Thursday, 30 October 2014

Preview: Tri City at Victoria, Saturday, Nov. 1st

The Victoria Royals (8-7-1-0, 16pts) entertain the Tri City Americans (8-7, 15pts) in their first two meetings of the season Saturday and Sunday.

Pregame show at 6:40 Friday and 12:40 on Sunday on The Zone @ 91.3

Last season the Royals won 3 of 4 games against the Americans, outscoring them by a margin of 10-8.

Tri City has dropped their last 3 games, being shutout in two of them.  Most recently they fell 2-0 to the visiting Kamloops Blazers last Saturday.  The Americans have only scored 1 goal in their 3 game losing streak, however they are the 5th stingiest team in the WHL.

Netminder Eric Comrie, who’s signed by the Winnipeg Jets, holds the 5th best save %, and 9th best goals against average.  He held the leagues best save % last year (0.925).  Comrie will represent Team WHL at the upcoming Subway Super Series.

Parker Bowles leads the team in scoring with 16 points, including 10 assists.

Tri City has not played since last Saturday, giving them 6 days between games.  They are the only team to beat Kelowna this season, 5-2 on October 18th.

Victoria had their 4 game win streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday.  Axel Blomqvist had a goal and an assist, and Coleman Vollrath was the 2nd star, making 29 saves against the highest scoring team in the league.

The Royals are 2-1 on their five game homestand, and have only given up 8 goals over their last five games.  Victoria has won 7 of their past 10, and hold a one point lead on the Americans in the Western Conference.

Austin Carroll leads the team in scoring with 20 points, and is on a 4 game point streak (2g 4a).  He’s tied for league lead in goals with 10.  Axel Blomqvist has 8 points (4g 4a) over his 5 game streak, while Brandon Magee is on a 4 game streak since returning from suspension with 6 points (1g 5a).  Defenseman Joe Hicketts is tied for 3rd among defenseman in scoring with 16 points in 14 games.

Tri City has 3 defenseman rated by NHL’s Central Scouting for the upcoming draft, Brandon Carlo ‘A’, Parker Wotherspoon ‘B’, and Brendan O’Reilly ‘C’. Victoria’s Tyler Soy and Chaz Redekopp are ‘C’ rated.

The visitors feature two from the region in forward Jordan Topping from Salt Spring Island and defenseman Dylan Coghlan who hails from Nanaimo.

The Royals are 4-2-1-0 at home, while the Americans are 4-5 on the road.

After the two game set, Victoria travels to face the #1 team in the CHL, the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday, and then off to Prince George for a pair next weekend.

- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals vs Tri-City Americans: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-0-0-0Tri-City 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-1-0-0Tri-City 1-2-1-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 8-7-1-0Tri-City 8-6-1-1
Victoria vs. Tri-City Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 4-3-1-0Tri-City 4-3-1-0
Victoria vs. Tri-City Last 5 Years record at Tri-CityVictoria 4-4-0-0Tri-City 4-3-0-1

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record8-7-0-0 -- 16 points8-7-1-0 -- 17 points
Division Ranking3rd U.S.3rd B.C.
Conference Ranking6th Western5th Western
League Ranking10th9th
Past 10 Games5-5-0-07-3-0-0
Last Game2-0 L vs Kamloops (Oct 25 2014) Final3-2 L vs Brandon (Oct 28 2014) Final
Home Record4-2-0-04-2-1-0
Away Record4-5-0-04-5-0-0
GF41 48 
GA38 55 
PP (Overall)(12/59) 20.3(18/82) 22.0
PP (Home)(8/28) 28.6(8/31) 25.8
PP (Away)(4/31) 12.9(10/51) 19.6
PK (Overall)(10/66) 84.8(16/76) 78.9
PK (Home)(2/27) 92.6(6/27) 77.8
PK (Away)(8/39) 79.5(10/49) 79.6
Leading RookieLukin (3-2-5)Hannoun (1-2-3)
Most PIMHillis - 32Crunk - 47
Team PIM/GM16.9/Game17.8/Game
Leading ScorersBowles (6-10-16)Carroll (10-10-20)
 Williams (5-7-12)Hicketts (4-12-16)
 Nickles (6-4-10)Walker (5-7-12)
 McCue (5-5-10)Brown (5-7-12)
 Wotherspoon (3-4-7)Soy (4-8-12)
Last 5 Games2-0 L vs Kamloops (Oct 25 2014) Final3-2 L vs Brandon (Oct 28 2014) Final
 3-1 L @ Everett (Oct 24 2014) Final3-2 W vs Vancouver (Oct 25 2014) Final
 4-0 L @ Kelowna (Oct 22 2014) Final2-1 W vs Vancouver (Oct 24 2014) Final
 5-2 W vs Kelowna (Oct 18 2014) Final4-0 W @ Kootenay (Oct 18 2014) Final
 5-4 W vs Everett (Oct 17 2014) Final SO4-2 W @ Lethbridge (Oct 17 2014) Final
Leading After 1st5-0-0-04-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd6-0-0-04-1-0-0
Tied After 1st1-2-0-02-1-0-0
Tied After 2nd2-1-0-02-1-0-0
Trailing After 1st2-5-0-02-5-1-0
Trailing After 2nd0-6-0-02-5-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents3-2-0-04-1-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents4-5-0-03-6-0-0
1-Goal Games2-1-0-05-2-1-0
2-Goal Games3-4-0-01-2-0-0
3-Goal Games2-0-0-00-1-0-0