Sunday, 18 January 2015

Preview: Victoria at Edmonton, Sunday Jan.18.2015

This afternoon the Victoria Royals (24-19-2-1, 51pts) look for a sweep of their 3 game in 3 day Central Division road swing in Edmonton against the defending Memorial Cup Champion Oil Kings.

Pregame Show at 2:40, puck drop at 3pm PST on The Zone @ 91.3fm or online:

Victoria is riding a 4 game win streak, and winners of 7 of their last 8 after earning back to back road wins on their Alberta swing.

The Royals edged the Rebels 2-1 in a shoot out Friday, and beat the Hitmen 4-1 Saturday.

The Oil Kings beat the visiting Pats 6-2 on Wednesday, and have won 6 games in their last 10.  Edmonton is 4th in the Central, 2 back of Calgary and 4 up on Kootenay.

With 51 points this season, the Royals are firmly 2nd in the BC Division, 9 up on the Cougars.

The Oil Kings have allowed the 3rd fewest goals against, own the 2nd best penalty kill percentage, and have taken the 4th fewest penalty minutes on average per game.

Netminder Tristan Jarry, who is drafted and signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins is the reigning CHL goaltender of the week and owns the 5th best gaa and save % in the WHL.

Brett Pollock, 2nd round pick of Dallas, leads Edmonton in scoring with 40 points.  Victoria native, 18 year old defenseman Dysin Mayo, a 5th round selection of Arizona, is 4th in team scoring with 32 points.

The Oil Kings are 5 over .500 at home (13-8-0-1), while the Royals improve to 3 under (9-12-0-1).

In Calgary Saturday, Austin Carroll scored twice, while Brandon Magee added three assists.  Joe Hicketts and Travis Brown had a pair of points each while Justin Paulic earned the victory with 20 saves.

“Outside of the Regina game (5-0), and one game against Kelowna (4-3OTW), it’s probably our best game of the year.” said Head Coach Dave Lowry

The Royals went 2 for 2 on the power play, and shut down Calgary’s only man advantage.

Brown and Hicketts are now 1-2 in defenseman scoring in the WHL with 43 and 42 points respectively.

Magee’s three points puts him into a tie with Kevin Sundher for the franchise scoring lead at 241 (104g-137a).  That sets the stage for Magee to set the record in his hometown of Edmonton Sunday.

Greg Chase also hails from the area (Sherwood Park) and Russian defenseman Marsel Ibragimov played one game for the Oil Kings before being claimed off waivers by the Royals.

Former Victoria defenseman Jake Kohlhauser plays for Edmonton.

Carroll has 28 goals on the season, 3rd most in the WHL, he also is the league leader in power play goals with 13.  His 55 points leads his club, and is tied for 9th overall.

The Royals begin a two game home series against the Kamloops Blazers on Friday, January 23rd at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 24th at 7:05 p.m. Get your tickets in advance by calling 250-220-7777 or visiting at

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Edmonton Oil Kings: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-1-0-0Edmonton 1-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-1-0-0Edmonton 1-1-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 3-6-1-0Edmonton 7-3-0-0
Victoria vs. Edmonton Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 0-2-1-0Edmonton 3-0-0-0
Victoria vs. Edmonton Last 5 Years record at EdmontonVictoria 3-4-0-0Edmonton 4-3-0-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 2 @ Edmonton 3 (Oct 15 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record22-18-3-2 -- 49 points24-19-2-1 -- 51 points
Division Ranking4th Central2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking7th Eastern4th Western
League Ranking14th9th
Past 10 Games6-4-0-07-2-0-1
Last Game6-2 W vs Regina (Jan 16 2015) Final4-1 W @ Calgary (Jan 17 2015) Final
Home Record13-8-0-115-7-2-0
Away Record9-10-3-19-12-0-1
GF137 156 
GA122 147 
PP (Overall)(26/165) 15.8(44/201) 21.9
PP (Home)(15/86) 17.4(25/96) 26.0
PP (Away)(11/79) 13.9(19/105) 18.1
PK (Overall)(30/219) 86.3(42/197) 78.7
PK (Home)(13/109) 88.1(17/96) 82.3
PK (Away)(17/110) 84.5(25/101) 75.2
Leading RookieKoep (10-14-24)Nagy (4-6-10)
Most PIMBaddock - 82Carroll - 80
Team PIM/GM13.2/Game15.2/Game
Leading ScorersPollock (19-21-40)Carroll (28-27-55)
 Sautner (10-26-36)Brown (16-27-43)
 Bauer (16-17-33)Hicketts (9-33-42)
 Mayo (9-23-32)Magee (14-24-38)
 Baddock (12-14-26)Forsberg (16-21-37)
Last 5 Games6-2 W vs Regina (Jan 16 2015) Final4-1 W @ Calgary (Jan 17 2015) Final
 2-1 L vs Brandon (Jan 13 2015) Final2-1 W @ Red Deer (Jan 16 2015) Final SO
 4-1 W @ Swift Current (Jan 11 2015) Final5-2 W vs Prince George (Jan 10 2015) Final
 4-3 L @ Moose Jaw (Jan 10 2015) Final3-2 W vs Prince George (Jan 9 2015) Final OT
 4-1 W @ Regina (Jan 9 2015) Final3-2 L vs Medicine Hat (Jan 8 2015) Final
Leading After 1st10-2-1-010-3-0-0
Leading After 2nd17-1-1-115-1-0-0
Tied After 1st9-7-1-28-5-0-1
Tied After 2nd4-2-2-15-2-1-0
Trailing After 1st3-9-1-06-11-2-0
Trailing After 2nd1-15-0-04-16-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents15-10-0-214-5-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents7-7-3-09-13-1-1
1-Goal Games4-7-3-29-6-2-1
2-Goal Games6-3-0-05-6-0-0
3-Goal Games7-6-0-04-3-0-0