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It’s a potential first round match up as Victoria has clinched 3rd seed in the West, while Everett is in 6th still jockeying for position, 1 point back of Spokane, and 3 back of Seattle.
The Silvertips and Thunderbirds have 3 games remaining, while the Chiefs have just 2.
It’s the final two regular season meetings of the year, with Victoria wining both previous encounters. They earned a 3-2 victory New Years eve in Everett, and won 1-0 the following day at home in a shoot out courtesay of Jack Walker.
The Silvertips have caught fire as of late, winning 7 in a row, and have points in 10 straight games (9-0-0-1). Most recently snapping a 4 year, 18 game drought in Spokane with a 4-2 win Wednesday ngiht.
Josh Winquist and Carson Stadnyk scored two goals apiece, while Ivan Nikolishin had 2 helpers. Manraj Hayer notched his 99th career point with an assist, while Zane Jones extended his point streak to three games.
Everett is the 6th stingiest team in the league, while allowing just 11 goals against over their 7 straight wins. They’ve taken the 3rd fewest penalty minutes on average per game, and have allowed the 2nd fewest shots against overall.
The Silvertips are riding a 5 game road win streak, and are now 8 over .500 away from the Comcast arena (18-10-5-1).
Joshua Winquist leads Everett in scoring with 64 points, 10th best in the league. His 45 goals is a team record, previously held by Shane Harper’s 42 in 2010. Ivan Nikolishin is tied for 2nd in rookie scoring with 55 points and leads all freshmen in power play points with 32. Netminder Austin Lotz has the 5th best goals against average, while playing the 5th most minutes in the league. Lotz has started the last 10 straight.
The Royals had their 6 game win streak snapped 3-2 on the road by the Giants on Wednesday after beating the Rockets in Kelowna by the same score one night earlier.
Wednesday night in Vancouver, Victoria had 20 more shots, but Payton Lee made 41 saves to steal a win for the Giants. Trent Lofthouse scored twice, while Royals forward Logan Nelson had a pair of assists and Coleman Vollrath made 20 saves in the defeat.
Victoria moved up one spot to 7th in the CHL Top 10 this week, and are 2 wins away from reaching 50, which would be a franchise first.
At home the Royals have points in 8 straight games (6-0-1-1), winning their last 3.
They’ve allowed the 2nd fewest goals against on average, while sporting the 6th best penalty kill. Victoria has allowed the 8th fewest shots against, while taking the 5th fewest penalties.
The Royals begin the post season with home ice advantage in the first round, beginning Saturday March 22nd, and Sunday March 23rd (5pm). Tickets are available now.
4th - Seattle (86 pts) remaining games (3):
Mar. 14 Portland Friday
Mar. 15 at Portland Saturday
Mar. 16 at Tri-City Saturday
5th - Spokane (84 pts) remaining games (2):
Mar. 14 Tri-City Friday
Mar. 15 at Tri-City Saturday
6th - Everett (83 pts) remaining games (3):
Mar. 14 at Victoria Friday
Mar. 15 Victoria Saturday
Mar. 16 at Portland Sunday
Victoria Royals vs Everett Silvertips: Head To Head Stats
|Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season||Victoria 2-0-0-0||Everett 0-1-0-1|
|Head to Head Record 2012-13 Regular Season||Victoria 3-1-0-0||Everett 1-2-1-0|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Victoria 7-9-1-1||Everett 11-4-2-1|
|Victoria vs. Everett Last 5 Years record at Victoria||Victoria 4-4-0-1||Everett 5-3-0-1|
|Victoria vs. Everett Last 5 Years record at Everett||Victoria 3-5-1-0||Everett 6-1-2-0|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Everett 0 @ Victoria 1 (Jan 1 2014) Final SO
Victoria 3 @ Everett 2 (Dec 31 2013) Final
How the 2 teams match up
|Team Record||37-23-7-2 -- 83 points||48-18-1-3 -- 100 points|
|Division Ranking||4th U.S.||2nd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||6th Western||3rd Western|
|Past 10 Games||9-0-0-1||8-2-0-0|
|Last Game||4-2 W @ Spokane (Mar 12 2014) Final||3-2 L @ Vancouver (Mar 12 2014) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(64/308) 20.8||(61/295) 20.7|
|PP (Home)||(37/161) 23.0||(33/152) 21.7|
|PP (Away)||(27/147) 18.4||(28/143) 19.6|
|PK (Overall)||(46/214) 78.5||(51/277) 81.6|
|PK (Home)||(15/102) 85.3||(28/142) 80.3|
|PK (Away)||(31/112) 72.3||(23/135) 83.0|
|Leading Rookie||Nikolishin (17-38-55)||Soy (13-14-27)|
|Most PIM||Betker - 102||Carroll - 110|
|Leading Scorers||Winquist (45-44-89)||Magee (25-40-65)|
|Nikolishin (17-38-55)||Carroll (34-22-56)|
|Pufahl (13-34-47)||Blomqvist (24-31-55)|
|Khaira (16-26-42)||Walker (24-30-54)|
|Hayer (14-25-39)||Nelson (22-31-53)|
|Last 5 Games||4-2 W @ Spokane (Mar 12 2014) Final||3-2 L @ Vancouver (Mar 12 2014) Final|
|5-2 W @ Seattle (Mar 8 2014) Final||3-2 W @ Kelowna (Mar 11 2014) Final|
|4-2 W @ Tri-City (Mar 7 2014) Final||3-2 W vs Kamloops (Mar 8 2014) Final|
|5-1 W vs Kelowna (Mar 4 2014) Final||5-1 W vs Kamloops (Mar 7 2014) Final|
|3-1 W @ Seattle (Mar 2 2014) Final||2-1 W @ Prince George (Mar 1 2014) Final|
|Leading After 1st||17-2-1-0||27-1-1-1|
|Leading After 2nd||30-1-0-0||33-0-1-1|
|Tied After 1st||16-10-3-2||14-4-0-0|
|Tied After 2nd||5-6-6-2||9-0-0-1|
|Trailing After 1st||4-11-3-0||7-13-0-2|
|Trailing After 2nd||2-16-1-0||6-18-0-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||29-14-4-0||20-7-1-2|
|Out Shot by Opponents||8-7-3-2||24-11-0-1|