Americans Fall to the Thunderbirds 3-1

John Allen

Kennewick, WA. – After surrendering the first goal of the game, the Tri-City Americans (17-14-1-2, 37 pts.) came back to tie it late in the second period. But, Mathew Barzal’s third period goal lifted the Seattle Thunderbirds (19-9-1-3, 42 pts.) past the Americans 3-1 Tuesday night at the Toyota Center.

The loss was the second in as many games for the Americans, snapping a two-game home ice winning streak.

Eric Comrie allowed two goals on 31 shots, making several key saves down the stretch and limiting a dangerous Seattle offense to just two scores, before being pulled for an extra attacker.

After a fast start by the Thunderbirds in the first period, the Americans gained control of the game, outshooting Seattle 11-6 in the opening frame. However, neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first 20 minutes of play.

The Thunderbirds opened the scoring at 5:12 of the second period. Roberts Lipsbergs took the feed from Matthew Barzal on a fast break, and snapped a shot over Comrie’s shoulder, giving Seattle a 1-0 lead.

The Thunderbirds looked to add to its lead, throwing 16 shots on goal in the second period, but strong net minding by Comrie kept the Tri-City deficit at one.  Then, while the teams skated 4-on-4, Lucas Nickles tied the game late in the second period. The speedster got a step on Seattle’s Shea Theodore and skated in alone on Danny Mumaugh, then slipped the puck past the Thunderbirds goaltender to tie the game at one.


The Thunderbirds got off to a fast start in the third period, getting multiple good scoring chances right out of the gate. Comrie came up with several sensational saves in the first few minutes to keep the game tied.

But, at the 2:50 mark, the Thunderbirds scored what would end up as the winning goal on Barzal’s sixth goal of the season. Seth Swenson took the initial shot, but after Comrie made the first save, the rookie forward redirected the puck of his chest and into the net. 

The Americans had several opportunities to tie the game in the late stages of the game, but only managed to get six shots on Mumaugh in the final period. With 1:35 left in the period, Tri-City pulled Comrie for an extra attacker, but Lipsbergs iced the game for Seattle with an empty net goal at 19:25.

The Americans will have the chance to return the favor when it travels to Seattle next Tuesday for the sixth of 10 meetings between the two teams, which currently sits at 2-2-0-1.

In its last home game before the Holiday break, the Americans will be back at the Toyota Center this Friday to take on the Prince George Cougars (12-17-2-3, 29 pts.) at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer locations, or online at ticketmaster.com.


Jack In Box Three Stars

1) Mathew Barzal, Seattle
2) Eric Comrie, Tri-City
3) Roberts Lipsbergs, 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
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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