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The Royals are 2-2 against the Giants this season, taking the last two meetings on the Island by 2-1 and 3-2 scores in late October.
Vancouver sits 10th in the West, but snapped their 3 game losing streak Wednesday with a 6-2 win over the visiting Tri City Americans. Carter Popoff scored twice in a 36 second span while netminder Cody Porter earned the win.
Victoria is coming off a 4-1 loss at Tri City Friday night and remain tied for 4th in the West with Prince George.
The Americans used a pair of power play goals while outshooting the Royals 35-25. Beau McCue had a 4 point night, while Richard Nejezchleb struck twice with the man advantage. Tri City scored twice in the second period, and twice just :31 seconds apart in the third to pull ahead 4-0 before Tyler Soy broke Eric Comrie’s shut out bid.
Vancouver has 7 of their 8 wins this season at the Pacific Coliseum. The Giants power play is 6th overall, and 3rd best on home ice. They’ve scored the 8th most goals on average per game.
The Giants have a three way tie for their scoring lead. Carter Popoff, Joel Hamilton and Jackson Houck all have 18 points. Popoff leads the club in goals with 10.
Tyler Benson, the first overall selection in 2013 returned from the U-17 tournament with a lower body injury and has yet to play. Benson has 11 points in 12 games for Vancouver this season.
Victoria is led in scoring by Austin Carroll with 26 points including 13 goals. Joe Hicketts has 24 points, while Axel Blomqvist, Brandon Magee and Jack Walker all have 16 points. Hicketts 6 game point streak and Magee’s 9 game streak ended in Tri City.
Saturday is Legends Night at the Pacific Coliseum. Montreal Canadiens great Yvan Cournoyer will be in attendance while the Giants will wear Vancouver Blazers heritage jerseys.
Up next the Royals return to the Island to open a four game homestand against the #2 team in the CHL, the Kelowna Rockets for a pair Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals vs Vancouver Giants: Head To Head Stats Summary
How the 2 teams match up
|Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular Season||Victoria 2-2-0-0||Vancouver 2-2-0-0|
|Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season||Victoria 5-4-0-1||Vancouver 5-4-1-0|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Victoria 22-20-1-1||Vancouver 22-21-1-0|
|Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at Victoria||Victoria 14-7-0-1||Vancouver 8-13-1-0|
|Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at Vancouver||Victoria 8-13-1-0||Vancouver 14-8-0-0|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Vancouver 2 @ Victoria 3 (Oct 25 2014) Final|
Vancouver 1 @ Victoria 2 (Oct 24 2014) Final
Victoria 3 @ Vancouver 5 (Sep 28 2014) Final
Victoria 1 @ Vancouver 3 (Sep 20 2014) Final
How the 2 teams match up
|Team Record||8-11-0-0 -- 16 points||10-10-2-0 -- 22 points|
|Division Ranking||5th B.C.||3rd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||10th Western||5th Western|
|Past 10 Games||3-7-0-0||5-4-1-0|
|Last Game||6-2 W vs Tri-City (Nov 12 2014) Final||4-1 L @ Tri-City (Nov 14 2014) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(18/81) 22.2||(24/106) 22.6|
|PP (Home)||(12/38) 31.6||(11/36) 30.6|
|PP (Away)||(6/43) 14.0||(13/70) 18.6|
|PK (Overall)||(18/77) 76.6||(24/108) 77.8|
|PK (Home)||(8/43) 81.4||(7/37) 81.1|
|PK (Away)||(10/34) 70.6||(17/71) 76.1|
|Leading Rookie||Benson (3-8-11)||Nagy (2-2-4)|
|Most PIM||Atwal - 35||Carroll - 52|
|Leading Scorers||Popoff (10-8-18)||Carroll (13-13-26)|
|Hamilton (7-11-18)||Hicketts (5-19-24)|
|Houck (5-13-18)||Blomqvist (7-9-16)|
|Foster (6-8-14)||Magee (6-10-16)|
|Geertsen (1-12-13)||Walker (6-10-16)|
|Last 5 Games||6-2 W vs Tri-City (Nov 12 2014) Final||4-1 L @ Tri-City (Nov 14 2014) Final|
|5-0 L @ Kelowna (Nov 8 2014) Final||6-2 W @ Prince George (Nov 8 2014) Final|
|5-1 L vs Everett (Nov 7 2014) Final||3-2 L @ Prince George (Nov 7 2014) Final|
|5-3 L vs Kelowna (Nov 2 2014) Final||5-1 L @ Kelowna (Nov 5 2014) Final|
|1-0 W @ Seattle (Nov 1 2014) Final||5-4 L vs Tri-City (Nov 2 2014) Final OT|
|Leading After 1st||3-2-0-0||5-1-0-0|
|Leading After 2nd||5-1-0-0||6-1-0-0|
|Tied After 1st||4-5-0-0||3-3-0-0|
|Tied After 2nd||2-1-0-0||2-1-1-0|
|Trailing After 1st||1-4-0-0||2-6-2-0|
|Trailing After 2nd||1-9-0-0||2-8-1-0|
|Out Shooting Opponents||7-4-0-0||6-2-1-0|
|Out Shot by Opponents||1-4-0-0||3-7-1-0|