The Americans jumped to a 3-0 just 6:28 into the first, and held period leads of 4-0 and 6-0 before the clubs exchanged goals in the third.
Jared Freadrich notched a single for the Royals with the man advantage.
Royals Head Coach Dan Price on loss:
Salt Spring native Jordan Topping had the hat trick for the Americans, while Nanaimo’s Dylan Coghlan had 3 assists. Morgan Geekie had a 4 point night with 1 goal and 3 assists. Michael Ramussen added a 1 goal and 2 helpers while both Nolan Yaremko and Isaag Johnson chipped in with a goal and assist each.
Victoria had their 3 game winning streak snapped, but remain 2nd in the BC Division.
Netminder Griffen Outhouse played the first two periods, while Dean McNabb came in for the third for the Royals who were out shot 37-29.
Victoria was 1 for 3 on the power play, but gave up 3 goals while short handed on 6 Tri City chances.
Up next the Royals entertain the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday night.
IN / OUT: Victoria’s Tanner Kaspick (undisclosed), did not play along with D Chaz Reddekopp (4 weeks). Calgary Flames 1st round pick Juuso Valimaki was back in Tri-City’s lineup for the first time since Dec. 13
Former Hitmen – Tonight’s contest saw a pair of former Calgary Hitmen square off. Victoria’s Andrei Grishakov was acquired from Calgary on January 4th, while Tri-City’s Jake Bean joined the club after a trade on January 6th.
Down South – After tonight, the Royals record against US Division teams moved to 8-3-1-0 this season. Victoria has outscored their opponents 53-40 over those 12 contests.
Matthew Phillips leads the club in scoring against US Division teams as he has registered 22 points (11g-11a) in those games. Phillips has also tallied points in 11 of 12 contests this season versus American teams.
January Report – The Victoria Royals saw success in January this year as the club posted a mark of 9-4-0-0 and outscored their opponents 54-53. This marks the second-best January the club has accomplished since it relocated to Vancouver Island. During the 2014-15 season, the Royals finished January with a record of 10-2-1-0.
Streaking Skaters – A pair of Victoria skaters extended their point streaks in tonight’s game. Matthew Phillips now has 22 points (7g-15a) over his past 12 games. Noah Gregor has eight points (2g-6a) in seven straight games.
Home Cooking – The Royals return home on Friday, February 2nd for a match-up against the Central Division-leading Medicine Hat Tigers at 7:05 p.m. The game is Eco Night presented by BYD .Tickets can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone by calling 250-220-7777, or online at www.selectyourtickets.com.
TEXT SCORING SUMMARY:
Victoria Royals 1 at Tri-City Americans 7 – Status: End of Game
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – Toyota Center – Kennewick, WA
Victoria 0 0 1 – 1
Tri-City 4 2 1 – 7
1, Tri-City, Topping 27 (Geekie, Mutala), 2:30.
2, Tri-City, Topping 28 (Coghlan), 5:05.
3, Tri-City, Johnson 14 (Yaremko, Rasmussen), 6:28.
4, Tri-City, Rasmussen 19 (Geekie, Coghlan), 16:44 (PP).
Penalties-Jarratt Vic (slashing), 15:45; Buziak Vic (roughing), 16:57; Oliver Vic (slashing), 16:57; Välimäki Tc (roughing), 16:57; de Wit Vic (tripping), 19:07; James Tc (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 20:00.
5, Tri-City, Topping 29 (Geekie), 7:22.
6, Tri-City, Geekie 18 (Rasmussen), 11:58 (PP).
Penalties-Gregor Vic (elbowing), 10:24; Zablocki Vic (tripping), 15:34.
7, Victoria, Freadrich 11 (Phillips, Gregor), 2:37 (PP).
8, Tri-City, Yaremko 16 (Coghlan, Johnson), 9:40 (PP).
Penalties-Gatenby Tc (interference), 0:54; Bouchard Tc (holding), 5:18; Jarratt Vic (cross checking), 8:08.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 1 / 3;
Tri-City 3 / 6.
Victoria, Outhouse 27-12-3-1 (31 shots-25 saves); McNabb 3-6-0-0 (6 shots-5 saves). Tri-City, Warm 13-7-1-0 (29 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Nick Swaine (35).
Linesmen-Steven Fleming (144), Trevor Shively (11).