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Tri-City Herald: Ams drop crucial game to Royals, 5-3

Feb 09, 2013 - 01:44 PST

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

When points are precious and few, the team that puts forth the effort is going to earn them.

Brandon Magee had two second-period goals, and Ben Walker added a goal and two assists to lead the Victoria Royals to a 5-3 victory Friday over the Tri-City Americans before a crowd of 4,711 at Toyota Center.

The Royals (31-19-1-3) picked up two valuable points with the win and moved into fourth place in the Western Conference standings with 66 points, one point ahead of the Americans (31-20-1-2).

“This is the first time we have been in the top four spot — here or in Chilliwack,” Magee said. “When you come in one point behind the team you are playing, there is added incentive. It had a playoff atmosphere.”

Victoria coach Dave Lowry said the turning point for his club was getting out of the first period only giving up one goal as the Americans had three power plays.