Sunday, September 27, 2015

Game Preview VS Victoria Grizzlies





Last seasons’s Matchup
Goals For
Goals Against
1 for 29 (3.45%)
Power Play
2 for 19 (10.53%)
22 of 32 killed (68.75%)
Penalty Kill
13 of 14 killed (92.86%)

Venue: Prospera Centre
Game Time: 1pm
Season Series: N/A

Victoria Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Grizzlies Leading Scorer: 

Prince George Road Record: 0-2-0-0
Spruce Kings Leading Scorer: LeBrun, Hoffman, Epp, Stoley, Logan (2 points each)

Player to watch:
Spruce Kings:
Being raised in Victoria, this will be a match up for Nick Guerra against his hometown team. Guerra has been one of the most responsible players for Prince George this season, and has had added duties placed in his shoulder. Last night he was one of the leaders for ice time, as he played on both special teams units, and was especially effective on the penalty kill. He picked up his first point of the season last night on an assist to Kyle Johnson’s first BCHL goal.

With his ex-team mate getting his first BCHL goal last night, look for Tyler Welsh to have a big game and match up with Connor Logan. The two won the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League championship last year with the Campbell River Storm. In four games so far this season Welsh has been held pointless, but with his buddy getting a game winner against the Smoke Eaters, Welsh will certainly get an earful from Logan if he can’t put any points up against the Spruce Kings.

Pictured Jake LeBrun had a goal last night against the Smoke Eaters.
(Photo By: Garrett James Photography)

Coming In
Entering yesterday’s games, neither the Spruce Kings nor the Grizzlies had a win on the season. Prince George would end that streak with a 6-3 win over Trail, while Victoria kept the goose egg dropping a 4-0 decision to the Chilliwack Chiefs.
Prince George only had 2 goals entering the game, but they would score twice in the second period, and four times in the third to open the floodgates. A number of players recorded their first BCHL points/goals, so it was an exciting night for the team. Coming back from the game the team was very excited about picking up their first victory, but entering the game they know how hungry Victoria will be for a win being in the same position themselves yesterday. While Prince George did pick up the win, special teams were once again a point of focus. The penalty kill went two for three, and the power play continued their struggles failing to convert on five opportunities. The team was lucky that didn’t cost them, but they need to be able to capitalize on their man advantages, as Trail scored their first goal of the game right after gaining momentum off a successful penalty kill.
Victoria enters the game in the same position PG was in yesterday. Now the only winless team in the league, the Grizzlies are going to come out firing. The BCHL showcase is the best opportunity for players to show what they’ve got, and getting shutout 4-0 last night couldn’t mean a good showing for the players. Today could mark the last chance for anyone on the team to shine, so between that, and looking for their first win look for a strong effort from Victoria. They are a very disciplined team, and have only had 14 penalty kills all season long compared to the 29 the Spruce Kings have had to try and fend off.

Victoria Penalty Kill
The Spruce Kings enter the game with the worst power play in league, and it won’t help that Victoria has the number one penalty. What doesn’t hurt is the fact the team has also taken the fewest penalties in the league, only having 14 penalties to kill off (they have killed off 13). They are also tied for most shorthanded goals allowed, so the Spruce Kings may be able to manage their first shorty of the season.

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