Monday, 13 October 2014

Preview: Victoria at Red Deer, Tues. Oct 14

The Victoria Royals (3-5-1-0) visit the host team of the 2016 Memorial Cup, the Red Deer Rebels (3-5) Tuesday night.

Pregame show on The Zone @ 91.3 fm at 5:40, puck drop at 6pm PST.  Online at

It’s the third contest of the Royals 6 game in 9 night Central Division road swing.  Victoria is 1-1 so far after a 3-2 victory in Calgary Friday, and an 8-2 loss in Medicine Hat Saturday.

Last season the Royals earned a split against the visiting Rebels, falling 2-1 and then winning 3-2 the next night.

Red Deer has dropped their last two, and 4 of their last 5 games.  They’re coming off a 6-4 loss to Brandon, and 5-1 defeat to Medicine Hat.

Former Victoria defenseman Brett Cote leads Red Deer in scoring with 8 assists.  It’s also home for Royals forward Logan Fisher.  Jack Walker scored his first WHL goal in Red Deer assisted by his brother Ben.

Victoria forward Austin Carroll is on a league high 6 game goal scoring streak (6g), and a 7 game point streak with 10 points (6g 4a).

The Rebels feature two first round picks at the 2014 NHL entry draft.  Defenseman Hayden Fleury was selected 7th overall by Carolina and has signed with the Hurricanes.  Going 23rd overall is forward Conner Bleakley to the Colorado Avalanche.

Red Deer has four skaters rated by NHL Central Scouting for the 2015 draft.  ‘B’ rated skater Adam Musil, and ‘C’ rated players Mario Grman, Grayson Pawlenchuk, and netminder Taz Burman.  Defenseman Josh Mahura will represent Canada at the U17 tournament in November.

Victoria features two ‘C’ rated skaters in Tyler Soy and Chaz Reddekopp.

The Royals are still without Brandon Fushimi, and Brandon Magee who is set for return in Cranbrook this Saturday night.

Friday, the Royals claimed 17 year old defenceman Marsel Ibragimov off of WHL Import Waivers today from the Edmonton Oil Kings.  He’s a 6-2, 197 lb defenceman from Kazan, Russia, drafted in the first round by Edmonton in the 2014 CHL Import Draft (58th overall). Ibragimov has skated in one game for the Oil Kings this season. The acquisition, required the placement of Kristian Ferletak onto waivers.

Victoria plays in Edmonton Wednesday, then Lethbridge and Kootenay Friday and Saturday.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Red Deer Rebels: Head To Head Stats
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-0-0-0Red Deer 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-1-0-0Red Deer 1-1-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 2-4-0-2Red Deer 6-1-0-1
Victoria vs. Red Deer Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 2-3-0-0Red Deer 3-1-0-1
Victoria vs. Red Deer Last 5 Years record at Red DeerVictoria 0-1-0-2Red Deer 3-0-0-0

How the 2 teams match up
Red Deer
Team Record3-5-0-0 -- 6 points3-5-1-0 -- 7 points
Division Ranking4th Central5th B.C.
Conference Ranking9th Eastern8th Western
League Ranking18th14th
Past 10 Games3-5-0-03-5-1-0
Last Game6-4 L vs Brandon (Oct 11 2014) Final8-2 L @ Medicine Hat (Oct 11 2014) Final
Home Record1-3-0-02-1-1-0
Away Record2-2-0-01-4-0-0
GF24 25 
GA31 39 
PP (Overall)(3/28) 10.7(10/52) 19.2
PP (Home)(2/12) 16.7(4/20) 20.0
PP (Away)(1/16) 6.3(6/32) 18.8
PK (Overall)(7/31) 77.4(11/48) 77.1
PK (Home)(3/11) 72.7(4/16) 75.0
PK (Away)(4/20) 80.0(7/32) 78.1
Leading Rookiede Wit (1-0-1)Hannoun (1-2-3)
Most PIMFafard - 15Crunk - 27
Team PIM/GM13.8/Game20.0/Game
Leading ScorersCote (0-8-8)Carroll (6-4-10)
 Musil (3-4-7)Walker (3-5-8)
 Kopeck (4-2-6)Soy (2-6-8)
 Charif (1-5-6)Hicketts (3-4-7)
 Polei (3-2-5)Brown (2-4-6)
Last 5 Games6-4 L vs Brandon (Oct 11 2014) Final8-2 L @ Medicine Hat (Oct 11 2014) Final
 5-1 L vs Medicine Hat (Oct 10 2014) Final3-2 W @ Calgary (Oct 10 2014) Final
 4-3 W @ Regina (Oct 5 2014) Final OT6-2 W vs Portland (Oct 6 2014) Final
 7-1 L @ Brandon (Oct 4 2014) Final2-1 L vs Swift Current (Oct 4 2014) Final OT
 3-0 L @ Moose Jaw (Oct 2 2014) Final5-3 L @ Vancouver (Sep 28 2014) Final
Leading After 1st2-1-0-01-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd2-1-0-01-1-0-0
Tied After 1st0-0-0-01-0-0-0
Tied After 2nd1-0-0-01-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st1-4-0-01-4-1-0
Trailing After 2nd0-4-0-01-4-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents3-2-0-01-1-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents0-3-0-02-4-0-0
1-Goal Games1-0-0-02-0-1-0
2-Goal Games0-2-0-00-2-0-0
3-Goal Games1-1-0-00-1-0-0