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The title says it all folks, the Victoria Royals are hosting the Spokane Chiefs back-to-back this Friday and Saturday, and there are serious implications on the playoff race at stake.

Victoria is coming off of a trio of victories against the Vancouver Giants last weekend, including a 6-4 triumph in Langley, and subsequent 3-2 and 3-1 victories at the Save-On Memorial Center.

The Royals may be in 7th place in the west, but don’t let that number fool you.

Here are some stories for tonight’s and Saturday’s game!

Send off the kids!

Now is our chance to give the Royals a mighty boost before their 5 game road trip that features 2 games apiece against our bitter rivals in Kelowna and Kamloops. I used to get a serious jolt from 25 fans watching my Midget hockey games, so I can only imagine what a couple of thousand extra fans would do for a team in the midst of a crucial ten game stretch.

The math is simple: two victories against Spokane combined with favourable results against our Okanagan enemies will propel us to a significantly better playoff position. We could avoid the top teams in the west, and even better, be given a chance to enact our revenge on last year’s heartbreaking playoff loss to the Kelowna Rockets.

Get out, support the team, and contribute to an atmosphere that’s already feeling like the playoffs!

The Western Conference is as tight as ever

The Royals 35-23-4-1 record this year has them in 7th place of 10 in the west, but in the previous two years would have had them in 5th place.

Heck, three years ago that would have had them in 4th place.

Simply put, we are in for one hell of ride.

Every point matters over the remaining 9 games of the season as teams jockey for playoff positioning, but the reality is every single first round matchup in the West will be a fantastic battle. A total of 5 points separate 1st from 5th, and just 10 separate the top from 7th.

It’s an impressive conference this year, and the Royals should certainly be in the thick of things.

Spokane is the only team that can knock the Royals out of the playoffs

It’s a longshot mathematically, but a poor performance against Spokane would make a comfortable lead considerably less comfortable. The Chiefs would need to go on a spectacular run to give the Royals a run for their playoff position, but a victory or two this weekend would all but guarantee the Royals’ participation in this year’s playoffs.

Victoria: Spring is (kind of) in the air, there’s just one month left of classes, be a tourist in your hometown has captured the city, and our Royals would love a final push from the community to kick off their crucial road trip.

Get out, get ready for some chuck-a-puck, and join us for Victoria’s best live sporting experience!

  • When: 7:05pm, Friday and Saturday, March 3rd & 4th
  • Where: The Barn on Blanshard! (Save-on-Foods Memorial Center)

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window or save yourself some time and purchase online.

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Jeremy is a writer from Kitimat, British Columbia who moved to Victoria 7 years ago. A passionate sports and hockey fan, he somehow fell in love with the Atlanta Thrashers (who are now the Winnipeg Jets) and has bestowed that same love upon our Victoria Royals. He’s a relaxed guy who loves to analyze team performance, and particularly enjoys the developmental aspect of the Western Hockey League. Other than staring at oversized men chasing a black disc, Jeremy loves to play the drums and guitar, engage in mind battles via chess, and tell the world of his lame, boring hockey opinions.