Victoria, BC- The Tri-City Americans (17-21-2-0, 36 pts) tried to make it two wins in a row against the Victoria Royals (24-14-1-3, 52 pts), but the Royals received a hat-trick from Alex Forsberg, pacing Victoria to a 6-2 win in front of 3,451 fans at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Wednesday Night.
Midway through the first period, Victoria took the lead, as Jack Walker fired a wrist shot into twine for the 1-0 advantage. Three minutes later, Logan Fisher skated to the net and was able to get the puck into the net for a 2-0 lead after one period.
About three minutes into the second, Victoria scored a shorthanded goal from Tyler Soy to push the score to 3-0. Two minutes later, Alex Forsberg added a goal, putting the Royals ahead 4-0. Tri-City tried to get something going, as Nolan Yaremko cleaned up a loose puck in front of the net, cutting the score to 4-1 Victoria. But a minute later, the deficit returned to four goals, as Forsberg deflected a puck into the net for his second of the night to push the lead to 5-1 after two periods.
The Americans fought to get back into the game. Tri-City cut the lead to 5-2 midway through the third, as Morgan Geekie beat Griffen Outhouse gloveside to give the Americans some momentum. The Americans outshot the Royals 19-5 in the third period, but the Royals slammed the door shut late in the third, as Forsberg completed the hat trick, putting the puck into a wide open net on the power play to seal the win for Victoria.
Tri-City was unable to score with four power play chances and spent eight minutes in the penalty box. Victoria converted 2-of-4 power play chances and recorded eight penalty minutes.
Evan Sarthou got the start for Tri-City and made 5 saves. Nicholas Sanders came on midway through the first and made 24 saves in the loss. Griffen Outhouse stopped 38 shots in the win.
Tri-City will hit the road and head north to face the Kamloops Blazers (18-14-4-2, 42 pts) this Friday, Jan. 8. Game time is at 7 p.m. at Sandman Centre. Tri-City won the first meeting between the two teams, 4-3, in Kamloops. 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. Alex Forsberg, Victoria
2. Tyler Soy, Victoria
3. Jack Walker, Victoria
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