Michael Rasmussen scored a hat trick on a 4 point night to lead the visiting Tri City Americans past the Victoria Royals 4-1 Saturday night.
The Amercians take a 2-0 best of seven, 2nd round playoff series lead after a 7-0 blanking of the Royals one night earlier.
Tri City out shot Victoria 41-26 with Patrick Dea earning the win and Griffen Outhouse taking the loss.
The Americans were 1 for 4 on the power play while the Royals went 1 for 5 including being unable to strike for 3 straight man-advantages in the third while down a pair.
Victoria Head Coach Dan Price Post Game Audio:
Rasmussen third goal was into an empty net, and continues his torrid post-season pace, averaging 3 points per game (19pts in 6 games).
Dante Hannoun scored the lone goal for Victoria, who were outscored 11-1 in the two game set.
Morgan Geekie notched a single for Tri City.
After a scoreless first, the Americans struck less than a minute into the second period. After taking a time out, the Royals responded with a power play goal before a second Rasmussen tip restored the lead.
Geekie struck early in the third, before the empty netter by Rasmussen.
Americans Head Coach Mike Williamson post game:
Victoria forward Jeff DeWit left the game in the first and did not return. The Royals were still without Tyler Soy and Tanner Kaspick along with Dino Kambietz and defenseman Scott Walford.
Games 3 & 4 are Tuesday and Wednesday at Tri City.
– Marlon Martens
Record Breaker – With an assist on the Royals’ first goal, forward Matthew Phillips passed alumnus Jack Walker to set the new franchise record for most points in a single playoff run. Phillips has scored 17 points (6g-11a) over nine post-season contests this year, while Walker earned 16 points (8g-8a) in 13 games during the 2016 WHL Playoffs.
Man-Advantage Mania – With Victoria’s powerplay goal tonight, forward Dante Hannoun and defenceman Jared Freadrich both tied a pair of franchise playoffs records. Hannoun’s tally was his seventh point (2g-5a) on the man-advantage this post-season that tied alumnus Jack Walker’s (3g-4a) mark that was set during the 2016 WHL Playoffs. Freadrich (1g-4a) meanwhile, tied former Royal Travis Brown’s record of five points (1g-4a) for most playoff points by a defenceman achieved in the 2014 post-season.
Start Strong – After tonight’s contest, the team who has scored the first goal of the game has earned a 7-1 record over Victoria’s opening two series this post-season. The lone exception was in Game 6 of Round 1 when Victoria won 4-3 in overtime versus the Vancouver Giants.
Light the Lamp – Following Dante Hannoun’s second period goal tonight, Victoria has now scored 11 times in the middle frame. This is the most of any period this post-season for the Royals as the club has scored seven times in both the first and third stanza.
The Road Ahead – The Royals are on the road to face-off against the Tri-City Americans for Game 3 and 4 Tuesday, April 10th and Wednesday, April 11th. Puck drop for both contests is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Home Cooking – If necessary Victoria will return home this Friday for Game 5 versus Tri-City with puck drop slated for 7:05 p.m. 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.
Round 2 Playoff Schedule:
Game 1 – Friday, April 6th – Tri City 7 at Victoria 0 Final
Game 2 – Saturday, April 7th – Tri City 4 at Victoria 1 Final
Game 3 – Tuesday, April 10th – Toyota Center – 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday, April 11th – Toyota Center – 7: 05 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday, April 13th – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Sunday, April 15th – Toyota Center – 5:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 18th – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
TEXT BOX SCORING SUMMARY
Tri-City Americans 4 at Victoria Royals 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena – Victoria, BC
Tri-City 0 2 2 – 4
Victoria 0 1 0 – 1
Penalties-James Tc (interference), 12:40.
1, Tri-City, Rasmussen 7 (Bishop), 0:49.
2, Victoria, Hannoun 4 (Phillips, Freadrich), 6:59 (PP).
3, Tri-City, Rasmussen 8 (Topping, Välimäki), 16:05 (PP).
Penalties-Bishop Tc (slashing), 6:39; Jensen Vic (tripping), 8:51; Phillips Vic (high sticking), 15:32; Yaremko Tc (slashing), 19:19; Zablocki Vic (cross checking), 19:19.
4, Tri-City, Geekie 11 (Rasmussen, Mutala), 2:49.
5, Tri-City, Rasmussen 9 (Coghlan), 18:44 (EN).
Penalties-James Tc (tripping), 3:13; Bishop Tc (checking from behind), 6:10; Yaremko Tc (interference), 9:13; Reddekopp Vic (interference), 14:18; Outhouse Vic (delay of game), 18:44.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Tri-City 1 / 4; Victoria 1 / 5.
Tri-City, Dea (26 shots-25 saves).
Victoria, Outhouse (40 shots-37 saves); McNabb (0 shots-0 saves).
Referees-Adam Bloski (16), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Michael Bean (148), Ron Dietterle (121).