WHL Playoffs on Shaw: Royals and Rockets set for Game 2

CALGARY, AB – Dante Hannoun and the Victoria Royals Cole Linaker and the Kelowna Rockets for Game 2 of their Round 2 match-up Saturday night, live on SHAW and Shaw HD channel 304 at (8:00pm MT/7:00pm PT).

The Victoria Royals enter tonight’s tilt with a 1-0 series lead after beating the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 on Thursday night in Game 1. Royals’ goaltender Coleman Vollrath was terrific as he stopped 40 shots to earn first star honours while Dante Hannoun netted his second goal of the post-season which stood as the game winner.  Jack Walker and Tyler Soy lead the Club in playoff scoring with 10 points each. The Royals own the fourth-best power play unit amongst playoff teams with an execution rate of 20.7%.

Cole Linaker and the Kelowna Rockets look to tie the series up at one game apiece with a split in Victoria. Linaker has tallied a couple of assists thus far in the post-season while teammate Tomas Soustal leads all Rockets skaters in points with six (3g-3a). The defending WHL Champions have demonstrated an effective penalty-kill that is operating at an 83.3% success rate.

The Royals won the 2015-16 regular season series with the Kelowna Rockets as they took five out of eight match-ups. Royals’ rookie forward Matthew Phillips amassed 16 points (5g-11a) to lead all skaters in the Clubs’ prior head-to-head meetings while Rockets forward Justin Kirkland tallied seven points (4g-3a) to lead all Kelowna skaters.

Series Schedule

Game Visitor Home Date Time (PDT)
1 Kelowna (1) @ Victoria (2) Thursday, April 7 7:05
2 Kelowna @ Victoria Saturday, April 9 7:05
3 Victoria @ Kelowna Tuesday, April 12 7:05
4 Victoria @ Kelowna Thursday, April 14 7:05
5 * Kelowna @ Victoria Friday, April 15 7:05
6 * Victoria @ Kelowna Sunday, April 17 5:05
7 * Kelowna @ Victoria Tuesday, April 19 7:05

*If necessary


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