The Americans were unable to find a lead tonight and ultimately fell 3-1 to the Victoria Royals at the Toyota Center.
Luke Zazula made his debut with the Americans tonight starting on Tri-City’s blue line. The 19-year-old defenseman was acquired from Kamloops on Wednesday.
Gary Haden opened scoring for Victoria on the power play with a shot from the slot at 5:10 first period. The Royals held the one goal lead into the third period.
Points leading rookie Edge Lambert tied the game for Tri-City early in the final frame. Lambert’s goal, his sixth of the season, came off a no-look pass from Paycen Bjorklund.
Graeme Bryks replied seven minutes later to take back the lead for the Royals.
Tri-City was given a power play opportunity with 1:23 remaining — but the Americans absent Kyle Olson for the second straight game — were unable to find the net again.
Will Warm, the twin brother of Americans netminder Beck Warm, scored a shorthanded empty net goal to seal the victory for Victoria.
Beck Warm played the full game in net tonight for Tri-City. Stopping 26 of 29 shots faced. Tri-City led shots on goal 31-29 — the first time this season the Americans out shot their opponent while recording a loss.
SCORE: 3-1 VIC
SHOTS: 31-29 TC
The Americans are back at the Toyota Center tomorrow to take on the Vancouver Giants. Get your tickets for Saturday night hockey action at the Toyota Center here.