The lone game tonight is in Kamloops and if it is anything like recent games at Sandman Centre, it is certain to entertain. We have the preview for you!
Victoria Royals @ Kamloops Blazers (3-2 Royals) 7 pm PST
Game five saw the Royals play a structured, team game that capitalized on the mistakes of Kamloops. Victoria went 1/2 on the PP and was perfect on the PK. Rookie import, Phillip Schultz took first star honors with an impressive four-point performance.
For the first time this series, a team will face elimination. However, it is not the first time the Blazers have faced elimination this season. Kamloops must draw from their experience in the tiebreaker game against Kelowna if they wish to extend their season.
Tale of the Tape
The two teams have alternated wins all series, making the home teams 3-1-1. Both teams have excelled on special teams in their own rink but have struggled on the road. At home, Kamloops is 3/8 on the PP and 8/9 on the PK. Each team has scored 15 goals in the last 4 games, but Victoria holds a 4-goal edge in the series thanks to their game one performance.
Dylan Ferguson was pulled in game five after allowing 4 goals on 14 shots. It will be interesting if Kamloops continues its trend of using the “hot hand” and plugging a more-than-capable rookie, Dylan Garand in for the must-win game. On the flip side, Kamloops would have no issues putting Vegas Golden Knight’s prospect Dylan Ferguson between the pipes in a do-or-die game.
Kamloops will lean on their goaltending and raucous building, of late, for energy but must play a controlled and disciplined game. If Victoria can duplicate its game five performance, it will be a grind for the Blazers.
Philip Schultz leads the way for the Royals with seven points in the five post-season games. Jermaine Loewen is the leader of the Blazers and has six points in the series.
It’s sure to be a good one. Look for Tyler Lowey’s game recap post game!