|Steven Hodges tries to score in a 3-2 loss at Everett Wed.|
PAST 10: Victoria (4-6) - Kelowna (5-4-0-1)
STANDINGS: Victoria is in 8th, 2 up on Seattle who have a game in hand. Victoria has 5 games remaining, while Seattle has 6. The Royals now need a combination of 11 points derived from Victoria wins and/or Seattle losses to eliminate the Thunderbirds.
Kelowna has locked up 6th spot in the West.
LAST GAME: The Royals out shot the Silvertips 37-13, and got a pair of goals from Robin Soudek but fell 3-2 in Everett Wednesday night. Kelowna is coming off a 3-2 shoot out win in Spokane Wednesday. They defeated the Blazers 4-3 in overtime and 6-3 in Kamloops in their current 3 game win streak.
SERIES: It’s the final meeting of the season, the Royals with a (4-2-0-1) record against the Rockets. Kelowna has won their last two encounters 4-3 in a shoot out Jan 7th and 5-2 the night before, both in Victoria. The Royals last win against the Rockets was Dec 2nd in Kelowna, 2-1.
Kelowna 4 @ Victoria 3 (Jan 7 2012) SOL
Kelowna 5 @ Victoria 2 (Jan 6 2012)
Victoria 2 @ Kelowna 1 (Dec 2 2011)
Victoria 5 @ Kelowna 6 (Nov 26 2011)
Victoria 3 @ Kelowna 2 (Oct 22 2011)
Kelowna 3 @ Victoria 4 (Oct 15 2011) OTW
Kelowna 5 @ Victoria 7 (Oct 14 2011)
ROAD / HOME: Victoria looks for their 10th road win, as they begin 3 in 3 nights, part of their 4 game in 5 trek. They face Everett Saturday, and Vancouver Sunday at 5pm. Their final two regular season games will be at home versus the Portland Winterhawks. The Rockets begin a 3 game homestand, with a 2 under .500 record at Prospera Place (14-16-0-2).
STATS: Victoria has killed of 25 of 26 penalties over the course of their last 7 games. The Royals set a franchise record for the fewest shots allowed in a game with 13 versus the Silvertips Wednesday. The Bruins still hold the record for fewest shots against in a period with 1, as Victoria came close by holding Everett to 2 in the 3rd.
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HEAD TO HEAD:
GP G A Pts
Jamie Crooks 7 3 8 11
Robin Soudek 7 7 3 10
Hayden Rintoul 7 3 5 8
Shane McColgan 7 2 10 12
Myles Bell 5 5 3 8
Brett Bulmer 4 4 2 6
Colton Sissons 7 3 3 6
DRAFTED/NHL SIGNED PLAYERS: For Victoria: D Tyler Stahl (Carolina, 6th rd 2010), D Jordan Fransoo (Ottawa, 7th rd 2011). For Kelowna: F Shane McColgan (NYR, 2011), F Brett Bulmer (Minnesota 2nd rd 2010).
TOP PROSPECTS: Central Scoutings mid-term rankings of North American players positions Victoria’s Steven Hodges (55), and Logan Nelson (108). For Kelowna: F Colton Sissons (14), D Damon Severson (46), D Colten Martin (146), F Colton Heffley (191)
#3, Zach Habscheid, Lower body, 1 month
#10, Filip Vasko, Lower body, 1 week
#15, Colton Sissons, Upper body, 1 month+
#16, Spencer Main, Upper body, 1 month+
With 2 home games left and a capacity of 7006, the Royals have an opportunity to eclipse the 200,000 mark in total attendance this season. So far 189,746 spectactors have enjoyed the Royals games at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Their game versus the Portland Winterhawks on March 14th has already sold out! This is the team’s sixth sell-out of the season.
There is only one way left to get tickets to the game, and that is to get your hands on some of the limited number of $5 Mad Monday tickets. These hot tickets will be available Monday, March 12th at 9:30 a.m. at the Select Your Tickets Box Office at the SOFMC.
EVERETT 49 Points REMAINING GAMES: (6)
Mar. 9 Portland
Mar. 10 Victoria
Mar. 11 at Seattle
Mar. 14 at Kelowna
Mar. 16 at Tri-City
Mar. 17 at Seattle
VICTORIA 48 Points REMAINING GAMES (5)
Mar 9 at Kelowna
Mar 10 at Everett
Mar 11 at Vancouver
Mar 14 vs Portland
Mar 16 vs Portland
SEATTLE 46 Points REMAINING GAMES: (6)
Mar. 10 vs Portland
Mar. 11 vs Everett
Mar. 13 vs Spokane
Mar. 16 at Spokane
Mar. 17 vs Everett
Mar. 18 at Portland
PRINCE GEORGE 44 Points REMAINING GAMES: (5)
Mar. 10 at Kelowna
Mar. 11 at Tri City
Mar. 13 at Tri City
Mar. 16 at Kamloops
Mar. 17 vs Kamloops