Victoria set for weekend of major junior madness with Team Russia vs. WHL, Everett and Regina visit Royals

Ryan Murray will be on the ice as the Everett Silvertips visit the Royals

Team WHL player Byron Froese ends up face to face with Team Russia goalie Igor Bobkov during Game 5 of the 2009 Subway Super Series at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria. Team WHL won the game 2-1 with goals from Wacey Hamilton and Levko Koper.

Ryan Murray is just one the many hockey treats this weekend as Victoria hosts three major tilts in three days as Team WHL plays Team Russia tonight (Nov. 15), Friday is the Everett Silvertips and Saturday the Regina Pats at Victoria Royals.

Murray played in Team WHL’s 1-0 shootout win over Team Russia at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on Wednesday, a game that pitted him against the NHL’s first overall pick in 2012, Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers. Murray went second overall, behind Yakupov to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Murray and Yakupov are both considered NHL-ready by the standards of many hockey analysts, made available to the Super Series because of the NHL lockout.

However, Murray will watch tonight’s Subway Super Series game at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre as he takes a break between. He’ll be back on the ice when the Silvertips visit the Royals tomorrow.

Royals forward and Florida Panthers third round draft pick in 2012, Steven Hodges, will be on the ice for Team WHL tonight. Royals coach Dave Lowry will be on the bench as an assistant coach and his son, Adam Lowry (Swift Current Broncos) will be the WHL captain.

The Royals are trying to right the course after a six-game losing streak, all on the road. The tailspin ended with a 5-3 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday (Nov. 10), paced by a hat-trick from Logan Nelson. But the downward spiral has the Royals at .500 in the standings, slipping from a 9-4 record to 10-10.

Wednesday’s WHL vs. Russia match was scoreless through regulation. Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers), Mark McNeill (Prince Albert Raiders) and Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice) scored in the shootout, with WHL goalie Laurent Brossoit (Edmonton Oil Kings) making all three stops against Russia, including Yakupov.

Face-offs for all three games are 7 p.m.

 

Just Posted

Highlands group invites provincial leaders to a panel opposing local mining application

The public forum begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Community Hall, 729 Finlayson Arm Rd.

Chinese Culture to light up 2019 Victoria Day Parade

Groups hopes Greater Victorians ‘view the culture, embrace the friendship’

Struggling Victoria adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Uplands Park champion to earn provincial award

B.C. Community Award for Margaret Lidkea coincides with Sunday’s volunteer celebration

Car fire backs up traffic southbound on Highway 1

View Royal Fire Rescue douses fire, no injuries reported

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Island-born Snowbirds pilot enjoying homecoming in skies over Comox

Logan Reid once stood clinging onto the fence outside the Comox Air… Continue reading

Attack on student in Courtenay ‘way more than bullying’, says mom

A Comox Valley mother said “it was way more than bullying” at… Continue reading

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

Most Read