Sunday, 28 September 2014

Preview: Victoria at Vancouver Sunday Sept. 28th

The Victoria Royals (1-3) look for back to back wins in as many days as they travel to Vancouver (0-2) to take on the Giants Sunday at 5pm.

Pregame show on The Zone at 4:40 or online at

Victoria looks to avenge a 3-1 road loss to Vancouver a week ago last Saturday.

The Giants try to remain undefeated with a 2-0 record after a 5-3 home victory over the Winterhawks Friday night.

The Royals are coming off their first win of the season Saturday, edging the Blazers 4-3 in overtime.

Joe Hicketts scored the game winner, while Austin Carroll tied the game late in the third with the goaltender pulled.

Coleman Vollrath earned the victory with 32 saves, while Cole Kehler allowed 4 goals on 31 shots.

Brandon Fushimi and Dante Hannoun both scored power play goals for Victoria, who went 2 for 6 with the man advantage.  For Hannoun, the Royals 11th overall selection in 2013, it was his first WHL goal.

Hicketts, Hannoun and Fushimi recorded a goal and assist each.

The victory avenged an 8-2 loss on home ice to the Blazers one night earlier.

Defenseman Keegan Kanzig was returned by the Calgary Flames and was inserted into the line up.  Ryan Gagnon (susp tbd), and Brandon Magee (susp) did not play.

Vancouver rookie forward Tyler Benson scored his first WHL goal Friday, while Vladimir Bobylev and Joel Hamilton both had two point nights as the Giants beat the visiting Winterhawks 5-3.

Vancouver has given up the fewest shots against on average after two games, while taking the most shots for.  The Giants did however outshoot the Royals 45-12 in their only meeting so far.

Vancouver has yet to strike on the power play after two games (0/8).

The Giants roster was bolstered this week as two players returned from NHL Main Camps.  Defenseman Mason Geertsen from the Avalanche and Jackson Houck from the Oilers.

Vancouver forward Alec Baer played in the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Thursday night in Buffalo and helped team Mike Grier to a 6-3 win over Team Ed Olczyk. Baer had a goal and an assist in the victory.

After wrapping up 3 in 3 days for the Royals they’ll have a week of practice before entertaining the Swift Current Broncos Saturday and the Portland Winterhawks Monday.

-Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Vancouver Giants: Head To Head Stats

Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-1-0-0Vancouver 1-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 5-4-0-1Vancouver 5-4-1-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 20-19-1-1Vancouver 21-19-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 12-7-0-1Vancouver 8-11-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VancouverVictoria 8-12-1-0Vancouver 13-8-0-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 1 @ Vancouver 3 (Sep 20 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record2-0-0-0 -- 4 points1-3-0-0 -- 2 points
Division Ranking3rd B.C.5th B.C.
Conference Ranking5th Western9th Western
League Ranking8th18th
Past 10 Games2-0-0-01-3-0-0
Last Game5-3 W vs Portland (Sep 26 2014) Final4-3 W vs Kamloops (Sep 27 2014) Final OT
Home Record2-0-0-01-1-0-0
Away Record0-0-0-00-2-0-0
PP (Overall)(0/8) 0.0(4/25) 16.0
PP (Home)(0/8) 0.0(2/13) 15.4
PP (Away)(0/0)(2/12) 16.7
PK (Overall)(2/9) 77.8(5/18) 72.2
PK (Home)(2/9) 77.8(4/9) 55.6
PK (Away)(0/0)(1/9) 88.9
Leading Rookie(0-0-0)(0-0-0)
Most PIMBellerive - 7Crunk - 15
Team PIM/GM15.0/Game18.2/Game
Leading ScorersHamilton (2-1-3)Brown (2-2-4)
 Benson (1-1-2)Fushimi (1-3-4)
 Bobylev (1-1-2)Hicketts (2-1-3)
 Foster (1-1-2)Carroll (1-2-3)
 Morrison (1-1-2)Palmer (2-0-2)
Last 5 Games5-3 W vs Portland (Sep 26 2014) Final4-3 W vs Kamloops (Sep 27 2014) Final OT
 3-1 W vs Victoria (Sep 20 2014) Final8-2 L vs Kamloops (Sep 26 2014) Final
  3-1 L @ Vancouver (Sep 20 2014) Final
  6-3 L @ Kamloops (Sep 19 2014) Final
Leading After 1st1-0-0-00-0-0-0
Leading After 2nd1-0-0-00-0-0-0
Tied After 1st1-0-0-01-0-0-0
Tied After 2nd1-0-0-01-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st0-0-0-00-3-0-0
Trailing After 2nd0-0-0-00-3-0-0
Out Shooting Opponents2-0-0-00-1-0-0
Out Shot by Opponents0-0-0-01-2-0-0
1-Goal Games0-0-0-01-0-0-0
2-Goal Games2-0-0-00-1-0-0
3-Goal Games0-0-0-00-1-0-0