The Victoria Royals begin a three game road trip with their second clash in a week against the Kelowna Rockets at Prospera Place Wednesday.
The Rockets handed the Royals a 4-2 loss last time they met on January 2, which was Kelowna’s 15th straight home ice win. The Royals will try to make sure that the streak does not hit 16 as they go for back-to-back wins. The Royals come off a 5-2 win over the Tri-City Americans Saturday at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. The win improved the Royals’ record to 20-15-1-2 for 43 points, just four behind the Americans for fifth in the Western Conference. The Royals hold two games in hand as the Americans visit Kamloops Wednesday.
The Royals got a big effort from forward Brandon Magee Saturday, who posted two goals and an assist in the Royals win, which gave the team three points out of four against the Americans last weekend in two games. Magee also scored his second game winning goal of the season. Alex Gogolev, in his second game back in the line-up after he missed three games with an injury, had three assists to lift his team-high total to 27 helpers and 40 points.
The Rockets go into the game with six straight wins and a record of 29-10-1-1 and have caught the Blazers for first in the BC Division. Both teams are at 60 points on the year. All of the Rockets’ victories during their win streak at home have come in regulation and they have out-scored the opposition 75-25. The Rockets host Tri-City Friday. Myles Bell leads the Rockets with 26 goals and 59 points and takes a six-game point streak and four-game goal streak into play against the Royals, with six goals and 11 points over the last half dozen games. Rockets’ Captain Colton Sissons has also scored in four straight contests.
The Royals will finish the trip on the weekend with games against the Everett Silvertips and the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Royals’ next home game is Tuesday, January 15th when they welcome the B.C. Division-leading Kamloops Blazers. Puck drop for Tuesday’s game is 7:05 p.m.
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