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The Royals are 3rd in the West, and face a Blazer squad tied for the fewest points in the league. Victoria has points in 7 straight (5-0-1-1), while Kamloops has lost 7 in a row.
It’s their 6th meeting of the season with Victoria winning their last 4 encounters. Most recently a 7-2 victory in Kamloops January 24th. The Royals have won the last three games against the Blazers each by 5 goal margins.
Kamloops fell 4-1 at home to Edmonton on Wednesday, and now only have one win over their last 10 outings. They are 1-9-1 since Guy Charron took over as head coach from Dave Hunchak on Jan. 11.
The club has 6 regulars out of the lineup including season ending injuries to Luke Harrison and Tyson Ness.
The Blazers will play their next five games at home, after which they will hit the road for 10.
Victoria wrapped up a 4 game homestand Wednesday, falling 7-6 in overtime to the visiting Calgary Hitmen, taking 3 of a possible 4 points in the two game set after a 7-2 victory the night before. Pavel Padakin scored the winner as the Hitmen erased a 6-3 third period deficit with 4 unanswered goals.
Ben Walker was the 2nd star for the Royals with 2 goals and an assist, Austin Carroll had a hat trick one night earlier added another goal and assist. Joe Hicketts had a pair of helpers and has 6 points (1g 5a) in 4 games since returning from an injury.
The loss snapped Victoria’s two game win streak, but earned 6 of a possible 8 points during their 4 game stint at home.
Victoria remains 3rd in the West, with just a single point lead over Seattle who beat Spokane 4-0 Wednesday.
The Royals can set the franchise record for road wins, as they sit at 16 with 3 consecutive victories on the road. They play 13 of their remaining 17 games away from home.
Victoria played without Logan Nelson who received a 2 game suspension after supplemental discipline versus Calgary one night earlier.
The Royals power play has improved to 9th best in the league, scoring in 11 of their last 13 outings including going 3 for 5 Wednesday. Victoria has lit the lamp 31 times in total over their last 6 games.
The Royals are just one win away from setting the franchise record for wins as they sit at 35 victories and are 3 points away from tying the franchise record in points (77). They enter the weekend with 16 road wins which also ties the franchise record, 16-6-0-1 with a .717 win percentage, third-best in the WHL.
Victoria’s BC Division road trip continues against the number #1 team in the CHL Kelowna Saturday and Vancouver Monday afternoon at 2pm.
Victoria Royals vs Kamloops Blazers: Head To Head Stats
|Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season||Victoria 4-1-0-0||Kamloops 1-4-0-0|
|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 17-17-1-2||Kamloops 20-14-1-2|
|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 6-12-0-1||Kamloops 13-5-1-0|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Victoria 7 @ Kamloops 2 (Jan 24 2014) Final
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||11-38-2-3 -- 27 points||35-16-1-3 -- 74 points|
|Division Ranking||5th B.C.||2nd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||10th Western||3rd Western|
|Past 10 Games||1-9-0-0||6-2-1-1|
|Last Game||4-1 L vs Edmonton (Feb 5 2014) Final||7-6 L vs Calgary (Feb 5 2014) Final OT|
|PP (Overall)||(33/202) 16.3||(51/239) 21.3|
|PP (Home)||(23/116) 19.8||(30/146) 20.5|
|PP (Away)||(10/86) 11.6||(21/93) 22.6|
|PK (Overall)||(71/253) 71.9||(39/223) 82.5|
|PK (Home)||(41/131) 68.7||(25/133) 81.2|
|PK (Away)||(30/122) 75.4||(14/90) 84.4|
|Leading Rookie||Chyzowski (2-6-8)||Soy (10-12-22)|
|Most PIM||Rehill - 149||Carroll - 93|
|Leading Scorers||Ully (24-31-55)||Magee (19-30-49)|
|Connolly (10-31-41)||Carroll (26-17-43)|
|Revel (12-24-36)||Blomqvist (19-24-43)|
|Souto (20-11-31)||Brown (10-33-43)|
|Needham (10-20-30)||Nelson (17-25-42)|
|Last 5 Games||4-1 L vs Edmonton (Feb 5 2014) Final||7-6 L vs Calgary (Feb 5 2014) Final OT|
|7-3 L @ Kelowna (Feb 1 2014) Final||7-2 W vs Calgary (Feb 4 2014) Final|
|4-2 L vs Kelowna (Jan 31 2014) Final||3-2 W vs Vancouver (Feb 1 2014) Final OT|
|5-3 L @ Vancouver (Jan 29 2014) Final||5-4 L vs Vancouver (Jan 31 2014) Final SO|
|6-3 L vs Spokane (Jan 28 2014) Final||3-1 W @ Vancouver (Jan 25 2014) Final|
|Leading After 1st||8-1-1-1||21-1-1-1|
|Leading After 2nd||9-0-2-1||27-0-1-1|
|Tied After 1st||2-11-0-1||11-2-0-0|
|Tied After 2nd||1-4-0-1||4-0-0-1|
|Trailing After 1st||1-26-1-1||3-13-0-2|
|Trailing After 2nd||1-34-0-1||4-16-0-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||4-8-0-2||12-5-1-2|
|Out Shot by Opponents||7-29-2-1||20-11-0-1|