Royals final road trip with two games against Blazers – Victoria Royals

Victoria will play a set of two matches in Kamloops on Friday and Saturday nights

The Victoria Royals wrap up their five-game road trip this weekend as they head north for some matchups against the Kamloops Blazers.

Despite the early season troubles for the Royals, there are some positive signs for the team as they welcomed back forward Matthew Hodson and defender Luke Shipley to the lineup against the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday.

The club also added 2002-born forward Jake Poole, who was acquired earlier this week in a trade with the Rockets. The 20-year-old made his debut against his former side on Wednesday and should give the front-end a much-needed boost.

However, the team is left without some key pieces as defender Gannon Laroque, and forwards Brayden Schuurman and Caleb Willms have yet to recover to full strength.

In addition, defender Ryan Spizawka was the last Royal to join the injured list as the team evaluates a lower body injury sustained earlier this week.

They will try to get into the victory column for the first time this season against the reigning BC Division champions Kamloops Blazers (1-1-0-0), who have played just two games of the season so far and dropped their season opener. 3-0 to Portland before beating the Spokane Chiefs on the road 4-2 last weekend.

The Kamloops roster is missing some big names from their 2021-2022 roster as star goalkeeper (and Victorian born) Dylan Garand has moved up to the professional ranks and reigning WHL Player of the Year Logan Stankoven has yet to be released from the Dallas Stars selection .

Despite the absence of Stankoven and Garand, the Blazers retain several impact players on both sides of the rink. Striker Caeden Bankier currently leads the team in scoring, with three points on a goal and an assist in the first two games of the season, while probable starting goalkeeper Dylan Ernst was solid in his first two appearances, scoring a total of five goals. for opponents.

The first match of the weekend will take place on Friday, October 7, and the second match the following evening, Saturday, October 8.

The puck drop for both games is at 7pm at the Sandman Center in Kamloops.

Impact players to watch:

Victoria:

#13 Marcus Almquist (F) – 4 GP, 2 PTS (2 G)

#14 Carter Dereniwsky (F) – 5 GP, 4 PTS (1 G, 3 A)

#29 Teague Patton (F) – 5 GP, 3 PTS (3 A)

Kamloops:

#13 Matthew Seminoff (F) – 1 GP, 2 PTS (1 G, 1 A) | 2021-2022: 64 GP, 57 PTS (26G, 31A)

#15 Connor Levis (F) – 2 GP, 2 PTS (1 G, 1 A) | 2021-2022: 68 GP, 42 PTS (16G, 26A)

The next set of home games for the Royals will take place October 11-12 against the Kelowna Rockets for Industry Night, brought to you by Granville Island Brewing, and will feature $5 beers all night. Tickets are available through selectyourtickets.com.

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About the Victoria Royals

The Victoria Royals are a Canadian major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL), owned and operated by GSL Group. The Royals play all their home games at Save-On-Foods Memorial Center and have started their 12e season of their existence.

About Save-On Foods Memorial Center

Save-On-Foods Memorial Center (SOFMC) is designed, built, developed and operated by GSL Group. SOFMC is Victoria’s premier entertainment facility and the largest arena in British Columbia outside of Vancouver. The state-of-the-art 7,000-seat facility is home to the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League and regularly hosts large-scale concerts and other special events such as figure skating, curling, plays, trade shows, and conferences. SOFMC also features a gourmet Lion’s Den Restaurant, as well as retail and meeting space.

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