Saturday, 14 February 2015

Preview: Victoria at Kamloops, Saturday Feb.14.2015

The Victoria Royals (30-21-3-1, 64pts) visit the Kamloops Blazers (22-29-3-3-, 50 pts) Saturday night, in the middle of a 3 in 3.

Pregame show at 6:40 on The Zone @ 91.3fm or online at

Kamloops occupies the final playoff spot in the BC Division with a single point lead on Vancouver, and just 2 up on Prince George.

The Blazers are on a two game win streak after a 3-2 shoot out home victory last night against the Thunderbirds.  Kamloops scored the only two goals of the shootout by Cole Ully and Jake Kryski.  Joel Hamilton scored shorthanded, and Matt Needham added the other in regulation as Connor Ingram stopped 26 shots.

It’s the 7th of 8 meetings between the clubs, both sporting records of 3-2-1-0, as both teams earned overtime victories.  Most recently Victoria blanked Kamloops 6-0 on the Island on Jan. 24th, after falling 4-3 in overtime the night before.

The Royals are looking to bounce back after a 7-3 loss on the road to the Rockets Friday night, snapping their 4 game win streak.  Austin Carroll had a goal and assist, while Tyler Soy and Dante Hannoun provided the other tallies.  Justin Paulic and Coleman Vollrath split the duties.

The club sits 2nd in the BC division, and 4th in the West, 4 back of Portland and just 1 up on Seattle who’ll they’ll face Sunday.

Victoria has 7 wins in their past 10, while Kamloops is 5-5.

The Blazers are led in scoring by Cole Ully’s 71 points, the 7th most in the WHL.  Netmidner Connor Ingram was the WHL Goaltender of the Month for January posting a record of (7-1-0-1).

The Royals Joe Hicketts has 7 assists in his last 7 games, and leads all defenseman in helpers with 41.

Austin Carroll leads the team in scoring with 62 points including 30 goals after scoring singles in back to back games.

Alex Forsberg and Alexey Sleptsov have assists in back to back contests.

After Kamloops, Victoria travels to Seattle to take on the Thunderbirds Sunday at 5pm to wrap up 3 in 3 on the road.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Kamloops Blazers: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-2-1-0Kamloops 3-2-1-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 7-1-0-0Kamloops 1-7-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 20-16-2-0Kamloops 18-16-2-2
Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 13-5-2-0Kamloops 7-10-1-2
Victoria vs. Kamloops Last 5 Years record at KamloopsVictoria 7-11-0-0Kamloops 11-6-1-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonKamloops 0 @ Victoria 6 (Jan 24 2015) Final
Kamloops 4 @ Victoria 3 (Jan 23 2015) Final OT
Victoria 5 @ Kamloops 3 (Nov 29 2014) Final
Kamloops 3 @ Victoria 4 (Sep 27 2014) Final OT
Kamloops 8 @ Victoria 2 (Sep 26 2014) Final
Victoria 3 @ Kamloops 6 (Sep 19 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record22-29-3-3 -- 50 points30-21-3-1 -- 64 points
Division Ranking3rd B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking6th Western4th Western
League Ranking12th9th
Past 10 Games5-5-0-07-2-1-0
Last Game3-2 W vs Seattle (Feb 13 2015) Final SO7-3 L @ Kelowna (Feb 13 2015) Final
Home Record14-12-0-118-7-3-0
Away Record8-17-3-212-14-0-1
GF165 189 
GA206 170 
PP (Overall)(40/206) 19.4(53/237) 22.4
PP (Home)(22/96) 22.9(31/115) 27.0
PP (Away)(18/110) 16.4(22/122) 18.0
PK (Overall)(63/259) 75.7(48/229) 79.0
PK (Home)(29/117) 75.2(19/112) 83.0
PK (Away)(34/142) 76.1(29/117) 75.2
Leading RookieSideroff (16-21-37)Nagy (5-6-11)
Most PIMRehill - 109Carroll - 102
Team PIM/GM13.8/Game14.5/Game
Leading ScorersUlly (28-43-71)Carroll (30-32-62)
Needham (18-41-59)Hicketts (9-41-50)
Sideroff (16-21-37)Soy (21-28-49)
Shirley (18-14-32)Brown (16-32-48)
Hamilton (11-19-30)Chase (16-31-47)
Last 5 Games3-2 W vs Seattle (Feb 13 2015) Final SO7-3 L @ Kelowna (Feb 13 2015) Final
3-0 W vs Tri-City (Feb 9 2015) Final2-1 W vs Edmonton (Feb 9 2015) Final
5-2 L vs Kelowna (Feb 7 2015) Final6-2 W vs Red Deer (Feb 7 2015) Final
5-3 L @ Kelowna (Feb 6 2015) Final3-2 W @ Tri-City (Jan 31 2015) Final SO
3-2 L vs Red Deer (Feb 4 2015) Final3-0 W @ Spokane (Jan 30 2015) Final
Leading After 1st12-1-0-016-3-0-0
Leading After 2nd15-1-0-120-1-0-0
Tied After 1st8-5-3-18-6-0-1
Tied After 2nd5-3-3-06-3-2-0
Trailing After 1st2-23-0-26-12-3-0
Trailing After 2nd2-25-0-24-17-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents14-11-2-217-6-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents7-18-1-112-13-2-1
1-Goal Games9-3-3-312-7-3-1
2-Goal Games5-7-0-05-6-0-0
3-Goal Games4-11-0-05-3-0-0