The Victoria Royals and Prince George Cougars take to the ice this weekend in the B.C. Interior for a pair of Western Hockey League games. The teams play a return two-game set March 9 and 11 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria Royals can clinch WHL playoff spot with win tonight in Kamloops

First place in B.C. further out of reach, but divisional points up for grabs down stretch

With just nine games remaining on their regular season Western Hockey League schedule, the Victoria Royals are looking to earn key points against B.C. Division lesser lights ahead of the playoffs.

Coming off a pair of slim losses to Portland last weekend, 3-2 on Saturday and 2-1 Friday, the Royals can clinch a playoff spot with a win against the Blazers in Kamloops tonight (Feb. 28). The Royals head up Highway 97 to Prince George tomorrow in advance of games against the last-place Cougars on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Royals have fallen seven points back of division-leading Kelowna and lead the third-place Vancouver Giants by a mere two points. The Blazers are another 14 points back of the Giants while the Cougars are nine behind Kamloops.

If the playoffs were to start today, the Royals, sitting at No. 5 in the Western Conference, would play No. 4 Spokane Chiefs. Beating the Blazers will assure Victoria of at least eighth place, but chalking up more points in the meantime would give them a more favourable first-round matchup.

Ironically, the Royals return home for a pair of games against those same Chiefs next Tuesday and Wednesday nights (March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m.), then host Prince George the following Friday and Sunday.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Man pleads not guilty in 1987 slayings of Victoria couple

William Talbott of SeaTac was arraigned Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court

BC Supreme Court rules in favour of Victoria’s plastic bag ban

Court dismisses a challenge by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association

Officials worry of fire risk at homeless camp

Regina Park camp has grown to 77 tents

Oak Bay Optometry barbecue raises funds for Senegal ocular health

Fundraising barbecue June 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at 2075 Cadboro Bay Rd.

Crews search for missing kayaker near Sooke

The person was seen launching their kayak from Beecher Bay on Monday at noon

Willows school boasts newest Oak Bay playground

Grand opening Monday at École Willows elementary

Port of Prince Rupert names Shaun Stevenson as new CEO

Stevenson has worked for the port for 21 years as vice president of trade development

POLL: Do you have a family doctor?

“I don’t have a family doctor,” is an all too familiar phrase… Continue reading

Senate officially passes Canada’s marijuana legalization bill

Bill C-45 now moves to royal assent, which is the final step in the legislative process

Fake attempted abduction not funny to B.C. neighbourhood residents

Two teenage boys won’t face criminal charges after scaring girl

Mosquitoes out in full force already? Blame the weather

But a B.C. mosquito expert says the heat wave will help keep the pests at bay

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Five B.C. families stuck in Japan as Canada refuses visas for adopted babies

Lawyer points to change in American policy around adoptions from Japan

Most Read