Tri City overcame a 2 goal, third period deficit to snap their 4 game losing streak.
“We didn’t play an intelligent game for the last 10 minutes, once we had the lead.” Said Head Coach Dave Lowry, “It was a hard fought game, we’ll take the point, we’ll learn and move forward.”
After Brandon Magee’s back to back goals in the third to give the home team a 4-2 lead, the Americans clawed back to force overtime with Jackson Playfair providing the winner.
“We have to realize we can’t get to comfortable,” said Magee, “We had a two goal lead, and that’s the worst lead in hockey. We lost a couple battles along the walls in our end, and the puck ended up in the back of our net.”
The Royals went 1 for 1 on the power play, while their opposition had 6 chances, striking once.
Eric Comrie made 23 saves for the win, while Coleman Vollrath suffered the overtime loss kicking out 24 shots.
Victoria trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes on a goal by Lucas Nickles. Travis Brown tied it up on the power play before Joe Hicketts gave the homeside their first lead of the game 2-1. Parker Wotherspoon evened the game at 2 heading into the third.
After the pair by Magee, Vladislav Lukin drew Tri City to within one, and Semyon Krasheninnikov tied it up at 4 on his first WHL point.
Victoria wraps up their 5 game homestand with a record of (3-1-1-0) taking 7 of a possible 10 points, and are off to face the #1 team in the CHL, the Kelowna Rockets on Wendesday.
Tri-City Americans 5 (OT) at Victoria Royals 4 - Status: Final OT
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Tri-City 1 1 2 1 - 5
Victoria 0 2 2 0 - 4
1, Tri-City, Nickles 7 (Thrower, McCue), 13:57.
Penalties-Gagnon Vic (delay of game), 6:21.
2, Victoria, Brown 6 (Hicketts, Blomqvist), 1:18 (PP).
3, Victoria, Hicketts 5 (Magee, Blomqvist), 11:36.
4, Tri-City, Wotherspoon 4 13:46 (PP).
Penalties-Comrie T.c (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 0:40; Thrower T.c (major-fighting), 7:15; Fisher Vic (major-fighting), 7:15; Carroll Vic (high sticking, high sticking), 7:59; McCue T.c (checking from behind), 9:49; Hillis T.c (roughing), 12:56; Reddekopp Vic (tripping), 12:56; Skapski Vic (roughing), 12:56; Magee Vic (inter. on goaltender), 19:51.
5, Victoria, Magee 2 (Blomqvist, Carroll), 2:26.
6, Victoria, Magee 3 (Hicketts, Carroll), 5:12.
7, Tri-City, Lukin 4 (Playfair), 7:25.
8, Tri-City, Krasheninnikov 1 (Carlo, Wotherspoon), 14:55.
Penalties-Playfair T.c (major-fighting), 5:34; Reddekopp Vic (major-fighting), 5:34; Walker Vic (hooking), 11:25.
9, Tri-City, Playfair 4 (McCue, Coghlan), 1:29.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Tri-City 1 / 6;
Victoria 1 / 1.
Tri-City, Comrie 7-6-0-0 (27 shots-23 saves).
Victoria, Vollrath 8-6-2-0 (29 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Ryan Benbow (62), Adam Griffiths (36).
Linesmen-Jeff MacAdams, Kirk Van Helvoirt (107).