Preview: Royals Visit Rockets Saturday
Saturday night the Victoria Royals visit the Kelowna Rockets, kicking off a 2 game BC interior road swing. Victoria will play in Kamloops on Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
It’s their 4th meeting of the season with Victoria winning twice, including once in Kelowna. Most recently the Royals earned a split at home by a 4-2 score Nov. 4th.
Kelowna 2 @ Victoria 4 (Nov 4 2017) Final
Kelowna 4 @ Victoria 2 (Nov 3 2017) Final
Victoria 8 @ Kelowna 3 (Oct 4 2017) Final
Kelowna is 4 for 9 on the power play in the 3 games so far, while Victoria is 4 for 20.
Hear from Chaz Reddekopp on facing the Rockets in his hometown of Kelowna:
The Rockets have won 4 in a row and have surpassed the Royals by two points for top spot in the BC Division. Kelowna shut out Kamloops 3-0 on the road last night, with Kole Lind providing the hat trick, two of which came on the power play.
|Last 5 Games:||KELOWNA||VICTORIA|
|3-0 W @ Kamloops (Dec 29 2017) Final||7-1 W vs Prince George (Dec 28 2017) Final|
|2-1 W vs Kamloops (Dec 27 2017) Final SO||5-3 L vs Prince George (Dec 27 2017) Final|
|5-0 W @ Saskatoon (Dec 16 2017) Final||6-2 L vs Vancouver (Dec 16 2017) Final|
|7-3 W @ Prince Albert (Dec 15 2017) Final||3-1 L @ Vancouver (Dec 15 2017) Final|
|5-1 L @ Swift Current (Dec 13 2017) Final||5-4 L @ Prince George (Dec 12 2017) Final|
Victoria just snapped their 4 game losing skid with a 7-1 win over Prince George Thursday night.
Matthew Phillips scored twice and Chaz Reddekopp added 3 assists and Jeff Dewitt had a 3 point night in his debut, earning a split in the two game set. Griffen Outhouse earned the win.
Victoria led 3-1 after 20 minutes, and added a pair in both the second and third periods to snap a 4 game losing skid.
The Royals scored 3 times on the power play while shutting down 5 of 6 Cougars man advantages.
A pair 19 year old forwards made an impact in their debut with Victoria as Jeff DeWit had a goal and 2 assists, and Braydon Buziak chipped in with a helper and physical play.
Hear from Buziak game day in Kelowna:
The Royals also got goals Dino Kambietz, Spencer Gerth, Tyler Soy and Jeremy Masella. Dante Hannoun and Scott Walford contributed with a pair of assists each.
Both clubs are without large chunks of offense:
The Rockets are without a combined 69 points as Dillon Dube(39pts) and Cal Foote (30) are representing Canada at the World Juniors. The Royals are without Regan Nagy, Igor Martynov (WJ Belarus), and Noah Gregor, adding up to 88 points.
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS:
Overall Kelowna has scored the 5th most goals with the 3 best power play, while Victoria has notched the 3rd most goals on average per game.
|Lind (20-27-47)||Phillips (27-30-57)|
|Twarynski (24-15-39)||Soy (15-27-42)|
|Dube (18-21-39)||Hannoun (13-28-41)|
|Topping (13-24-37)||Gregor (16-23-39)|
|Foote (6-24-30)||Florchuk (7-19-26)|
Pregame show at 6:45, puck drop at 7pm.