Americans Stumble with 3-1 Loss to Oil Kings

John Allen

Edmonton, AB – After a scoreless first period, the Tri-City Americans (25-22-2-3, 55 pts.) allowed three goals in the second period, as the Edmonton Oil Kings (36-13-0-1, 73 pts.) went on to defeat Tri-City 3-1 Friday night at Rexall Place.

The loss snapped Tri-City’s six-game point streak, dating back to its January 18 victory against the Spokane Chiefs.

Eric Comrie made 35 saves for the Americans, allowing more than two goals for the first time in seven games. The Edmonton-native finished the month of January with a 1.35 goals against average and a 0.962 save percentage in 11 contests.

Both teams had several opportunities to open the scoring in a spirited first period, but two of the WHL’s top goaltenders were on top of their games, keeping the game scoreless after 20 minutes of play.

The Oil Kings took control of the game in the second period, outshooting Tri-City 21-6 in the middle frame. At 7:46 of the second, Curtis Lazar opened the scoring with his 28th goal of the season, capitalizing on the rebound after Comrie had made the initial save on Brett Pollock.

Edmonton added an insurance marker just 47 seconds later, with Lane Bauer’s sixth goal of the season, who redirected Griffin Reinhart’s point shot past Comrie. Aaron Irving extended the Edmonton lead to three at the 18:27 mark, beating the Tri-City net minder with a well-placed wrist shot over Comrie’s pad.

The Americans had more offensive success in the third period, firing 15 shots on Tristan Jarry in the final 20 minutes, as it looked to fight its way back into the game.  

But, it wasn’t until the final minute of play that Brian Williams was finally able to solve the Oil Kings' net minder, scoring his 32nd goal of the season on a power play at 19:33. Williams is now tied for third in the WHL in goals scored, behind only division rivals Mitch Holmberg and Oliver Bjorkstrand.

Before returning home for two home games at the Toyota Center next weekend, the Americans conclude its three-game Alberta road trip with a Saturday night contest against the Red Deer Rebels (27-21-0-2, 57 pts.) at the Enmax Centrium. Fans can catch the action live, via WHL Live, at the Americans’ official home away from home, Kimo’s in Richland, starting at 6:00pm (PST).

Jack In Box Three Stars
1) Curtis Lazar, Edmonton
2) Tristan Jarry, Edmonton
3) Eric Comrie, 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