Pregame show at 6:40 both nights with puck drop at 7pm on The Zone @ 91.3fm or online at cjzn.streamon.fm
Friday, April 10th – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 11th – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14th – Kelowna @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15th – Kelowna @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.
Friday, April 17th – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Sunday, April 19th – Kelowna @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Tuesday, April 21st – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
ROUND 1 SERIES
The Royals knocked off the Cougars in 5 games, while the Rockets swept the Americans to advance. Both clubs needed overtime in the deciding game.
Victoria outscored Prince George 20-15, paced by the line of Tyler Soy, Greg Chase, and Jack Walker combining for 19 points. The unit of Alex Forsberg, Brandon Magee and Austin Carroll put up a combined 17 points.
Chase and Magee both had hat tricks in round one. Magee had 9 points in the 5 games, while Chase had 7. Soy, Forsberg and Walker had 6 points each.
The Royals have 22 players on their team who have a combined 295 post-season games played. Meanwhile the Rockets have 346 WHL Playoff games of experience amongst 21 players on their squad.
On Victoria, forward Greg Chase leads the way with 33 games of post-season experience, while forward Tyrell Goulbourne has played the most playoff games on Kelowna with 37.
Kelowna finished the regular season 2nd in the WHL, with 112 points ranked 4th in the CHL Top 10. Victoria came 2nd in the BC Division with 82 points.
The Rockets scored 61 more goals overall, while allowing 36 fewer than the Royals.
At home Kelowna only fell 8 times during regulation (26-8-2-0), and just 5 losses after 60 minutes on the road. Victoria was 9 over .500 and home, and 1 under on the road.
The Royals were led by Austin Carroll in scoring with 77 points, with defenseman Joe Hicketts second with 64 points, and Tyler Soy third with 63. Brandon Magee and Greg Chase rounded out the top 5.
The Rockets were carried by Nick Merkley’s 90 points with 70 assists, and Rourke Chartier’s 82 points including 48 goals. Tyson Baillie notched 37 goals, and defenseman Madison Bowey chipped in with 48 helpers. Bowey and defenseman Josh Morrissey both won Gold for Team Canada at the World Juniors, along side Joe Hicketts and Dave Lowry as an Assistant Coach.
Morrissey missed round one due to injury.
The Rockets and Royals each had five, 20 goal scorers.
Netminder Coleman Vollrath and Kelowna keeper Jackson Whistle both have made 114 career regular-season appearances with similar stats. Whistle boasts a .910 save percentage with a 2.61 goals-against average to Vollrath’s .909 and 2.88.
Both netminders where previously named CHL Goaltender of the Week.
HEAD TO HEAD
During their 8 regular season meetings, the Rockets took 5 of 8 games, however the Royals won 2 of the last 3, including their final meeting 6-3 in Kelowna on March 11th.
The Rockets outscored the Royals 32-26, led by Nick Merkley and Madison Bowey with 10 points in 8 games each. Oilers first rounder Leon Draisaitl put up 9 points in 5 contests.
Brandon Magee led the charge for the Royals with 10 points in the 8 game season series. Joe Hicketts had 9 points and Austin Carroll had 8. Coleman Vollrath went 2-2, and Justin Paulic held a record of 1-2.
Rockets netminder Jackson Whistle sported a record of (1-1-1-0), while former Royal’s keeper, Michael Herringer was 4-1.
Victoria’s power play was 9/33 (27.27%) during their encounters, while Kelowna was 10/31 (32.25%).
NHL DRAFTED / INVITED PLAYERS
Tyson Baillie, San Jose Sharks, F/A,
Josh Morrissey, 1st rd Winnipeg Jets, 2013, (Signed)
Madison Bowey, 2nd rd Washington Capitals, 2013, (Signed)
Rourke Chartier, 5th rd San Jose Sharks, 2014,
Tyrell Goulbourne, 3rd rd Philadelphia Flyers, 2013, (Signed)
Justin Kirkland, 3rd rd Nashville Predators, 2014,
Mitchell Wheaton, 5th rd Detroit Red Wings, 2013,
Jackson Whistle, Vancouver Canucks, F/A,
Greg Chase, 7th rd Edmonton Oilers (Signed)
Joe Hicketts, Detroit Red Wings F/A (Signed)
Brandon Magee, Calgary Flames F/A
Travis Brown, Ottawa Senators F/A
Victoria’s Tyler Soy was ranked 78th by NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings on April 8th, while defenseman Chaz Reddekopp was 82nd, both jumping from 152nd and 199th respectively.
Kelowna’s Nick Merkely dropped from 13th to 23rd among North American Skaters, defenseman Joe Gatenby was rated 174th, as was rearguard Devante Stephens at 116th.
- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals vs Kelowna Rockets: Head To Head Stats
|Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular Season||Victoria 3-5-0-0||Kelowna 5-2-1-0|
|Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season||Victoria 5-2-0-1||Kelowna 3-4-0-1|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Victoria 18-18-1-3||Kelowna 22-14-2-2|
|Victoria vs. Kelowna Last 5 Years record at Victoria||Victoria 8-9-1-2||Kelowna 12-6-2-0|
|Victoria vs. Kelowna Last 5 Years record at Kelowna||Victoria 10-9-0-1||Kelowna 10-8-0-2|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Victoria 6 @ Kelowna 3 (Mar 11 2015) Final|
Victoria 2 @ Kelowna 4 (Feb 25 2015) Final
Kelowna 2 @ Victoria 5 (Feb 21 2015) Final
Kelowna 3 @ Victoria 2 (Feb 20 2015) Final
Victoria 3 @ Kelowna 7 (Feb 13 2015) Final
Kelowna 5 @ Victoria 3 (Nov 19 2014) Final
Kelowna 3 @ Victoria 4 (Nov 18 2014) Final OT
Victoria 1 @ Kelowna 5 (Nov 5 2014) Final
How the 2 teams match up Regular Season
|Team Record||53-13-5-1 -- 112 points||39-29-3-1 -- 82 points|
|Division Ranking||1st B.C.||2nd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||1st Western||5th Western|
|Past 10 Games||5-3-2-0||6-4-0-0|
|Last Game||5-2 W vs Vancouver (Mar 21 2015) Final||4-3 W @ Everett (Mar 21 2015) Final SO|
|PP (Overall)||(90/344) 26.2%||(66/300) 22.0%|
|PP (Home)||(40/172) 23.3%||(35/142) 24.6%|
|PP (Away)||(50/172) 29.1%||(31/158) 19.6%|
|PK (Overall)||(60/293) 79.5%||(59/295) 80.0%|
|PK (Home)||(28/144) 80.6%||(25/139) 82.0%|
|PK (Away)||(32/149) 78.5%||(34/156) 78.2%|
|PP vs. Opp.||(10/33) 30.3%||(9/31) 29%|
|PK vs. Opp.||(9/31) 71%||(10/33) 69.7%|
|Leading Rookie||Dube (17-10-27)||Nagy (6-7-13)|
|Most PIM||Southam - 91||Carroll - 124|
|Leading Scorers||Merkley (20-70-90)||Carroll (38-39-77)|
|Chartier (48-34-82)||Hicketts (12-52-64)|
|Baillie (37-39-76)||Soy (28-35-63)|
|Bowey (17-43-60)||Magee (23-38-61)|
|Draisaitl (19-34-53)||Chase (20-39-59)|
|Last 5 Games||5-2 W vs Vancouver (Mar 21 2015) Final||4-3 W @ Everett (Mar 21 2015) Final SO|
|4-3 W @ Vancouver (Mar 20 2015) Final OT||4-3 L vs Everett (Mar 20 2015) Final|
|3-2 L vs Seattle (Mar 18 2015) Final OT||4-1 L vs Vancouver (Mar 15 2015) Final|
|2-1 W vs Kamloops (Mar 14 2015) Final||3-0 W vs Vancouver (Mar 14 2015) Final|
|5-1 L @ Kamloops (Mar 13 2015) Final||2-0 W @ Vancouver (Mar 13 2015) Final|
|Leading After 1st||30-3-3-1||22-5-0-0|
|Leading After 2nd||40-1-3-0||26-3-0-0|
|Tied After 1st||17-6-1-0||11-9-0-1|
|Tied After 2nd||8-3-1-1||8-5-2-0|
|Trailing After 1st||6-4-1-0||6-15-3-0|
|Trailing After 2nd||5-9-1-0||5-21-1-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||35-8-2-1||23-9-1-0|
|Out Shot by Opponents||16-5-3-0||14-17-2-1|
|16||Alex Forsberg (total)||6||0||4||4||8||-4|
|23||X Axel Blomqvist||3||1||0||1||2||-3|
|8||Bryton Sayers (total)||6||1||0||1||2||-6|
|12||X Keith Anderson||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|5||X Keegan Kanzig||2||0||0||0||9||1|
|30||X Jayden Sittler||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||X Mitch Skapski||2||0||0||0||2||0|
|30||X Jayden Sittler||2||0||1||0||0||68:46||1||0.87||0.958|
|2||X Jesse Lees||3||2||3||5||0||4|
|22||Chance Braid (total)||8||2||2||4||7||1|
|27||Josh Morrissey (total)||5||1||2||3||10||0|
|20||Gage Quinney (total)||5||1||2||3||0||2|
|16||X Kris Schmidli||3||1||0||1||2||-1|
|25||X Colton Heffley||3||0||1||1||12||0|
|20||X Austin Glover||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|27||X Alexander Uryga||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|5||X Dalton Yorke||1||0||0||0||0||1|