Thursday, 9 April 2015

Preview: Victoria at Kelowna [Game 1 - Round 2] Fri.Apr.10

The Victoria Royals kick off round two of the post season on the road against the Kelowna Rockets Friday and Saturday night.

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


Friday, April 10th – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 11th – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14th – Kelowna @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15th – Kelowna @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.
Friday, April 17th – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Sunday, April 19th – Kelowna @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Tuesday, April 21st – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)


The Royals knocked off the Cougars in 5 games, while the Rockets swept the Americans to advance.  Both clubs needed overtime in the deciding game.

Victoria outscored Prince George 20-15, paced by the line of Tyler Soy, Greg Chase, and Jack Walker combining for 19 points.  The unit of Alex Forsberg, Brandon Magee and Austin Carroll put up a combined 17 points.

Chase and Magee both had hat tricks in round one.  Magee had 9 points in the 5 games, while Chase had 7.  Soy, Forsberg and Walker had 6 points each.

The Royals have 22 players on their team who have a combined 295 post-season games played. Meanwhile the Rockets have 346 WHL Playoff games of experience amongst 21 players on their squad.

On Victoria, forward Greg Chase leads the way with 33 games of post-season experience, while forward Tyrell Goulbourne has played the most playoff games on Kelowna with 37.


Kelowna finished the regular season 2nd in the WHL, with 112 points ranked 4th in the CHL Top 10.  Victoria came 2nd in the BC Division with 82 points.

The Rockets scored 61 more goals overall, while allowing 36 fewer than the Royals.

At home Kelowna only fell 8 times during regulation (26-8-2-0), and just 5 losses after 60 minutes on the road.  Victoria was 9 over .500 and home, and 1 under on the road.

The Royals were led by Austin Carroll in scoring with 77 points, with defenseman Joe Hicketts second with 64 points, and Tyler Soy third with 63.  Brandon Magee and Greg Chase rounded out the top 5.

The Rockets were carried by Nick Merkley’s 90 points with 70 assists, and Rourke Chartier’s 82 points including 48 goals.  Tyson Baillie notched 37 goals, and defenseman Madison Bowey chipped in with 48 helpers.  Bowey and defenseman Josh Morrissey both won Gold for Team Canada at the World Juniors, along side Joe Hicketts and Dave Lowry as an Assistant Coach.

Morrissey missed round one due to injury.

The Rockets and Royals each had five, 20 goal scorers.

Netminder Coleman Vollrath and Kelowna keeper Jackson Whistle both have made 114 career regular-season appearances with similar stats. Whistle boasts a .910 save percentage with a 2.61 goals-against average to Vollrath’s .909 and 2.88.

Both netminders where previously named CHL Goaltender of the Week.


During their 8 regular season meetings, the Rockets took 5 of 8 games, however the Royals won 2 of the last 3, including their final meeting 6-3 in Kelowna on March 11th.

The Rockets outscored the Royals 32-26, led by Nick Merkley and Madison Bowey with 10 points in 8 games each.  Oilers first rounder Leon Draisaitl put up 9 points in 5 contests.

Brandon Magee led the charge for the Royals with 10 points in the 8 game season series.  Joe Hicketts had 9 points and Austin Carroll had 8.  Coleman Vollrath went 2-2, and Justin Paulic held a record of 1-2.

Rockets netminder Jackson Whistle sported a record of (1-1-1-0), while former Royal’s keeper, Michael Herringer was 4-1.

Victoria’s power play was 9/33 (27.27%) during their encounters, while Kelowna was 10/31 (32.25%).


Tyson Baillie, San Jose Sharks, F/A,
Josh Morrissey, 1st rd Winnipeg Jets, 2013, (Signed)
Madison Bowey, 2nd rd Washington Capitals, 2013, (Signed)
Rourke Chartier, 5th rd San Jose Sharks, 2014,
Tyrell Goulbourne, 3rd rd Philadelphia Flyers, 2013, (Signed)
Justin Kirkland, 3rd rd Nashville Predators, 2014,
Mitchell Wheaton, 5th rd Detroit Red Wings, 2013,
Jackson Whistle, Vancouver Canucks, F/A,

Austin Carroll, 7th rd Calgary Flames, (Signed)
Greg Chase, 7th rd Edmonton Oilers (Signed)
Joe Hicketts, Detroit Red Wings F/A (Signed)
Brandon Magee, Calgary Flames F/A
Travis Brown, Ottawa Senators F/A


Victoria’s Tyler Soy was ranked 78th by NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings on April 8th, while defenseman Chaz Reddekopp was 82nd, both jumping from 152nd and 199th respectively.

Kelowna’s Nick Merkely dropped from 13th to 23rd among North American Skaters, defenseman Joe Gatenby was rated 174th, as was rearguard Devante Stephens at 116th.

- Marlon Martens

Victoria Royals vs Kelowna Rockets: Head To Head Stats
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-5-0-0Kelowna 5-2-1-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 5-2-0-1Kelowna 3-4-0-1
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 18-18-1-3Kelowna 22-14-2-2
Victoria vs. Kelowna Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 8-9-1-2Kelowna 12-6-2-0
Victoria vs. Kelowna Last 5 Years record at KelownaVictoria 10-9-0-1Kelowna 10-8-0-2
Previous Meetings This SeasonVictoria 6 @ Kelowna 3 (Mar 11 2015) Final
Victoria 2 @ Kelowna 4 (Feb 25 2015) Final
Kelowna 2 @ Victoria 5 (Feb 21 2015) Final
Kelowna 3 @ Victoria 2 (Feb 20 2015) Final
Victoria 3 @ Kelowna 7 (Feb 13 2015) Final
Kelowna 5 @ Victoria 3 (Nov 19 2014) Final
Kelowna 3 @ Victoria 4 (Nov 18 2014) Final OT
Victoria 1 @ Kelowna 5 (Nov 5 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up Regular Season
Team Record53-13-5-1 -- 112 points39-29-3-1 -- 82 points
Division Ranking1st B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking1st Western5th Western
League Ranking2nd10th
Past 10 Games5-3-2-06-4-0-0
Last Game5-2 W vs Vancouver (Mar 21 2015) Final4-3 W @ Everett (Mar 21 2015) Final SO
Home Record26-8-2-021-12-3-0
Away Record27-5-3-118-17-0-1
GF305 244 
GA183 219 
PP (Overall)(90/344) 26.2%(66/300) 22.0%
PP (Home)(40/172) 23.3%(35/142) 24.6%
PP (Away)(50/172) 29.1%(31/158) 19.6%
PK (Overall)(60/293) 79.5%(59/295) 80.0%
PK (Home)(28/144) 80.6%(25/139) 82.0%
PK (Away)(32/149) 78.5%(34/156) 78.2%
PP vs. Opp.(10/33) 30.3%(9/31) 29%
PK vs. Opp.(9/31) 71%(10/33) 69.7%
Leading RookieDube (17-10-27)Nagy (6-7-13)
Most PIMSoutham - 91Carroll - 124
Team PIM/GM14.0/Game13.9/Game
Leading ScorersMerkley (20-70-90)Carroll (38-39-77)
Chartier (48-34-82)Hicketts (12-52-64)
Baillie (37-39-76)Soy (28-35-63)
Bowey (17-43-60)Magee (23-38-61)
Draisaitl (19-34-53)Chase (20-39-59)
Last 5 Games5-2 W vs Vancouver (Mar 21 2015) Final4-3 W @ Everett (Mar 21 2015) Final SO
4-3 W @ Vancouver (Mar 20 2015) Final OT4-3 L vs Everett (Mar 20 2015) Final
3-2 L vs Seattle (Mar 18 2015) Final OT4-1 L vs Vancouver (Mar 15 2015) Final
2-1 W vs Kamloops (Mar 14 2015) Final3-0 W vs Vancouver (Mar 14 2015) Final
5-1 L @ Kamloops (Mar 13 2015) Final2-0 W @ Vancouver (Mar 13 2015) Final
Leading After 1st30-3-3-122-5-0-0
Leading After 2nd40-1-3-026-3-0-0
Tied After 1st17-6-1-011-9-0-1
Tied After 2nd8-3-1-18-5-2-0
Trailing After 1st6-4-1-06-15-3-0
Trailing After 2nd5-9-1-05-21-1-1
Out Shooting Opponents35-8-2-123-9-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents16-5-3-014-17-2-1
1-Goal Games11-4-5-115-11-3-1
2-Goal Games14-3-0-06-8-0-0
3-Goal Games10-5-0-010-5-0-0

Victoria Royals
18Brandon Magee8551043-2
2Joe Hicketts8189122
21Austin Carroll8538462
17Tyler Soy84372-3
9Jack Walker824644
6Travis Brown815620-4
15Greg Chase52350-1
20Logan Fisher805561
16Alex Forsberg (total)60448-4
25Brandon Fushimi82136-1
29Chaz Reddekopp803372
22Taylor Crunk820230-2
23X Axel Blomqvist31012-3
19Dante Hannoun51010-2
8Bryton Sayers (total)61012-6
3Ryan Gagnon801130-5
4Ralph Jarratt301101
34Alexey Sleptsov50110-2
12X Keith Anderson100000
27Jared Dmytriw300000
28Marsel Ibragimov40000-3
5X Keegan Kanzig200091
24Regan Nagy80009-4
14Jack Palmer60000-3
1Justin Paulic300000
30X Jayden Sittler200000
8X Mitch Skapski200020
35Coleman Vollrath600000

30X Jayden Sittler2010068:4610.870.958
1Justin Paulic31200142:50104.200.870
35Coleman Vollrath62200269:17204.460.867

Kelowna Rockets
10Nick Merkley84610181
4Madison Bowey82810163
24Tyson Baillie754964
29Leon Draisaitl536962
26Cole Linaker83364-3
14Rourke Chartier62356-2
2X Jesse Lees323504
3Riley Stadel8145112
22Chance Braid (total)822471
8Cole Martin8224122
17Rodney Southam8134760
27Josh Morrissey (total)5123100
20Gage Quinney (total)512302
15Tomas Soustal703340
19Dillon Dube511201
23Justin Kirkland211204
21Devante Stephens711292
28Joe Gatenby802200
16X Kris Schmidli31012-1
18Tate Coughlin401101
12Tyrell Goulbourne801128-1
25X Colton Heffley3011120
20X Austin Glover100000
30Michael Herringer500000
7Lucas Johansen800002
27X Alexander Uryga300000
1Jackson Whistle300000
5X Dalton Yorke100001

30Michael Herringer54100299:31142.800.907
1Jackson Whistle31110183:16113.600.872