Friday, 6 March 2015

Preview: Victoria at Prince George Friday March.6.2015

The Victoria Royals (34-26-3-1, 72pts) visit the Prince George Cougars (27-33-2-2, 58pts) for a pair of back to back games Friday and Saturday to kick off a 4 game BC Division road trip.

Pregame show both nights at 6:40, with puck drop at 7pm on The Zone @ 91.3 fm, online:

Victoria leads the season series 4-2, after winning their last 3 straight against Prince George, most recently 5-2 on the Island January 10th.  The Royals are 1-1 at the CN Centre this season.

The Cougars 3rd in the division, holding down the final playoff spot with a 3 point lead on both the Giants and Blazers.

Victoria has clinced a berth in the post season, and the magic number for the Royals to guarantee home ice in the first round is 3 points.

It’s a battle of the top two most penalized teams in the WHL, the Cougars average over 24 minutes per game, while the Royals average 18.

Victoria is looking to get back into win column after a 4-1 home loss to Seattle Tuesday, after beating the Thunderbirds 3-2 in shoot out one night earliers.

Prince George is on a 4 game winning streak after defeating Calgary 3-2 at the CN Centre Wednesday.  Cougars netminder Ty Edmonds stopped 34 shots, while Jansen Harkins scored his 20th and Cal Babych got the winner in the third.  They’ve now won 6 of their past 10.

During their win streak, Prince George also earned victories in Everett, Seattle and at home to Moose Jaw, outscoring their opposition 17-9.

Victoria is 2 under .500 on the road, while Prince George is 4 under at home.

Prince George has allowed the 3rd most goals against on average per game, their penalty killing efficiency the lowest in the league.

Sam Ruopp and Aaron Macklin have taken the 2nd and 3rd most penalty minutes overall in the league with 131 and 126 respectively.

Victoria has the 8th most efficient power play, have scored the 9th most goals in the league on average per game, while allowing the 9th fewest.

’97 born Jansen Harkins leads the Cougars in scoring with 77 points, tied for 8th most in the league.  He’s ranked 18th by NHL CSS mid term rankings for the upcoming draft.  Harkins is on a 9 game scoring streak with 17 points in that span.

Zach Pochiro has 8 points during his 6 game assist streak.

Forward Jared Bethune is rated 101, defenseman Tate Olson is 106, and forward Brad Mossison in ranked 150th.

Royals forward Tyler Soy is ranked 152nd, while defenseman Chaz Reddekopp is 199.

Victoria is led in scoring by Austin Carroll with 71 points including 35 goals.  Joe Hicketts leads all defenseman in scoring with 58 points, scoring goals in back to back games.  Travis Brown is tied for 5th with 53 points.

After the pair in Prince George, Victoria plays in Kelowna on Wednesday, then begin 3 in 3 days against Vancouver Friday night at 7:30, before two at home against the Giants Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Prince George Cougars: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 4-2-0-0Prince George 2-3-1-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 7-1-0-0Prince George 1-7-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 27-10-0-1Prince George 11-22-1-4
Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 14-5-0-1Prince George 6-11-1-2
Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at Prince GeorgeVictoria 13-5-0-0Prince George 5-11-0-2
Previous Meetings This SeasonPrince George 2 @ Victoria 5 (Jan 10 2015) Final
Prince George 2 @ Victoria 3 (Jan 9 2015) Final OT
Prince George 0 @ Victoria 4 (Dec 28 2014) Final
Prince George 4 @ Victoria 3 (Dec 27 2014) Final
Victoria 6 @ Prince George 2 (Nov 8 2014) Final
Victoria 2 @ Prince George 3 (Nov 7 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Prince George
Team Record27-33-2-2 -- 58 points34-26-3-1 -- 72 points
Division Ranking3rd B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking6th Western5th Western
League Ranking12th10th
Past 10 Games6-2-1-14-6-0-0
Last Game3-2 W vs Calgary (Mar 4 2015) Final4-1 L vs Seattle (Mar 3 2015) Final
Home Record13-17-1-120-10-3-0
Away Record14-16-1-114-16-0-1
GF192 218 
GA261 198 
PP (Overall)(49/287) 17.1(59/273) 21.6
PP (Home)(26/147) 17.7(34/134) 25.4
PP (Away)(23/140) 16.4(25/139) 18.0
PK (Overall)(91/328) 72.3(55/268) 79.5
PK (Home)(44/156) 71.8(23/132) 82.6
PK (Away)(47/172) 72.7(32/136) 76.5
Leading RookieBethune (6-14-20)Nagy (6-7-13)
Most PIMRuopp - 131Carroll - 120
Team PIM/GM19.2/Game14.4/Game
Leading ScorersHarkins (20-57-77)Carroll (35-36-71)
 Witala (32-29-61)Hicketts (11-47-58)
 Connolly (11-38-49)Soy (24-32-56)
 Morrison (20-23-43)Chase (19-34-53)
 Erricson (21-18-39)Brown (17-36-53)
Last 5 Games3-2 W vs Calgary (Mar 4 2015) Final4-1 L vs Seattle (Mar 3 2015) Final
 5-1 W @ Everett (Feb 28 2015) Final3-2 W vs Seattle (Mar 2 2015) Final SO
 5-4 W @ Seattle (Feb 27 2015) Final OT4-2 L @ Kamloops (Feb 27 2015) Final
 4-2 W vs Moose Jaw (Feb 21 2015) Final4-2 L @ Kelowna (Feb 25 2015) Final
 5-1 L @ Edmonton (Feb 16 2015) Final5-2 W vs Kelowna (Feb 21 2015) Final
Leading After 1st16-4-2-118-4-0-0
Leading After 2nd21-2-1-122-2-0-0
Tied After 1st4-8-0-110-8-0-1
Tied After 2nd3-2-1-08-5-2-0
Trailing After 1st7-21-0-06-14-3-0
Trailing After 2nd3-29-0-14-19-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents10-8-0-020-8-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents15-24-2-213-16-2-1
1-Goal Games12-4-2-213-9-3-1
2-Goal Games7-2-0-05-8-0-0
3-Goal Games3-13-0-08-4-0-0