Pregame show at 6:40, with puck drop at 7 pm on The Zone @ 91.3 fm, or online at www.thezone.fm/listen
The clubs split their earlier two meetings with the home team winning on each occasion. The Royals won 5-0 November 16th, while the Silvertips won 7-4, in their first game with GM Garry Davidson assuming Head Coaching duties January 11th.
Victoria, in 6th spot will take on Kamloops in the opening round of the playoffs, while Everett is in 8th, 3 points back of Seattle with one in hand of the Thunderbirds.
A single point gained by 8th place Everett or dropped by 9th place Prince George, would clinch a playoff birth for the Silvertips and eliminate the Cougars. Everett with 3 games remaining can still catch Seattle who has a 3 point lead and only 2 games left, and avoid the Winterhawks in the first round. The Thunderbirds have a home and home with Portland remaining, while Prince George is 4 points back with just 2 games left and face Kamloops in a home and home this weekend.
|1||y * - Portland Winterhawks||69||54||12||1||2||111|
|2||x * - Kelowna Rockets||70||50||16||3||1||104|
|3||x Kamloops Blazers||70||45||20||2||3||95|
|4||x Spokane Chiefs||69||42||25||2||0||86|
|5||x Tri-City Americans||69||40||25||1||3||84|
|6||x Victoria Royals||70||33||30||2||5||73|
|7||x Seattle Thunderbirds||70||24||37||7||2||57|
|9||Prince George Cougars||70||21||41||2||6||50|
Conference standings reflect the order in which teams would qualify for the playoffs (1st thru 8th ). Division leaders (marked with a *) are automatically seeded first and second.
x = Teams who have clinched a playoff spot.
y = Teams who have clinched the conference title
The Silvertips snapped a 3 game road winless slide with a 4-3 victory at Seattle last Saturday. Tyler Sandhu scored twice, and Dawson Leedahl got the game winner. The game saw a goalie fight as Austin Lotz tangled with Seattle’s Brandon Glover. Everett has 3 wins in their last 8, after going winless in 11.
The Royals have dropped their last 3 after a pair of losses to the visiting Portland Winterhawks. Most recently a 4-1 defeat Tuesday as Taylor Crunk scored the lone goal and Coleman Vollrath made 40 saves.
Victoria was playing their 6th game in 8 nights against the #2 ranked team in the CHL. The Royals have just 1 win in their last 15 (1-11-1-2) and without Gogolev are (4-11-1-2).
With one more win, Victoria can set the franchise mark for victories in a season with 34. With one more point, the Royals can tie the franchise mark for points in a season with 74.
Victoria was without their leading scorer Alex Gogolev (day to day) who’s missed 18 games with a skate cut, their captain Tyler Stahl (Lower, day to day), Trent Lofthouse (Upper, day to day), and Luke Harrison (Upper, indefinite), G Patrik Polivka (Lower, 1-2 wks). Tim Traber sat out his 5th of a 6 game suspension.
After the Silvertips Friday, the Royals travel and play in Everett Saturday before returning home on Sunday for the afternoon awards ceremony which begins at 3pm at the SOFMC.
The Victoria Royals take on the Kamloops Blazers in Round 1 of the 2013 WHL Playoffs. Tickets for Games 3 and 4, held at Bear Mountain Arena, are on sale now. With limited Round 1 seats available, Royals fans are encouraged to order tickets quickly by calling 250-220-7777, visiting www.selectyourtickets.com, or heading down to the Select Your Tickets box office.
#23 Logan Aasman, F, upper body, day-to-day
#20 Lucas Grayson, F, lower body, day-to-day
#22 Ryan Harrison, F, upper body, day-to-day
#27 Ryan Murray, D, upper body, indefinite
#3 Aryton Nikkel, D, lower body, week-to-week
|Previous Meetings This Season||Victoria 4 @ Everett 7 (Jan 11 2013) Final
Everett 0 @ Victoria 5 (Nov 16 2012) Final
How the 2 teams match up
|Team Record||24-39-2-4 -- 54 points||33-30-2-5 -- 73 points|
|Division Ranking||5th U.S.||3rd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||8th Western||6th Western|
|Past 10 Games||3-6-1-0||1-7-1-1|
|Last Game||4-3 W @ Seattle (Mar 9 2013) Final||4-1 L vs Portland (Mar 12 2013) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(46/271) 17.0||(70/327) 21.4|
|PP (Home)||(26/152) 17.1||(35/163) 21.5|
|PP (Away)||(20/119) 16.8||(35/164) 21.3|
|PK (Overall)||(72/314) 77.1||(68/312) 78.2|
|PK (Home)||(31/145) 78.6||(31/141) 78.0|
|PK (Away)||(41/169) 75.7||(37/171) 78.4|
|Leading Rookie||Mueller (6-25-31)||Walker (8-13-21)|
|Most PIM||Nikkel - 117||Kanzig - 155|
|Leading Scorers||Winquist (23-24-47)||Gogolev (20-45-65)|
|Oslanski (16-30-46)||Magee (30-30-60)|
|Petryk (15-23-38)||Crooks (33-20-53)|
|Hayer (14-23-37)||Walker (19-30-49)|
|Bauml (21-14-35)||Hodges (27-20-47)|
|Last 5 Games||4-3 W @ Seattle (Mar 9 2013) Final||4-1 L vs Portland (Mar 12 2013) Final|
|6-3 L @ Spokane (Mar 8 2013) Final||5-2 L vs Portland (Mar 10 2013) Final|
|6-3 L @ Portland (Mar 5 2013) Final||3-1 L @ Vancouver (Mar 9 2013) Final|
|1-0 L @ Vancouver (Mar 3 2013) Final OT||5-3 W vs Vancouver (Mar 8 2013) Final|
|4-2 W vs Portland (Mar 2 2013) Final||4-3 L @ Kelowna (Mar 6 2013) Final SO|
|Leading After 1st||9-7-1-2||16-6-1-1|
|Leading After 2nd||16-1-0-2||20-0-0-2|
|Tied After 1st||9-6-1-0||12-7-1-2|
|Tied After 2nd||5-7-1-1||3-2-2-2|
|Trailing After 1st||6-26-0-2||5-17-0-2|
|Trailing After 2nd||3-31-1-1||10-28-0-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||7-5-0-0||12-8-0-2|
|Out Shot by Opponents||16-33-2-3||19-22-2-3|