The Royals found themselves up 2-1 midway through the game, but a Cal Foote power-play goal in the second period would tie the game, and a late goal off a bad bounce by Leif Mattson would seal the deal, as the Rockets took the first of the two-game weekend series by a score of 4-2.

“It was a good defensive game by both teams I thought,” Royals head coach Dan Price says. “Both teams were hard on the puck, they were physical, did a good job defensively with backchecking and forechecking pressure, and it had a little bit of a playoff feel to it, which I think is a good thing, those are important games to play in, and learn how to be successful in.”

“Yeah it kinda gives you a little bit of a playoff mindset,” Royals center Tyler Soy says. “You can’t really dwell on it for too long, we play them the next day, so it’s a tough game tonight but they played well and hopefully we’ll have a good game tomorrow.”

The Royals seek revenge tonight against the Rockets and it’s turn-back-the-clock night, so make sure to dust off the old leather jacket and comb back that mullet for Sunday game.

Tyler Bennett