WHL Playoffs on Shaw: Royals and Rockets Set to Begin Round 2
CALGARY, AB – Tyler Soy and the Victoria Royals host Tomas Soustal and the Kelowna Rockets to kick start Round 2 of the 2016 WHL Playoffs on Thursday night, live on SHAW and Shaw HD channel 358 (8:00pm MT/7:00pm PT).
Kelowna and Victoria meet in Round 2 of the WHL Playoffs for the second consecutive year. Kelowna eliminated Victoria in five games last season and the Royals look to reverse the trend this time around. The Royals eliminated a tough Spokane Chiefs Club in six games to get through Round 1 of the WHL Playoffs. Royals forward Tyler Soy had a productive series on the score sheet as he collected nine points (5g-4a) to go along with a stellar plus-8 rating. The Royals enter the match-up with the third-best power play unit in the post-season, scoring six times and boasting a conversion rate of 24.0%.
Tyson Baillie and the Kelowna Rockets edged out the Kamloops Blazers in a grueling seven-game series which ended with a 2-1 overtime victory on home ice. Tomas Soustal buried the overtime winner midway through the extra frame to propel the defending WHL Champions to Round 2. Soustal leads all Rockets skaters in points with six (3g-3a) while forward Rodney Southam’s four post-season goals leads the Club.
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 has recorded 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.
|1||Kelowna||@||Victoria||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|