Saturday, 22 November 2014

Preview: Regina at Victoria, Saturday Nov.22nd

The Victoria Royals (13-11-2-0, 28pts) entertain the Regina Pats (13-9-1-0, 27pts) in their only meeting of the season Saturday night, wrapping up their 4 game homestand.

Pregame show on the Zone @ 91.3 fm at 6:40, or online at

Last year Victoria fell 3-2 in Regina on Feb. 21st.  Austin Carroll had a goal and assist, but the Pats scored three goals in the middle frame to snap the clubs 7 game win streak.

It’s four games in five nights for the Royals who are coming off a 3-1 win over the Silvertips Friday night.

Austin Carroll and Jared Dmytriw had a goal and assist each, while Jayden Sittler earned his first win with Victoria.  Newcomer Greg Chase was held off the scoresheet in his debut but registered 5 shots.

It was the clubs third straight meeting against a team in the CHL Top 10, taking 4 of a possible 6 points, with the other win coming against Kelowna Tuesday.

Victoria has won 3 of 4, and 4 of their last 6, giving them 28 points which pulls them into a tie for 3rd in the West with Tri City.

The Royals will again be without the services of Brandon Magee, serving the second of a five game suspension, but will see the return of Taylor Crunk after serving a single game suspension.

The Regina Pats are riding a 5 game win streak after a 6-2 victory in Vancouver Friday, kicking off their BC Division road trip.

The Pats are in a four way tie for 4th in the East after winning 8 of their last 9 games.

On the road, Regina has won 5 of 9 games.  The Pats have scored the 6th most goals for on average per game while allowing the 7th fewest.  They’ve taken the 6th most penalty minutes on average per game.  Regina has the 15th ranked power play, while Victoria boasts the 4th most efficient.  The Pats penalty killing is 20th, the Royals are 14th.

Regina has been perfect when taking leads into intermissions, 7-0 when leading after the 1st, and 8-0 when ahead after 40 minutes.

Netminder Daniel Wapple has started the last 11 straight in goal for Regina.

The Pats are led in scoring by Connor Gay’s 25 points, Dryden Hunt is next with 24.  Calgary Flames 1st round selection Morgan Klimchuk has 15 points in 14 games, riding a 9 game point streak. Sam Steel the 2nd overall bantam selection in 2013, is 3rd in rookie scoring with 16 points, including 12 assists.

Royals defenseman Joe Hicketts leads his club in scoring with 33 points, which is also tops among rearguards in the WHL.

20 year old forward Austin Carroll leads the club in goals with 16, tied for 3rd most in the league.  He’s 8th in overall scoring with 31 points, and first in power play markers with 9.

After a visit from Regina Saturday, Victoria heads out on a three game swing with stops in Portland Tuesday, Spokane Wednesday and Kamloops Saturday

-Marlon Martens

The NHL’s Central Scouting’s November Preliminary Players to Watch list was unveiled Thursday, with 3 Royals and 3 Pats making the list:

C SMITH, EVAN           VICTORIA WHL 6'6.25" 174 G
C SOY, TYLER             VICTORIA WHL 5'11.5" 172 C


Regina Pats (NHL Camp Attendees)
Kyle Burroughs, New York Islanders, 2013, No
Braden Christoffer, Washington Capitals, F/A, No
Dryden Hunt, Carolina Hurricanes, F/A, No
Morgan Klimchuk, Calgary Flames, 2013, YES

F – Sam Steel, Regina Pats

F - Morgan Klimchuck

Pavlo Padakin - Ukraine
- Drafted 2012, round 1 #50 overall by Calgary Hitmen in the CHL Import Draft

Victoria Royals vs Regina Pats: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-0-0-0Regina 0-0-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 0-1-0-0Regina 1-0-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 0-3-0-1Regina 4-0-0-0
Victoria vs. Regina Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 0-1-0-1Regina 2-0-0-0
Victoria vs. Regina Last 5 Years record at ReginaVictoria 0-2-0-0Regina 2-0-0-0

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record13-9-1-0 -- 27 points13-11-2-0 -- 28 points
Division Ranking3rd East2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking4th Eastern4th Western
League Ranking8th7th
Past 10 Games8-2-0-05-4-1-0
Last Game6-2 W @ Vancouver (Nov 21 2014) Final3-1 W vs Everett (Nov 21 2014) Final
Home Record8-5-1-07-3-2-0
Away Record5-4-0-06-8-0-0
GF83 83 
GA63 89 
PP (Overall)(18/100) 18.0(29/123) 23.6
PP (Home)(13/68) 19.1(14/47) 29.8
PP (Away)(5/32) 15.6(15/76) 19.7
PK (Overall)(29/114) 74.6(27/120) 77.5
PK (Home)(20/71) 71.8(9/47) 80.9
PK (Away)(9/43) 79.1(18/73) 75.3
Leading RookieSteel (4-12-16)Nagy (3-2-5)
Most PIMChristoffer - 61Crunk - 60
Team PIM/GM17.0/Game18.3/Game
Leading ScorersGay (9-16-25)Hicketts (7-26-33)
Hunt (12-12-24)Carroll (16-15-31)
D'Amico (10-10-20)Magee (8-16-24)
Brooks (9-8-17)Blomqvist (10-9-19)
Christoffer (7-9-16)Walker (7-12-19)
Last 5 Games6-2 W @ Vancouver (Nov 21 2014) Final3-1 W vs Everett (Nov 21 2014) Final
5-4 W vs Edmonton (Nov 18 2014) Final OT5-3 L vs Kelowna (Nov 19 2014) Final
2-1 W vs Seattle (Nov 15 2014) Final4-3 W vs Kelowna (Nov 18 2014) Final OT
6-2 W vs Medicine Hat (Nov 14 2014) Final7-5 W @ Vancouver (Nov 15 2014) Final
8-3 W @ Prince Albert (Nov 12 2014) Final4-1 L @ Tri-City (Nov 14 2014) Final
Leading After 1st7-0-0-06-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd8-0-0-08-1-0-0
Tied After 1st3-6-0-04-3-0-0
Tied After 2nd3-1-1-02-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st3-3-1-03-7-2-0
Trailing After 2nd2-8-0-03-9-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents11-5-0-08-3-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents2-3-1-04-7-1-0
1-Goal Games5-2-1-06-3-2-0
2-Goal Games0-5-0-03-3-0-0
3-Goal Games2-0-0-01-2-0-0