Saturday, 18 April 2015

Recap: VIC 3 - KEL 7 [Series 4-1 Rockets]


The Victoria Royals fourth season came to a close Friday night, falling 4 games to 1 to the host Kelowna Rockets after a 7-3 loss.

“Disappointed…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry, on the 5 game, second round exit,

“I thought we left too much on the table.  Game 2 (overtime loss in Kelowna) you feel might be a critical turning point, and I really liked our first period tonight.”
The Ceremonial Handshake
The Royals took their only lead of the game with a pair of first period goals :23 seconds apart by Jack Walker and Brandon Fushimi in the first to take a 2-1 lead.  Josh Morrissey, who had a five point night with 2 goals and 3 assists, responded 70 seconds later to tie the game at 2 heading into the second.

“You give up a goal in the final minute (of the first to tie 2-2), those are critical moments in a game.” said Lowry,

 For us to give up that goal, and they made a goalie change (to start the 2nd) and we didn’t have an answer, didn’t have a push, we got put back on our heels and that to me was the difference.”

The Royals season comes to an end.
The Rockets scored 6 straight, from the first period and into the third to take a 7-2 lead, before graduating overagers Brandon Magee and Austin Carroll assisted on Travis Brown’s late power goal.

“It’s pretty sad,” said Magee on seeing his Major Junior career come to a close,

“It’s been quite a journey, being with the same organization for the past 5 years has been really cool.  Just to see the long road finally come to an end has been a heart breaker.”

Kelowna outshot Victoria 39-21 overall and 17-5 in the middle frame where they notched a pair of power play goals, part of a 3 goal second period.

The Rockets went 2 for 4 with the man advantage, while the Royals were 1 for 6.

Jackson Whistle started the game for Kelowna, but was replaced by Michael Herringer to start the second after allowing 2 goals on 9 shots.  Herringer went 11 for 12.

Justin Paulic made his second straight start for Victoria but was replaced by Coleman Vollrath after allowing 5 goals on 26 shots.  Vollrath kicked out 11 of 13.

Kelowna’s Leon Draisaitl had 3 points with a goal and two assists, while Madison Bowey and 3 helpers.  Nick Merkley chipped in with a pair of assists, while Rodney Southam and Cole Linaker had a goal and an assist each.  Tyson Baillie and Rourke Chartier rounded out their scoring.

The Rockets advance to the third round and will face either the Winterhawks or the Silvertips.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Kelowna Rockets 7 - Status: Final
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 2 0 1 - 3
Kelowna 2 3 2 - 7

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Draisaitl 4 (Kirkland, Morrissey), 1:24.
2, Victoria, Walker 4 (Chase), 17:54.
3, Victoria, Fushimi 2 (Fisher, Crunk), 18:17.
4, Kelowna, Morrissey 1 (Merkley, Bowey), 19:26.

Penalties-Soustal Kel (interference), 3:15; Stadel Kel (roughing), 8:25; Carroll Vic (roughing), 19:01; Baillie Kel (embellishment), 19:01.

2nd Period-
5, Kelowna, Southam 2 (Linaker, Johansen), 2:18.
6, Kelowna, Baillie 7 (Morrissey, Draisaitl), 14:52 (PP).
7, Kelowna, Morrissey 2 (Bowey, Draisaitl), 16:53 (PP).

Penalties-Stephens Kel (checking to the head), 3:10; Dmytriw Vic (major-boarding, game misconduct), 11:54; Merkley Kel (roughing), 15:52; Walker Vic (hooking), 16:13.

3rd Period-
8, Kelowna, Chartier 7 (Bowey, Merkley), 7:35.
9, Kelowna, Linaker 2 (Southam, Morrissey), 13:11.
10, Victoria, Brown 2 (Carroll, Magee), 13:59 (PP).

Penalties-Quinney Kel (closing hand on puck), 3:41; Crunk Vic (slashing), 5:32; Reddekopp Vic (cross checking), 10:38; Bowey Kel (cross checking), 13:35.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 9-5-7-21.
Kelowna 10-17-12-39.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Kelowna 2 / 4.

Goalies-
Victoria, Paulic 1-1-1-0 (26 shots-21 saves); Vollrath 4-3-0-0 (13 shots-11 saves). Kelowna, Whistle 6-0-1-0 (9 shots-7 saves); Herringer 2-0-0-0 (12 shots-11 saves).

A-5,226
Referees-Adam Byblow (23), Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Bevan Mills (98).

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Preview Game 5: Victoria at Kelowna [Series 3-1 Rockets]

The Victoria Royals visit the Kelowna Rockets Friday night for Game 5, fighting for their playoff lives, down 3 games to 1 in the best of seven playoff series.

Pregame show at 6:40, puck drop at 7 on The Zone @ 91.3 fm or online at cjzn.streamon.fm

Wednesday night in Victoria, Greg Chase scored in overtime as the Royals kept their season alive with a 5-4 victory.

They set the franchise record for most home playoff wins in a post season with 4.  Victoria also set the franchise record for most goals scored in a playoffs with 30 surpassing last years mark of 27.

Down 4-2 heading into the third, the Royals tied it up with a pair of goals just :24 seconds apart by Jack Walker - his second of the game, and Brandon Magee’s 9th of the post season.

Kelowna is 82-2 when leading after 40 minutes over the past 2 seasons but twice the Royals have outscored the Rockets 2-0 in the third period this post season.

Victoria shut down all 8 Kelowna power plays, while going 0 for 3.

“You’re playing with fire,” said Lowry on being shorthanded 8 times,

“We have to figure it out in quick order, we can’t take that many penalties and expect to win.  We got away with it tonight, but it has cost us in a couple other games.”

The Rockets outshot the Royals 40-32, as Justin Paulic made 36 saves for the victory.  Paulic has had 3 post season starts in his career, and all have been elimination games (2-1) record, and a .907 save percentage.  A win and loss with Moose Jaw, and the victory last night with Victoria.

Jackson Whistle made 27 saves in the loss, as the Rockets suffered their first defeat of the post season, snapping a 7 game playoff win streak - 9 straight dating back to the regular season.

Five Royals had 2 point nights, Chase, Magee, and Austin Carroll had a goal and an assist each, Walker 2 goals and Alex Forsberg a pair of helpers.

The line of Carroll, Forsberg and Magee combined for 6 points.  Carroll now leads the Royals in scoring in the second round, with 6 points, (1g 5a).  Magee leads the team in overall playoff scoring with 14 points, including the second most goals in the league with 9.

The Rockets got goals from Lucas Johansen, Tyson Baillie, Rourke Chartier and Tomas Soustal.  Leon Draisaitl had one assist and two posts and has a team high 8 points including 7 assists against the Royals in the post season.

Victoria’s playoff overtime record improves to 2-1, Kelowna is also at 2-1.

For the second year in a row, Victoria has made it to at least Game 5 of the second round of the WHL playoffs following last year’s five-game loss to the Portland Winter Hawks. It's the farthest the franchise has advanced in its nine-year-history, the first five of which were in Chilliwack as the Bruins.

The Royals will look to force a game 6 in Victoria on Sunday at 7pm, and a game 7 Tuesday in Kelowna.

- Marlon Martens

Individual playoff tickets, starting at $14.50, are on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena or over the phone at 250-220-7777. Avoid any lines and choose the seats you want by using the “Pick Your Own” seat map, available 24/7, online at www.selectyourtickets.com.

Round 2 MeetingsKelowna 4 @ Victoria 5 (Apr 15 2015) Final OT
Kelowna 4 @ Victoria 2 (Apr 14 2015) Final
Victoria 3 @ Kelowna 4 (Apr 11 2015) Final OT
Victoria 0 @ Kelowna 5 (Apr 10 2015) Final


How the 2 teams match up
Kelowna
Victoria
Team Record7-1-0-0 -- 14 points5-4-0-0 -- 10 points
Division Ranking1st B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking1st Western4th Western
League Ranking1st8th
Past 10 Games7-0-1-05-3-1-0
Streak7-0-1-01-0-0-0
Last Game5-4 L @ Victoria (Apr 15 2015) Final OT5-4 W vs Kelowna (Apr 15 2015) Final OT
Home Record4-0-0-04-1-0-0
Away Record3-1-0-01-3-0-0
GF36 30 
GA17 32 
PP (Overall)(9/44) 20.5%(5/33) 15.2%
PP (Home)(4/20) 20.0%(1/17) 5.9%
PP (Away)(5/24) 20.8%(4/16) 25.0%
PK (Overall)(3/40) 92.5%(14/54) 74.1%
PK (Home)(2/17) 88.2%(9/29) 69.0%
PK (Away)(1/23) 95.7%(5/25) 80.0%
PP vs. Opp.(6/18) 33.3%(2/27) 7.4%
PK vs. Opp.(2/27) 92.6%(6/18) 66.7%
Leading Rookie(0-0-0)Nagy (1-1-2)
Most PIMGoulbourne - 13Magee - 18
Team PIM/GM13.0/Game13.1/Game
Leading ScorersDraisaitl (3-9-12)Magee (9-5-14)
Baillie (6-5-11)Chase (7-3-10)
Merkley (2-8-10)Forsberg (3-7-10)
Chartier (6-3-9)Walker (3-7-10)
Bowey (4-5-9)Carroll (1-7-8)
Last 5 Games5-4 L @ Victoria (Apr 15 2015) Final OT5-4 W vs Kelowna (Apr 15 2015) Final OT
4-2 W @ Victoria (Apr 14 2015) Final4-2 L vs Kelowna (Apr 14 2015) Final
4-3 W vs Victoria (Apr 11 2015) Final OT4-3 L @ Kelowna (Apr 11 2015) Final OT
5-0 W vs Victoria (Apr 10 2015) Final5-0 L @ Kelowna (Apr 10 2015) Final
5-4 W @ Tri-City (Apr 1 2015) Final OT5-4 W vs Prince George (Apr 4 2015) Final OT
Leading After 1st5-0-1-02-0-0-0
Leading After 2nd6-0-1-04-0-0-0
Tied After 1st1-0-0-01-1-0-0
Tied After 2nd0-0-0-00-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st1-0-0-02-2-1-0
Trailing After 2nd1-0-0-01-3-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents6-0-1-00-0-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents1-0-0-04-3-0-0
1-Goal Games2-0-1-03-0-1-0
2-Goal Games2-0-0-01-2-0-0
3-Goal Games1-0-0-01-0-0-0

Victoria Royals
#PlayerGPGAPTSPIM+/-
21Austin Carroll4156104
18Brandon Magee432581
16Alex Forsberg422422
9Jack Walker42244-1
15Greg Chase421324-3
2Joe Hicketts402283
29Chaz Reddekopp401181
17Tyler Soy40110-1
6Travis Brown40008-2
22Taylor Crunk40002-3
27Jared Dmytriw400000
20Logan Fisher40000-3
25Brandon Fushimi40002-2
3Ryan Gagnon400010-5
19Dante Hannoun100000
4Ralph Jarratt300000
24Regan Nagy40000-1
14Jack Palmer300000
1Justin Paulic300000
8Bryton Sayers40000-3
34Alexey Sleptsov10002-1
35Coleman Vollrath300000

#PlayerGPWLOTLSLMINGAGAASV%
1Justin Paulic31010113:3352.640.917
35Coleman Vollrath30200131:16125.490.862

Kelowna Rockets
#PlayerGPGAPTSPIM+/-
29Leon Draisaitl417864
24Tyson Baillie443743
20Gage Quinney431422
4Madison Bowey413401
10Nick Merkley413463
27Josh Morrissey204421
15Tomas Soustal430320
14Rourke Chartier421301
8Cole Martin412300
7Lucas Johansen410120
22Chance Braid301120
28Joe Gatenby401121
16Kole Lind101100
17Rodney Southam40112-1
3Riley Stadel401123
21Devante Stephens201100
6Mitchell Wheaton401101
19Dillon Dube40000-1
12Tyrell Goulbourne40006-1
26Cole Linaker40000-2
1Jackson Whistle400020

#PlayerGPWLOTLSLMINGAGAASV%
1Jackson Whistle43010246:28102.430.919

Recap: KEL 4 - VIC 5 OT [Series 3-1 Rockets]



Greg Chase was the overtime hero as the Victoria Royals kept their season alive with a 5-4 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets Wednesday night, and now trail the best of seven series 3 games to 1.

“The biggest thing for us was to believe that we can come back, and take it one game at a time,” said Chase,

“It showed a lot of resiliency, and a lot of character, to not just fold with 8 minutes left.”

Victoria forces game 5 in Kelowna Friday night.

Down 4-2 heading into the third, the Royals tied it up with a pair of goals just :24 seconds apart by Jack Walker - his second of the game, and Brandon Magee’s 9th of the post season.

“We did a really good job of killing penalties tonight, we stayed with it, we dug ourselves a hole early but we believed that if we got one, we’d get another opportunity.” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,

Victoria shut down all 8 Kelowna power plays, while going 0 for 3.

“You’re playing with fire,” said Lowry on being shorthanded 8 times,

“We have to figure it out in quick order, we can’t take that many penalties and expect to win.  We got away with it tonight, it has cost us in a couple other games.”

The Rockets outshot the Royals 40-32, as Justin Paulic made 36 saves for the victory.

Jackson Whistle made 27 saves in the loss, as the Rockets suffered their first defeat of the post season, snapping a 7 game playoff win streak.

Five Royals had 2 point nights, Chase, Magee, and Austin Carroll had a goal and an assist each, Walker 2 goals and Alex Forsberg a pair of helpers.

The line of Carroll, Forsberg and Magee combined for 6 points.

The Rockets got goals from Lucas Johansen, Tyson Baillie, Rourke Chartier and Tomas Soustal.  Leon Draisaitl had one assist and two posts.

Victoria’s playoff overtime record improves to 2-1, Kelowna is also at 2-1.

 If necessary, the series will return to Victoria on Sunday for Game 6 at 7pm and Tuesday in Kelowna for a game 7.

- Marlon Martens

Individual playoff tickets, starting at $14.50, are on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena or over the phone at 250-220-7777. Avoid any lines and choose the seats you want by using the “Pick Your Own” seat map, available 24/7, online at www.selectyourtickets.com.

Kelowna Rockets 4 at Victoria Royals 5 (OT) - Status: Final OT
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Kelowna 3 1 0 0 - 4
Victoria 1 1 2 1 - 5

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Johansen 1 (Draisaitl, Gatenby), 15:15.
2, Kelowna, Baillie 6 (Bowey, Quinney), 17:34.
3, Victoria, Carroll 1 (Magee, Forsberg), 17:47.
4, Kelowna, Chartier 6 (Merkley, Stadel), 18:09.

Penalties-Sleptsov Vic (clipping), 6:46.

2nd Period-
5, Victoria, Walker 2   11:01.
6, Kelowna, Soustal 4 (Stephens, Southam), 18:28.

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (inter. on goaltender), 1:58; Draisaitl Kel (slashing), 4:12; Reddekopp Vic (slashing), 5:33; Chase Vic (roughing), 9:10; Draisaitl Kel (interference), 10:09; Carroll Vic (10-minute misconduct), 13:34; Hicketts Vic (cross checking), 13:34; Gagnon Vic (delay of game), 15:09.

3rd Period-
7, Victoria, Walker 3 (Chase), 10:42.
8, Victoria, Magee 9 (Reddekopp), 11:06.

Penalties-Whistle Kel (interference), 1:50; Crunk Vic (cross checking), 6:55.

OT Period-9, Victoria, Chase 7 (Forsberg, Carroll), 5:30.

Penalties-Magee Vic (inter. on goaltender), 0:14.

Shots on Goal-
Kelowna 17-11-9-3-40.
Victoria 9-8-13-2-32.

Power Play Opportunities-
Kelowna 0 / 8;
Victoria 0 / 3.

Goalies-
Kelowna, Whistle 6-0-1-0 (32 shots-27 saves).
Victoria, Paulic 1-0-1-0 (40 shots-36 saves).

A-4,909
Referees-Matt Kirk (4), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

RECAP: KEL 4 - VIC 2 [Game 3, Series 3-0 Rockets]


The Kelowna Rockets took a 3-0 best of seven playoff series lead Tuesday night after defeating the host Victoria Royals 4-2.

The Royals find themselves in a must win situation Wednesday night with game 4 in Victoria.

“We got away from our game in the second period,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“We got out shot 17-5 that usually spending an enormous amount of time in your end, which usually is indicative that your killing penalties - and that was the case.”

The Rockets outshot the Royals 36-30, while scoring two power play goals on six chances, and adding one short-handed.

“At the end of the day you give a team with this skill 6 power plays, it’s usually the difference in the hockey game - and once again it was.” said Lowry.

Victoria was 0 for 6 on the man advantage.

Kelowna’s Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist, while four different Rockets hit the scoresheet and Tyson Baillie chipped in with a pair of assists.

Victoria trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes and 4-2 after 40.

“They’re a very good hockey team, they’re very opportunisitic.  When we make mistakes they’ve made us pay for it - and that’s what good teams do.”

Kelowna’s Jackson Whistle made 28 saves for the win, while Coleman Vollrath started for the Royals and made 24 saves on 28 shots after 2 periods, while Justin Paulic came in for the third stopping all 8 shots.

Victoria’s Alex Forsberg opened the scoring and Greg Chase pulled them even in the middle frame at 2-2, but Kelowna added two more goals in the second, and shut the door in the third.

Nick Merkley, Gage Quinney and Madison Bowey also scored for the Rockets.

Game 5 if necessary will take place on Friday in Kelowna with puck drop set for 7:05 p.m. The series will return to Victoria on Sunday for Game 6 at 7:05 p.m. (if necessary).

Individual playoff tickets, starting at $14.50, are on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena or over the phone at 250-220-7777. Avoid any lines and choose the seats you want by using the “Pick Your Own” seat map, available 24/7, online at www.selectyourtickets.com.

- Marlon Martens

Kelowna Rockets 4 at Victoria Royals 2 - Status: Final
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Kelowna 2 2 0 - 4
Victoria 1 1 0 - 2

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Forsberg 3 (Magee, Carroll), 1:03.
2, Kelowna, Draisaitl 3   8:18 (SH).
3, Kelowna, Merkley 2 (Martin, Chartier), 14:10 (PP).

Penalties-Southam Kel (kneeing), 6:27; Quinney Kel (interference), 9:21; Brown Vic (hooking), 13:42; Chase Vic (inter. on goaltender), 16:38.

2nd Period-
4, Victoria, Chase 6 (Walker, Soy), 0:54.
5, Kelowna, Quinney 4 (Baillie), 9:02.
6, Kelowna, Bowey 4 (Baillie, Draisaitl), 15:16 (PP).

Penalties-Hicketts Vic (roughing), 6:47; Merkley Kel (hooking), 11:09; Magee Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 14:29; Gagnon Vic (tripping), 17:46.

3rd Period- No Scoring.

Penalties-Soustal Kel (high sticking), 3:12; Merkley Kel (charging), 17:26; Draisaitl Kel (slashing), 19:56.

Shots on Goal-
Kelowna 11-17-8-36.
Victoria 12-5-13-30.

Power Play Opportunities-
Kelowna 2 / 6;
Victoria 0 / 6.

Goalies-
Kelowna, Whistle 6-0-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 4-3-0-0 (28 shots-24 saves); Paulic 0-0-1-0 (8 shots-8 saves).

A-5,517
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Ryan Gibbons (73), Bevan Mills (98).

Preview GAME 3: Kelowna at Victoria Tuesday April.14.2015


Down 2 games to 0 in the second round, the Victoria Royals are back home for Game #3 against the visiting Kelowna Rockets Tuesday night.

Pregame show at 6:40, on The Zone @ 91.3 fm www.thezone.fm/whl cjzn.streamon.fm 

Saturday in Kelowna, Rockets Tyson Baillie scored his second of the night in overtime in a 4-3 victory.

Brandon Magee scored his second of the night for the Royals to force overtime, after clawing back from a 3-0 deficit.

The Rockets led 1-0 after 20, and led 3-0 in the middle frame before Magee scored late in the second period to snap Kelowna’s home playoff shut out streak that nearly lasted 11 periods.  It was the first goal the Rockets allowed on home ice during the post season.

Victoria outshot Kelowna 41-27, but Jackson Whistle made 38 saves for the win.

“We are fortunate to be up 2-0,” said Kelowna head coach Dan Lambert.

“Victoria was the better team in Game 2. They did everything better than we did..other than we got lucky, and got one extra goal.”

Coleman Vollrath started for the Royals and made 11 saves on 14 shots before Justin Paulic came in the second to go the distance, stopping 11 of 12.

Austin Carroll had 3 assists for Victoria, while Joe Hicketts chipped in with a pair.  Alex Forsberg rounded out the scoring for the Royals.  His line with Carroll and Magee provided 6 points, and have collected a team high 23 points in the post season.

The line of Jack Walker, Tyler Soy and Greg Chase have totalled 20 points.

Leon Draisaitl also had 3 assists, while Tomas Soustal and Gage Quinney provided the other goals for the Rockets.  Draisaitl now has 5 points in the two games.

Both clubs scored a pair of power play goals, Victoria was 2 for 5, while Kelowna was 2 for 8.  The Royals are now 2 for 9, while the Rockets are 4 for 13 in the two game set.

The Royals lost forward Greg Chase with a game misconduct near the end of the first, while Rockets defenseman Josh Morrissey did not return after the first period.

Tyson Baillie was then named the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 12th, 2015.

Baillie collected four points (3g-1a) in two games to help the Kelowna Rockets pick up a pair of wins in their Round 2 series against the Victoria Royals in the 2015 WHL Playoffs.

The WHL has also nominated Jackson Whistle of the Kelowna Rockets for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award, while posting a 1.49 goals against average and a .951 save percentage, including one shutout in the two game set.

Rockets Joe Gatenby is the winner of the 2015 WHL Ryobi Hardest Working Player of the Year award. Gatenby went on to win the title after a league-wide fan poll.  The Royals nominee was Logan Fisher.

Victoria was 2-2 in their 4 home games against Kelowna during the regular season, winning 5-2 in February, and 4-3 in overtime in November.

The Royals were 9 over .500 at home this season, and 3-0 in the post seaosn.The Rockets won the most road games of any team in the WHL (27-5-3-1).

*Following Stats from http://reganbartel.blogspot.ca/

The Rockets have opened the scoring in five (5-0) of the six games in this year’s playoffs.

The Rockets had 30 more points than the Royals during the regular season, with 14 more wins and 16 fewer losses. The Rockets scored 61 more goals and allowed 36 fewer against. The Rockets and Royals each had five – 20 goal scorers. The Rockets had eight 15 or more scorers while the Royals had seven.

Scoring in this series:
Period     1    2     3   OT   Total
Rockets: 1    4    3     1      9
Royals:   0    1    2     0      3

Shots by Period:  1     2     3   OT   Total
Rockets:              21    24   25   1     67
Royals:                15    20   26   0     61

ROCKET STREAKS:
Tyson Baillie has a point in every playoff game. Baillie is riding a six game point streak with 5+3=8 over that period.
Gage Quinney has goals in three straight playoff games….
Nick Merkley is riding a four game point streak. Merkley has 0+5=5 over that period. Merkley has not scored in five games or since game one of the Tri City series...
Madison Bowey has points in four straight games. Bowey has 2+3=5 over that stretch….
Leon Draisaitl has has a three game point streak in this year’s playoffs. Has 6 assists in those three games but hasn’t scored in four straight games…
Rourke Chartier has two-two goal games in the playoffs…
Joe Gatenby leads the Rockets with a +8 rating in the playoffs.
Tomas Soustal has goals in three of his last four games.

Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 3 @ Kelowna 4 (Apr 11 2015) Final OT
Victoria 0 @ Kelowna 5 (Apr 10 2015) Final

How the 2 teams match up: 2015 Post Season Stats
Kelowna
Victoria
Team Record6-0-0-0 -- 12 points4-3-0-0 -- 8 points
Division Ranking1st B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking1st Western4th Western
League Ranking1st8th
Past 10 Games6-0-0-04-2-1-0
Streak6-0-0-00-1-1-0
Last Game4-3 W vs Victoria (Apr 11 2015) Final OT4-3 L @ Kelowna (Apr 11 2015) Final OT
Home Record4-0-0-03-0-0-0
Away Record2-0-0-01-3-0-0
GF28 23 
GA10 24 
PP (Overall)(7/30) 23.3%(5/24) 20.8%
PP (Home)(4/20) 20.0%(1/8) 12.5%
PP (Away)(3/10) 30.0%(4/16) 25.0%
PK (Overall)(3/31) 90.3%(12/40) 70.0%
PK (Home)(2/17) 88.2%(7/15) 53.3%
PK (Away)(1/14) 92.9%(5/25) 80.0%
PP vs. Opp.(4/9) 44.4%(2/13) 15.4%
PK vs. Opp.(2/13) 84.6%(4/9) 55.6%
Leading Rookie(0-0-0)Nagy (1-1-2)
Most PIMGoulbourne - 13Magee - 12
Team PIM/GM14.3/Game12.9/Game
Leading ScorersDraisaitl (2-7-9)Magee (8-3-11)
Baillie (5-3-8)Chase (5-2-7)
Merkley (1-7-8)Forsberg (2-5-7)
Chartier (5-2-7)Walker (1-6-7)
Bowey (3-4-7)Soy (2-4-6)
Last 5 Games4-3 W vs Victoria (Apr 11 2015) Final OT4-3 L @ Kelowna (Apr 11 2015) Final OT
5-0 W vs Victoria (Apr 10 2015) Final5-0 L @ Kelowna (Apr 10 2015) Final
5-4 W @ Tri-City (Apr 1 2015) Final OT5-4 W vs Prince George (Apr 4 2015) Final OT
5-3 W @ Tri-City (Mar 31 2015) Final3-0 W @ Prince George (Apr 2 2015) Final
3-0 W vs Tri-City (Mar 28 2015) Final4-2 L @ Prince George (Apr 1 2015) Final
Leading After 1st4-0-0-02-0-0-0
Leading After 2nd5-0-0-04-0-0-0
Tied After 1st1-0-0-01-1-0-0
Tied After 2nd0-0-0-00-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st1-0-0-01-1-1-0
Trailing After 2nd1-0-0-00-2-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents5-0-0-00-0-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents1-0-0-03-2-0-0
1-Goal Games2-0-0-02-0-1-0
2-Goal Games1-0-0-01-1-0-0
3-Goal Games1-0-0-01-0-0-0

Victoria Royals vs Kelowna
#PlayerGPGAPTSPIM+/-
21Austin Carroll203301
18Brandon Magee22022-3
2Joe Hicketts202240
16Alex Forsberg21012-2
9Jack Walker201140
6Travis Brown20006-2
15Greg Chase200020-2
22Taylor Crunk20000-1
27Jared Dmytriw200000
20Logan Fisher20000-1
25Brandon Fushimi20002-2
3Ryan Gagnon20004-3
4Ralph Jarratt200000
24Regan Nagy200000
14Jack Palmer200000
1Justin Paulic100000
29Chaz Reddekopp20006-1
8Bryton Sayers20000-3
17Tyler Soy200000
35Coleman Vollrath200000

#PlayerGPWLOTLSLMINGAGAASV%
1Justin Paulic1001029:4212.020.917
35Coleman Vollrath2010091:1685.260.864

Kelowna Rockets vs Victoria
#PlayerGPGAPTSPIM+/-
29Leon Draisaitl205503
24Tyson Baillie231443
27Josh Morrissey204421
20Gage Quinney220202
15Tomas Soustal220201
8Cole Martin211202
4Madison Bowey202201
10Nick Merkley202222
14Rourke Chartier210101
22Chance Braid101121
16Kole Lind101100
6Mitchell Wheaton201100
19Dillon Dube200000
28Joe Gatenby200021
12Tyrell Goulbourne200060
7Lucas Johansen200021
26Cole Linaker20000-1
17Rodney Southam200000
3Riley Stadel200022
1Jackson Whistle200000

#PlayerGPWLOTLSLMINGAGAASV%
1Jackson Whistle22000120:5831.490.951

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Recap: VIC 3 - KEL 4 OT [Game 2]


Tyson Baillie scored his second of the night in overtime to lift the Kelowna Rockets past the visiting Victoria Royals 4-3 Saturday and take a 2-0 playoff series lead.

The goal came just :58 seconds into the extra frame, just as the Rockets power play expired.

Brandon Magee scored his second of the night for the Royals to force overtime, after clawing back from a 3-0 deficit.

“I thought we came out and played hard,” said Head Coach Dave Lowry after his club fell 5-0 one night earlier,

“We played with a lot of emotion, we brought a lot of passion.  This is what you need at playoff time, and obviously we’re disappointed with end result.”

Victoria out shot Kelowna 41-27, but Jackson Whistle made 38 saves for the win.

Coleman Vollrath started for the Royals and made 11 saves on 14 shots before Justin Paulic came in the second to go the distance, stopping 11 of 12.

Austin Carroll had 3 assists for Victoria, while Joe Hicketts chipped in with a pair.  Alex Forsberg rounded out the scoring for the Royals, as his line with Carroll and Magee provided 6 points.

Leon Draisaitl also had 3 assists, while Tomas Soustal and Gage Quinney provided the other goals for the Rockets.  Draisaitl now has 5 points in the two games.

Both clubs scored a pair of power play goals, Victoria was 2 for 5, while Kelowna was 2 for 8.

The Rockets led 1-0 after 20, and led 3-0 in the middle frame before Magee scored late in the second period to snap Kelowna’s home playoff shut out streak that nearly lasted 11 periods.  It was the first goal the Rockets allowed on home ice during the post season.

Whistle set the franchise record for a playoff shutout streak on home ice going 218:02.

The Royals lost forward Greg Chase with a game misconduct near the end of the first, while Rockets defenseman Josh Morrissey did not return after the first period.

Victoria returns home for games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday night.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 3 at Kelowna Rockets 4 (OT) - Status: Final OT
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 0 1 2 0 - 3
Kelowna 1 2 0 1 - 4

1st Period-
1, Kelowna, Baillie 4 (Draisaitl, Morrissey), 18:44 (PP).

Penalties-Gagnon Vic (checking to the head), 2:31; Magee Vic (slashing), 3:43; Brown Vic (slashing), 7:13; Morrissey Kel (cross checking), 9:40; Brown Vic (cross checking), 18:25; Chase Vic (game misconduct, 10-minute misconduct), 18:44.

2nd Period-
2, Kelowna, Soustal 3 (Martin, Braid), 4:11.
3, Kelowna, Quinney 3 (Draisaitl, Bowey), 11:16 (PP).
4, Victoria, Magee 7 (Carroll, Hicketts), 18:02 (PP).

Penalties-Goulbourne Kel (high sticking), 1:05; Hicketts Vic (roughing), 4:45; Walker Vic (hooking), 7:16; Brown Vic (delay of game), 10:32; Goulbourne Kel (holding), 12:16; Fushimi Vic (cross checking), 16:27; Baillie Kel (slashing), 16:27; Merkley Kel (inter. on goaltender), 17:04.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Forsberg 2 (Hicketts, Carroll), 7:31 (PP).
6, Victoria, Magee 8 (Carroll, Walker), 18:26.

Penalties-Braid Kel (cross checking), 6:35; Walker Vic (embellishment), 8:48; Gatenby Kel (interference), 8:48; Reddekopp Vic (checking from behind), 18:56.

OT Period-
7, Kelowna, Baillie 5 (Draisaitl, Merkley), 0:58.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 14-11-16-0-41.
Kelowna 7-9-10-1-27.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 5;
Kelowna 2 / 8.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 4-2-0-0 (15 shots-12 saves); Paulic 0-0-1-0 (12 shots-11 saves). Kelowna, Whistle 5-0-0-0 (41 shots-38 saves).

A-5,473
Referees-Reagan Vetter (39), Nathan Wieler (18).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Nathan Van Oosten (115).

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Recap: VIC 0 - KEL 5



Josh Morrissey had 3 assists for the Kelowna Rockets, while Jackson Whistle made 20 saves to blank the visiting Victoria Royals 5-0 Friday night, taking a 1-0 best of seven playoff series lead in round two.

Netminder was Coleman Vollrath valiant in making 39 saves in the defeat as the Rockets outshot the Royals 44-20 on the night.

“We felt that for the few shots that we had, it was evenly matched in terms of quality scoring chances.”  said Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“We had opportunities to shoot the puck in prime scoring positions and we were looking for the pass.  This time of year the goals that go in if they’re greasy - you give yourself a chance to win and we didn’t put ourselves in that position.”

Whistle earned his 3rd shut out of the playoffs, as Kelowna has not allowed a single goal against in all 3 post season home games.  They also averaged 38 shots for in the first 4 games against the Americans.

After a scoreless first, the Rockets Tyson Baillie opened the scoring and Cole Martin added a second with just :22 seconds left in the middle frame.

“Give up a goal in the last minute of the second period, we were within one shot of giving ourselves a chance in the third.  We made a mistake and ended up paying for it….”  said Lowry on how the game got out of reach.

Gage Quinney made it 3-0 in the third before a pair of power play goals by Rourke Chartier during a 5 on 3, and Tomas Soustal in the final minute rounded out the scoring.

Tyson Baillie was the first star with a goal and an assist including the winner, while Edmonton Oilers 1st round pick Leon Draisaitl chipped in with a pair of helpers, including hitting two posts.

Winnipeg Jets first round pick, Josh Morrissey returned to the line up after being out since Feb. 28.

Jack Walker almost opened the scoring after hitting iron, moments before Baillie converted on a feed from Draisaitl.

Victoria was 0 for 4 with the man advantage, while Kelowna was 2 for 5.

It got better,” said Lowry of the power play which improved as the night went along,

“Still, at this time of year it’s your top players and we need better execution.  We have to get back to doing the basics, and working, and putting pucks off the net.”

Game two goes Saturday night in Kelowna before returning to Victoria for games Tuesday and Wednesday.

- Marlon Martens

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Victoria Royals 0 at Kelowna Rockets 5 - Status: Final
Friday, April 10, 2015 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC

Victoria 0 0 0 - 0
Kelowna 0 2 3 - 5

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

2nd Period-
1, Kelowna, Baillie 3 (Draisaitl, Wheaton), 5:40.
2, Kelowna, Martin 1 (Merkley, Morrissey), 19:37.

Penalties-Johansen Kel (hooking), 8:10; Hicketts Vic (holding), 13:52; Goulbourne Kel (hooking), 14:47; Forsberg Vic (hooking), 15:54.

3rd Period-
3, Kelowna, Quinney 2 (Baillie, Draisaitl), 7:59.
4, Kelowna, Chartier 5 (Bowey, Morrissey), 10:36 (PP).
5, Kelowna, Soustal 2 (Lind, Morrissey), 19:27 (PP).

Penalties-Stadel Kel (hooking), 1:42; Reddekopp Vic (checking from behind), 8:49; Gagnon Vic (delay of game), 9:04; Baillie Kel (slashing), 10:54; Reddekopp Vic (slashing), 17:58.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 1-9-10-20.
Kelowna 14-15-15-44.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4;
Kelowna 2 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 4-2-0-0 (44 shots-39 saves).
Kelowna, Whistle 4-0-0-0 (20 shots-20 saves).

A-5,481
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Bevan Mills (98), Dustin Minty (86).