Royals battle T-Birds this weekend

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November 13, 2013, Victoria (ISN) -The Victoria Royals will host the Seattle Thunderbirds at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a weekend doubleheader this Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. both nights.

Seattle will make their only visit to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre this season on Friday and Saturday. The two games will likely mark the only chance this year for Victoria hockey fans to watch highly-touted, 2015 NHL Draft top prospect Mathew Barzal in person. The 16-year-old rookie leads all North American rookies with 22 points (3g-19a) through the first 21 games of his WHL career. Barzal is currently second in scoring amongst Seattle skaters, trailing only Shea Theodore, an Anaheim Ducks’ first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. The T-Birds (11-8-0-2) sit just one point back of the Royals at seventh in the Western Conference, but have lost their last five games. 

The Royals (12-9-0-1) head into this weekend winners of their last two after victories in Seattle and Portland last weekend. Coleman Vollrath was given the nod in goal both games and rewarded the club with a 43-save performance against the T-Birds before he followed it up with a 41-save win in Portland. Vollrath currently sports the WHL’s best save percentage (.939) and third-best goals against average (2.21). Brandon Magee broke out of a goal scoring slump last weekend, in a big way. The veteran forward posted four goals in the two games including the overtime winner against the Winterhawks last Saturday.

Friday, November 15th

Friday night is Mainroad Winter Driving Awareness Night! Mainroad will be in the concourse throughout the night with a number of giveaways and draw prizes as the winter driving season approaches. The Mainroad DriveWise team will also have a driving simulator on hand to give fans a chance to hone their skills!

Kal Tire will also be in the concourse on Friday night handing out prizes upon entrance including a free wheel alignment, shirts, hats and more! Fans can also purchase their copy of the The Blue Line, the Royals’ program, and look inside for a $50 coupon from Kal Tire!

During the first intermission on Friday night, young hockey players from Victoria Minor Hockey will participate in Tim Bits Minor Hockey presented by 100.3 The Q! The second intermission will give lucky fans the chance to compete on the ice in the Mainroad Winter Trike Race where the winner will walk away with a $500 gift card from Kal Tire!

During the game, fans will be able to purchase tickets for the End of the Roll 50/50 draw and foam pucks for the Old House Village Chuck-A-Puck. The prize for the evening’s Chuck-A-Puck will be a one-night stay and spa treatment for two courtesy of Old House Village. Proceeds from the evening’s End of the Roll 50/50 will go towards the South Island Female Bantam A Royals while the Old House Village Chuck-A-Puck will support Victoria Racquet Club Minor Hockey.

Saturday, November 16th

Saturday night is one of our favourite nights of the season, it’s Marty’s Birthday! Join Marty the Marmot as he celebrates his 8th birthday with all of his mascot friends! Be sure to stop by Gate 1 before the game to sign Marty’s birthday card and come back after the game to sample some birthday cake courtesy of Save-On-Foods!

Marty’s furry friends from Island Farms, Camosun College, Harbour Air, Victoria Highlanders FC, Panorama Rec Centre, Victoria Shamrocks, Peninsula Co-op, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Saanich Police Department, Victoria HarbourCats, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and C-FAX Santa’s Anonymous will all be in attendance on Saturday night!

Saturday night also marks the second Yates Street Taphouse Tweet Suite of the season! Fans can win their way into the Yates Street Taphouse Tweet Suite all week by following the Victoria Royals on Twitter (@victoriaroyals)! Lucky Tweet Suite winners will not only watch the game from the comfort of a luxury suite, but will also be visited by special guests, receive great prizes to take home, enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages and see their tweets on the video replay screens!

Ocean 98.5 and 103.1 JACK FM will be in the concourse on Saturday with their Prize Tornado, giving away a variety of prizes and qualifying participants for a grand prize draw! During an in-stands promotion, Ocean 98.5 will be giving away a pair of tickets to see Debra DiGiovanni presented by Just For Laughs at McPherson Playhouse. BC Transit will also be in the concourse Saturday night doing a draw for a bus pass while one lucky row will win day passes during the game!

During the first intermission on Saturday night, young hockey players from Saanich Minor Hockey will participate in Tim Bits Minor Hockey presented by 100.3 The Q! The second intermission will give lucky fans the chance to compete on the ice in itgroove Musical Chairs! The lucky winner will receive an Apple TV courtesy of itgroove!

Throughout the game, fans can purchase tickets for the End of the Roll 50/50 draw and foam pucks for the Old House Village Chuck-A-Puck. There will be two prizes for the evening’s Chuck-A-Puck; a one-night stay and spa treatment for two courtesy of Old House Village as well as six SuperPASSes courtesy of BC Transit! Proceeds from the evening’s End of the Roll 50/50 draw will support Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey while the Old House Village Chuck-A-Puck will go towards South Park School.

We are Royal Blue, are you? 2013-14 season ticket, mini-plan and group packages are now available! To guarantee yourself the best seats at the best prices call 250-220-7889, visit www.victoriaroyals.com, or head down to the Victoria Royals Ticketing Office located at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

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