Americans Ambush Royals 4-1


Photo credit is Doug Love

(ISN) – Kennewick, WA- The Tri-City Americans (13-9-0-0, 26 pts) bounced back after the loss on Wednesday night, as Richard Nejezchleb netted two goals to help the Americans defeat the Victoria Royals (10-10-2-0, 22 pts) 4-1 in front of 3,903 fans at the Toyota Center on Friday night.

The Americans came out and tried to get an early goal to get the Toyota Center crowd into the game. Tri-City had the shot advantage in the first, 12-7, but the game was knotted at zero after the first period.

Tri-City gained the lead in the second period, as a late goal from Beau McCue put the Americans ahead 1-0. The Americans were able to gain a 2-0 lead on a goal from Richard Nejezchleb on the power play. Tri-City outshot Victoria 15-9 in the period, and looked to close the game out in the third period.

In the third, the Americans wasted no time putting another puck in the net, as Nejezchleb scored his second goal of the game, again on the power play, to increase the lead to 3-0 early in the third. Less than a minute later, the Americans increased the lead to 4-0 on a Justin Gutierrez goal. Midway through the third period, Victoria was able to get a puck past Eric Comrie, as Tyler Soy scored to make it 4-1. But Comrie was on his game after that goal, stopping every shot he faced down the stretch to help the Americans cruise to the win.

The Americans have won four straight games at home and are now 8-2 at home this season.


Photo credit is Doug Love

Tri-City had 10 penalty minutes and scored on 2-of-5 power play chances. The Royals racked up 24 penalty minutes and were unsuccessful in four attempts with a man advantage.

Eric Comrie was great for the Americans, stopping 24 shots in the win, increasing his record to 7-0 at home. Victoria’s Coleman Vollrath made 31 saves in the loss.

Tri-City has no time to rest, as the Americans play its final road game of November, taking on the Spokane Chiefs (9-6-3-0, 21 pts) this Saturday, Nov. 15, at Spokane Arena. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Americans are 0-2 against its Highway 395 rival this season, losing the most recent meeting in Spokane on Sept. 27, 3-2. Fans can watch the game through WHL Live starting at 7 p.m. or at Kimo’s, the Americans home away from home. The game will be broadcast on NewsTalk 870, starting at 6:45 p.m.

Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Beau McCue, Tri-City
2. Richard Nejezchleb, Tri-City
3. Justin Gutierrez, Tri-City