Thursday, 23 April 2015

HICKETTS: Assigned to AHL Grand Rapids Griffins

ROYALS’ JOE HICKETTS ASSIGNED TO GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS
Victoria defender joins the Griffins of the American Hockey League.

For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that Joe Hicketts has been reassigned to the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Grand Rapids Griffins by the Detroit Red Wings for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

Hicketts was signed to a three-year entry level contract as a free agent by Detroit last September after he attended the Red Wings’ development camp and the 2014 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, MI.

This season, Hicketts led the Western Conference in scoring for defencemen and finished second in the WHL with 64 points (12g-52a) in 62 games played. The 5-8, 175 lb. blueliner set the Royals’ single season record for most assists with 52 and also recorded the franchise mark for most powerplay assists by a defender in a campaign with 27. At the end of the 2014-15 regular season he became the first Royal and third player in franchise history to be named to a WHL All-Star Team.

In January, Hicketts, along with Royals’ Head Coach Dave Lowry helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2015 World Junior Championships. In seven tournament games with Team Canada, Hicketts recorded three assists to go along with a plus-3 rating and two penalty minutes. Hicketts also skated in two games for Team WHL in this year’s SUBWAY Super Series against Team Russia and registered one goal and one assist.

The native of Kamloops, BC sits second in Royals/Bruins all-time franchise scoring for defencemen with 112 points (24g-88a) in 166 career WHL games.

Season Tickets for the 2015-16 Royals season are on sale now. Take advantage of our exclusive Early Bird offer to new and returning season ticket holders. Sign up before April 30th to receive a $30 dollar gift certificate to the Royals’ team store. To arrange a meeting to pick your seats please call 250-220-7889 or visit the Victoria Royals ticket office at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

CHASE: Joins AHL Oklahoma City Barons

ROYALS’ GREG CHASE JOINS OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS
Victoria forward assigned to the American Hockey League’s Barons.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that Greg Chase has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons by the Edmonton Oilers for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

Chase was drafted by Edmonton in the seventh round, 188th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and signed a three-year entry level deal with the Oilers this past September. During the 2013-14 season, Chase appeared in five games with the Barons and registered one goal.

A native of Sherwood Park, AB, Chase was acquired from the Calgary Hitmen in November of this season. In 61 games with the Royals and Hitmen, Chase notched 20 goals and 39 assists for 59 points. The 1995-born forward also notched 11 points (7g-4a) in 10 post-season contests with Victoria.

The 6-0, 188lb centre has recorded 221 points (78g-143) in 265 career WHL games to go along with 32 points (15g-17a) in 38 playoff appearances.

Season Tickets for the 2015-16 Royals season are on sale now. Take advantage of our exclusive Early Bird offer to new and returning season ticket holders. Sign up before April 30th to receive a $30 dollar gift certificate to the Royals’ team store. To arrange a meeting to pick your seats please call 250-220-7889 or visit the Victoria Royals ticket office at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.


VOLLRATH: Joins ECHL Ontario Reign

ROYALS’ COLEMAN VOLLRATH JOINS THE ECHL’S ONTARIO REIGN
Victoria goaltender signs an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Reign.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that Coleman Vollrath has joined the ECHL’s Ontario Reign on an Amateur Tryout Agreement.

The product of Calgary, AB recently completed his third WHL season with the Victoria Royals and posted a 28-15-3-1 record with a goals against average (GAA) of 2.99, a save percentage (SV%) of 0.905 and six shutouts.

The 1995-born goaltender set the franchise’s all-time record for shutouts in a season and also extended Victoria’s all-time franchise mark for team shutouts in a campaign to eight.

In 114 career WHL games, Vollrath has registered a mark of 52-35-4-4 to go along with seven shutouts, a 2.88 GAA, and a 0.909 SV%.

Vollrath was selected by the Chilliwack Bruins in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft in the third round, 55th overall.


Season Tickets for the 2015-16 Royals season are on sale now. Take advantage of our exclusive Early Bird offer to new and returning season ticket holders. Sign up before April 30th to receive a $30 dollar gift certificate to the Royals’ team store. To arrange a meeting to pick your seats please call 250-220-7889 or visit the Victoria Royals ticket office at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

SOY JOINS TEAM CANADA

ROYALS’ TYLER SOY JOINS TEAM CANADA
Victoria forward named to national team for Under-18 World Championships.

For Immediate Release
Sunday, April 19, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals would like to congratulate forward Tyler Soy who has been added to Team Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team roster for the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship, taking place between April 16-26 in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland.

Soy rejoins Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for the third time. The 5-11, 172 lb centre won a gold medal with Team Canada Under-18’s at the 2014 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Soy also helped Team Pacific capture a silver medal at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. 

The native of Cloverdale, BC completed his second season with the Royals in which he posted 63 points (28g-35a) over 69 games played. Named the club’s 2014-15 Coca-Cola Unsung Hero, Soy also notched two goals and five assists in 10 contests during the 2015 WHL Playoffs.

Soy was selected by the Royals with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Season Tickets for the 2015-16 Royals season are on sale now. Take advantage of our exclusive Early Bird offer to new and returning season ticket holders. Sign up before April 30th to receive a $30 dollar gift certificate to the Royals’ team store. To arrange a meeting to pick your seats please call 250-220-7889 or visit the Victoria Royals ticket office at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Recap: VIC 3 - KEL 7 [Series 4-1 Rockets]


The Victoria Royals fourth season came to a close Friday night, falling 4 games to 1 to the host Kelowna Rockets after a 7-3 loss.

“Disappointed…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry, on the 5 game, second round exit,

“I thought we left too much on the table.  Game 2 (overtime loss in Kelowna) you feel might be a critical turning point, and I really liked our first period tonight.”
The Ceremonial Handshake
The Royals took their only lead of the game with a pair of first period goals :23 seconds apart by Jack Walker and Brandon Fushimi in the first to take a 2-1 lead.  Josh Morrissey, who had a five point night with 2 goals and 3 assists, responded 70 seconds later to tie the game at 2 heading into the second.

“You give up a goal in the final minute (of the first to tie 2-2), those are critical moments in a game.” said Lowry,

 For us to give up that goal, and they made a goalie change (to start the 2nd) and we didn’t have an answer, didn’t have a push, we got put back on our heels and that to me was the difference.”

The Royals season comes to an end.
The Rockets scored 6 straight, from the first period and into the third to take a 7-2 lead, before graduating overagers Brandon Magee and Austin Carroll assisted on Travis Brown’s late power goal.

“It’s pretty sad,” said Magee on seeing his Major Junior career come to a close,

“It’s been quite a journey, being with the same organization for the past 5 years has been really cool.  Just to see the long road finally come to an end has been a heart breaker.”

Kelowna outshot Victoria 39-21 overall and 17-5 in the middle frame where they notched a pair of power play goals, part of a 3 goal second period.

The Rockets went 2 for 4 with the man advantage, while the Royals were 1 for 6.

Jackson Whistle started the game for Kelowna, but was replaced by Michael Herringer to start the second after allowing 2 goals on 9 shots.  Herringer went 11 for 12.

Justin Paulic made his second straight start for Victoria but was replaced by Coleman Vollrath after allowing 5 goals on 26 shots.  Vollrath kicked out 11 of 13.

Kelowna’s Leon Draisaitl had 3 points with a goal and two assists, while Madison Bowey and 3 helpers.  Nick Merkley chipped in with a pair of assists, while Rodney Southam and Cole Linaker had a goal and an assist each.  Tyson Baillie and Rourke Chartier rounded out their scoring.

The Rockets advance to the third round and will face either the Winterhawks or the Silvertips.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Kelowna Rockets 7 - Status: Final
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 2 0 1 - 3
Kelowna 2 3 2 - 7

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Draisaitl 4 (Kirkland, Morrissey), 1:24.
2, Victoria, Walker 4 (Chase), 17:54.
3, Victoria, Fushimi 2 (Fisher, Crunk), 18:17.
4, Kelowna, Morrissey 1 (Merkley, Bowey), 19:26.

Penalties-Soustal Kel (interference), 3:15; Stadel Kel (roughing), 8:25; Carroll Vic (roughing), 19:01; Baillie Kel (embellishment), 19:01.

2nd Period-
5, Kelowna, Southam 2 (Linaker, Johansen), 2:18.
6, Kelowna, Baillie 7 (Morrissey, Draisaitl), 14:52 (PP).
7, Kelowna, Morrissey 2 (Bowey, Draisaitl), 16:53 (PP).

Penalties-Stephens Kel (checking to the head), 3:10; Dmytriw Vic (major-boarding, game misconduct), 11:54; Merkley Kel (roughing), 15:52; Walker Vic (hooking), 16:13.

3rd Period-
8, Kelowna, Chartier 7 (Bowey, Merkley), 7:35.
9, Kelowna, Linaker 2 (Southam, Morrissey), 13:11.
10, Victoria, Brown 2 (Carroll, Magee), 13:59 (PP).

Penalties-Quinney Kel (closing hand on puck), 3:41; Crunk Vic (slashing), 5:32; Reddekopp Vic (cross checking), 10:38; Bowey Kel (cross checking), 13:35.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 9-5-7-21.
Kelowna 10-17-12-39.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Kelowna 2 / 4.

Goalies-
Victoria, Paulic 1-1-1-0 (26 shots-21 saves); Vollrath 4-3-0-0 (13 shots-11 saves). Kelowna, Whistle 6-0-1-0 (9 shots-7 saves); Herringer 2-0-0-0 (12 shots-11 saves).

A-5,226
Referees-Adam Byblow (23), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Bevan Mills (98).

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Preview Game 5: Victoria at Kelowna [Series 3-1 Rockets]

The Victoria Royals visit the Kelowna Rockets Friday night for Game 5, fighting for their playoff lives, down 3 games to 1 in the best of seven playoff series.

Pregame show at 6:40, puck drop at 7 on The Zone @ 91.3 fm or online at cjzn.streamon.fm

Wednesday night in Victoria, Greg Chase scored in overtime as the Royals kept their season alive with a 5-4 victory.

They set the franchise record for most home playoff wins in a post season with 4.  Victoria also set the franchise record for most goals scored in a playoffs with 30 surpassing last years mark of 27.

Down 4-2 heading into the third, the Royals tied it up with a pair of goals just :24 seconds apart by Jack Walker - his second of the game, and Brandon Magee’s 9th of the post season.

Kelowna is 82-2 when leading after 40 minutes over the past 2 seasons but twice the Royals have outscored the Rockets 2-0 in the third period this post season.

Victoria shut down all 8 Kelowna power plays, while going 0 for 3.

“You’re playing with fire,” said Lowry on being shorthanded 8 times,

“We have to figure it out in quick order, we can’t take that many penalties and expect to win.  We got away with it tonight, but it has cost us in a couple other games.”

The Rockets outshot the Royals 40-32, as Justin Paulic made 36 saves for the victory.  Paulic has had 3 post season starts in his career, and all have been elimination games (2-1) record, and a .907 save percentage.  A win and loss with Moose Jaw, and the victory last night with Victoria.

Jackson Whistle made 27 saves in the loss, as the Rockets suffered their first defeat of the post season, snapping a 7 game playoff win streak - 9 straight dating back to the regular season.

Five Royals had 2 point nights, Chase, Magee, and Austin Carroll had a goal and an assist each, Walker 2 goals and Alex Forsberg a pair of helpers.

The line of Carroll, Forsberg and Magee combined for 6 points.  Carroll now leads the Royals in scoring in the second round, with 6 points, (1g 5a).  Magee leads the team in overall playoff scoring with 14 points, including the second most goals in the league with 9.

The Rockets got goals from Lucas Johansen, Tyson Baillie, Rourke Chartier and Tomas Soustal.  Leon Draisaitl had one assist and two posts and has a team high 8 points including 7 assists against the Royals in the post season.

Victoria’s playoff overtime record improves to 2-1, Kelowna is also at 2-1.

For the second year in a row, Victoria has made it to at least Game 5 of the second round of the WHL playoffs following last year’s five-game loss to the Portland Winter Hawks. It's the farthest the franchise has advanced in its nine-year-history, the first five of which were in Chilliwack as the Bruins.

The Royals will look to force a game 6 in Victoria on Sunday at 7pm, and a game 7 Tuesday in Kelowna.

- Marlon Martens

Individual playoff tickets, starting at $14.50, are on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena or over the phone at 250-220-7777. Avoid any lines and choose the seats you want by using the “Pick Your Own” seat map, available 24/7, online at www.selectyourtickets.com.

Round 2 MeetingsKelowna 4 @ Victoria 5 (Apr 15 2015) Final OT
Kelowna 4 @ Victoria 2 (Apr 14 2015) Final
Victoria 3 @ Kelowna 4 (Apr 11 2015) Final OT
Victoria 0 @ Kelowna 5 (Apr 10 2015) Final


How the 2 teams match up
Kelowna
Victoria
Team Record7-1-0-0 -- 14 points5-4-0-0 -- 10 points
Division Ranking1st B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking1st Western4th Western
League Ranking1st8th
Past 10 Games7-0-1-05-3-1-0
Streak7-0-1-01-0-0-0
Last Game5-4 L @ Victoria (Apr 15 2015) Final OT5-4 W vs Kelowna (Apr 15 2015) Final OT
Home Record4-0-0-04-1-0-0
Away Record3-1-0-01-3-0-0
GF36 30 
GA17 32 
PP (Overall)(9/44) 20.5%(5/33) 15.2%
PP (Home)(4/20) 20.0%(1/17) 5.9%
PP (Away)(5/24) 20.8%(4/16) 25.0%
PK (Overall)(3/40) 92.5%(14/54) 74.1%
PK (Home)(2/17) 88.2%(9/29) 69.0%
PK (Away)(1/23) 95.7%(5/25) 80.0%
PP vs. Opp.(6/18) 33.3%(2/27) 7.4%
PK vs. Opp.(2/27) 92.6%(6/18) 66.7%
Leading Rookie(0-0-0)Nagy (1-1-2)
Most PIMGoulbourne - 13Magee - 18
Team PIM/GM13.0/Game13.1/Game
Leading ScorersDraisaitl (3-9-12)Magee (9-5-14)
Baillie (6-5-11)Chase (7-3-10)
Merkley (2-8-10)Forsberg (3-7-10)
Chartier (6-3-9)Walker (3-7-10)
Bowey (4-5-9)Carroll (1-7-8)
Last 5 Games5-4 L @ Victoria (Apr 15 2015) Final OT5-4 W vs Kelowna (Apr 15 2015) Final OT
4-2 W @ Victoria (Apr 14 2015) Final4-2 L vs Kelowna (Apr 14 2015) Final
4-3 W vs Victoria (Apr 11 2015) Final OT4-3 L @ Kelowna (Apr 11 2015) Final OT
5-0 W vs Victoria (Apr 10 2015) Final5-0 L @ Kelowna (Apr 10 2015) Final
5-4 W @ Tri-City (Apr 1 2015) Final OT5-4 W vs Prince George (Apr 4 2015) Final OT
Leading After 1st5-0-1-02-0-0-0
Leading After 2nd6-0-1-04-0-0-0
Tied After 1st1-0-0-01-1-0-0
Tied After 2nd0-0-0-00-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st1-0-0-02-2-1-0
Trailing After 2nd1-0-0-01-3-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents6-0-1-00-0-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents1-0-0-04-3-0-0
1-Goal Games2-0-1-03-0-1-0
2-Goal Games2-0-0-01-2-0-0
3-Goal Games1-0-0-01-0-0-0

Victoria Royals
#PlayerGPGAPTSPIM+/-
21Austin Carroll4156104
18Brandon Magee432581
16Alex Forsberg422422
9Jack Walker42244-1
15Greg Chase421324-3
2Joe Hicketts402283
29Chaz Reddekopp401181
17Tyler Soy40110-1
6Travis Brown40008-2
22Taylor Crunk40002-3
27Jared Dmytriw400000
20Logan Fisher40000-3
25Brandon Fushimi40002-2
3Ryan Gagnon400010-5
19Dante Hannoun100000
4Ralph Jarratt300000
24Regan Nagy40000-1
14Jack Palmer300000
1Justin Paulic300000
8Bryton Sayers40000-3
34Alexey Sleptsov10002-1
35Coleman Vollrath300000

#PlayerGPWLOTLSLMINGAGAASV%
1Justin Paulic31010113:3352.640.917
35Coleman Vollrath30200131:16125.490.862

Kelowna Rockets
#PlayerGPGAPTSPIM+/-
29Leon Draisaitl417864
24Tyson Baillie443743
20Gage Quinney431422
4Madison Bowey413401
10Nick Merkley413463
27Josh Morrissey204421
15Tomas Soustal430320
14Rourke Chartier421301
8Cole Martin412300
7Lucas Johansen410120
22Chance Braid301120
28Joe Gatenby401121
16Kole Lind101100
17Rodney Southam40112-1
3Riley Stadel401123
21Devante Stephens201100
6Mitchell Wheaton401101
19Dillon Dube40000-1
12Tyrell Goulbourne40006-1
26Cole Linaker40000-2
1Jackson Whistle400020

#PlayerGPWLOTLSLMINGAGAASV%
1Jackson Whistle43010246:28102.430.919

Recap: KEL 4 - VIC 5 OT [Series 3-1 Rockets]



Greg Chase was the overtime hero as the Victoria Royals kept their season alive with a 5-4 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets Wednesday night, and now trail the best of seven series 3 games to 1.

“The biggest thing for us was to believe that we can come back, and take it one game at a time,” said Chase,

“It showed a lot of resiliency, and a lot of character, to not just fold with 8 minutes left.”

Victoria forces game 5 in Kelowna Friday night.

Down 4-2 heading into the third, the Royals tied it up with a pair of goals just :24 seconds apart by Jack Walker - his second of the game, and Brandon Magee’s 9th of the post season.

“We did a really good job of killing penalties tonight, we stayed with it, we dug ourselves a hole early but we believed that if we got one, we’d get another opportunity.” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,

Victoria shut down all 8 Kelowna power plays, while going 0 for 3.

“You’re playing with fire,” said Lowry on being shorthanded 8 times,

“We have to figure it out in quick order, we can’t take that many penalties and expect to win.  We got away with it tonight, it has cost us in a couple other games.”

The Rockets outshot the Royals 40-32, as Justin Paulic made 36 saves for the victory.

Jackson Whistle made 27 saves in the loss, as the Rockets suffered their first defeat of the post season, snapping a 7 game playoff win streak.

Five Royals had 2 point nights, Chase, Magee, and Austin Carroll had a goal and an assist each, Walker 2 goals and Alex Forsberg a pair of helpers.

The line of Carroll, Forsberg and Magee combined for 6 points.

The Rockets got goals from Lucas Johansen, Tyson Baillie, Rourke Chartier and Tomas Soustal.  Leon Draisaitl had one assist and two posts.

Victoria’s playoff overtime record improves to 2-1, Kelowna is also at 2-1.

 If necessary, the series will return to Victoria on Sunday for Game 6 at 7pm and Tuesday in Kelowna for a game 7.

- Marlon Martens

Individual playoff tickets, starting at $14.50, are on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena or over the phone at 250-220-7777. Avoid any lines and choose the seats you want by using the “Pick Your Own” seat map, available 24/7, online at www.selectyourtickets.com.

Kelowna Rockets 4 at Victoria Royals 5 (OT) - Status: Final OT
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Kelowna 3 1 0 0 - 4
Victoria 1 1 2 1 - 5

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Johansen 1 (Draisaitl, Gatenby), 15:15.
2, Kelowna, Baillie 6 (Bowey, Quinney), 17:34.
3, Victoria, Carroll 1 (Magee, Forsberg), 17:47.
4, Kelowna, Chartier 6 (Merkley, Stadel), 18:09.

Penalties-Sleptsov Vic (clipping), 6:46.

2nd Period-
5, Victoria, Walker 2   11:01.
6, Kelowna, Soustal 4 (Stephens, Southam), 18:28.

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (inter. on goaltender), 1:58; Draisaitl Kel (slashing), 4:12; Reddekopp Vic (slashing), 5:33; Chase Vic (roughing), 9:10; Draisaitl Kel (interference), 10:09; Carroll Vic (10-minute misconduct), 13:34; Hicketts Vic (cross checking), 13:34; Gagnon Vic (delay of game), 15:09.

3rd Period-
7, Victoria, Walker 3 (Chase), 10:42.
8, Victoria, Magee 9 (Reddekopp), 11:06.

Penalties-Whistle Kel (interference), 1:50; Crunk Vic (cross checking), 6:55.

OT Period-9, Victoria, Chase 7 (Forsberg, Carroll), 5:30.

Penalties-Magee Vic (inter. on goaltender), 0:14.

Shots on Goal-
Kelowna 17-11-9-3-40.
Victoria 9-8-13-2-32.

Power Play Opportunities-
Kelowna 0 / 8;
Victoria 0 / 3.

Goalies-
Kelowna, Whistle 6-0-1-0 (32 shots-27 saves).
Victoria, Paulic 1-0-1-0 (40 shots-36 saves).

A-4,909
Referees-Matt Kirk (4), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).