Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Preview: Victoria at Prince George [GAME 3]

The Victoria Royals visit the Prince George Cougars Wednesday and Thursday night for Games 3 & 4 holding a 2-0 playoff series lead.

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

The Royals earned home victories Friday and Saturday by 5-3 and 5-4 scores.  It was their 12 straight Saturday night victory dating back to a loss to the Cougars on Dec.27th.

Brandon Magee was named CHL Player of the Week after scoring 5 goals in the two games, a hat trick Friday and a pair Saturday.  He earned the game winning goal both nights.

Friday night, Victoria overcame a 2-0 first period deficit with a 4 goal second period an added an empty netter for the 5-3 win.  Prince George was 3 for 4 on the power play.

Saturday, the Royals took a 3-2 lead into the third, but the Cougars twice found a way to draw even.  It was Magee pulling the club ahead twice and his second of the night held on for the winner.

Royals netminder Coleman Vollrath earned a second straight win making 30 saves, while his counterpart Ty Edmonds kicked out 20 shots taking back to back losses.

The Cougars power play was effective again going 2 for 6, and a combined 5 for 10 in the two games.  Another goal came with an extra attacker on a delayed penalty, leaving 1 out their 7 goals coming at even strength.

The Royals struck out on both man advantages, going 0 for 5 in the series.

Prince George got a pair of goals from defenseman Tate Olson (3 goals in the series) while Zach Pochiro and Chase Witala added singles.  Brad Morrison (4 assists total), Joseph Carvalho (3 assists total) and Jansen Harkins chipped in with a pair of helpers each.

The line of Tyler Soy, Greg Chase and Jack Walker combined for 6 points, each with a goal and assist.  Friday, the line of Alex Forsberg (2a), Brandon Magee (3g 1a) and Austin Carroll (1a) clicked for 7 points.

During the regular season Victoria had 5 skaters with 20 or more goals, Prince George had 4.  The Royals had 8 skaters with 55 or more points, the Cougars had 3 with 54 or more.

Victoria will return home for Game 5 (if necessary) on Saturday, April 4th with puck drop set for 7:05pm. Individual playoff tickets, starting at $13.00, are now on sale at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at the arena, over the phone at 250-220-7777 or online at  

Season Tickets for the 2015-16 Royals season are on sale now. Take advantage of our exclusive Early Bird offer to new season ticket holders by placing a $100 per seat deposit and getting all remaining home games for the first round of the playoffs for free. To arrange a meeting to pick your seats please call 250-220-7889 or visit the Victoria Royals ticket office at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals vs Prince George Cougars: Head To Head Stats

Head to Head Record 2015 WHL PlayoffsVictoria 2-0-0-0Prince George 0-2-0-0
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 5-3-0-0Prince George 3-3-1-1
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 2-0-0-0Prince George 0-2-0-0
Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 2-0-0-0Prince George 0-2-0-0
Victoria vs. Prince George Last 5 Years record at Prince GeorgeVictoria 0-0-0-0Prince George 0-0-0-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonPrince George 4 @ Victoria 5 (Mar 28 2015) Final
Prince George 3 @ Victoria 5 (Mar 27 2015) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Prince George
Team Record0-2-0-0 -- 0 points2-0-0-0 -- 4 points
Division Ranking5th B.C.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking9th Western2nd Western
League Ranking19th5th
Past 10 Games0-2-0-02-0-0-0
Last Game5-4 L @ Victoria (Mar 28 2015) Final5-4 W vs Prince George (Mar 28 2015) Final
Home Record0-0-0-02-0-0-0
Away Record0-2-0-00-0-0-0
PP (Overall)(5/10) 50.0(0/5) 0.0
PP (Home)(0/0)(0/5) 0.0
PP (Away)(5/10) 50.0(0/0)
PK (Overall)(0/5) 100.0(5/10) 50.0
PK (Home)(0/0)(5/10) 50.0
PK (Away)(0/5) 100.0(0/0)
Leading RookieMcDonald (1-0-1)Ibragimov (0-0-0)
Most PIMAndrlik - 2Brown - 4
Team PIM/GM7.0/Game12.0/Game
Leading ScorersMorrison (0-4-4)Magee (5-1-6)
 Olson (3-0-3)Chase (2-1-3)
 Witala (2-0-2)Soy (1-2-3)
 Pochiro (1-1-2)Walker (1-2-3)
 Carvalho (0-2-2)Forsberg (0-3-3)
Last 5 Games5-4 L @ Victoria (Mar 28 2015) Final5-4 W vs Prince George (Mar 28 2015) Final
 5-3 L @ Victoria (Mar 27 2015) Final5-3 W vs Prince George (Mar 27 2015) Final
Leading After 1st0-1-0-01-0-0-0
Leading After 2nd0-0-0-02-0-0-0
Tied After 1st0-0-0-00-0-0-0
Tied After 2nd0-0-0-00-0-0-0
Trailing After 1st0-1-0-01-0-0-0
Trailing After 2nd0-2-0-00-0-0-0
Out Shooting Opponents0-2-0-00-0-0-0
Out Shot by Opponents0-0-0-02-0-0-0
1-Goal Games0-1-0-01-0-0-0
2-Goal Games0-1-0-01-0-0-0
3-Goal Games0-0-0-00-0-0-0

Victoria Royals
18Brandon Magee251625
15Greg Chase221304
17Tyler Soy212324
9Jack Walker212323
16Alex Forsberg203324
2Joe Hicketts203305
22Taylor Crunk210120
6Travis Brown201141
21Austin Carroll201124
29Chaz Reddekopp201106
20Logan Fisher200000
25Brandon Fushimi20002-1
3Ryan Gagnon200000
28Marsel Ibragimov100001
4Ralph Jarratt200021
24Regan Nagy200000
14Jack Palmer200000
8Bryton Sayers200021
34Alexey Sleptsov100020
35Coleman Vollrath200000

35Coleman Vollrath22000120:0073.500.892

Prince George Cougars
9Brad Morrison204400
25Tate Olson230300
8Chase Witala22020-3
13Zach Pochiro21122-1
27Joseph Carvalho202221
12Jansen Harkins20222-1
26Kody McDonald21010-5
29Josh Connolly20110-6
15Jari Erricson20110-1
18David Soltes20110-1
5Tomas Andrlik20002-3
16Cal Babych20000-2
4Kirk Bear20002-3
21Jared Bethune20000-1
23Aaron Boyd20000-1
35Ty Edmonds200020
14Colby McAuley20000-3
10Tyler Mrkonjic20000-4
2Sam Ruopp20002-4

35Ty Edmonds20200117:4694.590.816