Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Preview: Victoria at Portland, Nov. 25th

The Victoria Royals (14-11-2-0, 30pts) open a three game road trip against the Portland Winterhawks (11-12-0-3, 25pts) Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Pregame show at 6:40 with puck drop at 7pm on The Zone @ 91.3, www.thezone.fm/whl

It’s the second meeting of the season after Victoria won 6-2 on home ice back on October 6th.  It’s the first time the clubs will meet in Portland since the Winterhawks took the 2nd round playoff series in 5 games.

The Royals have won 4 of 5, and are riding a two game win streak after a 3-1 home victory over the Silvertips Friday, and a 5-0 blanking of the Pats Saturday.

Jayden Sittler made 33 saves for the shutout while Travis Brown scored a pair of goals.  The club was still without Brandon Magee, who’s now served the second of a five game suspension.

Monday Sittler was nominated by the WHL for the Vaughn CHL goaltender of the week after posting a 0.71 gaa and a 0.974 save percentage with a shut out in three games last week.

Victoria is 2nd in the BC Divison, and 3rd in the West with 30 points, 3 back of Everett and 2 up on Tri City.  They wrapped up their 4 game in 5 night homestand with 3 wins.

The Royals penalty killing is 7 for 7 over their last 3 games and their power play is ranked 4th best in the league.  Victoria has scored 22 goals in their last 5 outings (4.4 goals/game avg) winning 4 of those contests.

Portland is on a 2 game win streak as well after sweeping Kelowna, the #1 team in the CHL, in back to back games on the road.

The Winterhawks won 4-3 Saturday and 4-3 in overtime one night earlier, with Alex Schoenborn providing the winner while overcoming a three goal deficit.

Saturday, Adin Hill earned the win in net for the second straight night, stopping 34 of 37 shots.

Portland is 8th in the West, after winning just 1 of their first 10 games, but have 6 wins in their past 10.  Their power play is 5th best, while scoring the 9th most goals for on average in the league.  The Winterhawks are the 3rd most penalized team in the league on average per game, with the Royals 2nd.  Portland had 9 players attend NHL training camps.

Winnipeg Jets 4th round pick, Chase DeLeo leads the team in scoring with 29 points, followed by Denmarks’ Oliver Bjorkstrand’s 28, coming off a 50 goal campaign and is signed by Columbus.

Nic Petan who appeared for Team Canada at the World Juniors, is signed by Winnipeg and has 22 points in 19 games since returning from Jets camp.  He wore the ‘A’ for Team WHL at the Subway Super Series.

Royals defenseman Joe Hicketts leads his club in scoring with 33 points, which is also tops among rearguards in the WHL, he’s 4th in overall scoring.

20 year old forward Austin Carroll leads the club in goals with 17, 3rd most in the league.  He’s tied for 8th in overall scoring with 32 points, and first in power play markers with 9.

‘Hawks Paul Bittner, Nick Heid, Keoni Texeira, and Evan Weinger were named as being among the 59 WHL players named to NHL Central Scouting’s November preliminary Players to Watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Bittner is one of eight WHL players who were assigned an ‘A’ rating to indicate a potential 1st Round candidate, while Heid, Texeira, and Weinger were assigned ‘C’ ratings for a potential 4th/5th/6th Round candidate.

Royals Tyler Soy, Chaz Reddekopp, and Evan Smith were given ‘C’ ratings.

After Portland, Victoria plays in Spokane Wednesday and Kamloops Saturday before returning home.

- Marlon Martens

2014 Playoffs
Victoria 1 @ Portland 5 (Apr 10 2014) Final
Portland 4 @ Victoria 3 (Apr 8 2014) Final
Portland 1 @ Victoria 2 (Apr 7 2014) Final
Victoria 3 @ Portland 6 (Apr 5 2014) Final
Victoria 2 @ Portland 8 (Apr 4 2014) Final

TEAM WHL
- Nic Petan
- Joe Hicketts

Portland Winterhawks (NHL Camp Attendees - 9)
Oliver Bjorkstrand, 3rd rd Columbus Blue Jackets, 2013, YES
Brendan Burke, 6th rd Arizona Coyotes, 2013, No
Anton Cederholm, 5th Vancouver Canucks, 2013, YES
Chase De Leo, 4th rd Winnipeg Jets, 2014, No
Blake Heinrich, 5th Washington Capitals, 2013, No
Keegan Iverson, 3rd rd New York Rangers, 2014, No
Nicolas Petan, 2nd Winnipeg Jets, 2013, YES
Alex Schoenborn, 3rd rd San Jose Sharks, 2014, No
Dominic Turgeon, 3rd rd Detroit Red Wings, 2014, No

Victoria Royals vs Portland Winterhawks: Head To Head Stats Summary
  
Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-0-0-0Portland 0-1-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-1-0-0Portland 1-1-1-1
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 8-9-0-0Portland 9-6-1-1
Victoria vs. Portland Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 6-3-0-0Portland 3-5-0-1
Victoria vs. Portland Last 5 Years record at PortlandVictoria 2-6-0-0Portland 6-1-1-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonPortland 2 @ Victoria 6 (Oct 6 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
   
 
Portland
Victoria
Team Record11-12-0-3 -- 25 points14-11-2-0 -- 30 points
Division Ranking4th U.S.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking8th Western3rd Western
League Ranking15th6th
Past 10 Games6-3-0-15-4-1-0
Streak2-0-0-02-0-0-0
Last Game4-3 W @ Kelowna (Nov 22 2014) Final5-0 W vs Regina (Nov 22 2014) Final
Home Record4-6-0-28-3-2-0
Away Record7-6-0-16-8-0-0
GF84 88 
GA99 89 
PP (Overall)(25/108) 23.1(30/124) 24.2
PP (Home)(10/59) 16.9(15/48) 31.3
PP (Away)(15/49) 30.6(15/76) 19.7
PK (Overall)(23/121) 81.0(27/122) 77.9
PK (Home)(10/59) 83.1(9/49) 81.6
PK (Away)(13/62) 79.0(18/73) 75.3
Leading RookieWeinger (4-5-9)Nagy (3-4-7)
Most PIMSchoenborn - 39Crunk - 62
Team PIM/GM14.7/Game18.0/Game
Leading ScorersDe Leo (15-14-29)Hicketts (7-26-33)
 Bjorkstrand (13-15-28)Carroll (17-15-32)
 Petan (4-19-23)Magee (8-16-24)
 Viveiros (4-16-20)Brown (9-12-21)
 Koules (8-9-17)Blomqvist (10-10-20)
Last 5 Games4-3 W @ Kelowna (Nov 22 2014) Final5-0 W vs Regina (Nov 22 2014) Final
 4-3 W @ Kelowna (Nov 21 2014) Final OT3-1 W vs Everett (Nov 21 2014) Final
 4-1 L @ Kamloops (Nov 19 2014) Final5-3 L vs Kelowna (Nov 19 2014) Final
 7-1 W vs Everett (Nov 16 2014) Final4-3 W vs Kelowna (Nov 18 2014) Final OT
 4-3 L @ Everett (Nov 14 2014) Final SO7-5 W @ Vancouver (Nov 15 2014) Final
Leading After 1st8-0-0-37-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd6-0-0-19-1-0-0
Tied After 1st2-5-0-04-3-0-0
Tied After 2nd4-4-0-12-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st1-7-0-03-7-2-0
Trailing After 2nd1-8-0-13-9-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents7-4-0-28-3-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents4-7-0-15-7-1-0
1-Goal Games5-2-0-36-3-2-0
2-Goal Games2-2-0-03-3-0-0
3-Goal Games1-3-0-01-2-0-0



Monday, 24 November 2014

Sittler Nominated for CHL Goaltender of the Week

ROYALS’ JAYDEN SITTLER NOMINATED FOR VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK  
Victoria netminder posted a 2-0-0-0 record and one shutout.

For Immediate Release
Monday, November 24, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Western Hockey League today announced that Victoria Royals’ goaltender Jayden Sittler has been nominated by the WHL for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week.

Sittler, an 18-year-old from Red Deer, AB appeared in three games for the Royals this past week and registered a 2-0-0-0 record with a 0.71 goals against average (GAA), a 0.974 save percentage (SV%) and his first career WHL shutout.

In six games with Victoria this season Sittler has posted a 2-2-0-0 record with a GAA of 1.21, a SV% of 0.953 and one shutout.

The 6-0, 184 lb netminder was acquired earlier this season from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

Before Sittler joined the Royals he started the 2014-15 season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). He has played in six games for the Oil Barons, and recorded a 4-2-0 mark with a 2.79 GAA, a 0.907 SV% and one shutout.

The Royals will begin a three game road trip starting Tuesday night vs. the Portland Winterhawks at 7:00 p.m. They will then face-off against the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:05 p.m. and finish their road trip Saturday, November 29th vs. the Kamloops Blazers with puck drop at 7:00 p.m.

Victoria returns home for a four game homestand on Tuesday, December 2nd against the Portland Winterhawks. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. Get your tickets today by calling 250-220-7777 or by visiting www.victoriaroyals.com.  

Whether you’re coming to a game with your sports team, co-workers, or friends, group together to save big and earn fun incentives. Discounted rates start at 10 or more people and include a welcome message on the Jumbotron. Arrange for 30 or more tickets and receive a $25 credit to the Royals Team Store  and two tickets to a future game in a suite!


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Recap: REG 0 - VIC 5

Jayden Sittler stopped all 33 shots he faced as the Victoria Royals blanked the visiting Regina Pats 5-0 Saturday.

Sittler 33 saves
“Feels great to get my first shutout, having the boys work hard for me in front was really specials.  This will definitely stay in my memory for a long time.” Said Sittler

Travis Brown had a pair of goals for the Royals who held period leads of 2-0 and 4-0.

“The thing that impressed me the most was our execution, and sticking to the game plan and it was a great night.” said Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto

Victoria closes out their four game homestand with back to back wins, while snapping Regina’s 5 game win streak.  It was the clubs second shut out of the season, with the first on the road against Kootenay, 4-0 October 18th.

“We were ready to play…and we were pretty happy with the effort, especially playing so much hockey lately…” said Sacilotto

It was Sittler’s first career shut out, after earning his first win with the Royals one night earlier in a 3-1 victory over the Silvertips.

His counterpart was 15 year old Jordan Hollett, Regina’s first round bantam selection in 2013 making his WHL debut.  Hollett allowed 5 goals on 26 shots.

Victoria was 1 for 1 on the power play, while shutting down both opposition man advantages.  It was the third game in a row where the Royals kept the visitors power play off the scoresheet.

“I thought we stayed disciplined for the most part, just stuck to the game plan, played a full 60…chipped pucks in and got them out – came out with a nice win.” said defenseman Ralph Jarratt

Taylor Crunk, Jared Dmytriw and Austin Carroll also scored for Victoria, while Regan Nagy and Logan Fisher drew two assists each.  Carroll moves into third overall in goals scored with 17.

Newcomer Greg Chase earned an assist in his second game with the club.

There was one fight, between Royals rookie defenseman Ralph Jarratt and 17 year old Rykr Cole.

Victoria now heads out on three game road trip, with stops in Portland Tuesday, Spokane Wednesday and Kamloops Saturday.

- Marlon Martens

Regina Pats 0 at Victoria Royals 5 - Status: Final
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Regina 0 0 0 - 0
Victoria 2 2 1 - 5

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Brown 8 (Blomqvist, Chase), 9:08 (PP).
2, Victoria, Crunk 4 (Fisher, Nagy), 19:19.

Penalties-Crunk Vic (checking from behind), 4:07; Williams Reg (tripping), 7:56.

2nd Period-
3, Victoria, Dmytriw 3 (Palmer), 3:30.
4, Victoria, Carroll 17 (Soy), 12:24.

Penalties-Walker Vic (tripping), 19:55.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Brown 9 (Fisher, Nagy), 5:30.

Penalties-Cole Reg (major-fighting), 6:12; Jarratt Vic (major-fighting), 6:12.

Shots on Goal-
Regina 10-9-14-33.
Victoria 12-7-7-26.

Power Play Opportunities-
Regina 0 / 2;
Victoria 1 / 1.

Goalies-
Regina, Hollett 0-1-0-0 (26 shots-21 saves).
Victoria, Sittler 2-2-0-0 (33 shots-33 saves).

A-6,049
Referees-Adam Griffiths (36), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Riley Friesen (76), Jeff MacAdams.

Preview: Regina at Victoria, Saturday Nov.22nd

The Victoria Royals (13-11-2-0, 28pts) entertain the Regina Pats (13-9-1-0, 27pts) in their only meeting of the season Saturday night, wrapping up their 4 game homestand.

Pregame show on the Zone @ 91.3 fm at 6:40, or online at www.thezone.fm/whl

Last year Victoria fell 3-2 in Regina on Feb. 21st.  Austin Carroll had a goal and assist, but the Pats scored three goals in the middle frame to snap the clubs 7 game win streak.

It’s four games in five nights for the Royals who are coming off a 3-1 win over the Silvertips Friday night.

Austin Carroll and Jared Dmytriw had a goal and assist each, while Jayden Sittler earned his first win with Victoria.  Newcomer Greg Chase was held off the scoresheet in his debut but registered 5 shots.

It was the clubs third straight meeting against a team in the CHL Top 10, taking 4 of a possible 6 points, with the other win coming against Kelowna Tuesday.

Victoria has won 3 of 4, and 4 of their last 6, giving them 28 points which pulls them into a tie for 3rd in the West with Tri City.

The Royals will again be without the services of Brandon Magee, serving the second of a five game suspension, but will see the return of Taylor Crunk after serving a single game suspension.

The Regina Pats are riding a 5 game win streak after a 6-2 victory in Vancouver Friday, kicking off their BC Division road trip.

The Pats are in a four way tie for 4th in the East after winning 8 of their last 9 games.

On the road, Regina has won 5 of 9 games.  The Pats have scored the 6th most goals for on average per game while allowing the 7th fewest.  They’ve taken the 6th most penalty minutes on average per game.  Regina has the 15th ranked power play, while Victoria boasts the 4th most efficient.  The Pats penalty killing is 20th, the Royals are 14th.

Regina has been perfect when taking leads into intermissions, 7-0 when leading after the 1st, and 8-0 when ahead after 40 minutes.

Netminder Daniel Wapple has started the last 11 straight in goal for Regina.

The Pats are led in scoring by Connor Gay’s 25 points, Dryden Hunt is next with 24.  Calgary Flames 1st round selection Morgan Klimchuk has 15 points in 14 games, riding a 9 game point streak. Sam Steel the 2nd overall bantam selection in 2013, is 3rd in rookie scoring with 16 points, including 12 assists.

Royals defenseman Joe Hicketts leads his club in scoring with 33 points, which is also tops among rearguards in the WHL.

20 year old forward Austin Carroll leads the club in goals with 16, tied for 3rd most in the league.  He’s 8th in overall scoring with 31 points, and first in power play markers with 9.

After a visit from Regina Saturday, Victoria heads out on a three game swing with stops in Portland Tuesday, Spokane Wednesday and Kamloops Saturday

-Marlon Martens

The NHL’s Central Scouting’s November Preliminary Players to Watch list was unveiled Thursday, with 3 Royals and 3 Pats making the list:

C REDDEKOPP, CHAZ VICTORIA WHL 6'3.25" 219 D
C SMITH, EVAN           VICTORIA WHL 6'6.25" 174 G
C SOY, TYLER             VICTORIA WHL 5'11.5" 172 C

C HUNT, DRYDEN REGINA 6'0.0" 199 C/LW
C WAGNER, AUSTIN REGINA 6'1.0" 178 LW
C ZBOROVSKIY, SERGEY REGINA 6'3.0" 198 D

Regina Pats (NHL Camp Attendees)
Kyle Burroughs, New York Islanders, 2013, No
Braden Christoffer, Washington Capitals, F/A, No
Dryden Hunt, Carolina Hurricanes, F/A, No
Morgan Klimchuk, Calgary Flames, 2013, YES

U17 ROSTER: CANADA BLACK:
F – Sam Steel, Regina Pats

TEAM WHL
F - Morgan Klimchuck

OVERAGE / IMPORT
Pavlo Padakin - Ukraine
- Drafted 2012, round 1 #50 overall by Calgary Hitmen in the CHL Import Draft

Victoria Royals vs Regina Pats: Head To Head Stats Summary
Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-0-0-0Regina 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-1-0-0Regina 1-0-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 0-3-0-1Regina 4-0-0-0
Victoria vs. Regina Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 0-1-0-1Regina 2-0-0-0
Victoria vs. Regina Last 5 Years record at ReginaVictoria 0-2-0-0Regina 2-0-0-0



How the 2 teams match up
Regina
Victoria
Team Record13-9-1-0 -- 27 points13-11-2-0 -- 28 points
Division Ranking3rd East2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking4th Eastern4th Western
League Ranking8th7th
Past 10 Games8-2-0-05-4-1-0
Streak5-0-0-01-0-0-0
Last Game6-2 W @ Vancouver (Nov 21 2014) Final3-1 W vs Everett (Nov 21 2014) Final
Home Record8-5-1-07-3-2-0
Away Record5-4-0-06-8-0-0
GF83 83 
GA63 89 
PP (Overall)(18/100) 18.0(29/123) 23.6
PP (Home)(13/68) 19.1(14/47) 29.8
PP (Away)(5/32) 15.6(15/76) 19.7
PK (Overall)(29/114) 74.6(27/120) 77.5
PK (Home)(20/71) 71.8(9/47) 80.9
PK (Away)(9/43) 79.1(18/73) 75.3
Leading RookieSteel (4-12-16)Nagy (3-2-5)
Most PIMChristoffer - 61Crunk - 60
Team PIM/GM17.0/Game18.3/Game
Leading ScorersGay (9-16-25)Hicketts (7-26-33)
Hunt (12-12-24)Carroll (16-15-31)
D'Amico (10-10-20)Magee (8-16-24)
Brooks (9-8-17)Blomqvist (10-9-19)
Christoffer (7-9-16)Walker (7-12-19)
Last 5 Games6-2 W @ Vancouver (Nov 21 2014) Final3-1 W vs Everett (Nov 21 2014) Final
5-4 W vs Edmonton (Nov 18 2014) Final OT5-3 L vs Kelowna (Nov 19 2014) Final
2-1 W vs Seattle (Nov 15 2014) Final4-3 W vs Kelowna (Nov 18 2014) Final OT
6-2 W vs Medicine Hat (Nov 14 2014) Final7-5 W @ Vancouver (Nov 15 2014) Final
8-3 W @ Prince Albert (Nov 12 2014) Final4-1 L @ Tri-City (Nov 14 2014) Final
Leading After 1st7-0-0-06-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd8-0-0-08-1-0-0
Tied After 1st3-6-0-04-3-0-0
Tied After 2nd3-1-1-02-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st3-3-1-03-7-2-0
Trailing After 2nd2-8-0-03-9-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents11-5-0-08-3-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents2-3-1-04-7-1-0
1-Goal Games5-2-1-06-3-2-0
2-Goal Games0-5-0-03-3-0-0
3-Goal Games2-0-0-01-2-0-0

Friday, 21 November 2014

Recap: EVT 1 - VIC 3

For the third time in four nights the Victoria Royals (13-11-2-0, 28pts) faced a club in the CHL Top 10, and for a 2nd time came away with a victory.

Friday night on the Island, the Royals had a goal and assist performance from both Austin Carroll and rookie Jared Dmytriw, in a 3-1 win over the Everett Silvertips (14-4-2-1, 31pts) ranked #7 in the CHL.

“I thought we rebounded after our last game, thought we had a great start…” said Head Coach Dave Lowry, “I think we did what we had to do to win…I thought that was one our best team games.”

The Royals held period leads of 1-0 and 2-1.

Jayden Sittler earned his first victory with the Royals stopping 24 of 25 shots.  Carter Hart had his personal three game win streak snapped after allowing 3 goals on 29 shots.

“We were very disciplined and very structured, played within ourselves and were rewarded with the win.” said Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto.

The loss gives the ‘Tips back-to-back regulation losses for the first time this season.

Dmytriw was named the first star.

“It feels pretty good, it was good for me personally…for the team it was good to bounce back after last game where we didn’t have good start…it was good to get the full 60 minutes today.”  Said the Craven, Saskatchewan 16 year old.

Victoria was without sniper Brandon Magee who served the first of a 5 game suspension for actions at the end of Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to Kelowna, and also without Taylor Crunk, who drew a one game suspension.

It was the debut of 85 point man a year ago, Greg Chase who showed flashes of offensive talent and speed, but was held pointless.  He was acquired from Calgary for Keegan Kanzig Wednesday, with picks going both ways.

Defenseman Joe Hicketts also found the back with the lone goal in the third, his 7th, to continue his league among rearguard scoring with 33 points.

The victory pulls Victoria into a tie for 3rd in the West with Tri City, they remain 2 up on Kamloops, but pull 4 ahead of Vancouver.

The Royals 4th best power play went 0 for 4, but generated 10 shots with the man advantage.  They held the ‘Tips to 0 for 2.

Brayden Low scored on a breakaway, against the flow of the second period where Victoria dominated in hits, puck possesion and shots 15-8.

Austin Carroll notched his 16th of the season and remains tied for 3rd in goals overall with Cole Sanford of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

It was the first of four contests against the Silvertips, with the next one scheduled for Dec. 17th in Everett.

Victoria wraps up their 4 game homestand with a visit from the Regina Pats Saturday, who are riding a 5 game win streak.

- Marlon Martens

Everett Silvertips 1 at Victoria Royals 3 - Status: Final
Friday, November 21, 2014 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Everett 0 1 0 - 1
Victoria 1 1 1 - 3

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Carroll 16 (Dmytriw, Walker), 4:17.

Penalties-Chase Vic (slashing), 7:26; Stadnyk Evt (tripping), 11:55.

2nd Period-
2, Victoria, Dmytriw 2 (Carroll, Jarratt), 11:06.
3, Everett, Low 6 (Scherbak), 15:57.

Penalties-Davis Evt (high sticking), 5:05; Betker Evt (high sticking), 17:32.

3rd Period-
4, Victoria, Hicketts 7 (Fushimi, Fisher), 13:49.

Penalties-Fisher Vic (high sticking), 0:52; Scherbak Evt (checking to the head), 9:54.

Shots on Goal-
Everett 9-8-8-25.
Victoria 10-15-4-29.

Power Play Opportunities-
Everett 0 / 2;
Victoria 0 / 4.

Goalies-
Everett, Hart 4-1-1-0 (29 shots-26 saves).
Victoria, Sittler 1-2-0-0 (25 shots-24 saves).

A-4,415
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Jacob Hill (122), Bevan Mills (98).

Preview: Everett at Victoria, Friday Nov. 21st

The Victoria Royals (12-11-2-0, 26pts) host the #7 team in the CHL, the Everett Silvertips (14-3-2-1, 31pts) Friday night in their first meeting of the season.

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

Last season the Royals were 2-2 against the Silvertips, with a 1-0 shoot out win at home on Jan.1st, after a 3-2 road win on New Years Eve.

Friday is the expected debut of Victoria’s most recent acquisition, 19 year old forward Greg Chase from Calgary, traded for defenseman Keegan Kanzig with picks going both ways.  Chase is a signed a drafted Edmonton Oilers prospect who put up 85 points in 70 games last season including 35 goals.

It’s the third game in four nights for Victoria, against teams in the CHL Top 10.

The #1 Kelowna Rockets snapped the Royals two game win streak Wednesday with a 5-3 victory after Victoria won 4-3 in overtime one night earlier.  Their 26 points is good for 2nd in the the BC Division, 2 up on both Prince George and Kamloops.

Everett is 1st in the US Division, and 2nd in the West with 31 points, having won 14 of 20 games, and points in 17 of those contests.  The Silvertips have only lost 3 times in regulation this season.

Everett is coming off a 7-1 loss at Portland Sunday, snapping a two game win streak while playing at the end of 3 games in 3 nights.

The Silvertips are the least penalized team in the WHL, have scored the 4th most goals on average, while allowing the 6th fewest.

Everett is led in scoring by Montreal Canadiens first round selection (26th overall) Nikita Scherbak, acquired from Saskatoon.  Scherbak has 26 points in 17 games, including 11 goals.  He’s only been held off the scoresheet twice this season.

Victoria boasts the 4th best power play, while scoring the 9th most goals for on average per game.

Defenseman Joe Hicketts leads the club in scoring with 32 points, which is also tops among rearguards.

20 year old forward Austin Carroll leads the club in goals with 15, tied for 3rd most in the league.  He’s 9th in overall scoring with 29 points, and first in power play markers with 9.

Brandon Magee is quickly making his way up the scoring ladder, averaging 1.85 points per game after massing 24 points in 13 games.

The NHL’s Central Scouting’s November Preliminary Players to Watch list was unveiled Thursday, with 3 Royals and 3 Silvertips making the list:

B JUULSEN, NOAH        EVERETT WHL 6'1.25" 175 D
C DAVIS, KEVIN        EVERETT WHL 5'11.75" 183 D
C PFEIFER, TRISTEN     EVERETT WHL 6'4.0" 180 D

C REDDEKOPP, CHAZ VICTORIA WHL 6'3.25" 219 D
C SMITH, EVAN        VICTORIA WHL 6'6.25" 174 G
C SOY, TYLER                 VICTORIA WHL 5'11.5" 172 C

Everett Silvertips (NHL Camp Attendees)
Ben Betker, Edmonton Oilers, 2013, No
Dawson Leedahl, Boston Bruins, F/A, No
Austin Lotz, Vancouver Canucks, F/A, No
Nikita Scherbak, Montreal Canadiens, 2014, YES

Saturday the Royals 4 game homestand concludes with a visit from the Regina Pats.  It’s the fourth annual Canadian Forces Night and Victoria will be wearing a limited edition jersey in honour of the Royal Canadian Navy Submarine Fleet.

- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals vs Everett Silvertips: Head To Head Stats Summary
Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-0-0-0Everett 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 2-2-0-0Everett 2-1-0-1
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 7-8-1-0Everett 9-4-2-1
Victoria vs. Everett Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 4-4-0-0Everett 4-3-0-1
Victoria vs. Everett Last 5 Years record at EverettVictoria 3-4-1-0Everett 5-1-2-0

How the 2 teams match up
Everett
Victoria
Team Record14-3-2-1 -- 31 points12-11-2-0 -- 26 points
Division Ranking1st U.S.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking2nd Western4th Western
League Ranking4th8th
Past 10 Games8-2-0-04-5-1-0
Streak0-1-0-00-1-0-0
Last Game7-1 L @ Portland (Nov 16 2014) Final5-3 L vs Kelowna (Nov 19 2014) Final
Home Record7-2-2-06-3-2-0
Away Record7-1-0-16-8-0-0
GF75 80 
GA53 88 
PP (Overall)(18/95) 18.9(29/119) 24.4
PP (Home)(10/48) 20.8(14/43) 32.6
PP (Away)(8/47) 17.0(15/76) 19.7
PK (Overall)(15/59) 74.6(27/118) 77.1
PK (Home)(7/31) 77.4(9/45) 80.0
PK (Away)(8/28) 71.4(18/73) 75.3
Leading Rookie(0-0-0)Nagy (3-2-5)
Most PIMPfeifer - 23Crunk - 60
Team PIM/GM8.5/Game18.9/Game
Leading ScorersScherbak (11-15-26)Hicketts (6-26-32)
Stadnyk (10-13-23)Carroll (15-14-29)
Nikolishin (7-15-22)Magee (8-16-24)
Bauml (8-10-18)Blomqvist (10-9-19)
Juulsen (2-13-15)Brown (7-12-19)
Last 5 Games7-1 L @ Portland (Nov 16 2014) Final5-3 L vs Kelowna (Nov 19 2014) Final
3-2 W vs Kamloops (Nov 15 2014) Final SO4-3 W vs Kelowna (Nov 18 2014) Final OT
4-3 W vs Portland (Nov 14 2014) Final SO7-5 W @ Vancouver (Nov 15 2014) Final
6-4 L vs Spokane (Nov 8 2014) Final4-1 L @ Tri-City (Nov 14 2014) Final
5-1 W @ Vancouver (Nov 7 2014) Final6-2 W @ Prince George (Nov 8 2014) Final
Leading After 1st9-0-0-05-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd12-1-0-07-1-0-0
Tied After 1st3-1-0-04-3-0-0
Tied After 2nd1-0-2-02-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st2-2-2-13-7-2-0
Trailing After 2nd1-2-0-13-9-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents7-0-0-07-3-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents7-3-2-14-7-1-0
1-Goal Games5-1-2-16-3-2-0
2-Goal Games2-1-0-02-3-0-0
3-Goal Games3-0-0-01-2-0-0

Thursday, 20 November 2014

ROYALS ACQUIRE GREG CHASE

ROYALS TRADE FOR GREG CHASE
Victoria acquires 1995-born forward from Calgary for 1995-defender Keegan Kanzig.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that the club has traded for forward Greg Chase, along with a fifth round draft pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and a eighth round draft pick in the 2016 draft from the Calgary Hitmen. In exchange the Royals have sent defenceman Keegan Kanzig and a second round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft to the Hitmen.

A native of Sherwood Park, AB, Chase was most recently with the Calgary Hitmen where he recorded 15 points (2g-13a) in 15 games. Previous to that he spent time with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League and registered one goal in five games.

Last season Chase finished tied for first in team scoring and goals for the Hitmen with a career high 85 points (35g-50a) in 70 games.

Chase was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round, 188th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and signed a three-year entry level deal with the Oilers this past September.

“Greg Chase is dynamic and skilled player who can provide offense at an elite level in this league,” Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope said. “We are looking forward to his arrival.”

Chase was one of 41 players to attend Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp with a chance of representing Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. He has also played for Team WHL vs. Team Russia in the past two SUBWAY Series (2013 & 2014). In 2013, Chase scored two goals in a 4-2 victory over the Russians.

The 6-0, 188 lb center has spent his entire WHL career (2010-2015) with Calgary where he has registered 177 points (60g-117a) in 219 games. Chase brings with him playoff experience after he played in 28 playoff games over three seasons with the Hitmen and tallied eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points. The Hitmen selected Chase in the first round, 22nd overall in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

Going to the Hitmen is 1995-born defenceman Kanzig. In 21 games for the Royals this season he has registered six assists. The 6-6, 242 lb defender has spent his entire WHL career (2011-2015) with the Victoria Royals, recording 23 points (3g-20a) in 217 games played. Kanzig has also appeared in 17 games in the WHL Playoffs where he has scored two points (1g-1a) and posted 35 minutes in penalties.

“Saying goodbye to Keegan is especially difficult,” Hope said. “He has been a big part of this team since the franchise drafted him. We can’t thank him enough for his contributions to the Victoria Royals, on-and-off the ice and we wish him every success.”

Kanzig was selected by the Calgary Flames with the club’s third round, 67th overall, pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to become the highest drafted player in Royals’ team history.

The Athabasca, AB native was selected by the Chilliwack Bruins in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft in the first round, seventh overall.

The Royals continue their four games in five night homestand Friday against the Everett Silvertips and Saturday vs. the Regina Pats for Canadian Forces Night. Puck drop for all three games is set for 7:05 p.m.


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