Victoria Royals GM and head coach Dan Price said the coaching staff got together before Saturday night’s Western Hockey League game in Spokane against the Chiefs and talked about how to button down late in games.
That followed two collapses to begin the road trip.
The Royals were leading 6-4 with three minutes and 10 seconds remaining in regulation time Friday night in Portland only to lose 7-6 to the Winterhawks in overtime.
It followed Wednesday’s game when Victoria blew a 4-0 first-period lead in a 5-4 loss to the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Washington.
“There was no tentativeness on our part. The [Americans and Winterhawks] just made some good plays,” said Price.
“It was wild stuff and there is sometimes so much randomness in hockey.
“But we will draw mental strength from that and it will make us tougher.”
On the ice late Saturday night in Spokane, the Royals were beaten 6-3 by the Chiefs.
The Royals come back across the border to conclude the four-game road trip today in Kelowna against the Rockets. Victoria returns home to meet the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night and next Saturday at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.