Thursday, 13 November 2014

Preview: Victoria at Tri City, Friday Nov.14th

The Victoria Royals (10-9-2-0, 22pts) visit the Tri City Americans (12-9-0-0, 24pts) Friday night.

It’s their 3rd of 4 meetings this the season, as recently the Americans edged the Royals 5-4 in overtime back on the Island Nov. 2nd, after Victoria won 4-1 the night before.

Pregame show at 6:40 on The Zone @ 91.3 fm or online at

Tri City recently had their 4 game win streak snapped in Vancouver Wednesday, falling 6-2 as Carter Popoff had back-to-back goals 36 seconds apart in the second period.  Parker Wotherspoon and Lucas Nickles scored for Tri-City as Evan Sarthou stopped 37 shots for the Americans in the loss.

The visiting Royals scored a pair of short handed goals in a 6-2 win against the Cougars Saturday, earning a split of the weekend games after falling 3-2 one night earlier.

The win ends Victoria’s 3 game winless slide and now share 4th place in the West with Prince George, 22 points each, and 2 back of 3rd place Tri City.

The Americans are good on home ice, sporting at 7-2 record, winning their last 3 in a row at the Toyota Centre.  They own the 2nd best power play at home, while allowing the 5th fewest goals against on average per game.  Tri City is a perfect 8-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.

The Americans made some roster moves since playing the Royals, acquiring Richard Nejezchleb from the Wheat Kings, for a pair a pair of 3rd round bantam draft picks.

Nejezchleb’s is both an overage and an Import Player, so the Americans moved 20-year-old forward Jackson Playfair and 17-year-old forward Semyon Krasheninnikov onto WHL Waivers.

Nejezchleb, a 6’3 210 from the Czech Republic, is a 5th Round (122nd overall) pick by the New York Rangers in 2014 - recently returned to the WHL after being reassigned from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.  The Wheat Kings originally selected Nejezchleb in the 1st Round (35th overall) of the 2012 CHL Import Draft.

The Americans also sent 18 year old forward Rodney Southam to the Rockets for a conditional 5th round pick in 2016.

Tri City is led in scoring by Parker Bowles with 22 points in 21 games, including 15 assists.  Beau McCue is next with 15 points, and 5 game winning goals, 2nd best in the league.

Netminder Eric Comrie has yet to play since returning from the Subway Super Series for Team WHL, falling 3-2 in a shootout in Saskatoon.  Comrie is a 2nd round selection by the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets.  He’s 3rd in wins in the league with 10 this season in 16 games, owns the 4th best save percentage at 0.922 and 6th best goals against average 2.42.

Comrie was just nominated for the CHL Goaltender of the Week award as he managed a 3-0 record with a shutout in three starts over the past week, allowing just four goals on 88 shots for a 1.31 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage in that span.

Victoria owns the 4th best power play, and have scored the 10th most goals for in the league on average per game.

The Royals are led in scoring by Austin Carroll who’s tied for 6th in league scoring with 26 points, tied for 2nd in goals with 13, and first in power play markers with 7.

Brandon Magee is on a 9 game point scoring streak, hitting the scoring sheet in each game this season.  He has 16 points in that span including 10 assists.  Magee is on a 4 game goal scoring streak with 5 tallies.

Defenseman Joe Hicketts recently returned from the Subway Super Series picking up a goal and assist in the 2 games.  Hicketts is on a 6 game point streak with 9 points.  He’s tied for first in defenseman assists with 19, and 2nd in rearguard scoring with 24 points.

After Tri City Friday, Victoria visits Vancouver Saturday before opening a 4 game homestand Tuesday with a pair against Kelowna.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Tri-City Americans: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-0-1-0Tri-City 1-1-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-1-0-0Tri-City 1-2-1-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 9-7-2-0Tri-City 9-7-1-1
Victoria vs. Tri-City Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 5-3-2-0Tri-City 5-4-1-0
Victoria vs. Tri-City Last 5 Years record at Tri-CityVictoria 4-4-0-0Tri-City 4-3-0-1
Previous Meetings This SeasonTri-City 5 @ Victoria 4 (Nov 2 2014) Final OT
Tri-City 1 @ Victoria 4 (Nov 1 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record12-9-0-0 -- 24 points10-9-2-0 -- 22 points
Division Ranking2nd U.S.3rd B.C.
Conference Ranking3rd Western5th Western
League Ranking6th10th
Past 10 Games5-5-0-06-3-1-0
Last Game6-2 L @ Vancouver (Nov 12 2014) Final6-2 W @ Prince George (Nov 8 2014) Final
Home Record7-2-0-05-2-2-0
Away Record5-7-0-05-7-0-0
GF58 65 
GA56 71 
PP (Overall)(18/83) 21.7(24/102) 23.5
PP (Home)(13/41) 31.7(11/36) 30.6
PP (Away)(5/42) 11.9(13/66) 19.7
PK (Overall)(13/82) 84.1(22/103) 78.6
PK (Home)(2/36) 94.4(7/37) 81.1
PK (Away)(11/46) 76.1(15/66) 77.3
Leading RookieLukin (4-2-6)Nagy (2-2-4)
Most PIMHillis - 46Crunk - 51
Team PIM/GM16.0/Game19.0/Game
Leading ScorersBowles (7-15-22)Carroll (13-13-26)
 McCue (8-7-15)Hicketts (5-19-24)
 Nickles (8-6-14)Blomqvist (7-9-16)
 Wotherspoon (6-7-13)Magee (6-10-16)
 Williams (5-7-12)Walker (6-9-15)
Last 5 Games6-2 L @ Vancouver (Nov 12 2014) Final6-2 W @ Prince George (Nov 8 2014) Final
 3-2 W vs Red Deer (Nov 8 2014) Final OT3-2 L @ Prince George (Nov 7 2014) Final
 5-2 W vs Kamloops (Nov 7 2014) Final5-1 L @ Kelowna (Nov 5 2014) Final
 1-0 W vs Edmonton (Nov 5 2014) Final5-4 L vs Tri-City (Nov 2 2014) Final OT
 5-4 W @ Victoria (Nov 2 2014) Final OT4-1 W vs Tri-City (Nov 1 2014) Final
Leading After 1st8-0-0-05-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd7-0-0-06-1-0-0
Tied After 1st2-3-0-03-2-0-0
Tied After 2nd5-1-0-02-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st2-6-0-02-6-2-0
Trailing After 2nd0-8-0-02-7-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents5-2-0-06-2-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents6-7-0-03-6-1-0
1-Goal Games5-1-0-05-3-2-0
2-Goal Games3-4-0-01-2-0-0
3-Goal Games3-1-0-01-1-0-0