Americans Blanked 4-0 by Thunderbirds


Kent, WA – The Tri-City Americans (20-21-2-2, 44 pts.) fell behind 1:23 into the game and never recovered, as the Seattle Thunderbirds (27-14-2-3, 59 pts.) picked up the 4-0 victory Friday night at the ShoWare Center.     

It was the third time this season, that the Americans have been shut out, with the previous two coming against the Everett Silvertips. Even with the loss, the Americans remain four points clear for the eighth and final playoff spot, after the Prince George Cougars suffered a loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings earlier in the day.

Evan Sarthou got the start for the Americans, making 27 saves on the night, while his counterpart, Taran Kozun, picked up his second shutout in as many games following a 26-save effort.

The Americans got off to a rocky start, after the Thunderbirds scored on its first shot of the game. Shea Theodore carried the puck over the blue line and fed it across to Russell Maxwell, who wristed it past Sarthou for his first goal as a Thunderbird.

The Americans shook off the rough start, and swung momentum back its way on the very next shift, with several good chances on Kozun. But, Tri-City was unable to beat the newly acquired Thunderbird net minder.

The Americans got four consecutive opportunities with the man advantage between the 16:09 mark of the first period and the 11:03 mark of the second period. But, the extra man would not lead to any goals.

The Thunderbirds took a 2-0 lead at 8:22 of the third period, as Sam Mckechnie put the loose puck past Sarthou, after the 16-year-old goaltender had made the initial save.

The Thunderbirds extended its lead at 13:05 of the third period, after a Parker Wotherspoon penalty put the Americans short handed. Roberts Lipsbergs deflected the puck past Sarthou to put Seattle up 3-0 with his 26th goal of the season.

Jaimen Yakubowski added one more goal at the 16:06 mark, capping off a three-goal third period for the Thunderbirds, that gave the team its fifth consecutive victory.

The Americans return home to the Toyota Center for a meeting against the rival Spokane Chiefs (27-13-2-2, 58 pts) tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. before concluding the weekend on Sunday evening against the Vancouver Giants (23-15-5-3, 54 pts.). Tickets for Saturday and Sunday’s game at the Toyota Center are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer outlets, or online at ticketmaster.com.

Jack In Box Three Stars
1) Taran Kozun, Seattle
2) Sam Mckechnie, Seattle
3) Shea Theodore, Seattle

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
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  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68