Royals wrap up preseason with Okanagan Road Trip against Rockets and Blazers
September 12, 2022 – Western Hockey League (WHL) – Victoria Royals Press Release
Kelowna, BC – The Victoria Royals will play their final two pre-season games this week as they head to the sunny Okanagan for games against the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers.
The team picked up two wins in its first two preseason games over the weekend, beating the Prince George Cougars 5-2 in Port Coquitlam, B.C. on Saturday and finishing the Vancouver Giants 3- 2 in overtime Sunday at Langley.
Newly acquired forward Teague Patton is having an impressive pre-season, scoring three goals in the first two games, including Sunday’s overtime winner against the Giants.
Returning striker Carter Briltz is another Royal who made a significant contribution in the first two exhibition games, registering three points on a pair of goals and an assist.
Goalkeeping has also been a highlight for Victoria in pre-season, with the trio of Logan Cunningham, Campbell Arnold and Jayden Kraus combining to allow just four goals in two games. Tyler Palmer is expected to make his first appearance in goal this week.
Kamloops and Kelowna start the week 1-1 in their first two preseason meets, splitting a home-and-away series against each other over the weekend.
Defending WHL Rookie of the Year Andrew Cristall recorded a league-high five points on four goals in his team’s first two exhibition games, while forwards Scott Cousins and Nolan Flamand provided three points on two goals and one assist apiece.
Forward Matthew Seminoff has been Kamloops’ leading scorer so far, registering three points on one goal and two assists. However, most of the Blazers’ scoring has been by committee, with eight different players finding the back of the net in their first two games.
The first game of the week is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, while the next game is at 7:00 p.m. the following evening, Wednesday, September 14, at the Sandman Center in Kelowna.
The Royals will then take eight days off to prepare for their opener against the Spokane Chiefs on Friday, September 23 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Center in Victoria.
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