Monday, 31 December 2012

Preview: Victoria at Kelowna

The Victoria Royals (19-14-0-2, 40 pts) visit the Kelowna Rockets (26-10-1-1, 54 pts) Wednesday night in only their 3rd of 8 meetings this season.

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

They split their early two encounters in Victoria, with the Kelowna winning 4-1 October 12th, and the Royals edging the Rockets the following night 3-2, paced by a Ben Walker Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Victoria is coming off a pair of wins against the visiting Prince George Cougars Friday and Saturday by 5-1 and 4-3 scores.  The latter a come from behind shoot out victory.  The club played without their top to point producers, Alex Gogolev (day to day) and Logan Nelson (lower body) on the weekend.  The Royals are 6th in the Conference, 5 points back of the Americans.

Kelowna is 3rd in the West, and has now won 14 straight at home after a 5-1 win over Everett on Sunday.  Overall they’ve won 14 of their last 16, putting them just 2 points behind Kamloops.  The Rockets had F Colton Sissons, their captain, back in the lineup after he missed 10 games with a concussion.  G Jordon Cooke also returned from a foot injury to stop 18 shots.

How the 2 teams match up

Kelowna
Victoria
Team Record 26-10-1-1 -- 54 points 19-14-0-2 -- 40 points
Division Ranking 2nd B.C. 3rd B.C.
Conference Ranking 3rd Western 6th Western
League Ranking 5th 11th
Past 10 Games 9-1-0-0 6-2-0-2
Streak 3-0-0-0 2-0-0-0
Last Game 5-1 W vs Everett (Dec 30 2012) Final 4-3 W vs Prince George (Dec 29 2012) Final SO
Home Record 15-2-0-0 12-5-0-1
Away Record 11-8-1-1 7-9-0-1
GF 160  106 
GA 94  113 
PP (Overall) (31/152) 20.4 (33/165) 20.0
PP (Home) (14/60) 23.3 (15/83) 18.1
PP (Away) (17/92) 18.5 (18/82) 22.0
PK (Overall) (28/182) 84.6 (31/157) 80.3
PK (Home) (7/72) 90.3 (14/70) 80.0
PK (Away) (21/110) 80.9 (17/87) 80.5
Leading Rookie Chartier (9-9-18) Hicketts (1-8-9)
Most PIM Goulbourne - 61 Kanzig - 84
Team PIM/GM 15.6/Game 20.2/Game
Leading Scorers Bell (23-30-53) Gogolev (13-23-36)
Franko (14-29-43) Nelson (8-23-31)
McKinlay (13-22-35) Crooks (17-12-29)
Olsen (18-15-33) Walker (12-17-29)
Sissons (11-17-28) Magee (14-14-28)
Last 5 Games 5-1 W vs Everett (Dec 30 2012) Final 4-3 W vs Prince George (Dec 29 2012) Final SO
5-3 W @ Vancouver (Dec 28 2012) Final 5-1 W vs Prince George (Dec 28 2012) Final
7-3 W vs Kamloops (Dec 27 2012) Final 5-2 L @ Edmonton (Dec 15 2012) Final
6-2 L @ Calgary (Dec 16 2012) Final 3-2 L @ Red Deer (Dec 14 2012) Final SO
6-1 W @ Red Deer (Dec 15 2012) Final 6-2 W @ Seattle (Dec 11 2012) Final
Leading After 1st 20-3-0-0 10-3-0-1
Leading After 2nd 22-4-0-0 11-0-0-1
Tied After 1st 4-3-1-0 5-3-0-1
Tied After 2nd 2-1-0-0 1-1-0-0
Trailing After 1st 2-4-0-1 4-8-0-0
Trailing After 2nd 2-5-1-1 7-13-0-1
Out Shooting Opponents 20-5-1-1 8-3-0-1
Out Shot by Opponents 5-5-0-0 9-11-0-1
1-Goal Games 5-5-1-1 11-2-0-2
2-Goal Games 6-3-0-0 4-2-0-0
3-Goal Games 5-1-0-0 1-7-0-0

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Recap: PG 3 - VIC 4 SOW

Steven Hodges notched the shoot out winner
The Victoria Royals took both games from the visiting Prince George Cougars after overcoming a 3-0 third period deficit on Saturday night enroute to a 4-3 shoot out win.

The Royals celebrate 4-3 shoot out victory over Cougars
Brandon Magee and Steven Hodges scored in the shootout, while Coleman Vollrath denied Caleb Belter and Dalton Siwak.  Ben Walker missed for Victoria.

The Royals also took the Friday night contest 5-1, and now have a 5-1 season series lead, winning back to back home games against the Cougars for the first time in team history (5-3).  They’ll meet twice more in Prince George February 1st and 2nd.

Chase Witala (2g 1a) scored the lone goal of the first, and after Colin Jacobs (1g 1a) put them up 2-0 in the second, Witala scored his second of the game to give Prince George a 3-0 lead heading into the third.  Victoria Head Coach Dave Lowry was asked what was said to his players after 40 minutes,

Truth be told, they took it upon themselves and I give our leadership lots of credit because we never went it and said anything – whatever they said, it worked.

Austin Carroll (1g 1a) scored :37 seconds into the third after a clean face off win from Steven Hodges, Jamie Crooks earned his 17th on the power play to cut the lead to 3-2 at the mid way point of the period before Brandon Magee (1g 1a) evened the score with under 3 minutes to go.

Coleman Vollrath (2-4-0-0) who hasn’t started since November 9th in Calgary, but has had some relief appearances since, stopped all 10 shots after replacing Patrik Polivka in the second with this team down 3-0,

We’re not taking anything for granted right now, that was a big comeback win, but at the same time if you look at the first couple of periods we didn’t play up to our standards and expectations and we have to come out better than that.

Polivka stopped 7 of 10, while Mac Engel got the nod for Prince George stopping 41 shots, and was beaten twice in the shoot out.  The Royals out shot the Cougars 44-20 overall.

Keegan Kanzig was involved in a heavy weight fight with Dallas Ehrhardt late in the 2nd, and Lowry eluded to it as a key moment for the club,

Kanzig vs Ehrhadt
“I thought Kanzig did a good job (in the fight) and as soon as we had a bit of emotion we seemed to generate some enthusiasm and were able to find a way to carry it over (into the 3rd).”

Victoria went 1 for 6 on the power play, while Prince George clicked twice in the second going 2 for 6.

Brandon Magee earned 5 points (1g 4a) in the two game set, while Jamie Crooks (2g 2a) had 4 points, Austin Carroll picked up 3 (1g 2a).  Ben Walker had 2 goals and a Gordie Howe Hatrick in the Friday night win.

Lowry commented on the game plan going in without their top 2 scores Alex Gogolev (day to day), and Logan Nelson (lower body) in the line up – a combined 67 points missing,

We wanted to play the same way we did last night, we didn’t have Gogolev to start the game and we lost Nelson early, and we were able to score 5 goals.  We didn’t really wanted to change anything, we wanted to play fast, we wanted to play physical and the unfortuante thing is, we were neither to start.   I give these guys credit they stayed with it and found a way to win.

Up next the Royals hit the road for a single game against the Rockets in Kelowna on Wednesday night.

-mm

Prince George Cougars 3 at Victoria Royals 4 (SO) - Status: Final SO
Saturday, December 29, 2012 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Prince George 1 2 0 0 - 3
Victoria 0 0 3 0 - 4

1st Period-
1, Prince George, Witala 5 (Bourke, Gibb), 10:11.

Penalties-McNulty P.g (major-fighting), 3:19; Traber Vic (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 3:19; Ehrhardt P.g (boarding), 10:28; Carroll Vic (tripping), 11:34; Gibb P.g (checking to the head), 15:07; Belter P.g (roughing), 17:35; Dixon Vic (cross checking), 17:35; Mykitiuk P.g (tripping), 19:33.

2nd Period-
2, Prince George, Jacobs 12 (Witala, Grewal), 4:11 (PP).
3, Prince George, Witala 6 (Bourke, Jacobs), 6:28 (PP).

Penalties-Kanzig Vic (slashing), 3:02; Cote Vic (cross checking), 4:11; Walker Vic (delay of game), 5:43; Fontaine P.g (high sticking), 11:07; Hanes P.g (roughing), 12:55; Traber Vic (roughing), 12:55; Ehrhardt P.g (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:01; Kanzig Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:01; Jacobs P.g (slashing), 15:07; Ehrhardt P.g (major-fighting), 17:07; Kanzig Vic (major-fighting), 17:07.

3rd Period-
4, Victoria, Carroll 7 (Hodges), 0:37.
5, Victoria, Crooks 17 (Magee, Fransoo), 10:07 (PP).
6, Victoria, Magee 14 (Carroll), 17:21.

Penalties-Hodges Vic (slashing), 6:09; Hanes P.g (inter. on goaltender), 8:57.

OT Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout –
Prince George 0 (Belter NG, Siwak NG),
Victoria 2 (Magee G, Walker NG, Hodges G).

Shots on Goal-
Prince George 6-6-3-5-0-20.
Victoria 11-13-15-5-1-45.

Power Play Opportunities-
Prince George 2 / 6;
Victoria 1 / 6.

Goalies-
Prince George,
Engel 4-11-0-4 (44 shots-41 saves).
Victoria,
Polivka 15-8-0-2 (10 shots-7 saves);
Vollrath 2-4-0-0 (10 shots-10 saves).

A-6,025
Referees-Jason Cramer (57), Jon Stephenson (38).
Linesmen-Tim Digby (75), Ron Dietterle (121).

Preview: PG at VIC - Head to Head Stats

Victoria Royals vs Prince George Cougars: Head To Head Stats
Summary

   
Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2012-13 Regular Season Victoria 4-1-0-0Prince George 1-4-0-0
Head to Head Record 2011-12 Regular Season Victoria 6-2-0-0Prince George 2-5-0-1
Last 5 Years record between teams Victoria 21-11-2-3Prince George 16-18-0-3
Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at Victoria Victoria 10-6-2-1Prince George 9-8-0-2
Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at Prince George Victoria 11-5-0-2Prince George 7-10-0-1
Previous Meetings This Season Prince George 1 @ Victoria 5 (Dec 28 2012) Final
Victoria 4 @ Prince George 3 (Dec 1 2012) Final
Victoria 2 @ Prince George 0 (Nov 30 2012) Final
Prince George 2 @ Victoria 3 (Nov 24 2012) Final
Prince George 5 @ Victoria 4 (Nov 23 2012) Final



How the 2 teams match up
     
 
Prince George
Victoria
Team Record 12-19-1-3 -- 28 points 18-14-0-2 -- 38 points
Division Ranking 4th B.C. 3rd B.C.
Conference Ranking 9th Western 6th Western
League Ranking 20th 13th
Past 10 Games 3-7-0-0 6-2-0-2
Streak 0-1-0-0 1-0-0-0
Last Game 5-1 L @ Victoria (Dec 28 2012) Final 5-1 W vs Prince George (Dec 28 2012) Final
Home Record 8-9-1-0 11-5-0-1
Away Record 4-10-0-3 7-9-0-1
GF 88  102 
GA 121  110 
PP (Overall) (21/157) 13.4 (32/159) 20.1
PP (Home) (8/63) 12.7 (14/77) 18.2
PP (Away) (13/94) 13.8 (18/82) 22.0
PK (Overall) (30/114) 73.7 (29/151) 80.8
PK (Home) (10/43) 76.7 (12/64) 81.3
PK (Away) (20/71) 71.8 (17/87) 80.5
Leading Rookie Pochiro (4-8-12) Hicketts (1-8-9)
Most PIM Jacobs - 47 Kanzig - 75
Team PIM/GM 12.3/Game 20.0/Game
Leading Scorers Jacobs (11-15-26) Gogolev (13-23-36)
  Forsberg (9-10-19) Nelson (8-23-31)
  Siwak (9-8-17) Walker (12-17-29)
  Bourke (3-14-17) Crooks (16-12-28)
  Erricson (7-9-16) Magee (13-13-26)
Last 5 Games 5-1 L @ Victoria (Dec 28 2012) Final 5-1 W vs Prince George (Dec 28 2012) Final
  2-1 W vs Vancouver (Dec 16 2012) Final 5-2 L @ Edmonton (Dec 15 2012) Final
  6-0 W vs Vancouver (Dec 15 2012) Final 3-2 L @ Red Deer (Dec 14 2012) Final SO
  2-1 L @ Vancouver (Dec 14 2012) Final 6-2 W @ Seattle (Dec 11 2012) Final
  2-0 L vs Swift Current (Dec 11 2012) Final 2-1 W vs Swift Current (Dec 8 2012) Final
Leading After 1st 6-2-0-0 10-3-0-1
Leading After 2nd 9-1-1-1 11-0-0-1
Tied After 1st 3-3-1-2 5-3-0-1
Tied After 2nd 2-5-0-1 1-1-0-0
Trailing After 1st 3-14-0-1 3-8-0-0
Trailing After 2nd 1-13-0-1 6-13-0-1
Out Shooting Opponents 6-8-0-2 7-3-0-1
Out Shot by Opponents 4-11-1-1 9-11-0-1
1-Goal Games 8-5-1-3 10-2-0-2
2-Goal Games 1-5-0-0 4-2-0-0
3-Goal Games 1-2-0-0 1-7-0-0

Victoria Royals
# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
10 Ben Walker 5 5 2 7 7 8
15 Jamie Crooks 5 4 2 6 4 1
18 Brandon Magee 5 1 5 6 24 3
19 Logan Nelson 5 0 5 5 2 2
21 Austin Carroll 3 2 2 4 0 0
17 Alex Gogolev 4 0 4 4 4 6
27 Brett Cote 5 2 1 3 0 3
14 Jack Walker 5 0 3 3 0 4
11 Steven Hodges 3 2 0 2 4 2
4 Jordan Fransoo 5 0 2 2 9 -1
22 Taylor Crunk 5 1 0 1 0 -1
9 Mitch Deacon 4 1 0 1 0 0
23 Kolton Dixon 1 0 1 1 0 0
20 Logan Fisher 5 0 1 1 7 0
2 Joe Hicketts 4 0 1 1 2 0
5 Keegan Kanzig 5 0 1 1 7 -1
12 Tim Traber 3 0 1 1 2 2
25 Brandon Fushimi 4 0 0 0 0 -1
3 Ryan Gagnon 4 0 0 0 2 -3
28 Luke Harrison 3 0 0 0 4 -1
33 Patrik Polivka 5 0 0 0 0 0
8 X Tyler Soy 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 Tyler Stahl 2 0 0 0 10 2
35 Coleman Vollrath 1 0 0 0 0 0
6 Jesse Zgraggen 4 0 0 0 0 4

# Player GP W L OTL SL MIN GA GAA SV%
35 Coleman Vollrath 1 0 1 0 0 35:29 1 1.69 0.923
33 Patrik Polivka 5 4 0 0 0 263:31 10 2.28 0.926

Prince George Cougars
# Player GP G A PTS PIM +/-
27 Alex Forsberg 4 0 4 4 2 0
13 Ryan Hanes 5 3 0 3 5 -2
3 Marc McNulty 4 2 1 3 11 1
12 Daulton Siwak 5 1 2 3 0 -2
21 Brett Roulston 5 2 0 2 4 0
25 Joseph Carvalho 3 0 2 2 2 1
15 Jari Erricson 4 0 2 2 0 -3
26 Zach Pochiro 4 0 2 2 9 2
32 Jarrett Fontaine 5 1 0 1 0 -2
29 Raymond Grewal 5 1 0 1 4 -4
28 Colin Jacobs 4 1 0 1 34 -2
9 Carson Bolduc 4 0 1 1 0 0
20 Troy Bourke 1 0 1 1 0 0
6 Dallas Ehrhardt 5 0 1 1 6 -3
18 Jake Mykitiuk 5 0 1 1 6 -1
14 Chase Witala 3 0 1 1 0 -2
17 Caleb Belter 4 0 0 0 0 -2
30 Mac Engel 3 0 0 0 0 0
2 Daniel Gibb 5 0 0 0 2 -1
4 Tanner Lishchynsky 5 0 0 0 0 -3
24 Michael Mylchreest 3 0 0 0 0 -3
8 Rinalds Rosinskis 3 0 0 0 0 -1
19 Jordan Tkatch 4 0 0 0 2 -3
1 Brett Zarowny 2 0 0 0 0 0

# Player GP W L OTL SL MIN GA GAA SV%
30 Mac Engel 3 1 2 0 0 177:52 10 3.37 0.872
1 Brett Zarowny 2 0 2 0 0 119:19 8 4.02 0.871

Friday, 28 December 2012

Recap: PG 1 - VIC 5

Ben Walker scored twice, and earned a Gordie Hat Trick as the Victoria Royals defeated the visiting Prince George Cougars 5-1 Friday night, their first game back after the Christmas Break.

Sometimes these breaks are a good thing…refreshed everybody.” – Royals Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto

Walker (2g 1a), along with Jamie Crooks (1g 2a), and Brandon Magee (3a) had 3 point nights and were named Stars 1 through 3 respectively.  Walker won a fight against Zach Pochiro in the first, and now has 12 goals on the year, and 29 points in 32 games.

Mitch Deacon is stopped by Brett Zarowny
The Royals led 2-1 after 20 minutes, and 3-1 after 40.  Taylor Crunk scored the eventual game winning goal with 1:02 left in the first period, and was excited about the club’s performance.

I felt we played a great team game through all the 3 periods, and I thought we did all the little things we needed to do…We got off to a good start, and I thought that was key for us tonight.

Patrik Polivka earned his 15th win with 19 saves.
Steven Hodges who was very effective in the face off circle, rounded out the scoring with his 9th of the year in the third.  The final two Victoria  goals came :37 apart in the final frame to put the game out of reach.

Royals forward Logan Nelson left the game in the first after falling akwardly along the boards after a hit and was seen later on crutches.

According to Sacilotto, “It’s a lower body injury…we’ll find out a little bit more tomorrow, he’s going back and see the doctors and find out exactly what the problem is.

Ben Walker (far left) had 2 goals, 1 assist and a fight.
Victoria was already without leading scorer Alex Gogolev (day to day), defensemen Joe Hicketts and Ryan Gagnon to the U-17 tournament in Quebec, and F Luke Harrison who missed his 7th in a row – but found a way to score 5 goals.

A good team is a sum of it’s parts.  If you want to be an elite team then it doesn’t matter who’s missing from the line up, the other guys have to to carry the load and find a way to get it done.” said Sacilotto.

Patrik Polivka earned his 15th victory with 19 saves, infront of his family who flew in to see him from the Czech Republic, their first visit to Victoria.  His counterpart, reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week, Brett Zarowny dropped his 8th decision allowing 5 goals on 34 Royal shots.  Victoria was especially dominant on the shot clock in the second period with a 14-3 advantage, which pleased Sacilotto,

I thought we had a great second period, probably one of our best of the season.  We broke it open in the third and very pleased with the effort from every single player on our team tonight.”

The Royals scored once on four power play opportunities, while the Cougars struck out on three chances.

The clubs will meet again on Saturday on the Island with Victoria taking a 4-1 season series lead, now with 4 consecutive wins against Prince George.  According to Sacilotto,

We’re going to let them (players) enjoy the victory…but tomorrow morning…it’s back to business and see if we can sweep this, and put Prince George behind us.  That was our goal going into the weekend – step 1 accomplished.”

Prince George Cougars 1 at Victoria Royals 5 - Status: Final
Friday, December 28, 2012 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Prince George 1 0 0 - 1
Victoria 2 1 2 - 5

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Crooks 16 (Magee, Walker), 10:06 (PP).
2, Prince George, McNulty 6 (Bourke), 12:42.
3, Victoria, Crunk 2 (Traber, Dixon), 18:58.

Penalties-McNulty P.g (roughing), 7:51; Gibb P.g (interference), 9:22; Grewal P.g (high sticking), 9:31; Stahl Vic (interference), 12:57; Pochiro P.g (major-fighting), 15:52; Walker Vic (major-fighting), 15:52.

2nd Period-
4, Victoria, Walker 11 (Magee, Crooks), 14:51.

Penalties-Ehrhardt P.g (roughing), 12:50.

3rd Period-
5, Victoria, Hodges 9 (Crooks, Magee), 7:43.
6, Victoria, Walker 12 (Carroll, Walker), 8:20.

Penalties-Mykitiuk P.g (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:55; Crooks Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:55; Stahl Vic (charging), 10:43; Stahl Vic (roughing), 14:44.


Shots on Goal-
Prince George 9-3-8-20.
Victoria 11-14-9-34.

Power Play Opportunities-
Prince George 0 / 3;
Victoria 1 / 4.
Goalies-
Prince George, Zarowny 8-8-0-0 (34 shots-29 saves).
Victoria, Polivka 15-8-0-2 (20 shots-19 saves).

A-5,819
Referees-Adam Byblow (23).
Linesmen-Kirk Van Helvoirt (107), Bevan Mills (98).

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Preview: Prince George vs Victoria

The Victoria Royals (17-14-0-2, 36 points) return from their Christmas Break to entertain the Prince George Cougars (12-18-1-3, 28 points) for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.

It’s their 5th meeting of 8 this season, with Victoria holding a 3-1 series lead after a pair of wins in Prince George by scores of 2-0 and 4-3 on Nov 30th and Dec 1st respectively.  They split a double header on the Island back in November.

The Royals are coming off a 3 game road trip (1-1-0-1) picking up a 6-2 win in Seattle, falling in a shoot out 3-2 in Red Deer, and dropping the final game 5-2 in Edmonton.  Victoria is 6th in the Conference, 7 points back of Tri City and 8 ahead of Prince George.

The Cougars played a 3 game set against the Giants before the break, falling 2-1 in Vancouver and then winning the final two at home by 6-0 and 2-1 scores.  Prince George is tied for 8th in the Conference with Everett, but have 3 games in hand.

The Royals will be without defensemen Joe Hicketts and Ryan Gagnon who are representing Team Pacific at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Que.  Cougars forward Carson Bolduc will also be participating.  Prince George defenseman Rinalds Rosinskis is representing Latvia at the World Juniors.

How the 2 teams match up

     
 
Prince George
Victoria
Team Record 12-18-1-3 -- 28 points 17-14-0-2 -- 36 points
Division Ranking 4th B.C. 3rd B.C.
Conference Ranking 8th Western 6th Western
League Ranking 19th 13th
Past 10 Games 3-7-0-0 5-3-0-2
Streak 2-0-0-0 0-1-0-1
Last Game 2-1 W vs Vancouver (Dec 16 2012) Final 5-2 L @ Edmonton (Dec 15 2012) Final
Home Record 8-9-1-0 10-5-0-1
Away Record 4-9-0-3 7-9-0-1
GF 87  97 
GA 116  109 
PP (Overall) (21/154) 13.6 (31/155) 20.0
PP (Home) (8/63) 12.7 (13/73) 17.8
PP (Away) (13/91) 14.3 (18/82) 22.0
PK (Overall) (29/110) 73.6 (29/148) 80.4
PK (Home) (10/43) 76.7 (12/61) 80.3
PK (Away) (19/67) 71.6 (17/87) 80.5
Leading Rookie Witala (4-9-13) Hicketts (1-8-9)
Most PIM Jacobs - 47 Kanzig - 75
Team PIM/GM 12.2/Game 20.2/Game
Leading Scorers Jacobs (11-15-26) Gogolev (13-23-36)
  Forsberg (9-10-19) Nelson (8-23-31)
  Siwak (9-8-17) Walker (10-16-26)
  Erricson (7-9-16) Crooks (15-10-25)
  Bourke (3-13-16) Magee (13-10-23)
Last 5 Games 2-1 W vs Vancouver (Dec 16 2012) Final 5-2 L @ Edmonton (Dec 15 2012) Final
  6-0 W vs Vancouver (Dec 15 2012) Final 3-2 L @ Red Deer (Dec 14 2012) Final SO
  2-1 L @ Vancouver (Dec 14 2012) Final 6-2 W @ Seattle (Dec 11 2012) Final
  2-0 L vs Swift Current (Dec 11 2012) Final 2-1 W vs Swift Current (Dec 8 2012) Final
  7-2 L @ Kelowna (Dec 8 2012) Final 7-2 L vs Vancouver (Dec 5 2012) Final
Leading After 1st 6-2-0-0 9-3-0-1
Leading After 2nd 9-1-1-1 10-0-0-1
Tied After 1st 3-3-1-2 5-3-0-1
Tied After 2nd 2-5-0-1 1-1-0-0
Trailing After 1st 3-13-0-1 3-8-0-0
Trailing After 2nd 1-12-0-1 6-13-0-1
Out Shooting Opponents 6-8-0-2 6-3-0-1
Out Shot by Opponents 4-10-1-1 9-11-0-1
1-Goal Games 8-5-1-3 10-2-0-2
2-Goal Games 1-5-0-0 4-2-0-0
3-Goal Games 1-2-0-0 1-7-0-0

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Recap: VIC 2 - EDM 5


The Edmonton Oil Kings (21-7-2-3, 47pts) came from behind to score 4 unanswered in the second to hand the visiting Victoria Royals (17-14-0-2, 36pts) a 5-2 loss Saturday night.

Coleman Vollrath stops a shot
“If you want to beat the top teams like this, you basically have to play mistake free, and play for 60 minutes.” – Royals Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto

Victoria wraps up a 3 game road trip with 3 of a possible 6 points (1-1-0-1).  They’re now on their Christmas Break until Prince George visits for a pair of games December 28 and 29th.


The Royals led 1-0 after 20 minutes, and 2-1 early in the second before 4 unanswered in the middle frame.  There was no scoring in the third.

“I think when they took that 3-2 lead it took the wind out of our sails.  If we would’ve continued at the pace we were playing at we would’ve been fine.  I’m a little bit disappointed in that, but that’s hockey.” Said Sacilotto.

Patrik Polivka saves a shot
TJ Foster led the way with a goal and an assist, while Tyler Stahl (4th) and Steven Hodges (8th) scored for Victoria.  Edmonton also got goals from Cody Corbett, Michael St. Croix, Keegan Lowe and Brandon Baddock.

It was the first of two meetings, and will meet again at Rexall Place on February 17th.

Oil Kings netminer Tristan Jarry earned his 9th win with 24 saves, while his counterpart Patrik Polivka suffered his 8th defeat after allowing 5 goals on 23 shots.  He was replaced by Coleman Vollrath at the 16:00 minute mark of the 2nd period, stopping all 6 shots directed his way.

Victoria went 0 for 4 on the power play, while Edmonton went 1 for 5.

The Oil Kings improve to 11 over .500 at home (14-3-1-2), while the Royals road record slips to (7-9-0-1).

Victoria started the road trip with a 6-2 win on Tuesday, then a 3-2 shoot out loss in Red Deer before the 5-2 loss in Edmonton.

-mm





Victoria Royals 2 at Edmonton Oil Kings 5 - Status: Final
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB

Victoria 1 1 0 - 2
Edmonton 0 5 0 - 5

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Stahl 4   5:45.

Penalties-Hodges Vic (boarding), 3:23; Moroz Edm (high sticking), 7:32; Samuelsson Edm (tripping), 9:42; Sautner Edm (checking from behind), 12:16.

2nd Period-
2, Edmonton, Corbett 2 (Samuelsson), 2:02.
3, Victoria, Hodges 8 (Crooks), 2:56.
4, Edmonton, St. Croix 15 (Wruck, Foster), 5:24 (PP).
5, Edmonton, Foster 14 (Legault), 7:50.
6, Edmonton, Lowe 6 (Kulda, Mayo), 15:36.
7, Edmonton, Baddock 4 (Wilson, Bertolucci), 16:00.

Penalties-Deacon Vic (roughing), 1:06; Lowe Edm (roughing), 1:06; Fransoo Vic (cross checking, major-fighting), 4:10; Moroz Edm (major-fighting), 4:10; Kanzig Vic (major-fighting), 6:30; Wilson Edm (major-fighting), 6:30; Gogolev Vic (interference), 13:15; Lowe Edm (tripping), 19:26.

3rd Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Hicketts Vic (slashing), 4:41; Magee Vic (major-fighting), 6:59; Stahl Vic (roughing, roughing, interference, 10-minute misconduct), 6:59; Baddock Edm (roughing, roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 6:59; Wilson Edm (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 6:59; Samuelsson Edm (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:14; Crunk Vic (roughing), 8:44; Sautner Edm (roughing), 8:44; Crooks Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 9:27.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 10-7-9-26.
Edmonton 10-13-6-29.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 4; Edmonton 1 / 5.

Goalies-
Victoria, Polivka 14-8-0-2 (23 shots-18 saves);
Vollrath 1-4-0-0 (6 shots-6 saves).
Edmonton, Jarry 9-3-0-0 (26 shots-24 saves).

A-7,112
Referees-Kevin Bennett (29), Colin Watt (72).
Linesmen-Scott Fulmer (32), Dustin Zelenak (83).

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Preview: Victoria at Edmonton

The Victoria Royals (17-13-0-2, 36pts) wrap up a three game road trip Saturday night against the Edmonton Oil Kings (20-7-2-3, 45pts).

Pregame show at 5:40 on The Zone @ 91.3 FM, or online at www.thezone.fm

"They're a good hockey team, they've got 3 really good lines, their defense and goaltender is good.  We have to play some really good defense, and get as many shots on goal as we can...and enjoy the experience." - Royals Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto

It’s the first of 2 meetings this season, last year the Edmonton won both games 8-2 in Victoria November 8th, and 6-3 at home December 14th.  They’ll meet again at Rexall February 17th 2013.

The Royals picked up a point in a 3-2 shoot out loss at the Rebels Friday night.  Logan Nelson and Jack Walker scored the goals for Victoria, Jack’s first in the WHL.  His brother Ben assisted on both goals.

Victoria now has points in their last 3 straight, and 5 of 6 games.  They’ll look to go .500 on the road tonight with a (7-8-0-1) record.  The Royals have points in 5 consecutive games away from home. (4-0-0-1).

The Oil Kings have won their last 2 in a row, 5-2 versus the visiting Blazers on Wednesday, and 4-2 in Calgary.  Edmonton has won 4 of their last 6 games, and are 2nd in points in the East with 45.  They’ve won 7 of their past 10 (7-2-0-1) and at home have a 10 over .500 record (13-3-1-2).

The Oil Kings special teams is tops in both departments, power play and penalty kill.  They’ve taken the 2nd most shots for and allowed the 2nd fewest on average per game.

The Royals Ben Walker is on a 4 game point streak (5a), Brett Cote has points in his last 3 (1g 2a), and Logan Nelson (1g 1a) and Jack Walker (1g 2a) have points in back to back games.

After the game Saturday, Victoria will travel close to 1200 km, over 14 hours home for the Christmas break.  They’ll entertain Prince George for a pair December 28th and 29th. 

How the 2 teams match up

Edmonton
Victoria
Team Record 20-7-2-3 -- 45 points 17-13-0-2 -- 36 points
Division Ranking 2nd Central 3rd B.C.
Conference Ranking 3rd Eastern 6th Western
League Ranking 7th 12th
Past 10 Games 7-2-0-1 6-2-0-2
Streak 2-0-0-0 2-0-0-1
Last Game 5-2 W vs Kamloops (Dec 12 2012) Final 3-2 L @ Red Deer (Dec 14 2012) Final SO
Home Record 13-3-1-2 10-5-0-1
Away Record 7-4-1-1 7-8-0-1
GF 107  95 
GA 82  104 
PP (Overall) (34/126) 27.0 (31/151) 20.5
PP (Home) (26/89) 29.2 (13/73) 17.8
PP (Away) (8/37) 21.6 (18/78) 23.1
PK (Overall) (13/154) 91.6 (28/142) 80.3
PK (Home) (9/85) 89.4 (12/61) 80.3
PK (Away) (4/69) 94.2 (16/81) 80.2
Leading Rookie Kulda (4-5-9) Hicketts (1-8-9)
Most PIM Lowe - 82 Kanzig - 70
Team PIM/GM 17.2/Game 19.8/Game
Leading Scorers St. Croix (14-25-39) Gogolev (13-23-36)
Wruck (11-27-38) Nelson (8-23-31)
Samuelsson (16-16-32) Walker (10-16-26)
Foster (13-19-32) Crooks (15-9-24)
Lazar (14-10-24) Magee (13-10-23)
Last 5 Games 5-2 W vs Kamloops (Dec 12 2012) Final 3-2 L @ Red Deer (Dec 14 2012) Final SO
4-2 W @ Calgary (Dec 8 2012) Final 6-2 W @ Seattle (Dec 11 2012) Final
5-2 L vs Calgary (Dec 7 2012) Final 2-1 W vs Swift Current (Dec 8 2012) Final
6-2 L @ Lethbridge (Dec 5 2012) Final 7-2 L vs Vancouver (Dec 5 2012) Final
4-3 W vs Lethbridge (Dec 2 2012) Final 4-3 W @ Prince George (Dec 1 2012) Final
Leading After 1st 14-2-0-1 9-2-0-1
Leading After 2nd 17-1-1-1 10-0-0-1
Tied After 1st 2-1-1-0 5-3-0-1
Tied After 2nd 2-2-0-2 1-1-0-0
Trailing After 1st 4-4-1-2 3-8-0-0
Trailing After 2nd 1-4-1-0 6-12-0-1
Out Shooting Opponents 15-6-1-3 6-3-0-1
Out Shot by Opponents 5-1-1-0 9-10-0-1
1-Goal Games 5-3-2-3 10-2-0-2
2-Goal Games 8-0-0-0 4-2-0-0
3-Goal Games 3-3-0-0 1-6-0-0

Friday, 14 December 2012

Recap: VIC 2 - RD 3 SOL

Jack Walker scored his first WHL goal, assisted by his brother Ben, to help the Victoria Royals (17-13-0-2, 36pts) pick up a point in 3-2 shoot out loss at the Red Deer Rebels Friday.
Jack Walker scores, assist brother Ben.


Trailing 2-1 in the third Jack tied the game with just 4:32 remaining.  It was the first time the brothers had combined to score a goal in team history.

We’re very fortunate to get a point, especially out of conference, we didn’t think it was our best game - but with a late goal by big Jack Walker we were able to pull it through.”  Royals Assistant Coach Enio Sacilotto.

Conner Bleackley scored the deciding shoot out goal as all three Rebel shooters were successful. The Royals went 2 for 3 with goals from Logan Nelson (4/4) and Steven Hodges, as Brandon Magee missed.

“The shoot out is always up for grabs, it’s a roll of the dice, a gamble…we’ve got to be pleased getting the point.” said Sacilotto.

Jack Walker scores 1st WHL goal to tie the game at 2.
Rhyse Dieno opened the scoring, and added another in the second to retake the lead.  Logan Nelson got the other goal for Victoria.  Ben Walker had two assists on the night.  Defenseman Brett Cote pushes his point streak to 3 games with an assist (1g 2a).

Bolton Pouliot earned his 3rd win of the season with 32 saves, while Patrik Polivka in his 13th consecutive start suffered his second shoot out loss kicking out 30 pucks, his record now sits at (14-7-0-2).

The Royals power play went 1 for 6 against the 3rd best penalty killing, while stopping all 3 Rebel man advantages. 

According to Sacilotto, “I thought we threw away a couple of power play opportunities that we didn’t capatalize on.”

It was the first of two meetings this season, Victoria will be back in Red Deer on February 15th.

The Royals now have points in 5 straight on the road (4-0-0-1) and will be in Edmonton Saturday night.

“When you play against top teams it makes you better…it’s going to be a challenge and we’ll be up for it.” –Enio Sacilotto.

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Victoria Royals 2 at Red Deer Rebels 3 (SO) - Status: End of Game SO
Friday, December 14, 2012 - Enmax Centrium - Red Deer, AB

Victoria 1 0 1 0 - 2
Red Deer 1 1 0 0 - 3

1st Period-
1, Red Deer, Dieno 6 (Maxwell, Elson), 1:12.
2, Victoria, Nelson 8 (Hicketts, Walker), 13:45 (PP).

Penalties-Fafard R.d (delay of game), 5:00; Elson R.d (roughing), 12:11; Fushimi Vic (roughing), 14:28; Traber Vic (major-fighting), 14:28; Fafard R.d (major-fighting), 14:28.

2nd Period-
3, Red Deer, Dieno 7 (Underwood), 7:37.

Penalties-Johnson R.d (tripping), 6:04; Cote Vic (tripping), 6:57; Elson R.d (tripping), 12:48; Deacon Vic (inter. on goaltender), 15:02.

3rd Period-
4, Victoria, Walker 1 (Walker, Cote), 15:28.

Penalties-Nelson Vic (charging), 2:42; Elson R.d (inter. on goaltender), 13:01; Hodges Vic (hooking), 14:34; Bellerive R.d (checking from behind), 14:43.

OT Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout –
Victoria 2 (Nelson G, Magee NG, Hodges G),
Red Deer 3 (Dieno G, Bellerive G, Bleackley G).

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 10-7-14-3-0-34.
Red Deer 12-11-6-3-1-33.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 6;
Red Deer 0 / 3.

Goalies-
Victoria, Polivka 14-7-0-1 (32 shots-30 saves).
Red Deer, Pouliot 2-5-0-1 (34 shots-32 saves).

A-4,879
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), TJ Foster.
Linesmen-Mike Langin (67), Trevor Shively (119).

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Preview: Victoria at Red Deer

The Victoria Royals (17-13-0-1, 35pts) look for their 5th consecutive road win against the Red Deer Rebels (19-12-2-1, 41pts) Friday night.
Royals celebrate 6-2 win in Seattle

Pregame show on The Zone at 6:10, puck drop 6:30 pacific.  Online at www.thezone.fm .

Victoria has a (7-8) road record after wins in Seattle, twice in Prince George and Medicine Hat.  Red Deer is 4 over .500 at the Centrium (9-5-1-0).

It’s the first of 2 meetings of the season, both on the road.  Last year the Rebels visited the Island and the Royals split the back to back games with a 4-3 shoot out win after a 7-4 loss Nov 12 & 13 2011.  They’ll meet again in Red Deer Feb. 15th.

Victoria is on a 2 game win streak and 4 in 5 games after a 6-2 victory at Seattle Tuesday night.  Alex Gogolev lead the way with 2 goals and an assist, Austin Carroll (1g 1a) had the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, while Jamie Crooks (1g 1a) and Jack Walker (2a) each had two point nights.

The Royals power play went 3 for 7, and outshot the Thunderbirds 43-31, a new season high.  Patrik Polivka earned his 14th career win, while Brett Cote notched his 4th game winning goal of the season, tops by all defenseman.

The victory moves Victoria into sole possession of 6th in the West, 2 points up on Seattle.

The Red Deer Rebels suffered their first regulation loss in the 11 games since GM / Interim Head Coach Brent Sutter took over back on Nov 14th (9-1-1-0).  They fell 2-1 to the visiting Calgary Hitmen Tuesday.  It’s back to back losses after dropping a 5-4 overtime decision in Moose Jaw, snapping a 9 game win streak.

The Rebels sit 4th in the East with 41 points, 4 out of top spot.

Red Deer acquired 18 year old forward Dominik Volek from Regina Wednesday in exchange for forwards Marc McCoy, Filip Vasko, and a conditional 2015 WHL Bantam Draft pick.

The Rebels are currently without D Matthew Dumba and G Patrik Bartosak who are attending World Junior Selection camps for Canada and the Czech Republic respectively.

After Friday’s game in Red Deer, Victoria plays in Edmonton Saturday before pausing for the Christmas break.  Their next home games will be Dec 28 and 29th versus the Prince George Cougars.



How the 2 teams match up

Red Deer
Victoria
Team Record 19-12-2-1 -- 41 points 17-13-0-1 -- 35 points
Division Ranking 3rd Central 3rd B.C.
Conference Ranking 4th Eastern 6th Western
League Ranking 8th 11th
Past 10 Games 8-1-1-0 6-3-0-1
Streak 0-1-1-0 2-0-0-0
Last Game 2-1 L vs Calgary (Dec 12 2012) Final 6-2 W @ Seattle (Dec 11 2012) Final
Home Record 9-5-1-0 10-5-0-1
Away Record 10-7-1-1 7-8-0-0
GF 94  93 
GA 94  101 
PP (Overall) (19/119) 16.0 (30/145) 20.7
PP (Home) (8/54) 14.8 (13/73) 17.8
PP (Away) (11/65) 16.9 (17/72) 23.6
PK (Overall) (20/150) 86.7 (28/139) 79.9
PK (Home) (9/57) 84.2 (12/61) 80.3
PK (Away) (11/93) 88.2 (16/78) 79.5
Leading Rookie Bleackley (7-8-15) Hicketts (1-7-8)
Most PIM Underwood - 54 Kanzig - 70
Team PIM/GM 14.6/Game 19.9/Game
Leading Scorers Ness (10-12-22) Gogolev (13-23-36)
Elson (9-13-22) Nelson (7-23-30)
Hamilton (3-18-21) Crooks (15-9-24)
Bellerive (7-13-20) Walker (10-14-24)
Dumba (7-10-17) Magee (13-10-23)
Last 5 Games 2-1 L vs Calgary (Dec 12 2012) Final 6-2 W @ Seattle (Dec 11 2012) Final
5-4 L @ Brandon (Dec 8 2012) Final OT 2-1 W vs Swift Current (Dec 8 2012) Final
2-1 W @ Moose Jaw (Dec 7 2012) Final 7-2 L vs Vancouver (Dec 5 2012) Final
5-1 W @ Regina (Dec 5 2012) Final 4-3 W @ Prince George (Dec 1 2012) Final
3-0 W vs Saskatoon (Dec 1 2012) Final 2-0 W @ Prince George (Nov 30 2012) Final
Leading After 1st 8-1-1-1 9-2-0-1
Leading After 2nd 10-0-0-0 10-0-0-1
Tied After 1st 4-7-1-0 5-3-0-0
Tied After 2nd 6-5-2-0 1-1-0-0
Trailing After 1st 7-4-0-0 3-8-0-0
Trailing After 2nd 3-7-0-1 6-12-0-0
Out Shooting Opponents 9-2-1-1 6-3-0-0
Out Shot by Opponents 9-10-1-0 9-10-0-1
1-Goal Games 12-5-2-1 10-2-0-1
2-Goal Games 3-2-0-0 4-2-0-0
3-Goal Games 1-1-0-0 1-6-0-0

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Recap: VIC 6 - SEA 2

Victoria’s power play struck 3 times while Alex Gogolev had a 3 point night as the Royals defeated the Thunderbirds 6-2 in Seattle Tuesday night.

Patrik Polivka makes a save in his 14th win.
Gogolev and Crooks Stars 1 & 2
The Royals take sole possession of 6th in the West, 2 points up on the Thunderbirds in the first of 4 meetings of the season.

Victoria scored twice in each period while out shooting Seattle 43 – 31 on the night.

The Royals went 3 for 7 with the man advantage and only allowed 1 goal on 7 Thunderbird chances, which is ranked 3rd best in the league.

Patrik Polivka earned his 14th win with 29 saves, while Victoria product Brandon Glover allowed 5 on 43 shots for his 12th loss.

It was Gogolev’s 100th career game and was named 1st star with 2 goals and an assist.

Trabers squares off against Wolf
Austin Carroll got the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, Jamie Crooks and had a goal and an assist, and Jack Walker chipped in with a pair of helpers.  Defenseman Brett Cote scored the eventual game winner (4) in the second period.  Logan Fisher rounded out the scoring.

It was a physical affair with 4 fights, and 120 minutes in penalties handed out – 50 belonging to the Royals.

They now run their road win streak to 4 games, and winning 2 straight and 4 out of 5 overall.

Victoria will play in Red Deer Friday, and Edmonton Saturday before the Christmas Break.
Logan Nelson is stopped by Brandon Glover
 Victoria Royals 6 at Seattle Thunderbirds 2 - Status: End of Game
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - ShoWare Center - Kent, WA

Victoria 2 2 2 - 6
Seattle 1 0 1 - 2

1st Period-
1, Victoria, Gogolev 12 (Walker, Zgraggen), 6:45.
2, Victoria, Carroll 6 (Crooks, Hodges), 8:05.
3, Seattle, Lipsbergs 16 (Hickman, Rouse), 18:40 (PP).

Penalties-Crunk Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 1:49; Hickman Sea (roughing), 1:49; Walker Vic (checking from behind), 3:52; Zgraggen Vic (tripping), 17:07; Magee Vic (roughing), 19:57; Zgraggen Vic (roughing), 19:57; Green Sea (roughing), 19:57; Lipsbergs Sea (roughing), 19:57; Rouse Sea (roughing), 19:57; Wardley Sea (10-minute misconduct), 19:57.

2nd Period-
4, Victoria, Cote 5 (Gogolev), 10:41.
5, Victoria, Crooks 15 (Magee, Nelson), 17:20 (PP).

Penalties-Lockhart Sea (tripping), 0:55; Walker Vic (roughing), 8:31; Wolf Sea (roughing), 8:31; Hodges Vic (elbowing), 10:07; Nelson Vic (slashing), 13:19; Gogolev Vic (tripping), 15:26; Sheen Sea (hooking), 15:58; Sanvido Sea (inter. on goaltender), 16:09; Stahl Vic (roughing), 20:00; Elliot Sea (roughing, boarding), 20:00.

3rd Period-
6, Seattle, Sanvido 9 (Smith, Rouse), 10:48.
7, Victoria, Gogolev 13 (Carroll, Walker), 13:57 (PP).
8, Victoria, Fisher 2 (Walker, Deacon), 18:38 (PP).

Penalties-Crunk Vic (roughing, roughing), 2:35; Wardley Sea (roughing, roughing), 2:35; Traber Vic (major-fighting), 6:42; Wolf Sea (major-fighting), 6:42; Hicketts Vic (roughing), 7:50; Zgraggen Vic (major-fighting), 10:42; Wray Sea (major-fighting), 10:42; served by Lipsbergs Sea (too many men), 13:10; Carroll Vic (major-fighting), 13:57; Forsberg Sea (major-fighting), 13:57; Sheen Sea (high sticking), 17:36; Crunk Vic (major-fighting), 19:04; Kanzig Vic (roughing), 19:04; Magee Vic (roughing), 19:04; Delnov Sea (10-minute misconduct), 19:04; Elliot Sea (roughing), 19:04; Wray Sea (major-fighting), 19:04.

Shots on Goal-
Victoria 13-17-13-43.
Seattle 9-8-12-29.

Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 3 / 7; Seattle 1 / 6.

Goalies-
Victoria, Polivka 13-7-0-1 (29 shots-27 saves).
Seattle, Glover 15-11-1-0 (43 shots-37 saves).

A-3,108
Referees-Mike Campbell (89), Jason Nissen (91).
Linesmen-Nathan Van Oosten (115), Adam Brastad (132).

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Preview: Victoria at Seattle

It’s a battle for 6th in the West as the Victoria Royals (16-13-0-1, 33 points) are on the road to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds (16-14-1-0, 33 point) in their first meeting of the season Tuesday night.

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

The clubs are tied for 6th in the Conference with 33 points each, however Victoria has a game in hand.

Last season the Royals won once, and fell twice in a shoot out in the four game season series (1-1-0-2).

Victoria most recently edged the visiting Swift Current Broncos 2-1 Saturday night.  Austin Carroll scored the Teddy Bear Toss Goal, and Brandon Magee was credited with the game winner.  Adam Lowry, Head Coach Dave Lowry’s son scored the lone tally for the Broncos.

Seattle had their four game win streak snapped with a 6-2 loss versus the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Saturday.  During the winning streak the club scored 20 goals in 4 games.

The T-Birds are 4 over .500 at home (8-4-1-0), while the Royals road record sits at (6-8-0-0), after winning their last 3 away from home.

Both the Thunderbirds and Royals have won 6 of their last 10 games.

Seattle’s netminder Brandon Glover hails from Victoria and has 15 wins in 27 games.

After Seattle, Victoria’s 3 game road trip takes them to Red Deer and Edmonton before the Christmas Break.

Seattle Thunderbirds vs Victoria Royals: Head To Head Stats
Summary

Description
Result
Head to Head Record 2012-13 Regular Season Seattle 0-0-0-0Victoria 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2011-12 Regular Season Seattle 3-1-0-0Victoria 1-1-0-2
Last 5 Years record between teams Seattle 10-2-3-1Victoria 6-5-1-4
Seattle vs. Victoria Last 5 Years record at Seattle Seattle 6-1-1-0Victoria 2-3-1-2
Seattle vs. Victoria Last 5 Years record at Victoria Seattle 4-1-2-1Victoria 4-2-0-2

How the 2 teams match up
Victoria
Seattle
Team Record 16-13-0-1 -- 33 points 16-14-1-0 -- 33 points
Division Ranking 3rd B.C. 4th U.S.
Conference Ranking 6th Western 7th Western
League Ranking 11th 12th
Past 10 Games 6-3-0-1 6-4-0-0
Streak 1-0-0-0 0-1-0-0
Last Game 2-1 W vs Swift Current (Dec 8 2012) Final 6-2 L vs Portland (Dec 8 2012) Final
Home Record 10-5-0-1 8-4-1-0
Away Record 6-8-0-0 8-10-0-0
GF 87  105 
GA 99  115 
PP (Overall) (27/138) 19.6 (27/117) 23.1
PP (Home) (13/73) 17.8 (10/50) 20.0
PP (Away) (14/65) 21.5 (17/67) 25.4
PK (Overall) (27/132) 79.5 (21/114) 81.6
PK (Home) (12/61) 80.3 (9/51) 82.4
PK (Away) (15/71) 78.9 (12/63) 81.0
Leading Rookie Hicketts (1-7-8) Lipsbergs (15-14-29)
Most PIM Kanzig - 68 Elliot - 71
Team PIM/GM 18.9/Game 15.7/Game
Leading Scorers Gogolev (11-22-33) Lipsbergs (15-14-29)
Nelson (7-22-29) Honey (9-19-28)
Walker (10-13-23) Sheen (8-18-26)
Crooks (14-8-22) Delnov (10-14-24)
Magee (13-9-22) Theodore (7-16-23)
Last 5 Games 2-1 W vs Swift Current (Dec 8 2012) Final 6-2 L vs Portland (Dec 8 2012) Final
7-2 L vs Vancouver (Dec 5 2012) Final 5-1 W @ Everett (Dec 7 2012) Final
4-3 W @ Prince George (Dec 1 2012) Final 8-4 W @ Tri-City (Dec 6 2012) Final
2-0 W @ Prince George (Nov 30 2012) Final 3-1 W vs Kamloops (Dec 2 2012) Final
4-3 L vs Moose Jaw (Nov 27 2012) Final SO 4-2 W vs Kelowna (Dec 1 2012) Final
Leading After 1st 8-2-0-1 8-3-0-0
Leading After 2nd 9-0-0-1 11-1-0-0
Tied After 1st 5-3-0-0 4-2-1-0
Tied After 2nd 1-1-0-0 3-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st 3-8-0-0 4-9-0-0
Trailing After 2nd 6-12-0-0 2-12-0-0
Out Shooting Opponents 5-3-0-0 5-4-0-0
Out Shot by Opponents 9-10-0-1 9-10-1-0
1-Goal Games 10-2-0-1 4-3-1-0
2-Goal Games 4-2-0-0 6-2-0-0
3-Goal Games 1-6-0-0 3-3-0-0

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Recap: S.C. 1 - VIC 2

Adam Lowry scored a goal against the club coached by his Dad, but it was his fathers team that came away with the win as the Victoria Royals (16-13-0-1, 313pts) defeated the visiting Swift Current Broncos (13-16-3-2, 31pts) 2-1 Saturday night.

Austin Carroll scored the Teddy Bear Toss Goal
It was their only meeting of the season, with Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry taking the bragging rights.

Patrik Polivka stopped 32 of 33 shots for his 13th win
That’s the way our team has to play to be successful, we were physical, capatalized on a couple of opportunities.” – Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry

Austin Carroll scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal 1:51 into the second period to open the scoring, and after the clean up, Brandon Magee notched his 13th of the season :46 seconds later for the eventual game winner.


Royals assistant coach Enio Sacilotto on the importance of notching the second goal right after the bears were cleaned up. “That delay sometimes could your momentum, but we got the second one and it didn’t hurt our momentum at all we just kept on going and I thought It was good hockey game all the way around for us.”

Carroll didn’t realize at first that he had scored, “I just shot the puck and it went right up and in.  I didn’t notice (it was a goal) until everybody was cheering infront of me.

Lowry scored his team leading 16th with under 4 minutes to go in the third on the power play to make for an interesting finish, but Patrik Polivka stood tall as the Broncos pressed with their netminder pulled.

Polivka earned his 13th win and was 2nd star for his 32 save performance, while Finnish Nation Team selection roster member Eetu Laurikainen allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for his 15th defeat in 32 games.

Victoria was unable to score on 4 power plays, while Swift Current went 1 for 2.

The Royals improve to 10-5-0-1 at home and move into a tie with the Thunderbirds for 6th in the Conference with 33 points, the team they’ll face next on the road on Tuesday.

The Broncos are now (1-3) on their BC Divison road swing, and wrap it up Tuesday in Prince George.

Lowry extends his point streak to 8 games (6g 6a), while Logan Nelson had his 10 game streak snapped.  Jamie Crooks picked up 2 assists in the win.

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Swift Current Broncos 1 at Victoria Royals 2 - Status: Final
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC

Swift Current 0 0 1 - 1
Victoria 0 2 0 - 2

1st Period-
No Scoring.

Penalties-Reum S.c (tripping), 9:14; Nedomlel S.c (checking from behind), 9:53.

2nd Period-
1, Victoria, Carroll 5 (Crooks, Cote), 1:51.
2, Victoria, Magee 13 (Walker, Crooks), 2:37.

Penalties-Traber Vic (roughing), 10:34; Nedomlel S.c (roughing), 18:42; Hodges Vic (roughing), 18:42.

3rd Period-
3, Swift Current, Lowry 16 (Heatherington, Reum), 16:10 (PP).

Penalties-Dale S.c (major-fighting), 1:51; Kanzig Vic (major-fighting), 1:51; Reum S.c (hooking), 6:43; Lowry S.c (tripping), 10:47; Kanzig Vic (holding), 14:52.

Shots on Goal-
Swift Current 8-8-17-33.
Victoria 10-10-10-30.

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

Goalies-
Swift Current, Laurikainen 13-15-2-2 (30 shots-28 saves).
Victoria, Polivka 13-7-0-1 (33 shots-32 saves).

A-6,031
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Fraser Lawrence (10).
Linesmen-Tim Digby (75), Chris Sweeting (137).




Friday, 7 December 2012

Preview: Swift Current at Victoria

The Victoria Royals (15-13-0-1, 31pts) entertain Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos (13-15-3-2, 31pts) in their only meeting of the season Saturday night.

Pregame show on The Zone @ 91.3 FM at 6:40 pm or online at www.thezone.fm .

Adam Lowry is the son of Royals Head Coach Dave Lowry, and is also Captain of the Broncos. 

It’s also the club’s annual Teddy Bear Toss Night, last year Zane Jones got the goal in an 8-5 victory against Lethbridge on Dec 9th.

Last season Victoria fell 3-1 in Swift Current on January 17th.  The Royals are coming off a 7-2 loss to the Giants on the Wednesday and now sit 7th in the West.

Swift Current won 3-1 in Vancouver Friday night, now (1-2) on their BC Division road swing, with the losses in Kelowna and Kamloops.  Swift is in sole possession of 6th in the East with 31 points.

The Broncos lead the league in short handed goals with 7, and their power play is ranked 2nd best overall - penalty killing 6th best.  4 of Swift Current's 5 wins over their last 11 games have been against the Wheat Kings. 

Broncos Finnish Netminder Eetu Laurikainen has played in all but 2 games for Swift Current this season.  Adam Lowry is riding a 7 game point streak (5g 6a).

Victoria forward Logan Nelson is on a 10 game point streak (4g 9a), Brandon Magee has a league high 6 first goals.  Alex Gogolev is the team point leader with 33 points.

It’s the last home game for the Royals before 3 on the road in Seattle, Red Deer and Edmonton, then pausing for the Christmas Break.

How the 2 teams match up

Swift Current
Victoria
Team Record 13-15-3-2 -- 31 points 15-13-0-1 -- 31 points
Division Ranking 2nd East 3rd B.C.
Conference Ranking 6th Eastern 7th Western
League Ranking 13th 12th
Past 10 Games 4-6-0-0 6-3-0-1
Streak 1-0-0-0 0-1-0-0
Last Game 3-1 W @ Vancouver (Dec 7 2012) Final 7-2 L vs Vancouver (Dec 5 2012) Final
Home Record 7-7-2-1 9-5-0-1
Away Record 6-8-1-1 6-8-0-0
GF 97  85 
GA 94  98 
PP (Overall) (33/129) 25.6 (27/134) 20.1
PP (Home) (15/66) 22.7 (13/69) 18.8
PP (Away) (18/63) 28.6 (14/65) 21.5
PK (Overall) (22/137) 83.9 (26/130) 80.0
PK (Home) (11/67) 83.6 (11/59) 81.4
PK (Away) (11/70) 84.3 (15/71) 78.9
Leading Rookie Martin (0-11-11) Hicketts (1-7-8)
Most PIM Derko - 68 Carroll - 62
Team PIM/GM 16.4/Game 19.2/Game
Leading Scorers Lowry (15-22-37) Gogolev (11-22-33)
Black (14-12-26) Nelson (7-22-29)
Gordon (8-18-26) Walker (10-12-22)
Bews (14-10-24) Magee (12-9-21)
Moser (10-12-22) Crooks (14-6-20)
Last 5 Games 3-1 W @ Vancouver (Dec 7 2012) Final 7-2 L vs Vancouver (Dec 5 2012) Final
6-5 L @ Kelowna (Dec 5 2012) Final 4-3 W @ Prince George (Dec 1 2012) Final
2-1 L @ Kamloops (Dec 4 2012) Final 2-0 W @ Prince George (Nov 30 2012) Final
5-0 W vs Brandon (Dec 1 2012) Final 4-3 L vs Moose Jaw (Nov 27 2012) Final SO
7-2 L vs Spokane (Nov 30 2012) Final 3-2 W vs Prince George (Nov 24 2012) Final
Leading After 1st 7-3-2-0 8-2-0-1
Leading After 2nd 11-2-2-1 8-0-0-1
Tied After 1st 5-4-1-1 4-3-0-0
Tied After 2nd 1-4-1-1 1-1-0-0
Trailing After 1st 1-8-0-1 3-8-0-0
Trailing After 2nd 1-9-0-0 6-12-0-0
Out Shooting Opponents 8-3-1-2 5-3-0-0
Out Shot by Opponents 5-12-2-0 8-10-0-1
1-Goal Games 5-8-3-2 9-2-0-1
2-Goal Games 2-2-0-0 4-2-0-0
3-Goal Games 2-2-0-0 1-6-0-0