Friday, 5 December 2014

Preview: Saskatoon at Victoria, Friday Dec. 5th

The Victoria Royals (15-14-2-0, 32pts) entertain the Saskatoon Blades (7-20-2-0, 16pts) in their only meeting of the season Friday night.

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

Last season, Victoria won 6-3 in Saskatoon Feb. 22nd.

The Royals are looking to get back in the win column after a 6-4 loss to the visiting Winterhawks on Tuesday to open a four game homestand.

Victoria who trailed by three in the game, clawed back to tie in the third, but gave up a shorthanded and empty net goal in the loss.  Travis Brown had two goals for the Royals while Brandon Magee had a goal and assist.

Saskatoon is ranked 22nd in the league, and fell 5-1 in Kelowna Wednesday night.  Netminder Nik Amundrud made 36 saves, and had a goaltender fight in the third with Jake Morrissey.  The Blades had Sam McKechnie and Amil Krupic back after missing the previous game due to illness.

One night earlier Amundrud made 45 saves, but the Blades they gave up a pair of third period goals with a minute left, falling 4-3 to the Blazers.

Saskatoon is now now winless in 5 (0-4-1-0), being outscored 21-11 over that span.  The Blades are on their BC Division road swing (0-2), playing five games in eight nights, and travelling over 4000+ kilometres on the bus.
Saskatoon’s last victory was in Brandon a 5-4 overtime win November 25th.

The Blades are led in scoring by Alex Forsberg with 21 points, Sam McKechnie is next with 18.  Defenseman Adam Henry also has 18 points.

It’s also the return of two former Royals, forward Landon Welykholowa and defenseman Isaac Schacher.  Defenseman Ryan Coghlan hails from Nanaimo.

Victoria is led in scoring by both Austin Caroll and Joe Hicketts with 36 points each, tied for 5th most in the WHL.

Hicketts leads all CHL defenseman in scoring, and leads the WHL in assists with 29.

Carroll has scored the most power play goals in the WHL with 9, and 2nd most goals overall with 20.
Forward Brandon Magee is scoring at 1.85 points per game, with 26 points in 14 games, riding a 3 game goal scoring streak (3).  He notched his 200th point as a Royal against the Winterhawks.

Defenseman Travis Brown leads all defenseman in goals with 12, and tied for the most power play markers by a rearguard with 8.

Friday’s game against the Blades marks the 150th WHL regular season game for Brandon Fushimi, who has tallied a total of 52 points (25g – 27a) and 42 penalty minutes.

NHL Training Camp Attendees:

Saskatoon Blades (2)
Ryan Graham, Minnesota Wild, F/A, No
Nelson Nogier, Winnipeg Jets, 2014, No

Victoria Royals (6)
Axel Blomqvist, Winnipeg Jets, F/A, YES
Travis Brown, Ottawa Senators, F/A (Chicago 2012), No
Austin Carroll, Calgary Flames, 2014, No
Joe Hicketts, Detroit Red Wings, F/A, YES
Greg Chase, Edmonton Oilers, 2013, YES
Brandon Magee, Calgary Flames, F/A, No

NHL Central Scouting November 2014 Rankings



After Saskatoon, Victoria entertains the Prince Albert Raiders, who are 7-5-0 under former Royals head coach, Marc Habscheid, on Tuesday.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Saskatoon Blades: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-0-0-0Saskatoon 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-0-0-0Saskatoon 0-1-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 2-2-0-0Saskatoon 2-2-0-0
Victoria vs. Saskatoon Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 1-1-0-0Saskatoon 1-1-0-0
Victoria vs. Saskatoon Last 5 Years record at SaskatoonVictoria 1-1-0-0Saskatoon 1-1-0-0

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record7-20-2-0 -- 16 points15-14-2-0 -- 32 points
Division Ranking6th East2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking12th Eastern4th Western
League Ranking22nd8th
Past 10 Games1-7-2-05-5-0-0
Last Game5-1 L @ Kelowna (Dec 3 2014) Final6-4 L vs Portland (Dec 2 2014) Final
Home Record5-7-2-08-4-2-0
Away Record2-13-0-07-10-0-0
GF77 101 
GA135 106 
PP (Overall)(24/114) 21.1(32/135) 23.7
PP (Home)(11/57) 19.3(16/50) 32.0
PP (Away)(13/57) 22.8(16/85) 18.8
PK (Overall)(32/128) 75.0(30/135) 77.8
PK (Home)(14/60) 76.7(10/52) 80.8
PK (Away)(18/68) 73.5(20/83) 75.9
Leading RookieKrupic (2-8-10)Nagy (3-5-8)
Most PIMUhrich - 39Crunk - 62
Team PIM/GM14.2/Game16.5/Game
Leading ScorersForsberg (10-11-21)Carroll (20-16-36)
 McKechnie (7-11-18)Hicketts (7-29-36)
 Henry (3-15-18)Magee (9-17-26)
 Graham (9-6-15)Brown (12-12-24)
 Stovin (7-8-15)Blomqvist (10-13-23)
Last 5 Games5-1 L @ Kelowna (Dec 3 2014) Final6-4 L vs Portland (Dec 2 2014) Final
 4-3 L @ Kamloops (Dec 2 2014) Final5-3 W @ Kamloops (Nov 29 2014) Final
 4-2 L @ Moose Jaw (Nov 29 2014) Final4-2 L @ Spokane (Nov 26 2014) Final
 4-3 L vs Brandon (Nov 28 2014) Final OT4-2 L @ Portland (Nov 25 2014) Final
 4-2 L vs Moose Jaw (Nov 26 2014) Final5-0 W vs Regina (Nov 22 2014) Final
Leading After 1st4-4-0-08-2-0-0
Leading After 2nd4-1-1-010-1-0-0
Tied After 1st2-4-1-04-4-0-0
Tied After 2nd1-1-0-02-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st1-12-1-03-8-2-0
Trailing After 2nd2-18-1-03-12-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents3-2-1-09-5-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents4-18-1-05-8-1-0
1-Goal Games4-1-2-06-3-2-0
2-Goal Games1-6-0-04-6-0-0
3-Goal Games2-6-0-01-2-0-0