 W @ Vancouver (Sep 7 2014) Final3-0 L vs Vancouver (Sep 11 2014) Final
 3-2 W @ Victoria (Sep 6 2014) Final OT4-1 W @ Kelowna (Sep 7 2014) Final
 5-0 L @ Kelowna (Aug 30 2014) Final3-2 L vs Kamloops (Sep 6 2014) Final OT
 5-4 W vs Vancouver (Aug 29 2014) Final SO3-1 L @ Tri-City (Aug 31 2014) Final

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Lowry Contract Ext & Mem Cup Bid Withdrawl

Victoria Royals GM Cam Hope made 2 announcements today, extending Head Coach Dave Lowry's contract and the club withdrawing their host bid for the 2016 Memorial Cup.




The Royals also cleared up their back up netminding situation by sending Michael Herringer to Saskatoon for a conditional pick, leaving 6'6 Colorado product Evan Smith (17yr) to back up Coleman Vollrath.


Victoria opens the season on the road starting in Kamloops Friday and Vancouver Saturday.

ROYALS INK DAVE LOWRY TO CONTRACT EXTENSION
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that Dave Lowry has agreed to a multi-year contract extension as the team’s head coach

Since joining the Royals for the 2012-13 season, Lowry has posted an 83-50-3-8 regular season record as Victoria’s bench boss. In the eight year history of the Royals/Chilliwack Bruins 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.

We’re very happy to have agreed to a contract extension with Dave Lowry,” General Manager Cameron Hope said. “Dave has established a winning culture here, and the success we’ve enjoyed in Victoria over the past two seasons is a direct reflection of his approach, and the hard work of our coaching staff.”

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.

Prior to his time on Vancouver Island, Lowry spent three years in Calgary where he was an Assistant Coach of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Calgary Flames. During his three seasons with the Flames, Lowry worked under Brent Sutter and helped lead the team to a record of 118-90-38.

Before joining the Flames in the 2009-10 season, Lowry had spent the previous four years working with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Calgary Hitmen. During the 2008-09 WHL season, Lowry took on the role of Head Coach and guided the team to a WHL-best 122 points with a 59-9-3-1 record as well as an Eastern Conference Title.

The Ottawa, ON native joined the Hitmen as an Assistant Coach in 2005-06 and was promoted to Associate Coach for the 2007-08 WHL season before being named Head Coach at the beginning of the 2008-09 campaign. During his four years with the Hitmen, Lowry helped guide the team to a regular season record of 192-77-10-13 while earning a playoff spot each season. The Hitmen gathered a playoff record of 38-27 and made appearances in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final each season Lowry was behind the bench

The Royals kick-off their 2014-15 home schedule with a Friday night clash versus the Kamloops Blazers on September 26th.  Interested in joining our Royal Family? Royals season ticket packages start at just $414 and offer a host of fantastic benefits including early entrance to home games, savings at the Royals team store, monthly e-newsletters, and first right of refusal on the same seats for the play-offs. Get the full details at www.victoriaroyals.com or by calling 250-220-7889. 

Herringer Traded to Saskatoon



ROYALS ACQUIRE CONDITIONAL DRAFT PICK IN TRADE WITH BLADES
Victoria trades goaltender Michael Herringer to Saskatoon.

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals today announced that the club has acquired a conditional draft pick from the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for 18-year-old goaltender Michael Herringer.

Herringer was originally selected by the Royals in the ninth round, 188th Overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. The native of Comox, BC played in two games for the Royals during the 2012-13 regular season, posting a 1-0-0-0 mark to go along with 2.39 GAA and a save percentage of 0.925.


The Royals kick-off their 2014-15 home schedule with a Friday night clash versus the Kamloops Blazers on September 26th.  Interested in joining our Royal Family? Royals season ticket packages start at just $414 and offer a host of fantastic benefits including early entrance to home games, savings at the Royals team store, monthly e-newsletters, and first right of refusal on the same seats for the play-offs. Get the full details at www.victoriaroyals.com or by calling 250-220-7889. 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

VIC 3 - KEL 2 (Exhibition)

The Victoria Royals (2-3-2-0) wrapped up the preseason on high note with a 3-2 win over the Rockets in Kelowna (2-4) Saturday night.

The Royals overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a 3 goal, 2nd period, including a pair of power play goals.

Despite getting down by a couple, we found a way.” – said Head coach Dave Lowry, “I really like the way that we were able to get our game back in and really start to compete…”

Coleman Vollrath earned the victory with 21 saves while his counterpart, rookie Jake Morrisey allowed 3 of 19 shots in the loss.

The Royals got back in the win column after being shut out at home by the Giants Thursday night.

“I thought we responded a lot better than we did on Thursday and that’s something that we talked about, regardless of our line up…”

The Rockets dressed a more veteran line up including three 20 year olds, while the Royals were missing all their overagers to NHL Camps, 6 in total.  They dressed 12 regulars and 7 newcomers.

Victoria got goals from 16 year olds Jared Dmytriw and Matthew Campese, while 17 year old Tyler Soy picked up a goal and assist including the winner.

“It was unlucky to get those two goals against us right away, but we’re a tough team, we battled back and got better as the game went along.” said Soy

17 year old Forward Regan Nagy dropped the mitts with Kelowna defenseman Jesse Lees in a spirited affair.

“Not bad for the first one (fight) of the year…” grinned Nagy who looks to crack the roster this season as a strong two-way player.

“I just try to come to the rink and work my hardest, even for practice…and try to prove that I’m ready for the league and can handle myself out there.”

The animosity has definitely picked up between the two clubs.

We know that every time we play them, we have to be emotionally dialed in, and we have to be ready to compete.” Said Lowry “…Kelowna is team that we want to get to where they are.  They were the top team, not only in our league, but in our country for a good portion of last season.

Victoria picked up wins in two of their final three exhibition games ending with a record of 2-3-2-0.

“We ended on a strong note,” said Soy, “…Which is good for us going into (next weekend)…hopefully we can roll this into the regular season.” 

Victoria opens their 4th campaign on the road this Friday in Kamloops and Saturday in Vancouver, with their first home game Friday Sept. 26th against the Blazers.

We’ve got a lot of work to do…” said Lowry about what lies ahead this week.

“We’re going to prepare like this line up tonight, is the line up that we’ll start next weekend with, and we better be sure we’re all dialed in and we all understand what are roles and responsibilities will be.”

- Marlon Martens

Victoria, Vollrath 1-1-1-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
Kelowna, Morrissey 0-2-0-0 (19 shots-16 saves).

Victoria Royals 3 at Kelowna Rockets 2 - Status: Final
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 0 3 0 - 3
Kelowna 2 0 0 - 2

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Schmidli 1 (Merkley, Johansen), 0:32.
2, Kelowna, Heffley 3 (Lees, Chizen), 2:18.

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (charging), 2:26; Chizen Kel (hooking), 6:31; Kohlhauser Vic (elbowing), 15:14.

2nd Period-
3, Victoria, Dmytriw 3 (Fushimi), 4:09.
4, Victoria, Campese 2 (Soy, Reddekopp), 12:41 (PP).
5, Victoria, Soy 2 (Hannoun), 19:04 (PP).

Penalties-Campese Vic (hooking), 0:55; Lees Kel (interference), 12:17; Merkley Kel (cross checking), 12:54; Martin Kel (holding), 18:04.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (elbowing), 0:26; Merkley Kel (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 0:26; Nagy Vic (major-fighting, game misconduct), 6:26; Lees Kel (slashing, major-fighting, game misconduct), 6:26; Reddekopp Vic (elbowing), 15:11; Crunk Vic (cross checking), 19:34.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 4-9-6-19.
Kelowna 6-9-8-23.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 5;
Kelowna 0 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 1-1-1-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
Kelowna, Morrissey 0-2-0-0 (19 shots-16 saves).

A-2,808
Referees-Kyle Kowalski (15), Fraser Lawrence (10).
Linesmen-Dave McMahon, Ward Pateman (124).

ROYALS DOWN ROCKETS
Victoria rallies from two goals behind in 3-2 win over Kelowna.

For Immediate Release
Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kelowna, BC- The Victoria Royals erased a two goal deficit to edge the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 on Saturday night at Prospera Place in the teams’ final game of the 2014 WHL Pre-Season.

Victoria once again dressed a mix of regulars (12) and rookies (7) in their line-up. Veteran goaltender Coleman Vollrath made his second consecutive start of the pre-season for the Royals, while the Rockets started Jake Morrissey in net.

The Rockets led 2-0 thru one period of play on goals by winger’s Kris Schmidli and Colton Heffley. Kelowna would hold the lead until Victoria found the back of the net three times in the middle frame to round out the scoring.  Tyler Soy scored the winning goal, with the other markers coming from rookies’ Jared Dmytriw and Matthew Campese.

Royals’ netminder Vollrath stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced for the win. Goaltender Morrissey turned away 16 of 19 shots for the Rockets.

Victoria went 2/5=40.0%, with the extra attacker while Kelowna went 0/5=0.0%

Victoria scratched 20-year-olds Travis Brown, Brandon Magee, and Austin Carroll along with regulars Keegan Kanzig, Joe Hicketts and Axel Blomqvist who were all away attending NHL Rookie camps.

The Royals open the 2014-15 WHL Regular Season on the road with contest’s vs. the Kamloops Blazers on Friday September 19th and the Vancouver Giants on Saturday September 20th. Puck drop for both games is at 7:00 p.m.

The Royals kick-off their 2014-15 home schedule with a Friday night clash versus the Kamloops Blazers on September 26th.  Interested in joining our Royal Family? Royals season ticket packages start at just $414 and offer a host of fantastic benefits including early entrance to home games, savings at the Royals team store, monthly e-newsletters, and first right of refusal on the same seats for the play-offs. Get the full details at www.victoriaroyals.com or by calling 250-220-7889.