Kamloops Blazers captain Nick Chyzowski, left, is checked by Victoria Royals forward Dino Kambeitz during past Western Hockey League action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The best-of-seven playoff series between the Royals and Blazers opens Friday night. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Kamloops Blazers captain Nick Chyzowski, left, is checked by Victoria Royals forward Dino Kambeitz during past Western Hockey League action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The best-of-seven playoff series between the Royals and Blazers opens Friday night. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Royals face Blazers to kickoff WHL playoffs

Series opens Friday, March 22 at Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Kicking off the best-of-seven series in the first round of the WHL playoffs, the Victoria Royals will take on their divisional rivals, the Kamloops Blazers on Friday, March 22 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

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Finishing the regular season in second place in the B.C. Division with 72 points (34-30-2-2), gives the Royals home-ice advantage in the series. The Blazers finished the season with 64 points (28-32-6-2), securing the third seed in the B.C. Division. Victoria posted a 5-3-0-1 record versus Kamloops this season.

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This series marks the third time in the Royals’ eight-year history that these two teams have met in the WHL playoffs.

Tickets for the 2019 WHL playoffs are now on sale at the Select Your Tickets box office at Gate 1 of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, over the phone at 250-220-7777 or by visiting www.selectyourtickets.com

Series Schedule:

Game 1: Friday, March 22nd – Kamloops @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.

Game 2: Saturday, March 23rd – Kamloops @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.

Game 3: Tuesday, March 26th – Victoria @ Kamloops – 7:00 p.m.

Game 4: Wednesday, March 27th – Victoria @ Kamloops – 7:00 p.m.

Game 5: Saturday, March 30th – Kamloops @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary).

Game 6: Monday, April 1st – Victoria @ Kamloops – 7:00 p.m. (if necessary).

Game 7: Wednesday, April 3rd – Kamloops @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary).



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