Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Preview: Everett at Victoria

D Ryan Murray of the Silvertips
Wednesday night the Victoria Royals (17-32-2-4) look to avenge Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the visiting Everett Silvertips (13-31-1-8) in their second meeting in two nights.

LAST GAME:  Everett lead two nothing heading into the third, on goals by Cody Fowlie (1g 1a) in the first and Dominik Bittner (1g) in the second.  Ben Walker cut the lead to 2-1 in the third, and Brandon Magee made it 3-2 on the power play with the goaltender pulled with 48 seconds left, but the Silvertips would prevail.

Victoria struck once on six power play opportunites, while shutting down all three Everett chances. The Royals outshot the ‘Tips 31-25 on the night and 14-3 in the third.

STANDINGS: Victoria with 40 points have a 2 point lead on 8th place Seattle, but the Thunderbirds have 3 games in hand. Everett with 35 points, takes the first of four meetings of the season and move out of the basement into 9th in the West, 1 point ahead of the Cougars.

PAST 10 GAMES: Everett: (5-4-0-1) Victoria: (3-6-0-1)
Brodie Clowes of the Olds Grizzlies AJHL
CALL UP:  Defenseman Brodie Clowes name has been added to the Royals roster.  The 6’2 180 lb reargaurd was a 5th round pick of the Bruins in 2010 and plays for the Olds Grizzlies of the AJHL.  In 43 games he’s amassed 13 points (1g 12a), and 52 penalty minutes.  He’ll wear number 26.

WHO TO WATCH:  Ben Walker extended his point scoring streak to 5 games (3g 6a), and Brandon Magee now has a goal in each of his last three, riding a 5 game streak (4g 3a).  Jamie Crooks had his 4 game goal streak snapped, but added an assist for 12 points in 9 games and points in 5 straight (4g 1a).  Defenseman Hayden Rintoul has an assist 4 games in a row.  Logan Nelson is 3rd in rookie scoring with 51 points.

For Everett:  D Ryan Murray represented Canada at the World Juniors, played at the Top Prospects game as the Captain for Team Cherry and is ranked 3rd by central scouting among North American skaters for the upcoming NHL draft.  He has 20 points in 27 games.  Josh Birkholtz leads the team in scoring with 45 points and has 13 in his last 12 games. Forward Cody Fowlie brings a six-game point streak into tonight and has compiled ten points (3g/7a) in a nine-game stretch. Ryan Harrison is second in scoring with 38 points in 51 games and has 24 points in his last 21.  Kohl Bauml has 5 multiple point games in his last 12 outings and a total of 21 points (9gn 12a) the last 23 games.

X FACTORS:  The Silvertips have taken the fewest shots, while giving up the most in the league.  They’ve scored the second fewest amount of goals, while the Royals have the 11th most.  The ‘Tips have allowed the 4th most goal against in the league.  Goal differential per period, (-16,-28,-29).

The Royals bench last night during a time out.
SHOOT OUT:  Everett has given up the extra point in 8 of 9 games, only scoring 6 times on 33 attempts.

ISLANDERS:  D Josh Caron is from Campbell River, and D Lucas Grayson is from Port Hardy.


Birkholz (24-21-45)
Harrison (14-24-38)
Winquist (12-18-30)
Fowlie (9-21-30)
Bauml (13-16-29)

Crooks (29-28-57)
Nelson (20-31-51)
Soudek (22-25-47)
Magee (19-22-41)
Rintoul (12-27-39)

IRON MEN:  Four Royals have played in all 55 games this season, Hayden Rintoul, Jamie Crooks, Steven Hodges and Mike Forsyth.

DRAFTED/NHL SIGNED PLAYERS: For Victoria: D Tyler Stahl (Carolina, 6th rd 2010), D Jordan Fransoo (Ottawa, 7th rd 2011).  For Everett: Josh Birkholz, (Florida Panthers, 2009), Ryan Harrison, (Vancouver Canucks, F/A), Kent Simpson, (Chicago Blackhawks, 2010).

TOP PROSPECTS:  Central Scoutings mid-term rankings of North American players positions Victoria’s Steven Hodges (55), and Logan Nelson (108).  For Everett: D Ryan Murray (3), D Nick Walters (68).


For Victoria:
#3, Zach Habscheid, Lower body
#7, Tyler Stahl, Game Misconduct, Major for Charging in game vs Everett

For Everett:
#9, J.T Barnett, Lower body, week to week
#19, Manraj Hayer, Upper body, day to day
#24, Zach McPhee, Upper body, 7-10 days
Suspension:  Brennan Yadlowski served 1 of 10 games.

Victoria:  Home Games (10), Away (7)
Opposition: Prince George x 4, Everett x 3, Calgary x 1, Van x 3, Spok x 2, Kelowna x 1, Portland x 2, Kamloops x 1