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The Victoria Royals (47-16-3-3, 100pts) can win their franchise first WHL regular season championship with a win on the road Wednesday night against the Kelowna Rockets (46-19-4-0, 96pts) at 7pm.

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It would be the first Scotty Munro Trophy in the 10-season history of the Chilliwack / Victoria franchise and the first for the city since the 1980-81 Victoria Cougars 121pts. The city also won the WHL regular-season crown with the 1974-75 Cougars 99pts.

The Royals have won 10 in a row, and lead the Rockets by 4 points, each with 3 games remaining. They’ve won their last 5 on the road, and are 12 over .500 off the Island.

Victoria has won 4 of 7 (4-2-1-0) meetings this year, including a pair in Kelowna, where the Rockets have dominated, only losing 5 times in regulation. The Royals won their last encounter on the road 4-1 Jan. 30th.

Kelowna has dropped 2 of their last 3 games, and have just 5 wins in their past 10. The Rockets wrapped up 3 in 3 last weekend with a 6-4 loss against the Americans in Tri City. They beat Spokane 6-1 on the road Saturday, and started off the weekend with 4-3 home loss to Kamloops.

Victoria just swept the visiting Prince George Cougars by 4-3 and 6-2 scores over the weekend, and now have points in 11 straight games. Their record over their last 26 games since the return of their World Junior participants is (23-2-2-0). One of the overtime losses was to Kelowna in Victoria 2-1 on Jan. 16th.

The Royals are the stingiest team in the WHL, while scoring the 3rd most goals for on average per game. Victoria’s penalty kill has the best efficiency percentage in the league.

Kelowna owns the 3rd best power play, while scoring the 4th most goals for on average per game. The Rockets have allowed the 6th fewest goals against on average per game, and are riding Michael Herringer in net since losing Jackson Whistle Dec. 30th.  Herringer has started 27 of 31 down the stretch with a record of 17-8-2-0, a 2.99 gaa and .903 save %.

The Royals netminders are 20 year old Coleman Vollrath and rookie Griffen Outhouse who are both in the top 3 in goals against average in the league. Vollrath has started the last two games and now has appeared in 50 contests, winning 31.

Victoria is led in scoring by Alex Forsberg (88pts), while Tyler Soy leads them in goals with 41. Jack Walker is 2nd in scoring with 77 pts. Matthew Phillips leads all rookies in goals (36), and points with 72.

Kelowna is led by Tyson Baillie’s 92 points, including a team high 41 goals, and assists 51.

Both clubs have 3 games remaining heading into the contest. The Royals wrap up with a home and home with Everett Friday & Saturday, while the Rockets do the same with the Giants.

Head To Head Stats Summary

Description Result
Head to Head Record 2015-16 Regular Season Victoria 4-2-1-0 Kelowna 3-4-0-0
Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular Season Victoria 3-5-0-0 Kelowna 5-2-1-0
Last 5 Years record between teams Victoria 18-17-1-3 Kelowna 21-15-2-1
Victoria vs. Kelowna Last 5 Years record at Victoria Victoria 8-9-1-2 Kelowna 12-6-2-0
Victoria vs. Kelowna Last 5 Years record at Kelowna Victoria 10-8-0-1 Kelowna 9-9-0-1
Previous Meetings This Season Victoria 4 @ Kelowna 1 (Jan 30 2016) Final
Kelowna 2 @ Victoria 1 (Jan 16 2016) Final OT
Kelowna 3 @ Victoria 4 (Jan 15 2016) Final
Victoria 4 @ Kelowna 5 (Jan 2 2016) Final
Kelowna 1 @ Victoria 5 (Nov 28 2015) Final
Kelowna 3 @ Victoria 1 (Nov 27 2015) Final
Victoria 3 @ Kelowna 0 (Oct 9 2015) Final

How the 2 teams match up

Kelowna Victoria
Team Record 46-19-4-0 — 96 points 47-16-3-3 — 100 points
Division Ranking 2nd B.C. 1st B.C.
Conference Ranking 2nd Western 1st Western
League Ranking 2nd 1st
Past 10 Games 5-4-1-0 10-0-0-0
Streak 0-1-0-0 10-0-1-0
Last Game 6-4 L @ Tri-City (Mar 13 2016) Final 4-3 W vs Prince George (Mar 13 2016) Final
Home Record 26-5-3-0 25-6-1-3
Away Record 20-14-1-0 22-10-2-0
GF 250 266
GA 207 159
PP (Overall) (62/267) 23.2% (69/314) 22.0%
PP (Home) (31/134) 23.1% (41/175) 23.4%
PP (Away) (31/133) 23.3% (28/139) 20.1%
PK (Overall) (59/292) 79.8% (37/249) 85.1%
PK (Home) (26/142) 81.7% (21/134) 84.3%
PK (Away) (33/150) 78.0% (16/115) 86.1%
PP vs. Opp. (3/29) 10.3% (10/43) 23.3%
PK vs. Opp. (10/43) 76.7% (3/29) 89.7%
Leading Rookie Thurkauf (15-27-42) Phillips (36-36-72)
Most PIM Stadel – 99 Reddekopp – 100
Team PIM/GM 13.7/Game 11.7/Game
Leading Scorers Baillie (41-51-92) Forsberg (28-56-84)
Kirkland (28-35-63) Walker (33-44-77)
Dube (24-38-62) Soy (41-35-76)
Merkley (17-31-48) Phillips (36-36-72)
Linaker (17-29-46) Bobylev (26-35-61)
Last 5 Games 6-4 L @ Tri-City (Mar 13 2016) Final 4-3 W vs Prince George (Mar 13 2016) Final
6-1 W @ Spokane (Mar 12 2016) Final 6-2 W vs Prince George (Mar 11 2016) Final
4-3 L vs Kamloops (Mar 11 2016) Final OT 7-3 W vs Vancouver (Mar 5 2016) Final
3-2 W vs Prince George (Mar 9 2016) Final SO 5-1 W @ Vancouver (Mar 4 2016) Final
3-2 L vs Kamloops (Mar 5 2016) Final 6-1 W @ Edmonton (Feb 29 2016) Final
Leading After 1st 21-1-1-0 30-3-2-2
Leading After 2nd 31-0-3-0 36-2-1-1
Tied After 1st 17-2-3-0 12-9-1-1
Tied After 2nd 11-3-1-0 7-5-2-2
Trailing After 1st 8-16-0-0 5-4-0-0
Trailing After 2nd 4-16-0-0 4-9-0-0
Out Shooting Opponents 20-4-2-0 37-7-3-3
Out Shot by Opponents 24-12-2-0 9-9-0-0
1-Goal Games 20-4-4-0 8-5-3-3
2-Goal Games 10-6-0-0 8-8-0-0
3-Goal Games 11-6-0-0 13-2-0-0

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