Thursday, 27 September 2012

Preview: KAM at VIC, Friday Sept 28th

The Victoria Royals (2-0) entertain the Kamloops Blazers (2-0) for a pair of games Friday night and Sunday afternoon at 1pm.  Pregame show on at 6:45 Friday.

It’s a rematch of last years playoffs for the Royals who look to exact revenge following a first round four game sweep at the hands of the Blazers.  Kamloops went on to fall in seven to the Portland Winterhawks in round 2.

The clubs met twice in the pre season with Kamloops taking both games by scores of 4-2 and 5-3.

The Royals kicked off a four game homestand with a their second consecutive win over the Vancouver Giants 3-2 last Saturday.  Victoria built up a 3-0 lead on goals by Ben Walker, Brandon Magee and Alex Gogolev.  Vancouver added a pair in the third but fell short.  Netminder Patrik Polivka earned his second consecutive victory for the club.

Ranked 8th in the CHL, The Blazers are also 2-0 after back to back wins over the Rockets, the later a 3-2 victory in Kelowna after an overtime win in Kamloops.

After a pair versus Kamloops, Victoria hosts Medicine Hat before heading out on the road for games against Spokane, Tri City, Vancouver and Kamloops.

PP     Kamloops: (4/13) 30.8     Victoria: (3/8) 37.5
PK    Kamloops: (1/6) 83.3         Victoria: (1/7) 85.7

Top Scorers:

Smith (1-4-5)    
Lipon (0-4-4)
Bozon (3-0-3)
Cross (1-2-3)
Needham (2-0-2)

Gogolev (1-4-5)
Hodges (2-1-3)
Magee (2-0-2)
Walker (2-0-2)
Hicketts (1-1-2)

#38 Cole Cheveldave, G, lower body, day to day
#2 Tyler Hansen, D, upper body, day to day

#7 Tyler Stahl, D, 1 game remaining


Kamloops: Tim Bozon (Montreal, 3rd round 2012), Colin Smith (Colorado, 7th round 2012),

Victoria: Steven Hodges (Florida, 3rd round 2012), Logan Nelson (Buffalo, 5th round 2012), D Jordan Fransoo (Ottawa, 7th rd 2011), D Tyler Stahl (F/A, originally drafted by Carolina, 6th rd 2010). Brandon Magee (Invited to Edmonton Oilers Camp), Austin Carroll (Invited to Phoenix Coyotes camp)