Americans Close Out Road Trip with 4-2 Victory Over Rebels

Red Deer, AB – The Tri-City Americans (26-22-2-3, 57 pts.) jumped out of the gates with two first period goals to take a lead that it would never relinquish, defeating the Red Deer Rebels (27-22-0-3, 57 pts.) 4-2 Saturday night at the Enmax Centrium.

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The Americans won two of its three games during the Alberta road trip, with victories tonight and against the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday. With the win, the team improved its record against the Eastern Conference to 9-1-0-1.

Eric Comrie recorded the win in goal for the Americans, allowing just two goals while making 27 saves on the night. Taz Burman got the start for the Rebels, allowing three goals on 28 shots.

Tri-City opened the scoring at 10:39 of the first period, when Justin Gutierrez tallied his third goal of the season after finding the loose puck following a Brandon Carlo shot from the point.

The Americans extended its lead at 15:36, 25 seconds after killing off a Mitch Topping’s hooking penalty. Brian Williams found Beau McCue wide open on the back door and the 18-year-old back handed the puck past the Red Deer net minder.

The Americans had an opportunity to pull away early, with a 5-on-3 man advantage at the end of the first period. But after the first penalty had expired, Josh Thrower was whistled for a check to the head and was issued a five minute major and a game misconduct.

The Thrower penalty, which carried over 3:34 into the second period, set the stage for what was a busy period in the penalty box for both teams. Red Deer and Tri-City combined for nine minor penalties in the middle frame and a total of over 21 penalty minutes.

The Rebels took advantage of one of its four power plays in the second, cutting the Americans' lead in half.  While Parker Bowles was in the box for tripping, an Evan Polei redirection got the Rebels on the board.

Tri-City capitalized on one of its five power plays during the second period, with Topping blasting a point shot past Burman to restore the Americans' two-goal lead at 13:30.

The Rebels pulled within a goal for the second time at 7:26 of the third period, when Haydn Fleury’s shot bounced off the post and onto the stick of Connor Bleakley, scoring on the rebound for his 23rd goal of the season.

After pulling within one goal, the Rebels had chances to tie the game in the third period, but were unable to beat Comrie again.

Williams then iced the game with an empty net goal at 19:31 for his 33rd goal of the season.

The Americans now return home to the friendly confines of the Toyota Center, with games against the Portland Winterhawks (35-12-2-3, 75 pts.) and Spokane Chiefs (31-16-2-2, 66 pts.) on Friday and Saturday night, as the WHL hits the home stretch of the 2013-14 regular season. Tickets for Friday and Saturday’s games in Kennewick 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) Brian Williams, Tri-City
2) Haydn Fluery, Red Deer
3) Mitch Topping, Tri-City

 

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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 |
  • Central Division |
  • 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