Royals Score Three In Third, Down Americans 5-2

Jon Howe - Victoria Royals

Victoria, BC- After last night’s outcome, Victoria was looking for some revenge.

The Victoria Royals (20-15-1-2, 43 pts) scored three goals in the third period, avenging last night’s loss by defeating the Tri-City Americans (22-15-1-2, 47 pts) 5-2 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

Tri-City ended a two game overall win streak and snapped a four game win streak in Victoria. The Royals pulled within four points of the Americans for fifth place in the Western Conference.

The first period was quiet, with neither team getting on the board. Victoria had more opportunites including a 5-on-3 power play but couldn’t capitalize. Victoria outshot Tri-City 7-6 in the period, but both goalies held their own as the game was tied at zeros heading into the second period.

The first goal was scored by Victoria, as Brett Cote would fire a slap shot from the blue line into the back of the net to earn a 1-0 lead. The Americans were able to tie the game a few minutes later on a 5-on-3 power play, as Connor Rankin would fire a laser into the top left corner of the net to tie the game. But Victoria would retake the lead just over a minute later shorthanded as Steven Hodges would beat Eric Comrie on the blocker side to make it 2-1. Tri-City would tie the game once again later in the period as Brian Williams would snap a shot into the goal at the back door. Tri-City outshot Victoria 13-12 as these two teams would have the game come down to the third period for the second straight night.

Victoria got off to a quick start in the third as Brandon Magee would throw a shot at the net that would deflect off the back of Comrie and into the goal for a 3-2 lead. And the Royals would put the game out of reach as Tim Traber would fire a wrist shot from the slot past Comrie late in the game. For good measure, Magee scored his second goal of the game, putting it into an empty net to seal the win.

Williams and Rankin both extended their second half point streaks to five games.

Comrie made 28 saves in the loss, while Patrik Polivka made 30 saves in the loss.   

Tri-City has a few days off before they continue their trek through the B.C. Division when they take on the Kamloops Blazers (28-10-2-2, 60 pts) on Jan. 9. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. Tri-City defeated the Blazers in the first meeting 4-2 in Kennewick, but lost the lone game in Kamloops in late November 3-2. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game starting at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game at 7:00 p.m.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Brandon Magee, Victoria

2. Steven Hodges, Victoria
3. Connor Rankin, Tri-City

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68