Thursday, 22 January 2015

Preview: Kamloops at Victoria, Friday Jan.23.2015

The Victoria Royals (25-19-2-1, 53pts) entertain the Kamloops Blazers (17-24-3-3, 40pts) for a pair of back to back games Friday and Saturday.

Pregame show on The Zone @ 91.3fm at 7:10 Friday, and 6:40 Saturday.  Online:

The season series is tied at 2 games a piece with Victoria winning their last 2 encounters.  Most recently 5-3 in Kamloops on November 29th.

The Royals are on a 5 game win streak, and have won 8 of their last 9.  The Blazers are on a season high 3 game win streak, but winless in their last 5 on the road.

This week Tyler Soy was ranked 152nd and Chaz Reddekopp #199 by NHL Central Scouting for the upcoming draft.

Victoria returns home after going 3 for 3 in 3 last weekend in Alberta.  The Royals edged the Oil Kings 4-3 in overtime Sunday, beat the Hitmen 4-1 on Saturday and got past the Rebels 2-1 in a shoot out Friday.

The Blazers hit the road after sweeping their 3 game home stand.  They beat the Americans 3-1 on Wednesday, blanked the Giants 1-0 and defeated the Winterhawks 6-2.

Kamloops now finds themselves tied with Vancouver for 4th in the BC Division, with 40 points, 2 back of Prince George and 2 out of a playoff spot.

Victoria is in 2nd, 11 up on Prince George, and tied with Portland for 3rd in the Conference.

Austin Carroll leads the Royals in scoring with 56 points.  His 28 goals are the 4th most in the league.

Travis Brown and Joe Hicketts are 1-2 in defenseman scoring in the league with 45 and 43 points respectively.  Brown has the most goals by a reargaurd with 16, while Hicketts leads all defenders in assists with 43.

Kamloops is led in scoring by Dallas 2nd rounder Cole Ully with 60 points.  17 year old Devin Sideroff is 5th in rookie scoring with 30 points.  Sideroff is ranked 110 among N.A. skaters for the upcoming draft.

Defenseman Michael For a is ranked 114th, and played for Switzerland at the World Juniors, while defenseman Patrik Maier played for Slovakia.

New Jersey’s 5th round pick, defenseman Ryan Rehill leads the league in minors with 39, and has taken the 5th most penalty minutes.

Netminder Connor Ingram is undefeated in his last 5 starts (4-0-0-1).  He’s been named the #1 star for a 5th straight home game after the 3-1 win over the Americans (26 saves).  Ingram is ranked #33 among North American goaltenders by NHL CSS.

Two former Royals suit up for the Blazers in forwards Luke Harrison and Matthew Campese.

After the two game set against Kamloops, Victoria heads out for a 3 game US road trip with games in Portalnd Wednesday, Spokane Friday and Tri City Saturday.

-Marlon Martens.

Victoria Royals vs Kamloops Blazers: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 2-2-0-0Kamloops 2-1-1-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 7-1-0-0Kamloops 1-7-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 19-16-1-0Kamloops 17-15-2-2
Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 12-5-1-0Kamloops 6-9-1-2
Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at KamloopsVictoria 7-11-0-0Kamloops 11-6-1-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 5 @ Kamloops 3 (Nov 29 2014) Final
Kamloops 3 @ Victoria 4 (Sep 27 2014) Final OT
Kamloops 8 @ Victoria 2 (Sep 26 2014) Final
Victoria 3 @ Kamloops 6 (Sep 19 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record17-24-3-3 -- 40 points25-19-2-1 -- 53 points
Division Ranking5th B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking10th Western4th Western
League Ranking19th9th
Past 10 Games4-5-0-18-2-0-0
Last Game3-1 W vs Tri-City (Jan 21 2015) Final4-3 W @ Edmonton (Jan 18 2015) Final OT
Home Record11-10-0-115-7-2-0
Away Record6-14-3-210-12-0-1
GF139 160 
GA171 150 
PP (Overall)(33/169) 19.5(46/208) 22.1
PP (Home)(17/75) 22.7(25/96) 26.0
PP (Away)(16/94) 17.0(21/112) 18.8
PK (Overall)(50/212) 76.4(43/204) 78.9
PK (Home)(23/91) 74.7(17/96) 82.3
PK (Away)(27/121) 77.7(26/108) 75.9
Leading RookieSideroff (15-15-30)Nagy (4-6-10)
Most PIMRehill - 98Carroll - 89
Team PIM/GM13.8/Game15.3/Game
Leading ScorersUlly (21-39-60)Carroll (28-28-56)
 Needham (15-34-49)Brown (16-29-45)
 Sideroff (15-15-30)Hicketts (9-34-43)
 Shirley (15-14-29)Forsberg (17-22-39)
 Revel (14-13-27)Magee (14-25-39)
Last 5 Games3-1 W vs Tri-City (Jan 21 2015) Final4-3 W @ Edmonton (Jan 18 2015) Final OT
 1-0 W vs Vancouver (Jan 17 2015) Final4-1 W @ Calgary (Jan 17 2015) Final
 6-2 W vs Portland (Jan 14 2015) Final2-1 W @ Red Deer (Jan 16 2015) Final SO
 5-2 L @ Spokane (Jan 10 2015) Final5-2 W vs Prince George (Jan 10 2015) Final
 2-1 L vs Kelowna (Jan 9 2015) Final SO3-2 W vs Prince George (Jan 9 2015) Final OT
Leading After 1st9-1-0-011-3-0-0
Leading After 2nd13-1-0-116-1-0-0
Tied After 1st7-5-3-18-5-0-1
Tied After 2nd3-3-3-05-2-1-0
Trailing After 1st1-18-0-26-11-2-0
Trailing After 2nd1-20-0-24-16-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents10-9-2-214-5-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents6-15-1-110-13-1-1
1-Goal Games5-2-3-310-6-2-1
2-Goal Games5-6-0-05-6-0-0
3-Goal Games3-10-0-04-3-0-0