Sunday, 19 October 2014

Recap: Victoria 4 - Kootenay 0 Final

Brandon Magee had two assists in his return, while Coleman Vollrath made 27 saves to lead the visiting Victoria Royals to a 4-0 shut out of the Kootenay Ice.

“I thought our preparation tonight was outstanding…I really liked our first period." said Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry,

"That power play goal got us going and got us settled in and allowed us to play with a lead.” 

Victoria wraps up their 6 game in 9 night Central Division road trip on a two game win streak, and a 4 and 2 record taking 8 of a possible 12 points.

“When we left and we didn’t know when we were going to win one, I’m going to take the 8 points and be real happy going home .500.” said Lowry,

It was the Royals first win in Cranbrook in their 3rd try as the club improves to .500 on the season (6-6-1-0).

“It was important for us to win against Portland at home (before they left for the road trip) we were able to get on the road and win a couple games we probably didn’t deserve to, and tonight we finished it off with a game that was probably our best game from start to finish.”

Magee returned to the line up after serving a 12 game suspension, and assisted on a pair of goals :16 seconds apart by Brandon Fushimi and Axel Blomqvist, late in the middle frame to give the Royals a 3-0 lead.

“It was awesome to put those threads back over my shoulders, and put the uniform on…” said Magee who looked like he hadn’t missed a beat, “…in the second period I felt more comfortable and made a couple plays with Fushimi and Blomqvist and we were able to capitalize on them.”

The two quick, late goals changed the face of the game according to Lowry,

“The turning point in the game was the one shift where we scored two goals.  You bring a player of Magee’s magnitude back in the line up it’s going to give your club a lift – and tonight it was great for us.” According to Lowry

Travis Brown scored on the power play in the first in a period where Victoria outshot Kootenay 13-6.  Logan Fisher added a single in the third on Austin Carroll’s second assist on the night, putting the game out of reach.

Coleman Vollrath stood tall in his second career shut out, his first came against the same Ice last season in a 3-0 win on the Island.  Vollrath came through with 12 second period saves when Kootenay turned up the heat, preserving the 1-0 lead.  Wyatt Hofflin took the loss allowing 4 goals on 29 shots.

The Royals finished strong despite playing a stretch of 4 games in 5 nights.

“It’s amazing when you get your head into the game, and when you decide to play a certain way and play a certain way and stay within the parameters of our team game, it gives you an opportunity to win.” Said Lowry

Victoria was 1 for 4 on the power play, while blanking the opposition on two man advantages.

The Royals return home to open a 5 game home stand which begins with a pair of games against the rival Giants Friday and Saturday.

-Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 4 at Kootenay Ice 0 - Status: Final
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Western Financial Place - Cranbrook, BC

Victoria 1 2 1 - 4
Kootenay 0 0 0 - 0

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Brown 3 (Hicketts, Carroll), 14:03 (PP).

Penalties-Kanzig Vic (boarding), 9:18; Martin Ktn (hooking), 13:48; Legien Ktn (tripping), 16:45.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Fushimi 3 (Magee), 18:56.
3, Victoria, Blomqvist 4 (Magee, Kanzig), 19:11.

Penalties-Kanzig Vic (roughing), 14:45.

3rd Period-
4, Victoria, Fisher 2 (Carroll, Jarratt), 6:06.

Penalties-Descheneau Ktn (hooking), 0:37; Philp Ktn (high sticking), 9:30.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 13-6-10-29.
Kootenay 6-12-9-27.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Kootenay 0 / 2.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 5-5-1-0 (27 shots-27 saves).
Kootenay, Hoflin 3-5-0-0 (29 shots-25 saves).

A-2,042
Referees-Steve Papp (17).
Linesmen-Sean Donnelly (109), Michael Roberts (87).

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Preview: Victoria at Kootenay, Saturday Oct.18

The Victoria Royals (5-6-1-0) wrap up their 6 game in 9 night Central Divison road swing in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice (3-6) Saturday, in their only meeting of the year.

Pregame show at 5:40, puck drop at 6 on The Zone @ 91.3 fm or www.thezone.fm/whl

Tonight is the return of Victoria’s leading scorer from last season, Brandon Magee who has finished serving his 12 game suspension.

Montreal Canadiens draft pick, F Tim Bozon didn‘t make his return Friday due to a lower-body injury. Bozon's status is considered day-to-day according to the Daily Townsman in Cranbrook. In 63 games with Kamloops and Kootenay in the WHL in 2013-14, Bozon collected 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists).

Last season the Royals blanked the visiting Ice 3-0 on December 3rd.  Carroll, Magee and Nelson got the goals for Victoria who’s power play went 2 for 3.

Victoria is 3-2 on the road trip which started with a 3-2 win in Calgary, 8-2 loss in Medicine Hat, 6-5 overtime win at Red Deer, and 3-2 loss in Edmonton.

Friday night Axel Blomqvist scored twice to lead the Royals past the Hurricanes 4-2.  Tyler Soy broke a 2-2 third period tie, and Blomqvist added another just :37 seconds later.  Jack Walker and Soy had a goal and an assist each, while Joe Hicketts was the number star with 2 assists.  Coleman Vollrath earned the win with 20 saves.

The Kootenay Ice shut out the visiting Regina Pats 1-0 Friday night snapping a 4 game losing skid.  Wyatt Hoflin made 34 saves, and Troy Murray's second period power-play goal held up. Murray, is the younger brother of Columbus Blue Jackets D Ryan Murray. Murray's tally was also a WHL first as Kootenay improved to 2-0 on home ice this season.

Hoflin recorded his first career WHL shutout, as the the Ice were outshot 34-16 on the night.  He improved his record to 3-4-0 with a 3.22 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

The Ice had a short bench as five defencemen and 11 forwards dressed.

Tim Bozon, Vince Loschiavo and Rinat Valiev also missed the game due to injury.  Valiev, the Leafs 3rd round pick, missed his ninth game with a lower-body injury.

The Ice were also without defencemen Bryan Allbee and Dylan Overdyk, as well as forward Jared Legien. The trio missed Friday's game, due to team-imposed suspensions after violating team rules at Mount Baker High School earlier this week.

Thursday Team WHL for the 2014 Subway Super Series was announced, with Victoria defenseman, Joe Hicketts making roster.  Team WHL will be coached by Royals bench boss Dave Lowry, who will also serve as Assistant Coach for Team Canada at the World Juniors.  Team WHL will face Team Russia  November 10th and 11th in Saskatoon and Brandon respectively.

Hicketts becomes the fifth player from the Royals’ franchise to play in the SUBWAY ® Super Series. Forward Steven Hodges played for Team WHL in 2012, while forwards Kevin Sundher, Ryan Howse and Mark Santorelli competed at the event in 2011, 2010 and 2007, respectively.

Hicketts is 2nd in defenseman scoring in the league with 13 points in 10 games, 2 back of the Rockets Madison Bowey.

Kootenay forward Jaedon Descheneau, the Blues 5th round pick, made his 200th career WHL regular season appearance Friday. The 19 year-old was named to Team WHL for the second consecutive season for the the upcoming Subway Super Series against Russia earlier in the week.

After playing Kootenay, Victoria travels home to open a 5 game homestand with a pair against the Vancouver Giants next Friday and Saturday.

- Marlon Martens

KOOTENAY DRAFTED PLAYERS:

RINAT VALIEV - Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Round, 2014 NHL Draft),
JAEDON DESCHENEAU - St. Louis Blues (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft),
TANNER FAITH – Minnesota Wild (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft).

How the 2 teams match up
Kootenay
Victoria
Team Record3-6-0-0 -- 6 points5-6-1-0 -- 11 points
Division Ranking5th Central4th B.C.
Conference Ranking9th Eastern6th Western
League Ranking18th12th
Past 10 Games3-6-0-05-4-1-0
Streak1-0-0-01-0-0-0
Last Game1-0 W vs Regina (Oct 17 2014) Final4-2 W @ Lethbridge (Oct 17 2014) Final
Home Record2-0-0-02-1-1-0
Away Record1-6-0-03-5-0-0
GF20 37 
GA34 49 
PP (Overall)(5/33) 15.2(13/67) 19.4
PP (Home)(1/6) 16.7(4/20) 20.0
PP (Away)(4/27) 14.8(9/47) 19.1
PK (Overall)(7/37) 81.1(14/63) 77.8
PK (Home)(0/4) 100.0(4/16) 75.0
PK (Away)(7/33) 78.8(10/47) 78.7
Leading Rookie(0-0-0)Hannoun (1-2-3)
Most PIMSteenbergen - 20Crunk - 36
Team PIM/GM14.3/Game20.2/Game
Leading ScorersDescheneau (5-3-8)Carroll (8-6-14)
Philp (4-3-7)Hicketts (4-9-13)
Zborosky (2-3-5)Walker (5-7-12)
Murray (1-4-5)Soy (4-7-11)
Fleury (0-5-5)Brown (2-7-9)
Last 5 Games1-0 W vs Regina (Oct 17 2014) Final4-2 W @ Lethbridge (Oct 17 2014) Final
5-0 L @ Swift Current (Oct 10 2014) Final3-2 L @ Edmonton (Oct 15 2014) Final
3-1 L @ Moose Jaw (Oct 9 2014) Final6-5 W @ Red Deer (Oct 14 2014) Final OT
5-4 L @ Regina (Oct 8 2014) Final8-2 L @ Medicine Hat (Oct 11 2014) Final
6-4 L @ Calgary (Oct 4 2014) Final3-2 W @ Calgary (Oct 10 2014) Final
Leading After 1st1-2-0-02-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd1-1-0-01-1-0-0
Tied After 1st2-2-0-01-0-0-0
Tied After 2nd1-2-0-02-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st0-2-0-02-5-1-0
Trailing After 2nd1-3-0-02-5-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents0-0-0-03-1-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents3-6-0-02-5-0-0
1-Goal Games2-1-0-03-1-1-0
2-Goal Games1-3-0-01-2-0-0
3-Goal Games0-0-0-00-1-0-0

Friday, 17 October 2014

Recap: VIC 4 - LETH 2

Axel Blomqvist scored a pair of goals against his former club to lead the visiting Victoria Royals past the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-2 Friday night.

“Great feeling right now, really good to get this win for the boys and two goals for myself.  Good to show those guys over there – it was fun.” Said Blomqvist.

Victoria broke a 2-2 third period tie with a pair of goals :37 seconds apart by Tyler Soy and Blomqvist.

The Royals had built up a 2-0 lead on goals by Blomqvist in the first, and Jack Walker with the man advantage in the second.  The Hurricanes used a pair of power play goals to draw even in the middle frame, the second during a full two minute 5 on 3.

“Liked our first period, liked our third, didn’t like our second.  When we get drawn into the after whistle game, we’re not a very good team.  We were in control of the hockey game and we gave them life and a reason to continue to play.” Said Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“We have to get back to the mentality that when you have a two goal lead you’re looking for that third goal, you’re not looking for an opportunity to let these guys back into the game.”

Victoria went 1 for 4 with the man advantage, while Lethbridge was 2 for 5 in a game that had 4 fights and a total of 120 penalty minutes combined.

“I liked the emotion in the game but I don’t like the reason why the fights were happening…I like when the game is being played and there is an altercation or is a fight, it is result of a play on the ice.” Said Lowry

Walker and Soy had a goal and an assist each, while Hicketts, who was named to the roster of Team WHL Thursday, was the first star with a pair of helpers.

Giorgio Estephan and Tyler Wong got the singles for the Canes who fall to (1-6-0-1) and are now winless in 5.

Netminder Coleman Vollrath made 20 saves for the win, while Zac Robidoux allowed 4 goals on 33 shots.

Victoria did not all a shot against for the first 12 minutes of the game.

“We wanted to make sure we got through the first period and not spot a team 2, 3 goals.” Said Lowry, who’s club had given up the first goal in all four games of the road trip.

“Tonight I thought our guys did a really good job of managing the ice well, got in shooting lanes, and made it tough to get to our net.”

Ryan Gagnon was very physical, throwing three large hits, including dumping former Royals Zane Jones into Victoria’s bench.

Austin Carroll had his 9 game point and 8 game goal streak snapped.

Victoria improves (5-6-1-0) on the season and 3-2 on their Central Division road trip which started with a 3-2 win in Calgary, 8-2 loss in Medicine Hat, 6-5 overtime win at Red Deer, and 3-2 loss in Edmonton.

Not dressed was defenseman Marsel Ibragimov, forward Matthew Campese and Brandon Magee who served the final of his 12 game suspension.

The Royals wrap up 6 in 9, with the final of a 4 game in 5 night stretch Saturday against the Ice in Cranbrook.

“We’re going to build off the emotion that should be in the building with Magee coming back for our hockey club, and that’s something that moving forward is probably going to help us.”

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 4 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 - Status: Final
Friday, October 17, 2014 - Enmax Centre - Lethbridge, AB

Victoria 1 1 2 - 4
Lethbridge 0 2 0 - 2

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Blomqvist 2 (Fushimi, Jarratt), 19:00.

Penalties-Jensen Let (roughing), 3:19; Crunk Vic (major-fighting), 9:27; Folk Let (major-fighting), 9:27; Brown Vic (holding), 11:09.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Walker 5 (Soy, Hicketts), 3:59 (PP).
3, Lethbridge, Estephan 1 (Milekhin, Cooper), 11:23 (PP).
4, Lethbridge, Wong 1 (Sayers, Nielsen), 16:06 (PP).

Penalties-Amson Let (high sticking), 3:10; Dmytriw Vic (major-fighting, game-second fight), 4:33; Fisher Vic (major-fighting), 4:33; Nielsen Let (major-fighting), 4:33; Sheen Let (major-fighting, game-second fight), 4:33; Carroll Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 6:51; Walker Vic (major-fighting), 6:51; Jensen Let (major-fighting), 6:51; Kitt Let (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 6:51; Crunk Vic (interference), 10:01; Blomqvist Vic (slashing), 15:07; Carroll Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:07; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 19:00; Foulk Let (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 19:00; Wong Let (elbowing), 19:00.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Soy 4 (Hicketts, Walker), 6:39.
6, Victoria, Blomqvist 3   7:16.

Penalties-Cooper Let (checking from behind), 2:06; Kanzig Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 5:03; Kitt Let (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 5:03; Fisher Vic (hooking), 10:41.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 13-12-8-33.
Lethbridge 5-10-7-22.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 4;
Lethbridge 2 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Vollrath 4-5-1-0 (22 shots-20 saves).
Lethbridge, Robidoux 0-4-0-0 (33 shots-29 saves).

A-2,726
Referees-Matt Cassidy (93), Jason Cramer (57).
Linesmen-Aidan Henderson (78), Jared Mackey (52).

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hicketts & Lowry to TEAM WHL

ROYALS’ DAVE LOWRY NAMED HEAD COACH OF TEAM WHL FOR SUBWAY® SUPER SERIES
Head Coach Dave Lowry named bench boss of Team WHL for SUBWAY ® Super Series.

For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that Head Coach Dave Lowry has been named the head coach of Team WHL for the upcoming SUBWAY® Super Series against Team Russia.

Since joining the Royals for the 2012-13 season, Lowry has posted an 87-56-4-8 regular season record as Victoria’s bench boss. In the eight year history of the franchise, Lowry holds the best record for a coach in his first two seasons with the club. He also holds the franchise record in playoff victories with seven.


Lowry recently completed his second season with the Royals and was named the 2013-14 WHL Coach of the Year after leading Victoria to a franchise-record 48-20-1-3 regular season. Last year, Lowry guided the Royals to numerous franchise records including wins (48) and points (100), breaking the records he established during his first season with the club. Lowry helped Victoria finish the season as the 10th ranked club in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings, while also guiding the franchise to its first playoff series victory.

ROYALS’ JOE HICKETTS NAMED TO TEAM WHL ROSTER FOR SUBWAY® SUPER SERIES
Victoria defender earns nod to Team WHL for SUBWAY ® Super Series.

For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals would like to congratulate defenceman Joe Hicketts who was today named to Team WHL’s roster for the upcoming SUBWAY ® Super Series against Team Russia.

Hicketts appointment to Team WHL comes after recording 11 points (4g-7a) in nine games so far this season for Victoria.

The product of Kamloops, BC is coming off of a summer that saw him sign a three-year entry level contract as a free agent with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Detroit Red Wings. Last season, Hicketts recorded six goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 36 games played for the Royals. He also tallied two assists in nine games during the 2014 Playoffs.

Drafted by the Royals in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft as the club’s first ever draft pick, Hicketts has registered 59 points (16g-43a) over 113 games with Victoria.

Hicketts becomes the fifth player from the Royals’ franchise to play in the SUBWAY ® Super Series. Forward Steven Hodges played for Team WHL in 2012, while forwards Kevin Sundher, Ryan Howse and Mark Santorelli competed at the event in 2011, 2010 and 2007, respectively.

The SUBWAY® Super Series features regional teams of CHL All-Stars competing against the Team Russia in a six-game event serving as an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The WHL hosts the first two games of the six-game series with the middle leg hosted by the OHL and the final two games played in the QMJHL. Last season the CHL prevailed with their ninth series win in 11 years of this event, earning a 10-8 victory in points which included three regulation wins, two losses, and one defeat by shootout.

Team WHL faces Team Russia for the first two games of the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series. Saskatoon will kick-off the series on Monday, November 10th while Brandon will welcome the WHL All-Stars and Team Russia for the second game on Tuesday, November 11th. The 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Bank of Montreal and Old Dutch. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet with QMJHL games shown on TVA Sports.

The schedule for the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series is as follows:
Game 1 – Monday, November 10 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 11 at Brandon, MB

Game 3 – Thursday, November 13 at Peterborough, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 17 at Kingston, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday, November 18 at Bathurst, NB
Game 6 – Thursday, November 20 at Rimouski, QC

The Royals wrap up their road trip with contests on Friday, October 17th vs. the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Saturday October 18th against the Kootenay Ice. Puck drop for both games are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


Victoria will then return home for a pair of games vs. the Vancouver Giants on Friday October 24th and Saturday October 25th. Friday’s contest marks the unveiling of the Royals third jersey, while Saturday’s game is the annual Pink in the Rink Night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Get your tickets today by calling 250-220-7777 or visiting at www.victoriaroyals.com.  

Preview: Victoria at Lethbridge, Friday Oct. 17th

The Victoria Royals (4-6-1-0) visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-6-0-1) Friday night to play their 5th game of a 6 game Central Division road trip.

Pregame show at 5:40, puck drop at 6pm on The Zone @ 91.3 fm, online www.thezone.fm/whl

Last season the Royals won all 3 meetings, outscoring the ‘Canes 14-4 in total.  They won twice at home by 4-0 and 4-3 scores, and in the ‘Bridge 6-1.

Axel Blomqvist faces his former team in Lethbridge, playing 78 games amassing 44 points.

Victoria is 2-2 so far on the trek, with wins against Calgary (3-2) and Red Deer (6-5 OT), the losses coming from Medicine Hat (8-2) and Edmonton (3-2).

Most recently the Royals came to within one of the Oil Kings Tuesday, in a 3-2 loss.  Austin Carroll and Joe Hicketts got the goals, while Evan Smith made 27 saves in the defeat, his first WHL start.

The Hurricanes are winless in 4, having dropped their last 3, all on the road.  They fell 6-2 against the Cougars, 3-1 to the Blazers, and wrapped up the trip with a 4-2 loss against the Rockets.

Lethbridge held a 2-1 lead into the 3rd, but Kelowna scored a pair of goals 14 seconds apart and added an empty netter to win 4-2.  Zac Robidoux made 31 saves in the loss.

The Hurricanes have 3 points in eight games this season, all of which came on home ice (1-1-0-1).

Thursday, Team WHL for the 2014 Subway Super Series was announced, with Victoria defenseman, Joe Hicketts making roster.  Team WHL will be coached by Royals bench boss Dave Lowry, who will also serve as Assistant Coach for Team Canada at the World Juniors.

Team WHL will face Team Russia  November 10th and 11th in Saskatoon and Brandon respectively.

http://whl.ca/article/team-whl-roster-announced

Royals forward Austin Carroll is on a 9 game point streak, (8g 6a) with 14 points, and a league high 8 game goal scoring streak with 8 goals, tied for 2nd in the WHL.

Hicketts is tied for 2nd in defenseman scoring with 11 points, 3 back of the Rockets Madison Bowey.

Victoria wraps up their 6 game in 9 night trip and 4 in 5 Saturday in Cranbrook against Kootenay.

- Marlon Martens

‘CANES NOTES:

-Trading Block: The Hurricanes completed a 6-player swap September 30th sending Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt to the Brandon Wheat Kings for C – Ryley Lindgren, LW – Brett Kitt and D – Kord Pankewicz.

Lindgren had 17 points (9G, 8A) in 67 games last season while Kitt added 10 point in 37 games and Pankewicz had 8 points in 35 games. Earlier, on October 25th, the Hurricanes sent their 4th round Bantam pick in 2015 to the Everett Silvertips in exchange for O/A left winger Zane Jones. The 6’3, 210 pound 20-year old from Olds has played 192 career WHL games registering 104 points (48G, 56A) to go along with a plus-11 +/- rating and 183 penalty minutes.

U17 Hockey Challenge: Stuart Skinner was named the goalie for Canada Team Black at the U17 Hockey Challenge scheduled for November 2nd – 8th in Sarnia-Lambton, ON. The 1998-born goalie is one of 66 players named to the three Canadian rosters. The tournament will be the first to feature three Canadian national teams – Black, Red and White. From 1986 to 2014, Canada was represented by five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West.

NHL’s Watchful Eye: 2nd year Centre, Giorgio Estephan has caught the eye of the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. On the preliminary Draft Watch List for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the 6’0, 184 pound native of Edmonton was listed as a WHL “C” skater indicating a 4th to 6th round candidate. Estephan was drafted in the 1st round (4th overall) by Lethbridge in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and last year finished with 24 points (12G, 12A) in 64 games.

-NHL Camps: Nick Walters signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Columbus Blue Jackets and attended their Prospects Camp in September where he competed at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.

-Oh Captain my Captain: The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced 4th year veteran and Calgary native Jamal Watson as the 24th Captain in franchise history. The team named the 6 assistants who will wear the ‘A’ either at home or on the road. The Assistants are: Riley Sheen, Nick Walters, Zane Jones, Lenny Hackman, Tyler Wong and Carter Folk.

-By the Numbers: The Canes have 27 on their roster: 2 Goalies, 8 Defencemen and 17 Forwards.

-Age Breakdown: 3 – 20 year olds, 5 – 19 year olds, 12 – 18 year olds, 5 – 17 year olds and 2 – 16 year olds. Rookies include (Nikita Milekhin, Pavel Skumatov, Jaeger White, Brandon Kennedy, Andrew Nielsen, Zac Robidoux and Stuart Skinner)

Victoria Royals vs Lethbridge Hurricanes: Head To Head Stats
Summary

Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-0-0-0Lethbridge 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-0-0-0Lethbridge 0-3-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 6-2-1-0Lethbridge 3-6-0-0
Victoria vs. Lethbridge Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 4-1-0-0Lethbridge 1-4-0-0
Victoria vs. Lethbridge Last 5 Years record at LethbridgeVictoria 2-1-1-0Lethbridge 2-2-0-0

How the 2 teams match up
Lethbridge
Victoria
Team Record1-6-0-1 -- 3 points4-6-1-0 -- 9 points
Division Ranking6th Central4th B.C.
Conference Ranking12th Eastern8th Western
League Ranking22nd15th
Past 10 Games1-6-0-14-5-1-0
Streak0-3-0-10-1-0-0
Last Game4-2 L @ Kelowna (Oct 11 2014) Final3-2 L @ Edmonton (Oct 15 2014) Final
Home Record1-1-0-12-1-1-0
Away Record0-5-0-02-5-0-0
GF16 33 
GA36 47 
PP (Overall)(2/33) 6.1(12/63) 19.0
PP (Home)(1/13) 7.7(4/20) 20.0
PP (Away)(1/20) 5.0(8/43) 18.6
PK (Overall)(5/36) 86.1(12/58) 79.3
PK (Home)(2/14) 85.7(4/16) 75.0
PK (Away)(3/22) 86.4(8/42) 81.0
Leading RookieSkumatov (2-0-2)Hannoun (1-2-3)
Most PIMFolk - 20Brown - 33
Team PIM/GM16.1/Game18.8/Game
Leading ScorersSheen (3-5-8)Carroll (8-6-14)
Jones (4-2-6)Hicketts (4-7-11)
Watson (3-2-5)Walker (4-6-10)
Pankewicz (2-1-3)Soy (3-6-9)
Skumatov (2-0-2)Brown (2-7-9)
Last 5 Games4-2 L @ Kelowna (Oct 11 2014) Final3-2 L @ Edmonton (Oct 15 2014) Final
3-1 L @ Kamloops (Oct 10 2014) Final6-5 W @ Red Deer (Oct 14 2014) Final OT
6-2 L @ Prince George (Oct 8 2014) Final8-2 L @ Medicine Hat (Oct 11 2014) Final
3-2 L vs Kamloops (Oct 3 2014) Final SO3-2 W @ Calgary (Oct 10 2014) Final
4-3 W vs Calgary (Oct 1 2014) Final SO6-2 W vs Portland (Oct 6 2014) Final
Leading After 1st0-0-0-01-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd0-1-0-01-1-0-0
Tied After 1st0-3-0-01-0-0-0
Tied After 2nd0-1-0-01-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st1-3-0-12-5-1-0
Trailing After 2nd1-4-0-12-5-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents0-0-0-02-1-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents1-6-0-12-5-0-0
1-Goal Games1-1-0-13-1-1-0
2-Goal Games0-2-0-00-2-0-0
3-Goal Games0-0-0-00-1-0-0

Recap: VIC 2 - EDM 3

Edgars Kulda’s short handed goal in the second period stood to be the winner as the visiting Victoria Royals (4-6-1-0) fell 3-2 to the reigning Memorial Cup champions, the Edmonton Oil Kings (5-3) Wednesday night.

Edmonton held period leads of 2-0 and 3-1, while outshooting Victoria 30-22.

Once again, you spot a team 3 goals it’s hard to come back, especially a team that’s won the Memorial Cup.  They know how to win.” said Head Coach Dave Lowry,

“I like the way stayed in the game after, the way we competed, but we have make sure we put ourselves in better positions.” 

The Royals went 0 for 6 on the power play, including 4 first period opportunities,  They shut down all 5 Oil Kings man advantages.

We had opportunities to score on the power play but the difference was we didn’t…we win in Red Deer because the power play scores, tonight it didn’t score and it ends up costing us.” Said Lowry

Tristan Jarry earned his 4th win with 20 saves, while Evan Smith, in his first WHL start made 27 saves in the loss.

The Oil Kings scored just 1:04 into the opening period.

“We had good energy in the room, good energy on the bench, we just came out flat right off the bat.” said 16 year old forward Jared Dmytriw, who drew the opposition into two penalties.

“It’s not like we played bad today, we just made a few mistakes and they capitalized.  Overall we had a pretty good outing but, we just find a way to bury it, and not let teams get away from us right at the beginning.”

Victoria (4-6-1-0) is now 2-2 on their 6 game in 9 night Central Division road trip, with the wins in Calgary and Red Deer, and the other loss came in Medicine Hat.

The Royals held the edge in shots in the first and the third, but the Oil Kings had a 19-7 advantage in the middle frame as the teams exchanged goals.

Brandon Pollock scored twice in the first for Edmonton while Victoria got goals from Austin Carroll in the second, and Joe Hicketts with 2 seconds remaining.

Carroll extended his point streak to 9 games, (8g 6a) with 14 points, and his league high goal scoring streak to 8 games with 8 goals, tied for 2nd in the WHL.

Hicketts is tied for 2nd in defenseman scoring with 11 points, 3 back of the Rockets Madison Bowey.

Victoria travels Thursday to Lethbridge for the game Friday, and face Kootenay Saturday before returning home.

Last year, the Royals swept the three-game season series against the Hurricanes, outscoring Lethbridge 14-4 (winning 4-0, 4-3 and 6-1).

-Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals 2 at Edmonton Oil Kings 3 - Status: Final
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB

Victoria 0 1 1 - 2
Edmonton 2 1 0 - 3

1st Period-
1, Edmonton, Pollock 3 (Robertson, Benson), 1:04.
2, Edmonton, Pollock 4 (Robertson, Carroll), 10:53.

Penalties-Mills Edm (roughing), 2:08; Eller Edm (interference), 5:39; Brown Vic (cross checking), 9:51; Irving Edm (holding), 10:25; Bauer Edm (too many men), 13:58; Hicketts Vic (tripping), 19:16.

2nd Period-
3, Edmonton, Kulda 2   3:30 (SH).
4, Victoria, Carroll 8   16:29.

Penalties-Mills Edm (tripping), 2:35; Gagnon Vic (roughing), 5:51; Brown Vic (hooking), 13:49; Robertson Edm (hooking), 17:55.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Hicketts 4 (Fisher), 19:58.

Penalties-Hicketts Vic (delay of game), 17:53.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 8-7-7-22.
Edmonton 6-19-5-30.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 6;
Edmonton 0 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Smith 1-1-0-0 (30 shots-27 saves).
Edmonton, Jarry 4-3-0-0 (22 shots-20 saves).

A-3,807
Referees-Adam Bloski (16), Adam Byblow (23).
Linesmen-Chris Carlson (92), Scott Fulmer (32).

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Preview: Victoria at Edmonton, Wed Oct.15-2014

The Victoria Royals (4-5-1-0) visit the reigning Memorial Cup Champions, Edmonton Oil Kings (4-3) Wednesday night.

Pregame show at 5:40, puck drop at 6pm on The Zone @ 91.3 fm online www.thezone.fm/whl

It’s the first of two meetings, as last season the Royals earned a split, falling at home 5-0 and then winning on the road 5-3.   In the victory, Brandon Magee had 3 points, and Patrik Polivka made 37 saves.

The Oil Kings snapped a 3 game losing streak Monday with a 5-2 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings, improving to one game over .500.

Mads Eller had three points (1g 2a) as his “Import Line” featuring a Dane, a Latvian and an American with Edgars Kulda (1g 1a) and Lane Bauer (1a) combined for 6 points.

Cole Benson added a pair of goals and is now tied with Ben Carroll – who extended his scoring streak to six games – for the team scoring lead with 6 points.  Tristan Jarry made 26 saves for his third win of the season.  Edmonton is 1-3 on their five-game home stand.

Tyler Soy scored the overtime winner Tuesday night in Red Deer as Victoria overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat the Red Deer Rebels 6-5.

Travis Brown, Joe Hicketts and Austin Carroll had 3 point nights, while netminder Evan Smith picked up his first WHL win.

Carroll extended his point streak to 8 games, (7g 6a) with 13 points, and his league high goal scoring streak to 7 games with 7goals.  Soy is now on a 4 game point streak collecting 6 points (2g, 4a).  Hicketts moves into a tie for 2nd in defenseman scoring with 10 points, 3 back of the Rockets Madison Bowey.

The Royals are 2-1 on their 6 game Central Division road swing, and have won 3 of their last 4, and picked up points in 4 of their last 5 games.  The wins came over Portland, Calgary and Red Deer.

The Oil Kings acquired defenseman Jake Kholhauser from Victoria for a conditional draft pick earlier this week.  The Royals acquired Russian defenseman Marsel Ibragimov off waivers from Edmonton, and played his first game with the club against Red Deer.

The Oil Kings feature six NHL drafted players on their roster:
 
2014
        Brett Pollock 2nd Round - 45th Overall Dallas
  Dysin Mayo 5th Round - 133rd Overall Arizona
  Brandon Baddock 6th Round - 161st Overall New Jersey
  Aaron Irving 6th Round - 162nd Overall Nashville
  Edgars Kulda 7th Round - 193rd Overall Arizona

2013
        Curtis Lazar 1st Round - 17th Overall Ottawa (currently with Senators)
  Tristan Jarry 2nd Round - 44th Overall Pittsburgh

Up next Victoria is in Lethbridge Friday and wrap up 6 games in 9 nights against Kootenay on Saturday.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Edmonton Oil Kings: Head To Head Stats
Summary

  
Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-0-0-0Edmonton 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-1-0-0Edmonton 1-1-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 3-5-1-0Edmonton 6-3-0-0
Victoria vs. Edmonton Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 0-2-1-0Edmonton 3-0-0-0
Victoria vs. Edmonton Last 5 Years record at EdmontonVictoria 3-3-0-0Edmonton 3-3-0-0
  

How the 2 teams match up
   
 
Edmonton
Victoria
Team Record4-3-0-0 -- 8 points4-5-1-0 -- 9 points
Division Ranking3rd Central4th B.C.
Conference Ranking7th Eastern7th Western
League Ranking15th13th
Past 10 Games4-3-0-04-5-1-0
Streak1-0-0-01-0-0-0
Last Game5-2 W vs Brandon (Oct 13 2014) Final6-5 W @ Red Deer (Oct 14 2014) Final OT
Home Record2-3-0-02-1-1-0
Away Record2-0-0-02-4-0-0
GF21 31 
GA18 44 
PP (Overall)(4/32) 12.5(12/57) 21.1
PP (Home)(4/27) 14.8(4/20) 20.0
PP (Away)(0/5) 0.0(8/37) 21.6
PK (Overall)(7/33) 78.8(12/53) 77.4
PK (Home)(6/21) 71.4(4/16) 75.0
PK (Away)(1/12) 91.7(8/37) 78.4
Leading RookieKoep (3-0-3)Hannoun (1-2-3)
Most PIMBaddock - 13Brown - 29
Team PIM/GM13.3/Game19.7/Game
Leading ScorersBenson (3-3-6)Carroll (7-6-13)
 Carroll (2-4-6)Walker (4-6-10)
 Bauer (2-3-5)Hicketts (3-7-10)
 Eller (1-4-5)Soy (3-6-9)
 Pollock (2-2-4)Brown (2-7-9)
Last 5 Games5-2 W vs Brandon (Oct 13 2014) Final6-5 W @ Red Deer (Oct 14 2014) Final OT
 6-2 L vs Kamloops (Oct 5 2014) Final8-2 L @ Medicine Hat (Oct 11 2014) Final
 2-1 L vs Calgary (Oct 3 2014) Final3-2 W @ Calgary (Oct 10 2014) Final
 4-2 L vs Medicine Hat (Sep 30 2014) Final6-2 W vs Portland (Oct 6 2014) Final
 2-1 W @ Medicine Hat (Sep 27 2014) Final2-1 L vs Swift Current (Oct 4 2014) Final OT
Leading After 1st0-0-0-01-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd2-0-0-01-1-0-0
Tied After 1st4-1-0-01-0-0-0
Tied After 2nd1-1-0-01-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st0-2-0-02-4-1-0
Trailing After 2nd1-2-0-02-4-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents3-3-0-02-1-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents1-0-0-02-4-0-0
1-Goal Games1-1-0-03-0-1-0
2-Goal Games1-1-0-00-2-0-0
3-Goal Games1-0-0-00-1-0-0