Friday, 12 December 2014

Preview: Vancouver at Victoria, Friday Dec. 12th

The Victoria Royals entertain the Vancouver Giants Friday, on Teddy Bear Toss night.

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

Victoria will see Enio Sacilotto take over the reigns behind the bench with Dave Lowry off to represent Canada as an assistant coach at the World Juniors.  Defenseman Joe Hicketts is also away at Team Canada’s Selection camp.

It’s the 4th annual Teddy Bear Toss night, with Austin Carroll scoring the goal in consecutive years.

The Royals are riding a 2 game win streak, and wrap up their four game home stand as they play their final home game before the Christmas break.

Victoria has won the last 3 games against Vancouver, and hold a 3-2 season series advantage.  Most recently a 7-5 victory at the Pacific Coliseum on November 15th.

It’s the beginning of a home and home with the Giants, with the Royals 2nd in the BC Division with 36 points, 10 up on the G-Men.  Saturday, Vancouver hosts Ugly Christmas Sweater night.

Victoria is coming off a 1-0 win over Prince Albert Tuesday, and a 6-3 victory over Saskatoon.

Sitting at the bottom of the Western Confernce is Vancouver, however they’ve won 4 in a row, and the last 3 with their new Head Coach Claude Noel, formerly with the Winnipeg Jets.

Vancouver is coming off a 3-0 win over Prince Albert Wednesday, a 3-2 shoot out victory over Saskatoon, while edging Portland by the same score.

The Giants have only allowed 4 goals over their last 3 wins.  Their power play is the 5th most efficient in the league, with the Royals at 4th best.

Victoria is 6 over .500 at home (10-4-2), while Vancouver has just 3 wins in 14 road contests this season.

Royals forward Brandon Magee has scored 8 points against the Giants this year in 3 games (1g 7a).

Austin Carroll is tied for 3rd in league goals with 20, and 10th in overall scoring with 38 points.  He has 5 points in 4 games vs Vancouver (4g 1a).

The Giants are led in scoring by Carter Popoff with 29 points, including 14 goals.  Edmonton draft pick Jackson Houck is next with 27, however left the game against the Raiders and is day-to-day.

After the home and home with the Giants, Victoria will play in Seattle Tuesday and Everett Wednesday before taking their Christmas break.

They’ll return home to face the Prince George Cougars on Saturday, December 27th for Black Press Card Night and Sunday, December 28th for a skate with the players.

BIO: Enio Sacilotto brings over 30 years of coaching experience to the Victoria Royals as he resumes the role of assistant coach that he has held with the franchise since the start of the 2010-11 WHL season.

The 56-year-old’s coaching exploits have taken him around world. He has been a head coach for 20 seasons including stops in professional leagues in Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Denmark and England, highlighted by back-to-back Italian Serie A2 championships behind the benches of Merano and Courmaosta respectively. He also led Lugano to the Gold Medal in the Swiss National League A for the 1998-99 season.

Sacilotto has previously spent time in the junior ranks as a head coach and general manager in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with the Penticton Vees for three seasons, where he was named BCHL Coach of the Year for the 1994-95 season after amassing a record of 42-16-2. Sacilotto also took his love of the game to Croatia, coaching their national U-20 and U-18 teams in 2009-2010.

Stuffed Bears and Toys will be distributed by 2 Burley Men Moving & Hauling to a variety of local charities such as the Zone 91.3’s Toy Drive, the Salvation Army and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Mini-Marty the Marmot stuffed toys are also on sale at all three Capital Iron and all six Save-On-Foods locations in greater Victoria leading up to Friday for $10 .00 each. Proceeds will benefit the BC Children’s Hospital.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals (NHL Camp Attendees - 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

Vancouver Giants (3)
Matt Bellerive, Vancouver Canucks, F/A, No
Mason Geertsen, Colorado Avalanche, 2013, No
Jackson Houck, Edmonton Oilers, 2013, No

NHL Central Scouting November 2014 Rankings



Victoria Royals vs Vancouver Giants: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-2-0-0Vancouver 2-3-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 5-4-0-1Vancouver 5-4-1-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 23-20-1-1Vancouver 22-22-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 14-7-0-1Vancouver 8-13-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VancouverVictoria 9-13-1-0Vancouver 14-9-0-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 7 @ Vancouver 5 (Nov 15 2014) Final
Vancouver 2 @ Victoria 3 (Oct 25 2014) Final
Vancouver 1 @ Victoria 2 (Oct 24 2014) Final
Victoria 3 @ Vancouver 5 (Sep 28 2014) Final
Victoria 1 @ Vancouver 3 (Sep 20 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record13-18-0-0 -- 26 points17-14-2-0 -- 36 points
Division Ranking5th B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking10th Western4th Western
League Ranking20th8th
Past 10 Games4-6-0-06-4-0-0
Last Game3-0 W vs Prince Albert (Dec 10 2014) Final1-0 W vs Prince Albert (Dec 9 2014) Final
Home Record10-7-0-010-4-2-0
Away Record3-11-0-07-10-0-0
GF93 108 
GA106 109 
PP (Overall)(28/126) 22.2(34/145) 23.4
PP (Home)(18/59) 30.5(18/60) 30.0
PP (Away)(10/67) 14.9(16/85) 18.8
PK (Overall)(31/136) 77.2(30/141) 78.7
PK (Home)(12/70) 82.9(10/58) 82.8
PK (Away)(19/66) 71.2(20/83) 75.9
Leading RookieBenson (5-13-18)Nagy (3-5-8)
Most PIMGeertsen - 60Crunk - 62
Team PIM/GM14.1/Game16.0/Game
Leading ScorersPopoff (14-15-29)Carroll (20-18-38)
Houck (12-15-27)Hicketts (8-30-38)
Hamilton (10-14-24)Magee (9-18-27)
Foster (6-18-24)Blomqvist (13-13-26)
Bellerive (12-10-22)Brown (12-13-25)
Last 5 Games3-0 W vs Prince Albert (Dec 10 2014) Final1-0 W vs Prince Albert (Dec 9 2014) Final
3-2 W vs Saskatoon (Dec 6 2014) Final SO6-3 W vs Saskatoon (Dec 5 2014) Final
3-2 W vs Portland (Dec 5 2014) Final6-4 L vs Portland (Dec 2 2014) Final
6-3 W @ Calgary (Nov 29 2014) Final5-3 W @ Kamloops (Nov 29 2014) Final
3-0 L @ Edmonton (Nov 28 2014) Final4-2 L @ Spokane (Nov 26 2014) Final
Leading After 1st4-2-0-08-2-0-0
Leading After 2nd8-1-0-010-1-0-0
Tied After 1st7-7-0-05-4-0-0
Tied After 2nd2-1-0-03-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st2-9-0-04-8-2-0
Trailing After 2nd3-16-0-04-12-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents10-7-0-010-5-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents3-8-0-06-8-1-0
1-Goal Games3-6-0-07-3-2-0
2-Goal Games4-3-0-04-6-0-0
3-Goal Games3-2-0-02-2-0-0