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The Royals have won their last 3 straight against the Blazers after dropping their first meeting of the season. Recently Victoria won both games at home by 5 goal margins, 5-0 and 6-1 back in November.
Kamloops is in the 10th and final spot in the West, 23 points out of a playoff spot.
Wednesday they snapped a 7 game winless slide with a 7-1 win at home over Lethbridge. Tyson Ness had 3 points with 2 goals and an assist, while Chase Souto added a pair of goals as the Blazers built up 4-0 first period lead. Netminder Bolton Pouliot earned his first win since November, making 30 saves.
Kamloops Head Coach Guy Charron won his 145th game moving him past Don Hay for 2nd in franchise history behind Ken Hitchcock’s 291 wins.
Victoria is 3rd in the West, 3 points back of Portland who have points in 7 straight, but just one up on Seattle who are riding a 7 game win streak.
The Royals are coming off a 2-1 win over the visiting Tigers Tuesday, Coleman Vollrath made 28 saves and Brandon Magee’s second period goal stood as the winner. They wrap up a 5 game homestand with a 3-2 winning record, earning splits against CHL Top 10 opponents in the Rockets and Winterhawks.
Victoria plays 15 of the their final 23 games on the road while sporting a 14-6-0-1 record away from the SOFMC. Kamloops is 8 under .500 at home (6-14-2-2).
The Royals are the stingiest team, allowing the fewest goals against on average, while scoring the 6th fewest goals for.
The Blazers have scored the 2nd fewest goals for on averge per game, while allowing the 2nd most.
Victoria’s penalty killing is 3rd best and power play 11th overall, while Kamloops power play and penalty kill is 22nd and 21st respectively.
Kamloops made several moves at the trade deadline, sending G Taran Kozun to Seattle for 17 yr old 6' 6 D Austin Douglas, 18 yr old G Justin Myles and a 4th round pick in 2015.
The Blazers acquired 19-year-old forward Matt Bellerive and a 3rd round in 2014 from the Rebels in exchange for 19-year-old forward Aspen Sterzer who moves closer to home.
Kamloops also acquired 17-year-old forward Matt Revel from the Saskatoon Blades, plus a 3rd round pick in 2016 and a conditional 2nd round pick in 2014 in exchange for 17-year-old defenceman Jordan Thomson, 17-year-old forward Mitch Lipon and a 1st round pick in 2015.
Up next Victoria wraps up their two game BC Division road swing in Vancouver, the beginning of 3 straight against the Giants, who own a 3-2 record against the Royals face Lethbridge Friday.
Victoria Royals vs Kamloops Blazers: Head To Head Stats
|Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season||Victoria 3-1-0-0||Kamloops 1-3-0-0|
|Head to Head Record 2012-13 Regular Season||Victoria 4-4-0-0||Kamloops 4-2-0-2|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Victoria 16-17-1-2||Kamloops 20-13-1-2|
|Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at Victoria||Victoria 11-5-1-1||Kamloops 7-9-0-2|
|Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at Kamloops||Victoria 5-12-0-1||Kamloops 13-4-1-0|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Kamloops 0 @ Victoria 5 (Nov 23 2013) Final
Kamloops 1 @ Victoria 6 (Nov 22 2013) Final
Victoria 2 @ Kamloops 1 (Nov 19 2013) Final
Victoria 3 @ Kamloops 4 (Oct 4 2013) Final
How the 2 teams match up
|Team Record||11-31-2-3 -- 27 points||31-16-0-2 -- 64 points|
|Division Ranking||5th B.C.||2nd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||10th Western||3rd Western|
|Past 10 Games||2-7-0-1||7-3-0-0|
|Last Game||7-1 W vs Lethbridge (Jan 22 2014) Final||2-1 W vs Medicine Hat (Jan 21 2014) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(29/174) 16.7||(44/212) 20.8|
|PP (Home)||(19/92) 20.7||(24/126) 19.0|
|PP (Away)||(10/82) 12.2||(20/86) 23.3|
|PK (Overall)||(60/222) 73.0||(34/209) 83.7|
|PK (Home)||(35/107) 67.3||(21/123) 82.9|
|PK (Away)||(25/115) 78.3||(13/86) 84.9|
|Leading Rookie||Chyzowski (2-5-7)||Soy (9-8-17)|
|Most PIM||Rehill - 133||Carroll - 91|
|Leading Scorers||Ully (19-28-47)||Magee (16-27-43)|
|Connolly (9-28-37)||Brown (10-31-41)|
|Revel (11-19-30)||Blomqvist (17-20-37)|
|Needham (10-20-30)||Carroll (21-15-36)|
|Souto (18-7-25)||Walker (19-14-33)|
|Last 5 Games||7-1 W vs Lethbridge (Jan 22 2014) Final||2-1 W vs Medicine Hat (Jan 21 2014) Final|
|3-2 L vs Seattle (Jan 18 2014) Final||5-3 L vs Kelowna (Jan 18 2014) Final|
|6-2 L vs Vancouver (Jan 17 2014) Final||3-1 W vs Kelowna (Jan 17 2014) Final|
|4-3 L vs Prince George (Jan 11 2014) Final SO||2-1 L vs Portland (Jan 11 2014) Final|
|6-3 L @ Spokane (Jan 10 2014) Final||3-2 W vs Portland (Jan 10 2014) Final SO|
|Leading After 1st||8-1-1-1||19-1-0-0|
|Leading After 2nd||9-0-2-1||23-0-0-0|
|Tied After 1st||2-10-0-1||10-2-0-0|
|Tied After 2nd||1-3-0-1||4-0-0-1|
|Trailing After 1st||1-20-1-1||2-13-0-2|
|Trailing After 2nd||1-28-0-1||4-16-0-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||4-7-0-2||9-5-0-1|
|Out Shot by Opponents||7-23-2-1||19-11-0-1|