Victoria, BC- The Tri-City Americans (17-20-2-0, 36 pts) were down by two goals early in the third period, but stormed back to tie the game, and Vladislav Lukin scored the winning goal in the shootout to help the Americans earn a 4-3 win over the Victoria Royals (23-14-1-3, 50 pts) in front of 3,057 at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday night.
Less than two minutes into the game, Tyler Soy scored a goal to put the Royals ahead 1-0 early. Midway through the period, the Royals pushed the lead to 2-0 as Matthew Phillips drove to the net and slipped the puck over the red line. Tri-City only managed four shots in the first period and looked to get some momentum going in the second.
Late in the second period, the Americans cut the lead to 2-1. Beau McCue banged home a power play goal to decrease the advantage to one goal going into the third period.
Victoria took a 3-1 lead just more than six minutes into the third, as Phillips scored his second of the night on the power play. About a minute later, Lukin sliced the lead to 3-2 with a goal. Midway through the third, Tri-City tied the game at three as Tyler Sandhu scored on the power play. Neither team could break the tie in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
The winner wasn’t scored in overtime, as the game went to a shootout for the first time this season for the Americans. Lukin scored in the first round of the shootout, and Evan Sarthou stopped all three shots he faced to help the Americans earn a 4-3 win.
Tri-City has won two straight on the road, and has won both games against Victoria this season, with both games exceeding regulation. Lukin recorded his second game-winning goal against Victoria this season.
Tri-City was 2-of-5 on the power play and recorded 14 penalty minutes. Victoria converted 2-of-6 power play chances and spent 12 minutes in the penalty box.
Evan Sarthou stopped 24 shots in the win while Griffen Outhouse made 19 saves in the loss.
The Americans and Royals will be back in action tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 6. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Listen to the game on NewsTalk 870, or watch the game through WHL Live or at Kimo’s, your Americans home away from home.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Tyler Sandhu, Tri-City
2. Matthew Phillips, Victoria
3. Beau McCue, Tri-City
Notes: Jordan Topping and Parker Bowles each recorded an assist to extend their point streaks to nine games.