The Victoria Royals’ seven-game road trip came to an end with a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday night.
The Royals had a 2-1 lead going into the third period but the Raiders notched three tallies in the final frame to pull out the one-goal victory.
The trip finished with a 3-4-0-0 record for the Royals that leaves their season mark at 10-4-1-0.
Victoria leads the B.C. division with 21 points, nine ahead of the Vancouver Giants, Kelowna Rockets and Prince George Cougars.
Regan Nagy, who had a hat-trick Tuesday in Saskatoon, opened the scoring in the second period with his team-leading 14th goal of the season.
Victoria also got goals from Igor Martynov, his fifth, and Tyler Soy with his seventh.
Less than a minute after Soy had tied the game at three, Raiders’ defenceman Max Martin scored the eventual game-winner midway through the third period.
Dean McNabb took the loss in goal and stopped 33 of 37 shots directed his way by the Raiders. The Royals posted 23 shots on net.
Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play and the Royals gave up a third-period short-handed goal to Devon Skoleski that gave the Raiders a 3-2 lead.
The Royals return to Victoria to open a five-game homestand against the Vancouver Giants Saturday night at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. The two teams will collide again Sunday afternoon.