Saturday, 13 December 2014

Preview: Victoria at Vancouver, Sat. Dec.13th

The Victoria Royals (17-15-2-0, 36pts) look for a split in the home and home against the Vancouver Giants (14-18, 28pts) tonight from the Pacific Coliseum.

Pregame show Saturday from Vancouver at 6:40 on The Zone @ 91.3fm

Both clubs are (5-5) in their Past 10 games.

Friday night, Axel Blomqvist scored the Teddy Bear toss goal, but the Giants spoiled the party with a 6-3 win at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre.

The Giants used 3 power play goals plus one shorthanded, to earn their 5th straight win and even the season series at 3 a piece.  They are now 4-0 under head coach Claude Noel.

Vancouver was 3 for 4 on the power play, while Victoria went 0 for 3.  Peyton Lee earned the victory with 26 saves, while Coleman Vollrath was busy making 38 saves in the loss.

Travis Brown had two assists, and Magee had a goal and an assist for the Royals, while Geertson and Thomas Foster had a goal and assist each for the Giants.

Victoria was without defenseman Joe Hicketts, away at Team Canada’s World Junior Selection camp, and Dave Lowry serving as an assistant coach.  Enio Sacilotto is serving as head coach for the club in his absence.

Vancouver did not have their 2nd leading scorer Jackson Houck in the line up, out day to day with a lower body injury.

The Royals had their two game win streak snapped, as they wrapped up their four game homestand with a 2-2 record.

Victoria now kicks off three road games before the Christmas break.  They’ll be in Seattle Tuesday, and Everett Wednesday.

The Royals return to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday, December 27th and Sunday, December 28th for a two game series against the Prince George Cougars. Puck drop for both games is scheduled at 7:05 p.m.

Give the gift of hockey this holiday season. The Royals “Holiday Combo” includes four any-time vouchers and a Royals’ fleece scarf. The best part? It’s already pre-wrapped in a colourful ticket booklet. Visit or the box-office for full details.

-Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Vancouver Giants: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-3-0-0Vancouver 3-3-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 5-4-0-1Vancouver 5-4-1-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 23-21-1-1Vancouver 23-22-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 14-8-0-1Vancouver 9-13-1-0
Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at VancouverVictoria 9-13-1-0Vancouver 14-9-0-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVancouver 6 @ Victoria 3 (Dec 12 2014) Final
Victoria 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 Record14-18-0-0 -- 28 points17-15-2-0 -- 36 points
Division Ranking5th B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking10th Western4th Western
League Ranking20th8th
Past 10 Games5-5-0-05-5-0-0
Last Game6-3 W @ Victoria (Dec 12 2014) Final6-3 L vs Vancouver (Dec 12 2014) Final
Home Record10-7-0-010-5-2-0
Away Record4-11-0-07-10-0-0
GF99 111 
GA109 115 
PP (Overall)(31/130) 23.8(34/148) 23.0
PP (Home)(18/59) 30.5(18/63) 28.6
PP (Away)(13/71) 18.3(16/85) 18.8
PK (Overall)(31/139) 77.7(33/145) 77.2
PK (Home)(12/70) 82.9(13/62) 79.0
PK (Away)(19/69) 72.5(20/83) 75.9
Leading RookieBenson (6-13-19)Nagy (3-5-8)
Most PIMGeertsen - 60Crunk - 62
Team PIM/GM13.9/Game15.8/Game
Leading ScorersPopoff (14-15-29)Carroll (20-18-38)
 Houck (12-15-27)Hicketts (8-30-38)
 Foster (7-19-26)Magee (10-19-29)
 Hamilton (10-14-24)Blomqvist (14-13-27)
 Bellerive (12-10-22)Brown (12-15-27)
Last 5 Games6-3 W @ Victoria (Dec 12 2014) Final6-3 L vs Vancouver (Dec 12 2014) Final
 3-0 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
Leading After 1st5-2-0-08-2-0-0
Leading After 2nd9-1-0-010-1-0-0
Tied After 1st7-7-0-05-4-0-0
Tied After 2nd2-1-0-03-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st2-9-0-04-9-2-0
Trailing After 2nd3-16-0-04-13-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents11-7-0-010-5-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents3-8-0-06-9-1-0
1-Goal Games3-6-0-07-3-2-0
2-Goal Games4-3-0-04-6-0-0
3-Goal Games4-2-0-02-3-0-0