Saturday, 27 December 2014

Preview: Prince George at Victoria, Sat. Dec.27th 2014

The Victoria Royals (17-17-2-1, 37pts) entertain the Prince George Cougars (17-18, 34pts) for a pair of back to back games this weekend as they open up a 7 game homestand following the Christmas Break.

Puck drops at 7 on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday afternoon.

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It’s the third meeting of the season, with the clubs splitting a pair of games in Prince George in early November.  Victoria fell 3-2, before winning the next night 6-2.

Just 3 points separates these BC Division rivals, with the Royals ranked 2nd with 37 points, and the Cougars 3rd with 34 points.  They would face each other if the playoffs started today.

Both clubs are looking to get back in the win column, with Prince George dropping their last 3 straight, and Victoria winless in 4 (0-3-0-1).

The Cougars dropped a pair at home to the Chiefs by 5-0 and 5-4 scores, after losing 3-2 in Spokane.

Victoria picked up a point in a 7-6 shoot out loss in Everett on Dec. 17th, after falling in Seattle, and dropping a home and home to Vancouver.

The Royals were without Joe Hicketts who’s representing Team Canada at the World Juniors, and the injured Brandon Magee.  Greg Chase served a 1 game suspension versus the Silvertips.  Enio Sacilotto is the interim Head Coach with Dave Lowry serving as an assistant for Team Canada.

The Cougars are without David Soltes who’s playing for Slovakia.

Prince George is led in scoring by Jansen Harkins with 39 points, who is an ‘A’ rated skater for the upcoming draft and is on Team Orr for the Top Prospects game Jan. 22nd.

Victoria is led in scoring by Austin Carroll’s 41 points, including 22 goals – tied for 4th most in the league.

The Cougars are (5-5) in their past 10 games, while the Royals are (3-6-0-1).

Prince George is 1st in the league in penalty minutes on average per game, with Victoria 2nd.

The Cougars have a winning record on the road (8-7), while the Royals boast a (10-5-2-0) home record.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Prince George Cougars: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-1-0-0Prince George 1-1-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 7-1-0-0Prince George 1-7-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 24-9-0-1Prince George 10-20-0-4
Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 11-4-0-1Prince George 5-9-0-2
Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at Prince GeorgeVictoria 13-5-0-0Prince George 5-11-0-2
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 6 @ Prince George 2 (Nov 8 2014) Final
Victoria 2 @ Prince George 3 (Nov 7 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Prince George
Team Record17-18-0-0 -- 34 points17-17-2-1 -- 37 points
Division Ranking3rd B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking6th Western4th Western
League Ranking12th8th
Past 10 Games5-5-0-03-6-0-1
Last Game5-0 L vs Spokane (Dec 17 2014) Final7-6 L @ Everett (Dec 17 2014) Final SO
Home Record9-11-0-010-5-2-0
Away Record8-7-0-07-12-0-1
GF107 121 
GA141 131 
PP (Overall)(24/161) 14.9(35/160) 21.9
PP (Home)(17/96) 17.7(18/63) 28.6
PP (Away)(7/65) 10.8(17/97) 17.5
PK (Overall)(54/185) 70.8(38/158) 75.9
PK (Home)(30/106) 71.7(13/62) 79.0
PK (Away)(24/79) 69.6(25/96) 74.0
Leading RookieBethune (4-5-9)Nagy (4-5-9)
Most PIMRuopp - 83Crunk - 67
Team PIM/GM19.5/Game15.6/Game
Leading ScorersHarkins (12-27-39)Carroll (22-19-41)
 Witala (17-17-34)Hicketts (8-30-38)
 Erricson (14-13-27)Brown (13-18-31)
 Morrison (12-12-24)Magee (10-19-29)
 Carvalho (1-17-18)Blomqvist (14-13-27)
Last 5 Games5-0 L vs Spokane (Dec 17 2014) Final7-6 L @ Everett (Dec 17 2014) Final SO
 5-4 L vs Spokane (Dec 16 2014) Final5-4 L @ Seattle (Dec 16 2014) Final
 3-2 L @ Spokane (Dec 13 2014) Final4-0 L @ Vancouver (Dec 13 2014) Final
 3-1 W @ Everett (Dec 12 2014) Final6-3 L vs Vancouver (Dec 12 2014) Final
 4-3 W vs Saskatoon (Dec 9 2014) Final1-0 W vs Prince Albert (Dec 9 2014) Final
Leading After 1st11-3-0-08-2-0-0
Leading After 2nd14-1-0-010-1-0-0
Tied After 1st3-5-0-05-5-0-1
Tied After 2nd1-2-0-03-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st3-10-0-04-10-2-0
Trailing After 2nd2-15-0-04-15-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents7-4-0-010-5-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents8-13-0-06-11-1-1
1-Goal Games8-2-0-07-4-2-1
2-Goal Games3-1-0-04-6-0-0
3-Goal Games3-6-0-02-3-0-0