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Both clubs are tied with 70 points in the West, and are tied in the season series at a game a piece.
Victoria is 10 games over .500 at home, while Seattle is 3 over .500 on the road.
The Royals have 10 games left in the regular season, sitting 2nd in the BC Division - 15 points ahead of the 3rd place Giants.
Recently Victoria won in Seattle 6-3 on Feb. 15th, when Jack Walker had a four point night including the hat trick. The Royals fell on the road 5-4 back on December. 16th.
Victoria is looking to snap a two game slide, after dropping both games on a recent BC Divison road swing, falling by identical 4-2 scores in Kelowna and Kamloops.
Seattle is winless in 3 after a 5-2 loss at home to Portland on Saturday. They wrapped up a 6 game home stand with a record of (3-2-1-0).
The Thunderbirds have just 4 wins in their past 10 games, while the Royals have 5.
Both clubs are in the top 4 in penalty minutes taken on average per game.
Seattle has allowed the 4th fewest goals against on average per game, with Taran Kozun in net. Kozun has the #1 goals against average in the league (2.41), 3rd best save percentage (0.913), and is tied for 4th in wins with 28. He was the CHL goalie of the week for Feb. 8th.
Top Prospect Matthew Barzal is ranked 9th by NHL Central Scouting, Shea Theordore won Gold with Canada at the World Juniors and is a first round pick of the Ducks, while Latvian Roberts Lipsbergs has 28 points in 23 games since returning from the ECHL Stockton Thunder.
Theodore has a 6-game assist streak on the go with 10 points over stretch, while Barzal is also riding a 6 game assist streak with 13 points in that span. Barzal also has 21 assists and 26 points over his past 14 games.
Victoria’s Joe Hicketts leads all defenseman in scoring with 56 points and league high 47 assists. Travis Brown has the most goals by a defenseman with 17, and is 5th in rearguard scoring with 53 points.
Brandon Magee is on a 6 game point streak with 7 points (2g 5a), while Greg Chase has goals in back to back games.
- 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 1-1-0-0||Seattle 1-1-0-0|
|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 9-5-1-3||Seattle 9-7-2-0|
|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 4-3-1-2||Seattle 6-4-0-0|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Victoria 6 @ Seattle 3 (Feb 15 2015) Final|
Victoria 4 @ Seattle 5 (Dec 16 2014) Final
How the 2 teams match up
|Team Record||31-23-4-4 -- 70 points||33-25-3-1 -- 70 points|
|Division Ranking||3rd U.S.||2nd B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||5th Western||4th Western|
|Past 10 Games||4-4-1-1||5-5-0-0|
|Last Game||5-2 L vs Portland (Feb 28 2015) Final||4-2 L @ Kamloops (Feb 27 2015) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(55/247) 22.3||(58/267) 21.7|
|PP (Home)||(32/127) 25.2||(33/128) 25.8|
|PP (Away)||(23/120) 19.2||(25/139) 18.0|
|PK (Overall)||(50/241) 79.3||(54/261) 79.3|
|PK (Home)||(27/124) 78.2||(22/125) 82.4|
|PK (Away)||(23/117) 80.3||(32/136) 76.5|
|Leading Rookie||Neuls (6-15-21)||Nagy (6-6-12)|
|Most PIM||Wardley - 108||Carroll - 114|
|Leading Scorers||Gropp (23-24-47)||Carroll (35-36-71)|
|Barzal (12-32-44)||Hicketts (9-47-56)|
|Millette (18-22-40)||Soy (24-30-54)|
|Theodore (10-28-38)||Chase (19-34-53)|
|Kolesar (18-19-37)||Brown (17-36-53)|
|Last 5 Games||5-2 L vs Portland (Feb 28 2015) Final||4-2 L @ Kamloops (Feb 27 2015) Final|
|5-4 L vs Prince George (Feb 27 2015) Final OT||4-2 L @ Kelowna (Feb 25 2015) Final|
|3-2 L vs Calgary (Feb 24 2015) Final||5-2 W vs Kelowna (Feb 21 2015) Final|
|7-0 W vs Everett (Feb 21 2015) Final||3-2 L vs Kelowna (Feb 20 2015) Final|
|4-3 W vs Lethbridge (Feb 20 2015) Final OT||4-3 L vs Moose Jaw (Feb 17 2015) Final|
|Leading After 1st||19-3-2-2||17-4-0-0|
|Leading After 2nd||23-3-1-1||22-2-0-0|
|Tied After 1st||9-6-2-1||10-8-0-1|
|Tied After 2nd||4-2-2-3||7-5-2-0|
|Trailing After 1st||3-14-0-1||6-13-3-0|
|Trailing After 2nd||4-18-1-0||4-18-1-1|
|Out Shooting Opponents||22-11-2-1||20-7-1-0|
|Out Shot by Opponents||7-12-1-3||12-16-2-1|