It’s the second meeting of the season, as the Royals fell on the road 5-4 back on Dec. 16th.
Both clubs have different looking squads however, as the Thunderbirds now have Top Prospect Matthew Barzal back in the line up, Shea Theordore who won Gold with Canada at the World Juniors, and also Roberts Lipsbergs returning from the ECHL Stockton Thunder.
Victoria is looking for back to back wins after a 5-2 defeat of the Kamloops Blazers Saturday night.
Tyler Soy had 2 goals and an assist, Austin Carroll struck twice, while Joe Hicketts notched 3 helpers. Justin Paulic made 30 saves to earn the win as the Royals outshot the Blazers 42-32.
Victoria had fallen 7-3 one night earlier in Kelowna.
Seattle is also playing 3 games in 3 nights, they defeated host Everett 3-2 in a shootout Saturday. Scott Eansor and Mathew Barzal scored in regulation. Barzal and Donovan Neuls scored in the shootout. Taran Kozun stopped 25 of 27 shots to get the win. Everett did not score in the shootout.
The Thunderbirds have points in their last 3 games (2-0-0-1), and are looking for back to back wins. Seattle sits just one point back of 4th place Victoria in the West.
Both teams have 7 wins in their past 10 games.
The Thunderbirds allow the 3rd fewest goals against, while allowing the 4th fewest shots against.
Seattle’s Taran Kozun is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 8 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .955.
Four Thunderbirds were listed in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings for 2015 NHL Draft eligible players released January 20 by the NHL. Center Mathew Barzal is ranked ninth. Left wing Ryan Gropp is ranked 62nd. Right wing Keegan Kolesar is ranked 94th. Defenseman Ethan Bear is ranked 133rd.
Victoria plays next at home at noon on Tuesday against Moose Jaw.
- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals vs Seattle Thunderbirds: Head To Head Stats Summary
How the 2 teams match up
|Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular Season||Victoria 0-1-0-0||Seattle 1-0-0-0|
|Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season||Victoria 2-2-0-0||Seattle 2-1-1-0|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Victoria 8-5-1-3||Seattle 9-6-2-0|
|Victoria vs. Seattle Last 5 Years record at Victoria||Victoria 5-2-0-1||Seattle 3-3-2-0|
|Victoria vs. Seattle Last 5 Years record at Seattle||Victoria 3-3-1-2||Seattle 6-3-0-0|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Victoria 4 @ Seattle 5 (Dec 16 2014) Final|
How the 2 teams match up
|Team Record||29-20-3-4 -- 65 points||31-21-3-1 -- 66 points|
|Division Ranking||3rd U.S.||2nd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||5th Western||4th Western|
|Past 10 Games||7-2-0-1||7-2-1-0|
|Last Game||3-2 W @ Everett (Feb 14 2015) Final SO||5-2 W @ Kamloops (Feb 14 2015) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(47/221) 21.3||(55/243) 22.6|
|PP (Home)||(24/101) 23.8||(31/115) 27.0|
|PP (Away)||(23/120) 19.2||(24/128) 18.8|
|PK (Overall)||(44/221) 80.1||(48/235) 79.6|
|PK (Home)||(21/104) 79.8||(19/112) 83.0|
|PK (Away)||(23/117) 80.3||(29/123) 76.4|
|Leading Rookie||Neuls (6-15-21)||Nagy (5-6-11)|
|Most PIM||Hauf - 93||Carroll - 102|
|Leading Scorers||Gropp (22-22-44)||Carroll (32-32-64)|
|Kolesar (17-17-34)||Hicketts (9-44-53)|
|Bear (10-22-32)||Soy (23-29-52)|
|Millette (15-16-31)||Chase (16-33-49)|
|Barzal (11-19-30)||Brown (16-33-49)|
|Last 5 Games||3-2 W @ Everett (Feb 14 2015) Final SO||5-2 W @ Kamloops (Feb 14 2015) Final|
|3-2 L @ Kamloops (Feb 13 2015) Final SO||7-3 L @ Kelowna (Feb 13 2015) Final|
|2-1 W vs Kelowna (Feb 10 2015) Final||2-1 W vs Edmonton (Feb 9 2015) Final|
|5-4 L @ Vancouver (Feb 9 2015) Final||6-2 W vs Red Deer (Feb 7 2015) Final|
|3-0 W vs Vancouver (Feb 7 2015) Final||3-2 W @ Tri-City (Jan 31 2015) Final SO|
|Leading After 1st||18-2-1-2||16-3-0-0|
|Leading After 2nd||22-3-1-1||21-1-0-0|
|Tied After 1st||8-6-2-1||9-6-0-1|
|Tied After 2nd||3-2-1-3||6-3-2-0|
|Trailing After 1st||3-12-0-1||6-12-3-0|
|Trailing After 2nd||4-15-1-0||4-17-1-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||20-10-1-1||18-6-1-0|
|Out Shot by Opponents||7-10-1-3||12-13-2-1|