Everett, WA – Despite Brian Williams’ two-goal effort, the Tri-City Americans (0-3-0-0, 0 pts) were unable find that elusive first pre-season victory, losing its third straight game to the Victoria Royals (1-1-0-1, 3 pts) Sunday morning at Comcast Arena in Everett.
The Americans got off to a quick start when Williams took a pass from Ty Comrie and snapped it past Royals’ goaltender Patrik Polivka just 17 seconds into the game. However, a late first period goal by Matthew Campese knotted the game at one after 20 minutes.
In the second period, it was the Royals drawing first blood with a Trent Lofthouse power play goal, giving Victoria its first lead of the morning. It looked as though Victoria would take that lead into the intermission, but late penalty trouble for the Royals gave Tri-City a 5-on-3 man advantage. Williams capitalized on the rebound from Mitch Topping’s outside shot, tying the game at two after 40 minutes.
Lofthouse put the winning goal away for the Royals with a one timer between the faceoff circles at the 5:15 mark of the third period. For the second consecutive day, the Americans found itself in late penalty trouble, having to kill off two consecutive two-man advantages in the last five minutes. While the team successfully killed these penalties off, it was unable to come up with a tying goal late in the game.
Eric Comrie played the entire game for the Americans, making 31 saves on the day, while his Victoria counterpart checked in with 21 saves on his way to the pre-season victory.
The Tri-City Americans will head back to Kennewick in preparation for its next pre-season game against the Kootenay Ice at the Red Lion Hotels Pre-Season Tournament Thursday night at the Toyota Center. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
The Americans will also be in action Friday and Saturday night, when they take on the Seattle Thunderbirds and Spokane Chiefs respectively.
Victoria Royals 3, Tri-City Americans 2
1 – T.C, Brian Williams (2) (Ty Comrie)
2 – VIC, Matthew Campese (1) (Tyler Soy, Brett Cote)
3 – VIC, Trent Lofthouse (2) (Unassisted)
4 – T.C, Brian Williams (3) (Mitch Topping, Ty Comrie)
5 – VIC, Trent Lofthouse (3) (Tyler Soy, Matthew Campese)
Shots on Goal
T.C: 8-8-7 — 23
VIC: 11-6-17— 34
T.C: Eric Comrie 58:29 (31/34)
VIC: Patrik Polivka 60:00 (21/23)