Americans Score Early, Often In 6-3 Win Over Chiefs

By Dan Mulhausen | Tri-City Americans

KENNEWICK, WA - There was a lot of red in the Toyota Center on Saturday night.  First it was the pre-game pyrotechnics…then, it was the Americans’ new third jerseys…then it was the goal light.

Brendan Shinnimin scored twice and Patrick Holland picked up four points, as the Tri-City Americans (1-0-0-0, 2 pts) jumped out to a 5-0 lead before taking out the Spokane Chiefs (0-1-0-0, 0 pts) 6-3 in front of a sold out crowd of 5,922.  For the fourth straight season, Tri-City has now started the season with a win and stretched their home opening winning streak to 10 consecutive seasons.

After a powerful pre-game ceremony that saw two more championship banners raised to the rafters, the Americans came out just as strong to the tune of four goals in a 15-minute span.  Just 1:22 into the game, Shinnimin got the scoring started when he redirected an Adam Hughesman pass from inside the mid-slot.  Four and a half minutes later and playing shorthanded, Holland picked up a loose puck and broke out Justin Feser.  From the left circle, Feser then let a shot go on James Reid, who had the puck glance of his side, just under his blocker, and into the net.

Just past the midway point of the period and during a scramble in front of Reid, Jordan Messier found the puck and slipped it past the netminder for a 3-0 lead.  Then, five minutes later and on the power play, Holland shoveled in a Brooks Macek rebound to put Tri-City on top by four headed into the first intermission.

The scoring, however, did not stop there, as the Americans made it a five-goal lead less than a minute into the second period.  As part of a 2-on-1 breakaway, Mike Brown fed a pass to Shinnimin, who beat the sliding Reid for his second goal of the game.

But, less than a minute later, the Chiefs started to mount a comeback.  During a scramble in front of Drew Owsley, Matt Marantz connected for his first goal of the young season.

It remained a 5-1 game until the 6-minute mark of the third period when Spokane connected on the first of two straight power play goals.  Previously 0-for-8 on the man-advantage to that point, captain Levko Koper tipped in a Tanner Mort shot, pulling the Chiefs to within three.  Then, with just over five minutes remaining in regulation, Reid Gow tallied his first of the season and, just like that, Spokane’s deficit was down to two.

With two and a half minutes remaining, new Chiefs head coach Don Nachbaur opted to pull Reid in an effort to cut the Tri-City even more.  But, less than 30 seconds with the extra attacker, Mike Brown slipped past two Spokane players then lifted the puck from center ice and buried it into the empty net.

Owsley finished the night with 25 saves on 28 shots in his first win of the season.  Meanwhile, Reid collected 22 of the 27 shots he faced in the loss.  Tri-City went 1-for-9 on the power play, while Spokane finished 2-for-10 on the man-advantage.

After an emotional opening victory over their rivals, the Americans will now turn around and play tomorrow, Sunday, September 26 when the Seattle Thunderbirds visit the Toyota Center.  Game time is 5:05 pm.  Seattle, who is coming off a 4-1 win over Portland on Saturday, went 0-5 in Kennewick last season, but three of the five contests were decided by just one goal.  Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer outlets or online at ticketmaster.com.  The game will also be broadcast live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Sterling Savings Bank Warm-up Show at 4:45 p.m.

Applebee’s 3 Stars:

1, Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City
2, Patrick Holland, Tri-City
3, Levko Koper, Spokane

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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