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The injury and battle-weary Victoria Royals dropped a 7-0 contest to the well-rested and less injured Tri-City Americans in the opening game of their Round 2 match-up and now trail the best-of-seven series 1-0.

The Royals opened the first few minutes with good scoring chances but failed to capitalize, which would prove to haunt them later in the game.

Patrick Dea would stone them for the shutout.

The American’s powerplay continues to roll going 1/2 on the night.

Royals Defenceman Chaz Reddekopp tries to redirect shot on goal as he did successfully against Vancouver Giants in Game 7. Photo credit: Joseph Cammilerri for Victoria Sports News.

Game Summary

Gamesheet – https://bit.ly/2Hgp5SJ

Scoring:

Royals – No scoring.

Tri-City – Michael Rasmussen 1g-2a (Game Winner), Morgan Geekie 1g-2a, Jake Bean 1g-1a, Dylan Coghlan 1g-1a, Nolan Yaremko 1g-1a, Jordan Topping 1g-0a, Parker AuCoin 1g-0a, Sasha Mutala 0g-1a, Patrick Dea 0g-1a, Isaac Johnson 0g-1a, Riley Sawchuk 0g-1a

Goaltending:

Royals – Griffen Outhouse (L) – 58:32 Mins, 31 saves on 38 shots

                Dean McNabb – 1:28 Mins, one save on one shot

Tri-City – Patrick Dea (W) – 60:00 Mins, 27 saves on 27 shots

Power Play:

Royals – 0/3=0.0%

Tri-City – 1/2=50.0%

Notes:

Griffen Outhouse eyes the puck with concern. Photo credit; Joseph Cammilleri for Victoria Sports News

Blanked – Tonight’s contest marked the first time the Royals’ have been shut out in a contest this year, which includes the regular season. The last time that Victoria was held without a goal was on March 28, 2017 in the first round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs against the Everett Silvertips.

Former Royal – Americans’ defender Anthony Bishop skated against his former team in tonight’s game. Bishop played in four games with Victoria earlier this season before he was traded to Tri-City on October 18, 2017.

Island Products – The Americans have a pair of skaters on their roster who originate from the Vancouver Island area. Blueliner Dylan Coghlan is a product of Nanaimo, while forward Jordan Topping resides from Salt Spring Island.

Up Next – The Royals will continue their second-round series against the Americans tomorrow night for Game 2. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. Single game tickets are available now and can be purchased in person at the Select Your Tickets box office, over the phone at 250-220-7777 or by visitingwww.selectyourtickets.com

Round 2 Playoff Schedule – The Royals’ second round playoff schedule against the Tri-City Americans is as follows:

Game 2 – Saturday, April 7th – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m.

Game 3 – Tuesday, April 10th – Toyota Center – 7:05 p.m.

Game 4 – Wednesday, April 11th – Toyota Center – 7: 05 p.m.

Game 5 – Friday, April 13th – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)

Game 6 – Sunday, April 15th – Toyota Center – 5:05 p.m. (if necessary)

Game 7 – Wednesday, April 18th – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)