Pregame show on The Zone @ 91.3 fm or online at: www.thezone.fm/listen 6:40 Tuesday & Wednesday.
It’s the first of 8 meetings between the clubs, as last season the Royals won 6 games, 2 of those in shoot outs. Three of the victories came in Prince George.
Both clubs have 2-3 records and both are looking for back to back wins. Victoria is coming off a 4-3 come from behind shoot out win in Kelowna Saturday, while Prince George got past Kamloops 3-1 on home ice on the same night. The Cougars fell 5-2 one night earlier to the same Blazers.
In Kelowna Saturday, Victoria’s Trent Lofthouse was the games first star with a goal and an assist, while Brandon Fushimi and Landon Welykholowa (Well-uh-Call-uh-Wah) also scored, overcoming a 3-1 third period deficit.
In the shoot out, Logan Nelson and brothers Jack and Ben Walker all scored. Coleman Vollrath earned the win, snapping the clubs 3 game losing streak. Keegan Kanzig, Brandon Magee and Joe Hicketts all returned to the line up.
The Royals had 11 come from behind wins last year. Victoria is now 2-0 on the road this year, while the Cougars are 1-1 at home.
Last season Prince George had a record of 22-43-2-6, placing ninth in the Western Conference.
Gone from last years Cougars club is 20 year old F Colin Jacobs, who signed a pro contract with Buffalo Sabres. They are carrying two 20-year-old in F Klarc Wilson, and D Peter Kosterman (acquired in trade from Hitmen).
The imports are both from Slovakia 6’6 D Martin Bobos (Boh-bohs), and F David Soltes (Soul-Tays) both selected in 2013 CHL Import Draft.
The Cougars have a solid core of key returnees: F Troy Bourke, F Zach Pochiro, F Alex Forsberg, D Marc McNulty, and G Brett Zarowny.
Their three 16 year olds include two first round picks in 2012, F Jansen Harkins (2nd overall), F Brad Morrison (7th overall), and 2nd rounder, D Tate Olson. 9th round pick 17-year-old G Ty Edmonds is also a rookie on the team.
After the Tuesday, and Wednesday games in Prince George, Victoria plays in Kamloops Friday night before returning home for a matinee against Tri City October 6th.
Victoria Royals vs Prince George Cougars: Head To Head Stats
|Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season||Victoria 0-0-0-0||Prince George 0-0-0-0|
|Head to Head Record 2012-13 Regular Season||Victoria 6-2-0-0||Prince George 2-4-0-2|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Victoria 22-8-0-2||Prince George 10-18-0-4|
|Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at Victoria||Victoria 10-5-0-1||Prince George 6-8-0-2|
|Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at Prince George||Victoria 12-3-0-1||Prince George 4-10-0-2|
|Team Record||2-3-0-0 -- 4 points||2-3-0-0 -- 4 points|
|Division Ranking||2nd B.C.||3rd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||6th Western||7th Western|
|Past 10 Games||2-3-0-0||2-3-0-0|
|Last Game||3-1 W vs Kamloops (Sep 28 2013) Final||4-3 W @ Kelowna (Sep 28 2013) Final SO|
|PP (Overall)||(3/29) 10.3||(3/23) 13.0|
|PP (Home)||(1/14) 7.1||(2/14) 14.3|
|PP (Away)||(2/15) 13.3||(1/9) 11.1|
|PK (Overall)||(11/28) 60.7||(6/22) 72.7|
|PK (Home)||(2/7) 71.4||(5/15) 66.7|
|PK (Away)||(9/21) 57.1||(1/7) 85.7|
|Leading Rookie||Morrison (2-0-2)||(0-0-0)|
|Most PIM||Erricson - 20||Crunk - 16|
|Leading Scorers||Wilson (4-1-5)||Nelson (1-4-5)|
|McNulty (1-4-5)||Carroll (3-0-3)|
|Bourke (2-2-4)||Fushimi (2-0-2)|
|Forsberg (1-2-3)||Hicketts (1-1-2)|
|Tkatch (0-3-3)||Magee (1-1-2)|
|Last 5 Games||3-1 W vs Kamloops (Sep 28 2013) Final||4-3 W @ Kelowna (Sep 28 2013) Final SO|
|5-2 L vs Kamloops (Sep 27 2013) Final||6-1 L vs Spokane (Sep 25 2013) Final|
|2-1 W @ Tri-City (Sep 22 2013) Final||6-2 L vs Spokane (Sep 24 2013) Final|
|8-3 L @ Everett (Sep 21 2013) Final||2-1 L vs Vancouver (Sep 21 2013) Final|
|9-2 L @ Portland (Sep 20 2013) Final||4-2 W @ Vancouver (Sep 20 2013) Final|
|Leading After 1st||2-0-0-0||0-0-0-0|
|Leading After 2nd||2-0-0-0||1-0-0-0|
|Tied After 1st||0-2-0-0||1-1-0-0|
|Tied After 2nd||0-0-0-0||0-0-0-0|
|Trailing After 1st||0-1-0-0||1-2-0-0|
|Trailing After 2nd||0-3-0-0||1-3-0-0|
|Out Shooting Opponents||2-1-0-0||0-1-0-0|
|Out Shot by Opponents||0-2-0-0||1-2-0-0|