|The Royals celebrate 4-3 SOW in Tri City Saturday.|
Jared Rathjen earned his first win of the season with a 33 save performance, while his counterpart Eric Comrie had his 2 game win streak snapped, allowing 3 goals on 30 Royals shots.
Both clubs scored twice with the man advantage, the Americans with 6 chances, Royals 5.
Victoria found a way to overcome adversity, after a strange own goal tied the game at 1 in the second. With the goaltender pulled and the extra attacker out on a delayed Americans penalty, the puck came out Tri City’s end and slide all the way down the ice into Victoria’s net. Brian Williams who was already on the bench was credited with the goal.
The Americans pulled ahead 2-1 on Justin Feser’s power play marker, before Logan Nelson scored with the man advantage 2:09 later to tie the game at 2. With 19.6 seconds left in the middle frame Tri City pulled ahead once more on Rankin’s power play tally.
Victoria pulled the netminder late and Alex Gogolev found Nelson alone at the side of the net and roofed a shot over Comrie to tie the game with 35 seconds left.
Defenseman Jesse Zgraggen blocked 2 shots in overtime while killing a high sticking double minor to Ben Walker to force the shoot out.
Logan Nelson shot first and scored, while Brandon Magee and Alex Gogolev missed. Parker Bowles, Brian Williams and Justin Feser were stopped by Rathjen for the victory.
Nelson is now 2 for 2 in shoot outs this season. Brandon Magee notched his 5th of the season by opening the scoring on the power play. Defenseman Joe Hickets picked up 2 assists.
Victoria is now in sole possession of 2nd place of the BC Division with 10 points, 1 back of Kamloops and 1 ahead of Prince George.
The Royals in the middle of 3 games and 3 nights bounce back after falling 5-3 in Spokane the night earlier. They wrap up the trip with a 4pm game in Vancouver Sunday afternoon.
Victoria Royals 4 (SO) at Tri-City Americans 3 - Status: End of Game SO
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - Toyota Center - Kennewick, WA
Victoria 0 2 1 0 - 4
Tri-City 0 3 0 0 - 3
1st Period- No Scoring.
Penalties-Carroll Vic (elbowing), 18:39; Stahl Vic (roughing), 19:45; Tot T.c (roughing), 19:45.
1, Victoria, Magee 5 (Hicketts, Cote), 1:11 (PP).
2, Tri-City, Williams 2 6:17 (EN).
3, Tri-City, Feser 4 (Tot, Topping), 16:35 (PP).
4, Victoria, Nelson 2 (Hicketts), 18:44 (PP).
5, Tri-City, Rankin 2 (Topping, Yuen), 19:40 (PP).
Penalties-Messier T.c (charging), 0:14; Yuen T.c (slashing), 6:17; Dow T.c (delay of game), 8:54; Cote Vic (boarding), 14:41; Nickles T.c (tripping), 16:59; Harrison Vic (checking from behind), 19:31.
6, Victoria, Nelson 3 (Gogolev, Crooks), 19:25.
Penalties-Dallman T.c (hooking), 4:36; Carroll Vic (hooking), 8:10; Traber Vic (roughing), 12:47; Dow T.c (roughing), 12:47.
Penalties-Walker Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 4:02.
Victoria 1 (Nelson G, Magee NG, Gogolev NG),
Tri-City 0 (Bowles NG, Williams NG, Feser NG).
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 5; Tri-City 2 / 6.
Victoria, Rathjen 0-1-0-0 (36 shots-34 saves).
Tri-City, Comrie 3-3-0-0 (30 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Adam Griffiths (36), Curtis Marouelli (86).
Linesmen-Trevor Shively (119), Chris Sweeting (137).