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ROYALS DEFEATED BY AMERICANS

February 1, 2018 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Victoria Royals News Release

Kennewick, WA - The Victoria Royals dropped a 7-1 contest to the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.

GAME SUMMARY -

Scoring: Royals - Jared Freadrich 1g-0a, Matthew Phillips 0g-1a, Noah Gregor 0g-1a. Tri-City - Morgan Geekie 1g-3a; Jordan Topping 3g-0a (Game Winner); Dylan Coghlan 0g-3a, Isaac Johnson 1g-1a; Michael Rasmussen 1g-2a; Nolan Yaremko 1g-1a; Sasha Mutala 0g-1a.

Goaltending: Royals - Griffen Outhouse (L) - 40:00 Mins, 25 saves on 31 shots; Dean McNabb - 20:00 Mins, five saves on six shots Tri-City - Beck Warm (W) - 60:00 Mins, 28 saves on 29 shots

Power Play: Royals - 1/333.3% Tri-City - 3/650.0%

Notes: Former Hitmen - Tonight's contest saw a pair of former Calgary Hitmen square off. Victoria's Andrei Grishakov was acquired from Calgary on January 4th, while Tri-City's Jake Bean joined the club after a trade on January 6th.

Island Connection - The Americans have two players on their roster who are from the Vancouver Island area. Defenceman Dylan Coghlan is originally from Nanaimo, while forward Jordan Topping is from Salt Spring Island.

Down South - After tonight, the Royals record against US Division teams moved to 8-3-1-0 this season. Victoria has outscored their opponents 53-40 over those 12 contests. Matthew Phillips leads the club in scoring against US Division teams as he has registered 22 points (11g-11a) in those games. Phillips has also tallied points in 11 of 12 contests this season versus American teams.

January Report - The Victoria Royals saw success in January this year as the club posted a mark of 9-4-0-0 and outscored their opponents 54-53. This marks the second-best January the club has accomplished since it relocated to Vancouver Island. During the 2014-15 season, the Royals finished January with a record of 10-2-1-0.

Streaking Skaters - A pair of Victoria skaters extended their point streaks in tonight's game. Matthew Phillips now has 22 points (7g-15a) over his past 12 games. Noah Gregor has eight points (2g-6a) in seven straight games.

Home Cooking - The Royals return home on Friday, February 2nd for a match-up against the Central Division-leading Medicine Hat Tigers at 7:05 p.m. The game is Eco Night presented by BYD.

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