Americans Fall to Winterhawks 4-1 in Portland

Doug Love

Portland, OR – The Tri-City Americans (17-17-2-2, 38 pts.) traveled to Oregon on Saturday in search of revenge following last night’s overtime loss. But, once again, the Portland Winterhawks (25-8-2-2, 54 pts.) got the better of the Americans, taking control with three goals in the second period en route to a 4-1 victory on Saturday night.

It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Americans, who are back at the .500 mark for the first time since early November.  In five previous matchups against Portland this season, it was also the first time that the home team had come away with the win.  

The Americans had a good start to the game, outshooting the Winterhawks for the majority of the first period. Tri-City also held one of the league’s most potent power plays scoreless on three man advantages in the opening frame.

It looked as though, for the second straight night, the game would go into the first intermission a scoreless tie. But, with just 23 seconds remaining in the period, Dominic Turgeon threw the puck towards the net and Adam De Champlain re-directed the puck over Eric Comrie’s shoulder, giving Portland a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

In the second period, Tri-City had two successive power play opportunities to score the equalizer. But, after failing to score on its first power play, the Americans turned the puck over on the second, allowing Chase De Leo and Oliver Bjorkstrand a 2-on-1 odd man rush.  Bjorkstrand took the pass from De Leo and beat Comrie for the shorthanded score, giving the Winterhawks a 2-0 lead at the 5:04 mark.

Portland then took control of the game, with two goals in a span of 1:35, starting with Tyson Predinchuk’s first WHL goal at 12:20. Then, at the 13:55 mark, Turgeon scored on his own rebound after Comrie had made a great save on the original shot.

Trailing 4-0 heading into the third period of play, Evan Sarthou took over in net for the Americans, giving Comrie the period off after starting 33 of Tri-City’s first 38 games.  Sarthou looked strong in relief, turning aside all 12 shots he faced.

Brian Williams got the Americans on the board at 8:05 of the third period, capitalizing on the team’s fifth power play of the game.  The goal was the 18-year-old’s 21st of the season, snapping a 10-game scoreless drought, dating back to November 23.

Tri-City pushed to get itself back in the game in the late stages, but were unable to do anymore damage, as Portland coasted in for a 4-1 victory.

While the Americans dropped both games to open up the second half of the season, it still gained a point on the Prince George Cougars (14-19-2-3, 33 pts.) over the weekend, extending its lead for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference to five points.  

The Americans get set to host the rival Spokane Chiefs (22-12-0-2, 46 pts.) this Tuesday, in the annual New Year’s Eve game at the Toyota Center.  Game time is 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) Brendan Burke, Portland
2) Adam De Champlain, Portland
3) Dominic Turgeon, Portland

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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