Victoria Royals #29 Chaz Reddekop checks Prince George Cougars #12 Jansen Harkins into the boards behind the Royals net during the first period of Game 5 first round playoff action at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Royals won in overtime 5-4.

Victoria Royals to face Kelowna Rockets in WHL playoff round 2

The Victoria Royals eliminated the Prince George Cougars to move on to round 2 against the Kelowna Rockets in Western Hockey League playoffs

The Victoria Royals will meet the Kelowna Rockets in the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs for a best-of-seven series beginning on Friday, April 10 in Kelowna.

Victoria will host Game 3 and Game 4 of the series on Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15.

The Royals would also host Game 6 on Sunday, April 19 if necessary.

The Royals moved on to the second round after winning game five Saturday night to take the Prince George Cougars 4-1 in the first round of the WHL playoffs.

Royals’ Brandon Magee tallied the game winner in a 5-4 overtime victory.

Magee’s overtime goal gave the team its first series victory on home ice in franchise history.

Greg Chase notched his first hat-trick as a Royal, while Brandon Fushimi scored Victoria’s remaining marker.

The Cougars received three tallies from Zach Pochiro and a goal by Brad Morrison.

Victoria’s goaltender Coleman Vollrath stopped 34 of 38 shots, while Ty Edmonds turned away 22 of 27 shots for the Cougars.

The full second round series schedule:

Friday, April 10th – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 11th – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14th – Kelowna @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15th – Kelowna @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m.

Friday, April 17th – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)

Sunday, April 19th – Kelowna @ Victoria – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)

Tuesday, April 21st – Victoria @ Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)

Victoria concluded the 2014-15 WHL regular season as the second seed in the Western Conference’s BC Division.

Kelowna finished the regular season as the top team in the Western Conference and the four-seed in the BMO Canadian Hockey League rankings and will have home ice advantage this series.

 

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