Saturday, 31 January 2015

Preview: Victoria at Tri City, Sat.Jan.31.2015

The Victoria Royals (27-20-3-1, 58pts) wrap up their 3 game in 4 night US Division road trip against the Tri City Americans (24-24-0-2, 50pts) Saturday night.

Pregame show on The Zone @ 91.3 fm at 6:40, puck drop at 7pm

Victoria is looking for back to back wins on consecutive nights after a 3-0 shut out victory in Spokane Friday.

Tyler Soy had 2 goals and an assist, while Coleman Vollrath earned his 4th shut out of the season with 29 saves.  Soy’s line with Greg Chase and Jack Walker combined for 7 points.

Tri City is looking to snap a 2 game losing skid after falling at home 4-1 Friday to Medicine Hat.

Eric Comrie made 35 stops, and was back in goal for the Americans after Evan Sarthou had made 20 consecutive starts (8-10-0-2) while Comrie was with Team Canada at the World Juniors, and then out with an injury.

The Americans with 50 points are tied with the Chiefs for 4th in the US and the final Wild Card playoff spot.  The Royals have 58 points, sitting comfortably in 2nd spot in the BC Division and would face the Blazers in the first round if the playoffs started today.

It’s the fourth and final meeting of the season, with Victoria holding a record of (1-1-1-0).  Most recently a 4-1 loss at Tri City on Nov. 14th.  The Royals earned 3 of a possible 4 points in a two game set on the Island in early November.

Tri City features two players from the Island.  Forward Jordan Topping is from Salt Spring Island, and defenseman Dylan Coghlan hails from Nanaimo.

Americans defenseman Brandon Carlo played for the U.S. at the World Juniors and is ranked 16th by NHL CSS among North American skaters for the upcoming draft.  Defenseman Parker Wotherspoon is ranked 46th.  Forward Ty Comrie is rated 169th.

Victoria will return home to face Red Deer next Saturday, February 7th and Edmonton on Monday afternoon at 2pm.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Tri-City Americans: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-1-1-0Tri-City 2-1-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-1-0-0Tri-City 1-2-1-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 9-8-2-0Tri-City 10-7-1-1
Victoria vs. Tri-City Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 5-3-2-0Tri-City 5-4-1-0
Victoria vs. Tri-City Last 5 Years record at Tri-CityVictoria 4-5-0-0Tri-City 5-3-0-1
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 1 @ Tri-City 4 (Nov 14 2014) Final
Tri-City 5 @ Victoria 4 (Nov 2 2014) Final OT
Tri-City 1 @ Victoria 4 (Nov 1 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record24-24-0-2 -- 50 points27-20-3-1 -- 58 points
Division Ranking5th U.S.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking8th Western4th Western
League Ranking16th9th
Past 10 Games5-5-0-07-2-1-0
Last Game4-1 L vs Medicine Hat (Jan 30 2015) Final3-0 W @ Spokane (Jan 30 2015) Final
Home Record15-8-0-116-7-3-0
Away Record9-16-0-111-13-0-1
GF140 175 
GA151 158 
PP (Overall)(41/201) 20.4(50/221) 22.6
PP (Home)(28/108) 25.9(29/104) 27.9
PP (Away)(13/93) 14.0(21/117) 17.9
PK (Overall)(35/200) 82.5(43/214) 79.9
PK (Home)(12/99) 87.9(17/102) 83.3
PK (Away)(23/101) 77.2(26/112) 76.8
Leading RookieLukin (7-3-10)Nagy (5-6-11)
Most PIMHamonic - 69Carroll - 93
Team PIM/GM14.2/Game14.5/Game
Leading ScorersBowles (13-30-43)Carroll (28-31-59)
McCue (18-20-38)Brown (16-31-47)
Williams (14-21-35)Hicketts (9-37-46)
Nejezchleb (13-21-34)Forsberg (21-22-43)
Nickles (18-15-33)Soy (17-26-43)
Last 5 Games4-1 L vs Medicine Hat (Jan 30 2015) Final3-0 W @ Spokane (Jan 30 2015) Final
7-5 L @ Portland (Jan 25 2015) Final4-3 L @ Portland (Jan 28 2015) Final
2-0 W @ Spokane (Jan 24 2015) Final6-0 W vs Kamloops (Jan 24 2015) Final
4-0 W vs Seattle (Jan 23 2015) Final4-3 L vs Kamloops (Jan 23 2015) Final OT
3-1 L @ Kamloops (Jan 21 2015) Final4-3 W @ Edmonton (Jan 18 2015) Final OT
Leading After 1st12-2-0-013-3-0-0
Leading After 2nd16-1-0-018-1-0-0
Tied After 1st10-7-0-28-6-0-1
Tied After 2nd6-2-0-05-3-2-0
Trailing After 1st2-15-0-06-11-3-0
Trailing After 2nd2-21-0-24-16-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents10-3-0-115-6-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents13-21-0-111-13-2-1
1-Goal Games8-4-0-210-7-3-1
2-Goal Games6-9-0-05-6-0-0
3-Goal Games6-4-0-05-3-0-0