Monday, 16 February 2015

Preview: Moose Jaw at Victoria, Tues Feb.17.2015 NOON Start

The Victoria Royals entertain Axel Blomqvist and the Moose Jaw Warriors for their first ever Hockey Hooky day at Noon on Tuesday.

Pregame show on The Zone @ 91.3 fm at 11:40, puck drop at Noon.

It’s the only meeting of the season, as last year Victoria won 4-3 in a shoot out Feb. 17th at Moose Jaw.

It’s the return of former Royals Axel Blomqvist, who was traded to the Warriors for defenseman Alexey Sleptsov, and netminder Justin Paulic with picks going both ways.  Blomqvist has 13 points in 14 games since joining his new club.  Travis Brown is also a former Moose Jaw defender.

Victoria is 2nd in the BC Division with 68 points, and 11 games over .500, tied for 4th in the West with Portland.

The Royals are looking to extend their 2 game win streak after doubling the Thunderbirds in Seattle 6-3 on Sunday, and beating Kamloops 5-2 on the road Saturday, taking 4 of a possible 6 points on a 3 game in 3 night road trip.

Moose Jaw is 1-2 on their 7 game road trip, after a 6-0 blanking in Kelowna Saturday.  They won 5-1 at Kootenay, after falling 6-3 at Lethbridge to start the trip.

The Warriors are 8 games under .500, sitting 4th in the East, and 9th in the Conference out of a playoff spot.

The Royals have scored 40 more goals overall this season than the Warriors, and allowed 34 less.  Victoria has won 7 of their past 10, 6 of their last 7 and just 2 losses in regulation in their last 15 games.

Moose Jaw has 4 wins in their past 10, and just 1 victory over their last 4.  The Warriors have taken the 6th fewest penalty minutes on average in the league.

Moose Jaw is led in scoring by Jack Rodewald with 65 points, 14th best in the league.  Brayden Point is next with 59 points in 44 games, won a World Junior Gold Medal with Team Canada 7gp (2g 2a) Tampa Bay Lightning 3rd round draft pick.

Victoria’s Austin Carroll has tied the Royals record for most points in a season at 67 (33g-34a).  Brandon Magee recorded 67 points (25g-42a) last season and former Royal Jamie Crooks who accomplished the feat in 2011-12 with 37 goals and 30 assists. The Scottsdale, AZ native is also tied for the league lead in game winning goals and powerplay markers with 10 and 14 respectively.

Carroll is on a 4 game goal scoring streak with 5 markers in that span.  Tyler Soy has 4 goals in his last 3 games, and 7 over his last 5 outings.  Alex Forsberg is on a 4 game point streak with 2 goals and 2 assists.  Greg Chase has collected 4 assists on a 3 game point streak.

Joe Hicketts leads all defenseman in scoring with 55 points, including 46 assists.  He’s on a 9 game assist streak collecting 12 helpers in that span.

Victoria’s 3 game homestand wraps up with a pair against the Kelowna Rockets Friday and Saturday.

Hockey Hooky Day is the Royals first ever weekday matinee game and is a fun and unique hockey experience that will be a Field Trip of a Lifetime for the many school classes in attendance and also the Businessman’s Special for the corporate crowd.

For schools the Field Trip of a Lifetime combines the fun of a hockey game with an educational component. In addition to lesson plans that were sent to the school, students attending the game will also receive a workbook on arrival to the rink. Throughout the game students will be able to participate in educational activities on the jumbotron by completing their workbooks.

Local businesses are also encouraged to take advantage of the matinee contest by taking an extended lunch. The Businessman’s Special provides businesses an opportunity for team building and to connect with clients while enjoying the game. 

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Moose Jaw Warriors: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-0-0-0Moose Jaw 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-0-0-0Moose Jaw 0-0-0-1
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 1-2-0-1Moose Jaw 3-0-0-1
Victoria vs. Moose Jaw Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 0-1-0-1Moose Jaw 2-0-0-0
Victoria vs. Moose Jaw Last 5 Years record at Moose JawVictoria 1-1-0-0Moose Jaw 1-0-0-1

How the 2 teams match up
Moose Jaw
Team Record22-30-3-1 -- 48 points32-21-3-1 -- 68 points
Division Ranking4th East2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking9th Eastern4th Western
League Ranking19th7th
Past 10 Games4-6-0-07-2-1-0
Last Game6-0 L @ Kelowna (Feb 14 2015) Final6-3 W @ Seattle (Feb 15 2015) Final
Home Record14-11-3-018-7-3-0
Away Record8-19-0-114-14-0-1
GF160 200 
GA209 175 
PP (Overall)(34/236) 14.4(56/246) 22.8
PP (Home)(20/116) 17.2(31/115) 27.0
PP (Away)(14/120) 11.7(25/131) 19.1
PK (Overall)(53/211) 74.9(50/241) 79.3
PK (Home)(17/109) 84.4(19/112) 83.0
PK (Away)(36/102) 64.7(31/129) 76.0
Leading RookieHowden (14-17-31)Nagy (5-6-11)
Most PIMYakubowski - 115Carroll - 102
Team PIM/GM12.4/Game14.5/Game
Leading ScorersRodewald (25-40-65)Carroll (33-34-67)
Point (23-36-59)Hicketts (9-46-55)
Eberle (29-17-46)Soy (24-30-54)
Blomqvist (21-21-42)Chase (16-34-50)
Howden (14-17-31)Brown (16-34-50)
Last 5 Games6-0 L @ Kelowna (Feb 14 2015) Final6-3 W @ Seattle (Feb 15 2015) Final
5-1 W @ Kootenay (Feb 13 2015) Final5-2 W @ Kamloops (Feb 14 2015) Final
6-3 L @ Lethbridge (Feb 11 2015) Final7-3 L @ Kelowna (Feb 13 2015) Final
3-2 L vs Spokane (Feb 6 2015) Final2-1 W vs Edmonton (Feb 9 2015) Final
4-3 W vs Prince Albert (Feb 4 2015) Final6-2 W vs Red Deer (Feb 7 2015) Final
Leading After 1st13-4-3-017-3-0-0
Leading After 2nd20-1-0-022-1-0-0
Tied After 1st7-8-0-19-6-0-1
Tied After 2nd2-3-3-06-3-2-0
Trailing After 1st2-18-0-06-12-3-0
Trailing After 2nd0-26-0-14-17-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents13-5-0-019-6-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents9-25-3-112-13-2-1
1-Goal Games7-2-3-112-7-3-1
2-Goal Games5-7-0-05-6-0-0
3-Goal Games3-7-0-07-3-0-0