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ROYALS HOST CHIEFS FOR TWO GAMES THIS WEEKEND; LOOK TO CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT

Victoria battles Spokane on Friday and Saturday night.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals, with only three home games left in the regular season, will take on the Spokane Chiefs this Friday and Saturday. Victoria will look to secure their sixth consecutive trip to the playoffs, while Spokane chases a post-season spot. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

PLAYOFF POTENTIAL: The Royals (35-23-4-1), who currently occupy the first wild card spot in the Western Conference, have the opportunity to clinch a berth in the 2017 WHL Playoffs should they win both games this weekend. The Chiefs (25-27-6-3) currently trail Victoria by 16 points and sit nine points out of a playoff spot. Should the Royals win both contests they will finish the weekend with 79 points, and match the maximum possible points of Spokane for the remainder of the season while holding an advantage in the first head-to-head tiebreaker.

HEAD TO HEAD: This weekend’s games will mark the first time that the Spokane Chiefs have visited Victoria since Round 1 of the 2016 WHL playoffs. Victoria defeated Spokane in six games and clinched the series with a 6-2 win back on April 3, 2016. The Royals have earned a 2-0-0-0 record against Spokane so far this year, and have outscored them 10-6. Victoria has been led offensively by Matthew Phillips (2g-2a) and Dante Hannoun (1g-3a), each with four points in those two games.

FRIDAY – WOMEN IN SPORT NIGHT

The Royals’ third annual Women in Sport Night will celebrate the accomplishments of female athletics in our community.

Ticketing:

–    The Royals’ final Ali Baba Friends and Family Night of the season takes place on Friday. The ticket pack includes four tickets, four Ali Baba pizza slice coupons (available at the four Greater Victoria locations only) and four Royals’ hats for only $59, including service charges and taxes. For full details visit www.victoriaroyals.com or call 250-220-7889.

–    Season ticket, half-season, and Five Game Fan Pack holders are reminded that Friday’s game is the final rain check night of the season where any unused tickets can be redeemed at the Select Your Tickets Box Office.

Pre-Game:

–    Mixed Martial Arts fighter and Victoria, BC native Sarah Kaufman, formerly of the UFC, will be on hand to sign autographs in the concourse. Kaufman is a former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

–    Other Women in Sports groups who will be on hand include the Eves of Destruction Roller Derby team, VI Fitness, and Goddess Run

Intermission Activities & Promos:

Second Intermission
–    Chuck-a-Puck
o    Pair of tickets to see Jeff Dunham live at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on March 22nd.
o    Jiffy Lube Oil Change (approx. 20-30 winners per game).

SATURDAY – SCOUTS AND GUIDES NIGHT

Capital Iron will be handing out complimentary hot dog samples pre-game as well as coupons for draws throughout the game. Prizes for fans include a brand new Napoleon Barbeque.

Intermission Activities & Promos:

Second Intermission
–    Chuck-a-Puck
o    Kenwood Bluetooth Car Stereo
o    Pair of tickets to see Jeff Dunham live at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on March 22nd.
o    Jiffy Lube Oil Change (approx. 20-30 winners per game).

Promo
–    Wheaton GM Trike Race
o    Three fans will race around the ice on tri-cycles for the chance to win prize packages from Wheaton GM.

BOTH GAMES

Jersey Auctions:

–    A selection of Royals’ 2017 Pink in the Rink jerseys will be available via silent auction by donation to the BC Cancer Foundation during both games. Full schedule and information can be found at www.victoriaroyals.com/jerseyauctions.

Don’t miss your chance to see the world’s best junior hockey players. The 2019 World Junior Hockey Championships is coming west, and 2017-18 Royals’ season ticket holders get first chance to pre-buy ticket packages. Take advantage of a price freeze, guarantee the best seats, and learn about the great benefits by visiting www.victoriaroyals.com.

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