Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Recap: SEA 4 - VIC 1

Shea Theodore had a 3 point night to lead the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds (32-23-4-5, 73pts) past the Victoria Royals 4-1 Tuesday night.

“Not good enough this time of year,” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“I was expecting our team to come out and have a little bit more energy and little bit more urgency tonight, for whatever reason we got behind, we didn’t push we didn’t elevate and when we got our push it was too late.”

The Thunderbirds earned 3 points on their visit to the Island to move one point ahead of the Royals (34-26-3-1, 72pts) for 4th in the West.

Joe Hicketts scored the lone goal for Victoria, while Coleman Vollrath made 22 saves it the loss.

Seattle led 2-0 after 20 minutes, and 3-0 after 40, on goals by Cory Millette and Theodore who also added two assists. Jerrett Smith put up the visitors by three in the middle frame.

After Hicketts added his second in as many nights, Nolan Volcan restored the three goal cushion with 6 minutes to play and snapped the Thunderbirds 4 game winless skid.

Matthew Barzal chipped in with a  pair of helpers, and Jerret Smith had a goal and an assist.

Both clubs went 1 for 4 on the power play.

Victoria outshot Seattle 30-26.  Taran Kozun was the 2nd star with 29 saves.

The Royals earned a 3-2 shoot out win one night earlier.

Victoria’s record in the season series is 2-2, while Seattle is 2-1-0-1.

With 8 games left in the regular season, the Royals begin a 4 game road trip with a pair of games against the Cougars in Prince George Friday and Saturday.

- Marlon Martens

ROYALS TOPPED BY THUNDERBIRDS
Victoria falls 4-1 to Seattle in second game of back-to-back.

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals surrendered the game’s first three goals in a 4-1 defeat to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

The Thunderbirds jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals by Cory Millette, Shea Theodore and Jerret Smith en route to the victory. Seattle’s Nolan Volcan notched the contest’s final goal. Victoria’s Joe Hicketts would tally the lone marker for the home side.

Royals’ goaltender Coleman Vollrath got the nod for the second time in as many nights, and turned aside 22 of 26 shots. Seattle netminder Taran Kozun stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced in the win.

Both Victoria and Seattle would go 1/4=25% with the man advantage.

The Royals will now head out on a four game road trip beginning in Prince George for two contests against the Cougars on Friday and Saturday. Victoria will cap off the road swing with stops in Kelowna against the Rockets on Wednesday, March 11th and Vancouver vs. the Giants on Friday, March 13th.

Victoria will then return home the following night for a two-game set against the Vancouver Giants on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th.
   
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Seattle Thunderbirds 4 at Victoria Royals 1 - Status: Final
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Seattle 2 1 1 - 4
Victoria 0 0 1 - 1

1st Period-
1, Seattle, Millette 19 (Barzal, Lipsbergs), 1:13.
2, Seattle, Theodore 11   17:03.

Penalties-Crunk Vic (charging), 2:45; Pederson Sea (tripping), 17:23.

2nd Period-
3, Seattle, Smith 10 (Barzal, Theodore), 8:50 (PP).

Penalties-Hauf Sea (hooking), 2:57; Chase Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 7:40; Magee Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:50; Fisher Vic (hooking), 9:10; Spencer Sea (roughing), 12:26; Chase Vic (high sticking), 12:26.

3rd Period-
4, Victoria, Hicketts 11 (Soy, Fushimi), 2:08 (PP).
5, Seattle, Volcan 8 (Theodore, Smith), 13:56.

Penalties-Gropp Sea (slashing), 1:50; Gropp Sea (slashing), 9:52.

Shots on Goal-
Seattle 9-8-9-26.
Victoria 10-9-11-30.

Power Play Opportunities-
Seattle 1 / 4;
Victoria 1 / 4.

Goalies-
Seattle, Kozun 29-17-4-4 (30 shots-29 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 24-14-3-1 (26 shots-22 saves).

A-4,361
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Jeff Ingram (82).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Jeff McAdams (90).

Monday, 2 March 2015

Recap: SEA 2 - VIC 3 Shoot Out

Greg Chase scored the lone goal in the shoot out to give the Victoria Royals a 3-2 victory over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds Monday night, snapping a 2 game skid.  Royals Joe Hicketts and Jack Walker scored in regulation, while Coleman Vollrath made 25 saves plus all 3 Thunderbird shooters. Victoria takes a 2-1 season series lead and move one point up on the Thunderbirds in the West.  The Royals look to sweep the two game set tonight at 7pm.

ROYALS TAKE DOWN THUNDERBIRDS 
Victoria tops Seattle with 3-2 shootout win.

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 2, 2015

Victoria, BC- Victoria's Greg Chase scored the only goal in the shootout as the Royals defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Monday night.

The Royals established a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Joe Hicketts and Jack Walker. The Thunderbirds responded with tallies from Jerret Smith and Keegan Kolesar to tie the game in the second period.

Victoria netminder Coleman Vollrath made 25 saves on 27 shots and stopped all three of the Thunderbirds’ shootout attempts in the win. Seattle countered with Logan Flodell who stopped 21 of 23 shots before being replaced by Taran Kozun in the shootout.

Neither team was able to capitalize on the powerplay as the Royals went 0/2=0.0% while the Thunderbirds went 0/3=0.0%.

The Royals conclude their regular season series against the Seattle Thunderbirds when they clash once again tomorrow night. Puck dropped is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Victoria will then travel to Prince George for a two game set against the Cougars on Friday and Saturday.
     
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 Seattle Thunderbirds 2 at Victoria Royals 3 (SO) - Status: Final SO
Monday, March 2, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Seattle 0 2 0 0 - 2
Victoria 1 1 0 0 - 3

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Hicketts 10 (Fushimi, Fisher), 8:53. 

Penalties-Neuls Sea (high sticking), 5:35; Carroll Vic (tripping), 19:22.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Walker 17 (Nagy, Soy), 2:59. 
3, Seattle, Smith 9 (Gropp, Theodore), 5:16. 
4, Seattle, Kolesar 19 (Hauf, Neuls), 10:57. 

Penalties-Barzal Sea (hooking), 6:48; Wardley Sea (roughing, roughing), 8:05; Carroll Vic (roughing, roughing), 8:05; Barzal Sea (slashing), 18:50; Ibragimov Vic (cross checking), 18:50; Reddekopp Vic (delay of game), 19:51.

3rd Period- 
No Scoring.

Penalties-Magee Vic (slashing), 8:46.

OT Period- 
No Scoring.
Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout - 
Seattle 0 (Barzal NG, Theodore NG, Neuls NG), 
Victoria 1 (Walker NG, Magee NG, Chase G). 

Shots on Goal-
Seattle 6-12-8-1-0-27. 
Victoria 5-13-3-1-1-23.

Power Play Opportunities-
Seattle 0 / 3; 
Victoria 0 / 2.

Goalies-
Seattle, Flodell 1-2-0-1 (22 shots-20 saves); 
Kozun 28-17-4-4 (0 shots-0 saves). 
Victoria, Vollrath 24-13-3-1 (27 shots-25 saves).

A-3,859
Referees-Adam Griffiths (36), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Blake Copeland (95), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Preview: Seattle at Victoria, Monday March.2nd.2015

The Victoria Royals (33-25-3-1, 70pts) entertain the Seattle Thunderbirds (31-23-4-4, 70pts) for a pair of back to back games Monday and Tuesday.

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

Both clubs are tied with 70 points in the West, and are tied in the season series at a game a piece.

Victoria is 10 games over .500 at home, while Seattle is 3 over .500 on the road.

The Royals have 10 games left in the regular season, sitting 2nd in the BC Division - 15 points ahead of the 3rd place Giants.

Recently Victoria won in Seattle 6-3 on Feb. 15th, when Jack Walker had a four point night including the hat trick.  The Royals fell on the road 5-4 back on December. 16th.

Victoria is looking to snap a two game slide, after dropping both games on a recent BC Divison road swing, falling by identical 4-2 scores in Kelowna and Kamloops.

Seattle is winless in 3 after a 5-2 loss at home to Portland on Saturday.  They wrapped up a 6 game home stand with a record of (3-2-1-0).

The Thunderbirds have just 4 wins in their past 10 games, while the Royals have 5.

Both clubs are in the top 4 in penalty minutes taken on average per game.

Seattle has allowed the 4th fewest goals against on average per game, with Taran Kozun in net.  Kozun has the #1 goals against average in the league (2.41), 3rd best save percentage (0.913), and is tied for 4th in wins with 28.  He was the CHL goalie of the week for Feb. 8th.

Top Prospect Matthew Barzal is ranked 9th by NHL Central Scouting, Shea Theordore won Gold with Canada at the World Juniors and is a first round pick of the Ducks, while Latvian Roberts Lipsbergs has 28 points in 23 games since returning from the ECHL Stockton Thunder.

Theodore has a 6-game assist streak on the go with 10 points over stretch, while Barzal is also riding a 6 game assist streak with 13 points in that span. Barzal also has 21 assists and 26 points over his past 14 games.

Victoria’s Joe Hicketts leads all defenseman in scoring with 56 points and league high 47 assists.  Travis Brown has the most goals by a defenseman with 17, and is 5th in rearguard scoring with 53 points.

Brandon Magee is on a 6 game point streak with 7 points (2g 5a), while Greg Chase has goals in back to back games.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Seattle Thunderbirds: Head To Head Stats Summary
Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-1-0-0Seattle 1-1-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 2-2-0-0Seattle 2-1-1-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 9-5-1-3Seattle 9-7-2-0
Victoria vs. Seattle Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 5-2-0-1Seattle 3-3-2-0
Victoria vs. Seattle Last 5 Years record at SeattleVictoria 4-3-1-2Seattle 6-4-0-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 6 @ Seattle 3 (Feb 15 2015) Final
Victoria 4 @ Seattle 5 (Dec 16 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Seattle
Victoria
Team Record31-23-4-4 -- 70 points33-25-3-1 -- 70 points
Division Ranking3rd U.S.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking5th Western4th Western
League Ranking10th9th
Past 10 Games4-4-1-15-5-0-0
Streak0-2-1-00-2-0-0
Last Game5-2 L vs Portland (Feb 28 2015) Final4-2 L @ Kamloops (Feb 27 2015) Final
Home Record16-11-3-219-9-3-0
Away Record15-12-1-214-16-0-1
GF181 214 
GA174 192 
PP (Overall)(55/247) 22.3(58/267) 21.7
PP (Home)(32/127) 25.2(33/128) 25.8
PP (Away)(23/120) 19.2(25/139) 18.0
PK (Overall)(50/241) 79.3(54/261) 79.3
PK (Home)(27/124) 78.2(22/125) 82.4
PK (Away)(23/117) 80.3(32/136) 76.5
Leading RookieNeuls (6-15-21)Nagy (6-6-12)
Most PIMWardley - 108Carroll - 114
Team PIM/GM14.5/Game14.5/Game
Leading ScorersGropp (23-24-47)Carroll (35-36-71)
Barzal (12-32-44)Hicketts (9-47-56)
Millette (18-22-40)Soy (24-30-54)
Theodore (10-28-38)Chase (19-34-53)
Kolesar (18-19-37)Brown (17-36-53)
Last 5 Games5-2 L vs Portland (Feb 28 2015) Final4-2 L @ Kamloops (Feb 27 2015) Final
5-4 L vs Prince George (Feb 27 2015) Final OT4-2 L @ Kelowna (Feb 25 2015) Final
3-2 L vs Calgary (Feb 24 2015) Final5-2 W vs Kelowna (Feb 21 2015) Final
7-0 W vs Everett (Feb 21 2015) Final3-2 L vs Kelowna (Feb 20 2015) Final
4-3 W vs Lethbridge (Feb 20 2015) Final OT4-3 L vs Moose Jaw (Feb 17 2015) Final
Leading After 1st19-3-2-217-4-0-0
Leading After 2nd23-3-1-122-2-0-0
Tied After 1st9-6-2-110-8-0-1
Tied After 2nd4-2-2-37-5-2-0
Trailing After 1st3-14-0-16-13-3-0
Trailing After 2nd4-18-1-04-18-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents22-11-2-120-7-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents7-12-1-312-16-2-1
1-Goal Games14-9-4-412-9-3-1
2-Goal Games6-5-0-05-8-0-0
3-Goal Games8-4-0-08-3-0-0

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Royals Host Thunderbirds For A Pair

ROYALS HOST THUNDERBIRDS FOR TWO GAMES NEXT WEEK
Victoria entertains Seattle next Monday and Tuesday night.

For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals will welcome the Seattle Thunderbirds to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for the first time this season on Monday, March 1st and Tuesday March 2nd. Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

CLUTCH PLAYERS: Victoria Royals' forwards Austin Carroll and Tyler Soy are currently tied for first and fifth respectively in the WHL for game winning goals (GWG). Carroll has 10 GWG so far this season, while Soy has six of his own. Carroll’s 10 game winners are a Victoria/Chilliwack single season record. The native of Scottsdale, AZ also holds the all-time franchise record for most GWG with 19.

DYNAMIC DUO: The Royals currently boast the Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) top scoring defensive duo in Joe Hicketts and Travis Brown who have a combined 109 points (26g-83a). Hicketts leads the WHL in scoring by a D-man with 56 points (9g-47a) and is ranked fifth in the CHL, while Brown is in eighth with 53 points (17g-36a). The pairing currently sits five points up on the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds’ Anthony DeAngelo (16g-53a) and Gustav Bouramman (5g-30a) for first.


MONDAY NIGHT

Tickets:
-          Mad Monday’s return with $5.00 tickets available for both games vs. Seattle. This ticket deal is only available at the Select Your Tickets Box Office every Monday of the regular season for games occurring during that week. The box office opens at 9:30 a.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early as Mad Monday tickets are available in limited quantities only.

Intermission Activities:

Second Intermission
-          Hotel Grand Pacific Chuck-a-Puck
o   A free night’s stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific
o   Jiffy Lube Oil Change (approx. 20 winners per game)

TUESDAY NIGHT – RAIN CHECK NIGHT

Tickets:
-          Season ticket holders are reminded that Tuesday’s game is the final rain check night of the season where any unused season ticket can be redeemed at the Select Your Tickets Box Office.

-          Boston Pizza presents two-for-one Tuesdays. Show your Tuesday night game ticket at any participating Boston Pizza location and receive two appetizers for the price of one. This offer is valid any time after the game up until the following Thursday.

Intermission Activities:

Second Intermission
-          Hotel Grand Pacific Chuck-a-Puck
o   A free night’s stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific
o   Jiffy Lube Oil Change (approx. 20 winners per game)

The Royals’ Canadian Forces jerseys will be on display in the concourse at Gate 1 and available to bid on in ongoing jersey auctions during both games. All proceeds support the Military Family Resource Centre. Full jersey auction schedule can be found at www.victoriaroyals.com/jerseyauctions.


Cheer your Royals on until the final whistle by purchasing a 2015 Playoff Pack. A $75 deposit before March 14th will guarantee you a spot at every home game, plus the season ticket holder rate of up to 30% savings on your tickets. Book by March 3rd to qualify for an early bird incentive of a complimentary ticket to the Royals Awards Ceremony on March 22nd at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Full details are available at www.victoriaroyals.com/playoffs

Recap: VIC 2 - KAM 4

Brady Gaudet had a 3 point night to lead the Kamloops Blazers past the visiting Victoria Royals 4-2 Friday night.

“Our preparation, our urgency, wasn’t at the level where it was supposed to be, especially at this time of year…” said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,

Kamloops forward Matt Needham broke a 2-2 third period tie for the eventual game winner, as Gaudet added his 2nd of the night into an empty night for the insurance, helping the Blazers snap a 4 game losing streak.

The Royals drop both games on their BC Division swing, after falling by the same 4-2 score against the Rockets Wednesday.

We understand that we just came off 3 games with Kelowna that were really heavy games, emotional games, and hard games on the body.  We thought this might be a game where it was going to be hard to get ready emotionally to play, and it was.” said Lowry

Kamloops is now 3 points back of Vancouver for the final playoff spot in the BC Division.

It was the final meeting of the regular season between the clubs, with the Royals earning a winning record of 4-3-1-0.

Greg Chase and Brandon Magee scored the goals for Victoria, in a game which was tied at 1 after 20 minutes, and after 40.

“Right from the get go we weren’t mentally prepared to play, and that cost us in the long run…” said Magee who tied the game at 2, just :33 seconds after Kamloops took their first lead of the game in the third,

“Being able to battle back to 2-2 was good for our boys, but not too long after they were getting around our net and we didn’t do a good job of picking up sticks and that was their go ahead goal.”

Logan McVeigh scored the other for the Blazers.

“We spent an enormous amount of time in our zone, and it was a good thing our goalie was sharp.” said Lowry.

Royals netminder Justin Paulic was the third star, making 38 saves in loss in his 3rd straight start.  Connor Ingram earned the victory for the Blazers, allowing two goals on 14 shots.

Victoria shut down all 4 Kamloops power plays, while the Royals were 0 for 1 on the power play.

Seattle visits the Island for a pair of back to back games Monday and Tuesday.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 2 at Kamloops Blazers 4 - Status: Final
Friday, February 27, 2015 - Interior Savings Centre - Kamloops, BC

Victoria 1 0 1 - 2
Kamloops 1 0 3 - 4

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Chase 19   1:50.
2, Kamloops, Gaudet 3 (Sideroff, Ully), 8:51.

Penalties-No Penalties

2nd Period- No Scoring.

Penalties-served by Hannoun Vic (interference), 2:18; Carroll Vic (cross checking), 7:01; Sideroff Kam (hooking), 11:52; Crunk Vic (tripping), 14:28.

3rd Period-
3, Kamloops, McVeigh 7 (Shirley, Harrison), 4:28.
4, Victoria, Magee 18 (Carroll, Forsberg), 5:01.
5, Kamloops, Needham 21 (Gaudet, Benjafield), 16:21.
6, Kamloops, Gaudet 4   19:21 (EN).

Penalties-Walker Vic (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 8:30; Maier Kam (major-fighting), 8:30.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 6-4-4-14.
Kamloops 13-14-15-42.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 1;
Kamloops 0 / 4.

Goalies-
Victoria, Paulic 13-13-1-1 (41 shots-38 saves).
Kamloops, Ingram 16-17-1-3 (14 shots-12 saves).

A-3,927
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Chris Crich (20).
Linesmen-Riley Balson (46), Dustin Minty (86).

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Preview: Victoria at Kamloops, Friday Feb.27.2015

The Victoria Royals (33-24-3-1, 70pts) visit the Kamloops Blazers (22-33-3-3, 50pts) Friday night in their final regular season meeting.

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

Victoria has a winning record of 4-2-1-0 against Kamloops, most recently winning 5-2 at the Interior Savings Centre on Feb. 14th, and 6-0 on the Island Jan. 24th.

The Royals are 2nd in the BC Division and looking to get back into the win column as they wrap up their 2 game road swing after a 4-2 loss in Kelowna Wednesday night.

The Blazers are 5th in the Division, 5 points out of a playoff spot and have dropped their last 4 straight.

Most recently Kamloops was blanked in Vancouver 1-0 on Feb. 21st, and have had 5 days between games.

The Blazers are .500 on home ice, while the Royals are 1 under on the road.

Kamloops is led in scoring by Cole Ully (5th rd DAL’13), who’s 7th in league scoring with 77 points.

Blazer Netmidner Connor Ingram was the WHL Goaltender of the Month for January posting a record of (7-1-0-1).

’97 born forward Devin Sideroff is 6th in rookie scoring with 39 points.  Sideroff is ranked 110 among N.A. skaters for the upcoming draft.

Defenseman Michael For a is ranked 114th, and played for Switzerland at the World Juniors, while teammate D Patrik Maier played for Slovakia.

New Jersey’s 5th round pick, defenseman Ryan Rehill and Marc McNulty (6th rd DET ’13) lead the league in minor penalties taken with 44 a piece.

Two former Royals suit up for the Blazers in forwards Luke Harrison and Matthew Campese.

Victoria is led by Austin Carroll’s 70 points, including a team high 35 goals.  Joe Hicketts leads all defenseman in scoring with 56 points.

Brandon Magee is riding a 5 game point streak with 6 points (1g 5a).

After Kamloops, Victoria returns home for a pair of back to back games against Seattle Monday and Tuesday.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Kamloops Blazers: Head To Head Stats Summary
  
Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 4-2-1-0Kamloops 3-3-1-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 7-1-0-0Kamloops 1-7-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 21-16-2-0Kamloops 18-17-2-2
Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 13-5-2-0Kamloops 7-10-1-2
Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at KamloopsVictoria 8-11-0-0Kamloops 11-7-1-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 5 @ Kamloops 2 (Feb 14 2015) Final
Kamloops 0 @ Victoria 6 (Jan 24 2015) Final
Kamloops 4 @ Victoria 3 (Jan 23 2015) Final OT
Victoria 5 @ Kamloops 3 (Nov 29 2014) Final
Kamloops 3 @ Victoria 4 (Sep 27 2014) Final OT
Kamloops 8 @ Victoria 2 (Sep 26 2014) Final
Victoria 3 @ Kamloops 6 (Sep 19 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
   
 
Kamloops
Victoria
Team Record22-33-3-3 -- 50 points33-24-3-1 -- 70 points
Division Ranking5th B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking10th Western4th Western
League Ranking20th9th
Past 10 Games3-7-0-06-4-0-0
Streak0-4-0-00-1-0-0
Last Game1-0 L @ Vancouver (Feb 21 2015) Final4-2 L @ Kelowna (Feb 25 2015) Final
Home Record14-14-0-119-9-3-0
Away Record8-19-3-214-15-0-1
GF174 212 
GA227 188 
PP (Overall)(41/221) 18.6(58/266) 21.8
PP (Home)(23/106) 21.7(33/128) 25.8
PP (Away)(18/115) 15.7(25/138) 18.1
PK (Overall)(67/275) 75.6(54/257) 79.0
PK (Home)(33/129) 74.4(22/125) 82.4
PK (Away)(34/146) 76.7(32/132) 75.8
Leading RookieSideroff (16-23-39)Nagy (6-6-12)
Most PIMRehill - 113Carroll - 112
Team PIM/GM13.6/Game14.5/Game
Leading ScorersUlly (29-48-77)Carroll (35-35-70)
 Needham (20-42-62)Hicketts (9-47-56)
 Sideroff (16-23-39)Soy (24-30-54)
 Shirley (20-15-35)Brown (17-36-53)
 Hamilton (13-20-33)Chase (18-34-52)
Last 5 Games1-0 L @ Vancouver (Feb 21 2015) Final4-2 L @ Kelowna (Feb 25 2015) Final
 4-3 L vs Moose Jaw (Feb 20 2015) Final5-2 W vs Kelowna (Feb 21 2015) Final
 11-4 L @ Kelowna (Feb 18 2015) Final3-2 L vs Kelowna (Feb 20 2015) Final
 5-2 L vs Victoria (Feb 14 2015) Final4-3 L vs Moose Jaw (Feb 17 2015) Final
 3-2 W vs Seattle (Feb 13 2015) Final SO6-3 W @ Seattle (Feb 15 2015) Final
Leading After 1st12-1-0-017-4-0-0
Leading After 2nd15-1-0-122-2-0-0
Tied After 1st8-7-3-110-7-0-1
Tied After 2nd5-3-3-07-4-2-0
Trailing After 1st2-25-0-26-13-3-0
Trailing After 2nd2-29-0-24-18-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents14-13-2-220-7-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents7-20-1-112-15-2-1
1-Goal Games9-5-3-312-9-3-1
2-Goal Games5-7-0-05-7-0-0
3-Goal Games4-12-0-08-3-0-0


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Recap: VIC 2 - KEL 4

Cole Linaker had a pair of assists, as the Kelowna Rockets overcame a 2-0 deficit (47-10-3-1, 98pts) and doubled up on the visiting Victoria Royals 4-2 Wednesday night.

“I thought we played really good in the first period, and we did everything we have to do to win a game in here…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“We got away from our game, we let them dictate the pace of the play and special teams was the difference.”

Leon Draisaitl broke a 2-2 third period tie, and Tyson Baillie shorthanded added the insurance marker.

The Royals (33-24-3-1, 70pts) led 2-0 after 20 on goals by Austin Carroll (35th) and Greg Chase (18th), but the Rockets added a pair in the second, and two more in the third for their 8th straight home victory.

“We put ourselves in a position were we should’ve won a hockey game…” said Lowry,

“If we could’ve maintained the momentum we had in the first period - we win a hockey game.”

Victoria was 0 for 7 on the power play, while the Rockets went 1 for 3.

“We had more than enough opportunities to win on the power play, we didn’t execute - basically we got outworked.” said Lowry

Chance Braid had a goal and a fight with Taylor Crunk, while Madison Bowey supplied the other goal for the home team.

Kelowna, the top team in the WHL now leads the season series 5 games to 2, and will wrap up the set at home March 11th.

It was the third straight meeting between in six days the clubs, with Victoria earning a split on home ice last weekend.

“We learned that we can play with this team ,and play with anyone in this league when we’re playing our best, so we’ll take those strides and move forward.” said Chase on 3 in a row versus the #2 ranked club in the CHL.

“I don’t think we’re too far away…” added Lowry. “I thought Saturday night (5-2 win) was a great game, it epitomized what we have to do to win…”

Justin Paulic made 25 stops in the loss, while Michael Herringer kicked out 25 shots for the win.

Brandon Magee extended his point streak to 5 games, with 6 points (1g 5a).  It was Logan Fishers 200 WHL game, and Brandon Fushimi’s 19th birthday.  Chase was named 3rd star.

With the goal, Carroll now has a team leading 70 points.  Hicketts added an assist to his defenseman leading 47 helpers and 56 points - tops in the league.

Victoria’s two game BC Divison road swing wraps up Friday night in Kamloops against the 5th place Blazers.

The Royals return home on Monday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd to host the Seattle Thunderbirds for a two-game set.  Puck drop for both contests is slated for 7:05 p.m.  

-  Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 2 at Kelowna Rockets 4 - Status: Final
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 2 0 0 - 2
Kelowna 0 2 2 - 4

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Carroll 35 (Reddekopp, Magee), 13:17.
2, Victoria, Chase 18 (Hicketts), 17:56.

Penalties-served by Coughlin Kel (too many men), 4:03; Brown Vic (hooking), 12:57; Draisaitl Kel (embellishment), 12:57.

2nd Period-
3, Kelowna, Bowey 15 (Linaker, Goulbourne), 5:57.
4, Kelowna, Braid 11 (Linaker, Stadel), 15:07 (PP).

Penalties-Reddekopp Vic (inter. on goaltender), 0:43; Crunk Vic (major-fighting), 6:11; Braid Kel (major-fighting), 6:11; Soy Vic (roughing), 7:00; Bowey Kel (roughing), 7:00; Stadel Kel (inter. on goaltender), 7:00; Bowey Kel (hooking), 11:45; Fisher Vic (interference), 14:21; Martin Kel (holding), 15:46; Carroll Vic (roughing), 16:22; Bowey Kel (roughing), 16:22; Baillie Kel (roughing), 18:36.
3rd Period-
5, Kelowna, Draisaitl 12 (Merkley), 13:22.
6, Kelowna, Baillie 35 (Southam), 15:57 (SH).

Penalties-Merkley Kel (slashing), 4:10; Fushimi Vic (roughing), 8:47; Goulbourne Kel (hooking), 14:35.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 12-9-6-27.
Kelowna 12-12-5-29.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 7;
Kelowna 1 / 3.

Goalies-
Victoria, Paulic 13-12-1-1 (29 shots-25 saves).
Kelowna, Herringer 8-2-0-0 (27 shots-25 saves).

A-5,061
Referees-Steve Papp (17), Jeff Ingram (82).
Linesmen-Kevin Crowell (141), Dustin Minty (86).