In a Saturday night match up at the Toyota Center, the Victoria Royals squared off against the Tri-City Americans in the second game of a two game road trip. Keith Hamilton got the start in net for the Royals, while the Americans gave the nod to Ty Rimmer.
The first period remained scoreless as both goalies played a perfect frame as they turned away every shot they faced. Hamilton stopped 15 shots from the Americans, including a breakaway attempt by Nathan MacMaster. The Tri-City forward broke in alone and fired a low shot, but was denied by Hamilton on the doorstep. The Royals did not have a solution for Rimmer either as he stopped all 13 of Victoria’s chances, including a 5-on-3-powerplay. The game was tied 0-0 after one period of play.
Victoria’s Jamie Crooks broke the scoreless deadlock as he found the back of the net at 1:51 of the second period. Steven Hodges accepted a pass on the right side of the net from Hayden Rintoul before feeding the puck cross-ice to Crooks who buried it in front. The Royals added their second marker at 10:13 after Ben Walker jumped on a Tri-City turnover and poked the puck to Brandon Magee who beat Rimmer over his blocker. The Americans’ Sam Grist cut the lead in half just over a minute later when he took a slapshot from the left point that snuck between Hamilton and the far post. A defensive error behind the Victoria net while playing 4-on-4 allowed Tri-City to tie the game at 17:33. Zachary Yuen broke out with the puck from below the goal line and beat the left pad of the Royals’ net-minder. Brendan Shinniman gave the Americans the lead 23 seconds later on a wrap-around goal from the right side to give Tri-City a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Tri-City would score 43 seconds into the final frame on a partial breakaway from Jesse Mychan. The Americans added two more markers from Adam Hughesman by the six-minute mark to extend their lead to 6-2. After Hughesman’s second goal, Jared Rathjen replaced Hamilton in Victoria’s net. The Royals would round out the scoring when Tim Traber got to the front of the Americans’ net and tipped a Brett Cote shot past Rimmer at 18:29. Americans 6 Royals 3.
Victoria went 0/6 = 0.0% on the power play, while Tri-City was 1/5 = 20.00%. The Americans outshot the Royals 43-35.
The Royals now return home to take on the Everett Silvertips for the first time this season as they open up a two game set. Game one goes Tuesday, February 7th at the Save-On-Foods with puck drop slatted for 7:05 p.m. For further details or to purchase your tickets today, visit the Victoria Royals Ticket Office, www.victoriaroyals.com, or call 250-220-7889.