Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Preview: Victoria at Portland, Nov. 25th

The Victoria Royals (14-11-2-0, 30pts) open a three game road trip against the Portland Winterhawks (11-12-0-3, 25pts) Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Pregame show at 6:40 with puck drop at 7pm on The Zone @ 91.3, www.thezone.fm/whl

It’s the second meeting of the season after Victoria won 6-2 on home ice back on October 6th.  It’s the first time the clubs will meet in Portland since the Winterhawks took the 2nd round playoff series in 5 games.

The Royals have won 4 of 5, and are riding a two game win streak after a 3-1 home victory over the Silvertips Friday, and a 5-0 blanking of the Pats Saturday.

Jayden Sittler made 33 saves for the shutout while Travis Brown scored a pair of goals.  The club was still without Brandon Magee, who’s now served the second of a five game suspension.

Monday Sittler was nominated by the WHL for the Vaughn CHL goaltender of the week after posting a 0.71 gaa and a 0.974 save percentage with a shut out in three games last week.

Victoria is 2nd in the BC Divison, and 3rd in the West with 30 points, 3 back of Everett and 2 up on Tri City.  They wrapped up their 4 game in 5 night homestand with 3 wins.

The Royals penalty killing is 7 for 7 over their last 3 games and their power play is ranked 4th best in the league.  Victoria has scored 22 goals in their last 5 outings (4.4 goals/game avg) winning 4 of those contests.

Portland is on a 2 game win streak as well after sweeping Kelowna, the #1 team in the CHL, in back to back games on the road.

The Winterhawks won 4-3 Saturday and 4-3 in overtime one night earlier, with Alex Schoenborn providing the winner while overcoming a three goal deficit.

Saturday, Adin Hill earned the win in net for the second straight night, stopping 34 of 37 shots.

Portland is 8th in the West, after winning just 1 of their first 10 games, but have 6 wins in their past 10.  Their power play is 5th best, while scoring the 9th most goals for on average in the league.  The Winterhawks are the 3rd most penalized team in the league on average per game, with the Royals 2nd.  Portland had 9 players attend NHL training camps.

Winnipeg Jets 4th round pick, Chase DeLeo leads the team in scoring with 29 points, followed by Denmarks’ Oliver Bjorkstrand’s 28, coming off a 50 goal campaign and is signed by Columbus.

Nic Petan who appeared for Team Canada at the World Juniors, is signed by Winnipeg and has 22 points in 19 games since returning from Jets camp.  He wore the ‘A’ for Team WHL at the Subway Super Series.

Royals defenseman Joe Hicketts leads his club in scoring with 33 points, which is also tops among rearguards in the WHL, he’s 4th in overall scoring.

20 year old forward Austin Carroll leads the club in goals with 17, 3rd most in the league.  He’s tied for 8th in overall scoring with 32 points, and first in power play markers with 9.

‘Hawks Paul Bittner, Nick Heid, Keoni Texeira, and Evan Weinger were named as being among the 59 WHL players named to NHL Central Scouting’s November preliminary Players to Watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Bittner is one of eight WHL players who were assigned an ‘A’ rating to indicate a potential 1st Round candidate, while Heid, Texeira, and Weinger were assigned ‘C’ ratings for a potential 4th/5th/6th Round candidate.

Royals Tyler Soy, Chaz Reddekopp, and Evan Smith were given ‘C’ ratings.

After Portland, Victoria plays in Spokane Wednesday and Kamloops Saturday before returning home.

- Marlon Martens

2014 Playoffs
Victoria 1 @ Portland 5 (Apr 10 2014) Final
Portland 4 @ Victoria 3 (Apr 8 2014) Final
Portland 1 @ Victoria 2 (Apr 7 2014) Final
Victoria 3 @ Portland 6 (Apr 5 2014) Final
Victoria 2 @ Portland 8 (Apr 4 2014) Final

- Nic Petan
- Joe Hicketts

Portland Winterhawks (NHL Camp Attendees - 9)
Oliver Bjorkstrand, 3rd rd Columbus Blue Jackets, 2013, YES
Brendan Burke, 6th rd Arizona Coyotes, 2013, No
Anton Cederholm, 5th Vancouver Canucks, 2013, YES
Chase De Leo, 4th rd Winnipeg Jets, 2014, No
Blake Heinrich, 5th Washington Capitals, 2013, No
Keegan Iverson, 3rd rd New York Rangers, 2014, No
Nicolas Petan, 2nd Winnipeg Jets, 2013, YES
Alex Schoenborn, 3rd rd San Jose Sharks, 2014, No
Dominic Turgeon, 3rd rd Detroit Red Wings, 2014, No

Victoria Royals vs Portland Winterhawks: Head To Head Stats Summary
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular SeasonVictoria 1-0-0-0Portland 0-1-0-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular SeasonVictoria 3-1-0-0Portland 1-1-1-1
Last 5 Years record between teamsVictoria 8-9-0-0Portland 9-6-1-1
Victoria vs. Portland Last 5 Years record at VictoriaVictoria 6-3-0-0Portland 3-5-0-1
Victoria vs. Portland Last 5 Years record at PortlandVictoria 2-6-0-0Portland 6-1-1-0
Previous Meetings This SeasonPortland 2 @ Victoria 6 (Oct 6 2014) Final

How the 2 teams match up
Team Record11-12-0-3 -- 25 points14-11-2-0 -- 30 points
Division Ranking4th U.S.2nd B.C.
Conference Ranking8th Western3rd Western
League Ranking15th6th
Past 10 Games6-3-0-15-4-1-0
Last Game4-3 W @ Kelowna (Nov 22 2014) Final5-0 W vs Regina (Nov 22 2014) Final
Home Record4-6-0-28-3-2-0
Away Record7-6-0-16-8-0-0
GF84 88 
GA99 89 
PP (Overall)(25/108) 23.1(30/124) 24.2
PP (Home)(10/59) 16.9(15/48) 31.3
PP (Away)(15/49) 30.6(15/76) 19.7
PK (Overall)(23/121) 81.0(27/122) 77.9
PK (Home)(10/59) 83.1(9/49) 81.6
PK (Away)(13/62) 79.0(18/73) 75.3
Leading RookieWeinger (4-5-9)Nagy (3-4-7)
Most PIMSchoenborn - 39Crunk - 62
Team PIM/GM14.7/Game18.0/Game
Leading ScorersDe Leo (15-14-29)Hicketts (7-26-33)
 Bjorkstrand (13-15-28)Carroll (17-15-32)
 Petan (4-19-23)Magee (8-16-24)
 Viveiros (4-16-20)Brown (9-12-21)
 Koules (8-9-17)Blomqvist (10-10-20)
Last 5 Games4-3 W @ Kelowna (Nov 22 2014) Final5-0 W vs Regina (Nov 22 2014) Final
 4-3 W @ Kelowna (Nov 21 2014) Final OT3-1 W vs Everett (Nov 21 2014) Final
 4-1 L @ Kamloops (Nov 19 2014) Final5-3 L vs Kelowna (Nov 19 2014) Final
 7-1 W vs Everett (Nov 16 2014) Final4-3 W vs Kelowna (Nov 18 2014) Final OT
 4-3 L @ Everett (Nov 14 2014) Final SO7-5 W @ Vancouver (Nov 15 2014) Final
Leading After 1st8-0-0-37-1-0-0
Leading After 2nd6-0-0-19-1-0-0
Tied After 1st2-5-0-04-3-0-0
Tied After 2nd4-4-0-12-1-1-0
Trailing After 1st1-7-0-03-7-2-0
Trailing After 2nd1-8-0-13-9-1-0
Out Shooting Opponents7-4-0-28-3-1-0
Out Shot by Opponents4-7-0-15-7-1-0
1-Goal Games5-2-0-36-3-2-0
2-Goal Games2-2-0-03-3-0-0
3-Goal Games1-3-0-01-2-0-0