Thursday, 19 February 2015

Preview: Kelowna at Victoria, Friday Feb.20.2015

The Victoria Royals (32-22-3-1, 68pts) entertain the top team in the WHL, the Kelowna Rockets (45-9-3-1, 94pts) for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.

Pregame show at 7:10 with puck drop at 7:30 Friday on The Zone @ 91.3fm or online at:

It’s the 5th meeting of the season with the Royals winning 1 of 4 so far.  Victoria fell 7-3 last Friday in Kelowna.

The Royals had their 2 game win streak snapped Tuesday afternoon with a 4-3 loss at home to the Warriors.

The Rockets are on a 3 game win streak after an 11-4 win over the visiting Blazers.  Kelowna, ranked #2 in the CHL, has outscored their opposition 24-7 during their 3 game win streak.

The Rockets have 8 wins in their past 10, while the Royals have 7, and are ranked 2nd in the BC Division and 4th in the West.

Kelowna is the stingiest team in the WHL, while scoring the second most goals on average per game.

The Rockets feature top draft prospect Nick Merkley who’s 4th in scoring with 79 points including 62 assists.  Merkley is rated 13th among North American skaters for the upcoming draft by NHL Central Scouting.

Rourke Chartier (5th rd San Jose) is 5th in league scoring with 78, including 46 goals, tied for most in the league.

Oilers first round draft pick (3rd overall) Leon Draisaitl has 30 points in 18 games for Kelowna since returning to the league with Kelowna.  World Junior Gold Medal winner with Team Canada defenseman Josh Morrisey (1st round WPG) has 15 points in 16 games since the trade from Prince Albert.

Victoria is led in scoring by Austin Carroll who set the Royals record for points in a season with 68.  Carroll has a team high 33 goals, and 14 power play markers.

Joe Hicketts leads all defensemen in the WHL in scoring with 55 points including 46 assists, tops among rearguards.

Forward Alex Forsberg is on a 3 game goal scoring streak with 3 goals.

After the 7pm start on Saturday against the Rockets, the Royals travel to Kelowna for a 3rd straight game against the Rockets next Wednesday.

- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals vs Kelowna Rockets: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-3-0-0Kelowna 3-0-1-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 5-2-0-1Kelowna 3-4-0-1
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 16-16-1-3Kelowna 20-12-2-2
Victoria vs. Kelowna Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 7-8-1-2Kelowna 11-5-2-0
Victoria vs. Kelowna Last 5 Years record at KelownaVictoria 9-8-0-1Kelowna 9-7-0-2
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 3 @ Kelowna 7 (Feb 13 2015) Final
Kelowna 5 @ Victoria 3 (Nov 19 2014) Final
Kelowna 3 @ Victoria 4 (Nov 18 2014) Final OT
Victoria 1 @ Kelowna 5 (Nov 5 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record45-9-3-1 -- 94 points32-22-3-1 -- 68 points
Division Ranking1st B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking1st Western4th Western
League Ranking1st8th
Past 10 Games8-1-0-17-3-0-0
Last Game11-4 W vs Kamloops (Feb 18 2015) Final4-3 L vs Moose Jaw (Feb 17 2015) Final
Home Record22-6-1-018-8-3-0
Away Record23-3-2-114-14-0-1
GF262 203 
GA145 179 
PP (Overall)(74/283) 26.1(56/249) 22.5
PP (Home)(36/140) 25.7(31/118) 26.3
PP (Away)(38/143) 26.6(25/131) 19.1
PK (Overall)(48/242) 80.2(50/245) 79.6
PK (Home)(22/120) 81.7(19/116) 83.6
PK (Away)(26/122) 78.7(31/129) 76.0
Leading RookieDube (14-8-22)Nagy (6-6-12)
Most PIMSoutham - 82Carroll - 108
Team PIM/GM14.6/Game14.4/Game
Leading ScorersMerkley (17-62-79)Carroll (33-35-68)
 Chartier (46-32-78)Hicketts (9-46-55)
 Baillie (34-30-64)Soy (24-30-54)
 Kirkland (21-30-51)Chase (16-34-50)
 Bowey (14-35-49)Brown (16-34-50)
Last 5 Games11-4 W vs Kamloops (Feb 18 2015) Final4-3 L vs Moose Jaw (Feb 17 2015) Final
 6-0 W vs Moose Jaw (Feb 14 2015) Final6-3 W @ Seattle (Feb 15 2015) Final
 7-3 W vs Victoria (Feb 13 2015) Final5-2 W @ Kamloops (Feb 14 2015) Final
 2-1 L @ Seattle (Feb 10 2015) Final7-3 L @ Kelowna (Feb 13 2015) Final
 5-2 W vs Prince George (Feb 9 2015) Final2-1 W vs Edmonton (Feb 9 2015) Final
Leading After 1st28-2-2-117-3-0-0
Leading After 2nd35-1-2-022-1-0-0
Tied After 1st14-3-1-09-6-0-1
Tied After 2nd6-1-1-16-3-2-0
Trailing After 1st3-4-0-06-13-3-0
Trailing After 2nd4-7-0-04-18-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents30-6-0-119-7-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents13-3-3-012-13-2-1
1-Goal Games8-3-3-112-8-3-1
2-Goal Games13-3-0-05-6-0-0
3-Goal Games7-3-0-07-3-0-0