VICTORIA, British Columbia Brandon Magee broke open a tie game in the third period with a pair of goals to lead the Victoria Royals to a 5-2 victory Saturday over the Tri-City Americans at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
The Americans (22-15-1-2, 47 points) failed to keep pace with fourth-place Spokane in the Western Conference standings. The Chiefs, with a win a 5-2 win over Seattle on Saturday, have a four-point lead on fifth-place Tri-City.
Victoria (20-15-1-2, 43 points), which sits sixth in the West, pulled within four points of Tri-City, which is at Kamloops on Wednesday.
Tied at 2 going into the third, Magee gave the Royals a 3-2 lead just 1:19 into the period, and Tim Traber extended the lead to 4-2 at 14:53.
With less than 4 minutes left in the game, Tri-City pulled goalie Eric Comrie for an extra attacker, but Magee was the only one scoring, finding the empty net at 16:38 to finish off the Americans.
Connor Rankin, who has points in his last five games, scored the Americans first goal at 7:27 of the second on a 5-on-3 power play.
Tri-Citys Brian Williams, who also has points in his last five games, tied the score at 2 at 13:40 of the second. Comrie finished with 28 saves.
Brett Cote and Steven Hodges also scored for the Royals, who also got three assists from Alex Gogolev and 30 saves from Patrik Polivka.