|Snowy day in Prince George|
In a rematch of last years first round playoff series, the Victoria Royals (20-11-1-1, 42pts) visit the Prince George Cougars (20-10-1-1, 42pts) for a pair of games Friday and Saturday Dec. 17th and 18th.
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The Royals beat the Cougars in 5 games last spring, and won the season series 5-3.
It’ll be the first of 4 straight games against each other, with the later two coming in Victoria after the Christmas Break Dec. 27th and 28th.
It’s a critical set as the two BC Division clubs come in tied for points in the West with 42, sporting almost identical win-loss records. Prince George has a game in hand.
The Cougars are on a 2 game win streak, and have only 1 regulation loss in their last 12 games (10-1-0-1). They’re coming off a pair of road wins against the T-birds 6-2 on Tuesday, and 3-2 against the Winterhawks.
Prince George earned Honourable Mention in the CHL Top 10 this week, while Victoria was excluded.
At home the Cougars are 9 games over .500 (12-3-0-1), while the Royals have an impressive 10 wins on the road, but winless in their last 3.
Victoria has dropped their last 2, and 3 of 4 all against Vancouver in a 4 game consecutive set. Most recently a 4-3 loss on the road Wednesday night, giving up a third period lead in the last 5 ½ minutes of the game. They were without leading scorer Alex Forsberg, tied for 11th in the league with 42 points in 32 games.
It’ll be the 5th game without WJ participants Head Coach Dave Lowry, Joe Hicketts and Matt Auerbach.
Prince George features 5 NHL drafted players, 3 rated by NHL CSS, 2 that participated at the U17, and 3 that are native to the area.
The Cougars are led in scoring by Bruins 4th round pick Jesse Gabrielle’s 35 points in 32 games. Jansen Harkins taken in the 2nd round by Winnipeg is third in scoring, while Brad Morrison a 4th round pick of the Rangers is 4th. Canucks 7th rounder, defenseman Tate Olson is 6th in club scoring. Their Captain, rearguard Sam Ruopp is a 5th round pick of Columbus.
Prince George has taken the most penalty minutes on average per game, led by Duncan product Josh Anderson, who’s ‘C’ rated by NHL Central Scouting. He leads all defenseman in majors with 9 this season.
Netminder Ty Edmonds owns the leagues best save percentage (0.932) and 2nd best goals against average (2.17).
The Cougars have the 4th best penalty kill, and have scored a league high 8 short handed goals.
The Royals are the 2nd stingiest team in the league, and own the 3rd best penalty kill.
Victoria Royals vs Prince George Cougars: Stats Summary
|Head to Head Record 2015-16 Regular Season||Victoria 0-0-0-0||Prince George 0-0-0-0|
|Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular Season||Victoria 5-3-0-0||Prince George 3-3-1-1|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Victoria 24-8-0-0||Prince George 8-19-1-4|
|Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at Victoria||Victoria 12-4-0-0||Prince George 4-10-1-1|
|Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at Prince George||Victoria 12-4-0-0||Prince George 4-9-0-3|
|Team Record||20-10-1-1 -- 42 points||20-11-1-1 -- 42 points|
|Division Ranking||2nd B.C.||3rd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||2nd Western||3rd Western|
|Past 10 Games||8-1-0-1||5-4-1-0|
|Last Game||6-2 W @ Seattle (Dec 15 2015) Final||4-3 L @ Vancouver (Dec 16 2015) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(22/123) 17.9%||(30/142) 21.1%|
|PP (Home)||(15/70) 21.4%||(18/84) 21.4%|
|PP (Away)||(7/53) 13.2%||(12/58) 20.7%|
|PK (Overall)||(23/140) 83.6%||(20/123) 83.7%|
|PK (Home)||(12/60) 80.0%||(12/67) 82.1%|
|PK (Away)||(11/80) 86.3%||(8/56) 85.7%|
|PP vs. Opp.||(0/0) 0%||(0/0) 0%|
|PK vs. Opp.||(0/0) 0%||(0/0) 0%|
|Leading Rookie||O'Brien (9-14-23)||Phillips (18-17-35)|
|Most PIM||Anderson - 75||Reddekopp - 61|
|Leading Scorers||Gabrielle (19-16-35)||Forsberg (11-31-42)|
|Witala (20-9-29)||Phillips (18-17-35)|
|Morrison (10-15-25)||Hicketts (2-28-30)|
|Harkins (7-18-25)||Walker (12-16-28)|
|O'Brien (9-14-23)||Hannoun (16-10-26)|
|Last 5 Games||6-2 W @ Seattle (Dec 15 2015) Final||4-3 L @ Vancouver (Dec 16 2015) Final|
|3-2 W @ Portland (Dec 12 2015) Final||4-2 L vs Vancouver (Dec 13 2015) Final|
|5-4 L @ Portland (Dec 11 2015) Final||6-1 W vs Vancouver (Dec 12 2015) Final|
|7-2 W vs Kootenay (Dec 8 2015) Final||4-1 L @ Vancouver (Dec 11 2015) Final|
|6-5 W @ Vancouver (Dec 6 2015) Final||5-1 W vs Kootenay (Dec 5 2015) Final|