Thursday, 15 January 2015

Preview: Victoria at Red Deer, Fri. Jan.16.2015

The Victoria Royals (22-19-2-1, 47pts) kick off three games in three nights in the Central Division, beginning in Red Deer (25-14-3-2, 55 pts) on Friday night, against the 2016 Memorial Cup host team.

Pregame show at 5:40, on The Zone @ 91.3fm, or online at

It’s the second of three meetings, with Victoria winning 6-5 in overtime in Red Deer on October 14th.

Tyler Soy scored the overtime winner as the Royals overcame a 4-0 deficit.  Travis Brown, Joe Hicketts and Austin Carroll had 3 point nights, while netminder Evan Smith picked up his first WHL win.

Victoria is riding back to back wins after a sweep of Prince George last weekend.

Tyler Soy had the overtime winner Friday in a 3-2 decision.  Alex Forsberg had the hat trick the following night in a 5-2 victory, with Justin Paulic earning his first win with Victoria.

The Royals have won 5 of their last 6, all during their 7 game homestand.  They’ve only allowed 10 goals against during their last 6 outings.

Victoria is 2nd in the BC Division, 6 points ahead of Prince George, and 7 up on Vancouver.

Red Deer has won 5 in a row after a 5-4 shoot out win in Calgary on Wednesday.  During that stretch they beat Lethbridge twice, Kootenay and Brandon.  They sit 2nd the Central Division, 5 back of Medicine Hat, and 4 up on Calgary.

At the trade deadline the Rebels added their current leading scorer, Connor Gay (22g 26a, 48pts) from the Regina Pats, sent defenseman Kolton Dixon to Sasktoon for netminer Trevor Martin, acquired bantam picks from Tri City for forward Tyler Sandhu, and in December swapped defenseman with Spokane, Nick Charif for Colton Bobyk with picks going both ways.

Red Deer is 7 over .500 on home ice with a record of 13-6-1-1, they’ve won 7 of their past 10 (7-2-0-1).  Victoria has points in 8 of 13 road games this season (7-12-0-1).

The Rebels have five skaters rated by NHL Central Scouting for the 2015 draft.  ‘B’ rated forward Adam Musil who won gold with Tyler Soy at the U18’s this summer, and ‘C’ rated players defenseman Mario Grman and Austin Strand, forward Grayson Pawlenchuk, and netminder Taz Burman.  Defenseman Josh Mahura represented Canada at the U17 tournament in November.

Tyler Soy is riding a 9 game point streak, with 8 goals and 7 assists.  He’s ‘C’ rated by NHL Central Scouting for the upcoming draft.  Defenseman Chaz Reddekopp is also ‘C’ rated.

Travis Brown is tied with Ivan Provorov of Brandon for most points by a defenseman with (41), he’s tops in goals (16) and power play markers (8)/.

Austin Carroll is the team leader in points with 53, tied for 8th in the league.  His 26 goals has him tied for 4th in the league with Tambellini of the Hitmen.  Carroll leads the WHL in power play goals with 12.

Heading into Red Deer, Royals' forward Brandon Magee is only 4 points away from becoming the franchise's leading scorer.

1. Kevin Sundher: 241 points (90g-151a)
2. Brandon Magee: 238 points (104g-134a)

Victoria continues their 3 games in 3 nights Central Division road trip Saturday in Calgary, and Sunday afternoon at Edmonton (3pm PST).

- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals vs Red Deer Rebels: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-0-0-0Red Deer 0-0-1-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-1-0-0Red Deer 1-1-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 3-4-0-2Red Deer 6-1-1-1
Victoria vs. Red Deer Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 2-3-0-0Red Deer 3-1-0-1
Victoria vs. Red Deer Last 5 Years record at Red DeerVictoria 1-1-0-2Red Deer 3-0-1-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 6 @ Red Deer 5 (Oct 14 2014) Final OT

How the 2 teams match up
Red Deer
Team Record25-14-3-2 -- 55 points22-19-2-1 -- 47 points
Division Ranking2nd Central2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking4th Eastern5th Western
League Ranking6th10th
Past 10 Games7-2-0-15-4-0-1
Last Game5-4 W @ Calgary (Jan 14 2015) Final SO5-2 W vs Prince George (Jan 10 2015) Final
Home Record13-6-1-115-7-2-0
Away Record12-8-2-17-12-0-1
GF158 150 
GA140 145 
PP (Overall)(31/160) 19.4(42/193) 21.8
PP (Home)(18/79) 22.8(25/96) 26.0
PP (Away)(13/81) 16.0(17/97) 17.5
PK (Overall)(23/159) 85.5(42/192) 78.1
PK (Home)(9/68) 86.8(17/96) 82.3
PK (Away)(14/91) 84.6(25/96) 74.0
Leading RookieStrand (4-9-13)Nagy (4-6-10)
Most PIMPolei - 56Carroll - 80
Team PIM/GM13.5/Game15.6/Game
Leading ScorersGay (22-26-48)Carroll (26-27-53)
Bleackley (22-21-43)Brown (16-25-41)
Sheen (12-31-43)Hicketts (8-32-40)
Johnson (18-19-37)Forsberg (16-21-37)
Cote (7-28-35)Soy (15-21-36)
Last 5 Games5-4 W @ Calgary (Jan 14 2015) Final SO5-2 W vs Prince George (Jan 10 2015) Final
5-3 W @ Lethbridge (Jan 13 2015) Final3-2 W vs Prince George (Jan 9 2015) Final OT
6-1 W vs Brandon (Jan 10 2015) Final3-2 L vs Medicine Hat (Jan 8 2015) Final
3-1 W @ Kootenay (Jan 9 2015) Final4-2 W vs Spokane (Jan 3 2015) Final
3-2 W @ Lethbridge (Jan 3 2015) Final SO8-1 W vs Spokane (Jan 2 2015) Final
Leading After 1st10-2-1-19-3-0-0
Leading After 2nd16-2-2-014-1-0-0
Tied After 1st10-1-1-07-5-0-1
Tied After 2nd6-0-1-14-2-1-0
Trailing After 1st5-11-1-16-11-2-0
Trailing After 2nd3-12-0-14-16-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents13-7-1-213-5-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents11-7-2-08-13-1-1
1-Goal Games7-1-3-28-6-2-1
2-Goal Games6-5-0-05-6-0-0
3-Goal Games5-3-0-03-3-0-0