Preview: Royals Visit Giants Friday, Begin Home & Home
The Victoria Royals (43-16-3-3, 92pts) look to sweep their 4 game road trip when they visit the Vancouver Giants (23-35-5-3, 54pts) Friday night at 7:30.
“There’s not too many surprises with them, we know how they play, they work hard and if we don’t come out ready to play – they’ll take it to us.” said Royals leading scorer Alex Forsberg.
Victoria kicked off the trip, with a pair of 6-2 wins in Calgary and Red Deer, then beat Edmonton Monday afternoon 6-1.
“We’ve been working hard, getting timely goals and good goaltending as well,” said Logan Fisher who had a hat trick during Victoria’s last visit in Vancouver.
“It was good in Alberta, just looking to finish off the trip strong here in Vancouver.”
The Royals are riding a 6 game win streak and sit atop of the WHL standings 1 point ahead of the Rockets.
“It’s huge, home ice advantage in the playoffs, you want to work hard towards that – it’s everyone’s goal.” continued Fisher.
Victoria was again ranked 6th in the CHL Top 10, for a second week in a row.
Netminder Coleman Vollrath has started the last 5 games, while rookie netminder Griffen Outhouse was named the WHL Goaltender of the Month for February.
Vancouver is coming off a pair of losses in Prince George by 2-1 and 5-4 shoot out loss.
“They’re a dangerous and unpredictable team,” said Royals forward Jared Dmytriw, “They’re a fast team and play physical, we’re going to have to match their tempo….”
The Giants are winless in 5, last in the West, and have missed the post season for a second straight year.
“They’re a pretty good home team…capable of giving us a good battle.” said assistant coach Enio Sacilotto.
Victoria leads the season series 5 games to 3, and will meet each other again on the Island Saturday night.
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Victoria Royals vs Vancouver Giants: Head To Head Stats
|Head to Head Record 2015-16 Regular Season||Victoria 5-3-0-0||Vancouver 3-5-0-0|
|Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular Season||Victoria 5-5-0-0||Vancouver 5-5-0-0|
|Last 5 Years record between teams||Victoria 25-21-1-1||Vancouver 23-24-1-0|
|Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at Victoria||Victoria 15-8-0-1||Vancouver 9-14-1-0|
|Victoria vs. Vancouver Last 5 Years record at Vancouver||Victoria 10-13-1-0||Vancouver 14-10-0-0|
|Previous Meetings This Season||Victoria 5 @ Vancouver 2 (Feb 17 2016) Final
Vancouver 1 @ Victoria 5 (Jan 24 2016) Final
Vancouver 0 @ Victoria 8 (Jan 23 2016) Final
Victoria 3 @ Vancouver 4 (Dec 16 2015) Final
Vancouver 4 @ Victoria 2 (Dec 13 2015) Final
Vancouver 1 @ Victoria 6 (Dec 12 2015) Final
Victoria 1 @ Vancouver 4 (Dec 11 2015) Final
Victoria 5 @ Vancouver 4 (Nov 20 2015) Final
How the 2 teams match up
|Team Record||23-35-5-3 — 54 points||43-16-3-3 — 92 points|
|Division Ranking||5th B.C.||1st B.C.|
|Conference Ranking||10th Western||1st Western|
|Past 10 Games||2-6-1-1||8-1-1-0|
|Last Game||2-1 L @ Prince George (Mar 2 2016) Final||6-1 W @ Edmonton (Feb 29 2016) Final|
|PP (Overall)||(54/250) 21.6%||(64/296) 21.6%|
|PP (Home)||(26/130) 20.0%||(37/164) 22.6%|
|PP (Away)||(28/120) 23.3%||(27/132) 20.5%|
|PK (Overall)||(53/237) 77.6%||(35/237) 85.2%|
|PK (Home)||(21/121) 82.6%||(20/127) 84.3%|
|PK (Away)||(32/116) 72.4%||(15/110) 86.4%|
|PP vs. Opp.||(4/27) 14.8%||(9/27) 33.3%|
|PK vs. Opp.||(9/27) 66.7%||(4/27) 85.2%|
|Leading Rookie||Bondra (13-13-26)||Phillips (34-36-70)|
|Most PIM||Osipov – 100||Reddekopp – 98|
|Leading Scorers||Lang (27-35-62)||Forsberg (24-53-77)|
|Ronning (30-24-54)||Soy (38-32-70)|
|Cox (15-39-54)||Phillips (34-36-70)|
|Menell (7-43-50)||Walker (29-39-68)|
|Baer (19-20-39)||Hannoun (23-29-52)|
|Last 5 Games||2-1 L @ Prince George (Mar 2 2016) Final||6-1 W @ Edmonton (Feb 29 2016) Final|
|5-4 L @ Prince George (Mar 1 2016) Final SO||6-2 W @ Red Deer (Feb 27 2016) Final|
|4-2 L @ Kamloops (Feb 27 2016) Final||6-2 W @ Calgary (Feb 26 2016) Final|
|4-3 L vs Kelowna (Feb 26 2016) Final||6-3 W vs Kamloops (Feb 20 2016) Final|
|5-3 L @ Seattle (Feb 23 2016) Final||4-1 W vs Kamloops (Feb 19 2016) Final|
|Leading After 1st||11-4-1-2||27-3-2-2|
|Leading After 2nd||14-4-1-3||33-2-1-1|
|Tied After 1st||8-11-3-1||11-9-1-1|
|Tied After 2nd||8-2-2-0||6-5-2-2|
|Trailing After 1st||4-20-1-0||5-4-0-0|
|Trailing After 2nd||1-29-2-0||4-9-0-0|
|Out Shooting Opponents||9-13-1-1||33-7-3-3|
|Out Shot by Opponents||13-21-4-2||9-9-0-0|
ROYALS HOST GIANTS ON SATURDAY ON HOCKEY FOR HOSPITALS NIGHT
One lucky fan will win an all-expense paid trip for two to Mexico.
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals will host BC Division rivals, the Vancouver Giants, for the final time this season on Saturday night at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The night is the annual Hockey for Hospitals with puck drop scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
POINTS APLENTY: In their last 24 games, the Royals have posted a 20-2-2-0 record and collected 42 of a possible 48 points since January 6th. The 24-game span includes a franchise record 11 consecutive wins, 14 straight contests with at least a point, and a franchise record nine straight victories at home.
TRIP TO MEXICO: The Victoria Hospitals Foundation will be raffling an all-expense paid trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The trip includes seven nights accommodation at the luxury Vidanta Resort and two round-trip airline tickets. Raffle tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at Gate 1 between 6:00 p.m. and the end of the second period. The winner will be announced during the third period.
SATURDAY – HOCKEY FOR HOSPITALS
The Royals have partnered with the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to help raise money for emergency room electric stretchers at The Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospital.
Intermission Activities & Promos:
– Island Savings Shootout
o One fan will shoot 10 pucks on ice for a chance to win two tickets to ZZ top live at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on April 8th. For every goal scored during the contest $100 will be donated to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation from Island Savings.
o A Royals Prize Pack, featuring two lift passes to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort and $40 to the Royals’ Team Store.
o Jiffy Lube oil change (approx. 20-30 winners/game)
– A selection of Royals’ 2016 Pink in the Rink jerseys will be available via silent auction by donation to the BC Cancer Foundation and Victoria Royals Education & Scholarship Fund.
Victoria wraps up their four-game road-trip on Friday in Vancouver in a coastal clash against the Giants at 7:30 p.m.
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