TCH: Americans beat Royals 4-2 to end two-game slide

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

It may take Rodney Southam a day or two for his first WHL goal to sink in, but the Tri-City Americans appreciated it from the moment it crossed the goal line.

Southam scored two goals and Eric Comrie finished with 37 saves as the Americans ended a two-game slide with a 4-2 victory over the Victoria Royals before a Friday night crowd of 4,447 at Toyota Center.

“It was the best feeling so far of the season,” Southam said of his first goal. “I have been working so hard every game, the bounces just weren’t going my way. Finally, they started to this weekend.”

The Americans (5-7-0-1), who had played eight of their last 10 games on the road, are home for five in a row. They host the Portland Winterhawks tonight.

“This was a good start for the homestand,” said Tri-City forward Brian Williams. “It’s a good feeling in the locker room. We just wanted to be home.”

The B.C. Division-leading Royals (8-6-0-0) saw their five-game win streak come to a halt, and leading scorer Logan Nelson had his six-game goal streak come to an end.



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