The ‘Hawks won 5-2 on Sunday, as Chase De Leo recorded the hat trick and Taylor Leir 4 assists. Coleman Vollrath made 39 saves for the Royals, who got goals from Logan Nelson and Joe Hicketts.
Victoria was playing 5 games in 6 nights, and now 6 in 8 and have dropped their last 2.
It’s the fourth and final meeting of the season, Portland is 3-0 thus far after a pair of 6-2 wins at the Rose Garden in early November.
Victoria was without their leading scorer Alex Gogolev (day to day) who’s missed 16 games with a skate cut, their captain Tyler Stahl (Lower, day to day), Trent Lofthouse (Upper, 1-2 wks), and Luke Harrison (Upper, indefinite). Tim Traber sat out his 4th of a 6 game suspension.
With one more win, Victoria can set the franchise mark for victories in a season with 34. With one more point, the club can tie the franchise mark for points in a season with 74.
Portland clinched first place in the WHL, and home ice throughout the playoffs. The Winterhawks are ranked #2 in the CHL, and with 109 points and four games left can still set the franchise record for points in a season with 113, (1980-81).
With 27, Portland is 1 away from tying the WHL record for road wins in a season of 28 set by Calgary in 2000 and Saskatoon in 2009. They have 2 road games left.
Leipsic (114 pts) leads the league in scoring, Petan 2nd (111), and Rattie 4th with (102). Petan is tied with Saskatoon’s Josh Nicholls for most goals with 45. Portland is ranked #2 in the CHL Top 10, have scored the most goals for, while allowing the 2nd fewest.
After the Winterhawks, the Royals will close out the regular season against Everett, with a home and home Friday and Saturday. They’ll meet the Kamloops Blazers in round one of the playoffs on the road beginning Friday March 22nd.
Single game tickets for the 2013 WHL Playoffs went on sale this past Monday, at the Select Your Tickets box office located at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, online at www.selectyourtickets.com or over the phone at 250-220-7777. Only tickets to the first two home games of the playoffs are available at this time.
|Previous Meetings This Season||Portland 5 @ Victoria 2 (Mar 10 2013) Final
Victoria 2 @ Portland 6 (Nov 3 2012) Final
Victoria 2 @ Portland 6 (Nov 2 2012) Final
How the 2 teams match up
|Team Record||53-12-1-2 -- 109 points||33-29-2-5 -- 73 points|
|Division Ranking||1st U.S.||3rd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||1st Western||6th Western|
|Past 10 Games||7-3-0-0||1-7-1-1|
|Last Game||5-2 W @ Victoria (Mar 10 2013) Final||5-2 L vs Portland (Mar 10 2013) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(73/329) 22.2||(70/321) 21.8|
|PP (Home)||(34/175) 19.4||(35/157) 22.3|
|PP (Away)||(39/154) 25.3||(35/164) 21.3|
|PK (Overall)||(34/278) 87.8||(67/308) 78.2|
|PK (Home)||(22/140) 84.3||(30/137) 78.1|
|PK (Away)||(12/138) 91.3||(37/171) 78.4|
|Leading Rookie||Bjorkstrand (29-31-60)||Walker (8-13-21)|
|Most PIM||De Champlain - 163||Kanzig - 155|
|Leading Scorers||Leipsic (44-70-114)||Gogolev (20-45-65)|
|Petan (45-66-111)||Magee (30-30-60)|
|Rattie (44-58-102)||Crooks (33-20-53)|
|Leier (27-34-61)||Walker (19-30-49)|
|Bjorkstrand (29-31-60)||Hodges (27-19-46)|
|Last 5 Games||5-2 W @ Victoria (Mar 10 2013) Final||5-2 L vs Portland (Mar 10 2013) Final|
|6-3 W vs Everett (Mar 5 2013) Final||3-1 L @ Vancouver (Mar 9 2013) Final|
|4-2 L @ Everett (Mar 2 2013) Final||5-3 W vs Vancouver (Mar 8 2013) Final|
|4-3 L vs Edmonton (Feb 27 2013) Final||4-3 L @ Kelowna (Mar 6 2013) Final SO|
|4-2 L @ Tri-City (Feb 26 2013) Final||6-0 L @ Kamloops (Mar 5 2013) Final|
|Leading After 1st||36-3-0-1||16-5-1-1|
|Leading After 2nd||44-2-0-1||20-0-0-2|
|Tied After 1st||11-3-1-0||12-7-1-2|
|Tied After 2nd||6-2-1-0||3-2-2-2|
|Trailing After 1st||6-6-0-1||5-17-0-2|
|Trailing After 2nd||3-8-0-1||10-27-0-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||46-9-1-2||12-8-0-2|
|Out Shot by Opponents||7-3-0-0||19-21-2-3|