By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Victoria Royals have not lost a game this season when scoring the first goal. Friday was no different.
The Royals scored three power-play goals against Tri-City’s normally stingy penalty kill in handing the Americans a 3-1 loss before a crowd of 4,270 at Toyota Center.
“It is extremely disappointing,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said of the loss. “It was a game we were in, a game we could have won. Games like this we have to win. We are at home and we have to win our home games.
“The special teams tonight, you can figure out how the game was won and lost. We have been pretty strong on the penalty kill thus far, but those three power play goals killed us.”
The Americans (14-12-1-2), missing veteran defensemen Mitch Topping and Wil Tomchuk, and forward Parker Bowles because of injuries, played with five regular defensemen in front of goalie Eric Comrie, who turned aside 26 shots.