Americans Suffer 4-2 Setback against Thunderbirds

Kent, WA - The Tri-City Americans (4-6-0-1, 9 pts) were coming off consecutive victories for the first time this season, looking to make it three in a row Saturday night at the Showare Center.  But, it was the Seattle Thunderbirds (8-2-0-0, 16 pts) who extended its hot streak, defeating the Americans 4-2, for its fifth consecutive victory.

The Thunderbirds took early command of the game, spending the opening minutes of the first period almost exclusively in the Americans zone, registering eight shots on goal before Tri-City put its first on Danny Mumaugh.

It wasn’t until after a Jim Hiller timeout that Tri-City began to take back some of Seattle’s momentum. Just when it looked as though Tri-City had turned it around, Roberts Lipsbergs corralled the rebound off of Mathew Barzal’s shot and put it home to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.

Being outshot 17-8 in the opening frame, it appeared as though the Americans would get out of the period trailing by just one goal. However, Adam Henry scored for the Thunderbirds with just two second left, giving Seattle a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

The Americans got off to a better start in the second period, coming out with sustained pressure in the first shift. But, Tri-City was unable to cut into the lead. At 14:51, it was the Thunderbirds who extended its lead. Shea Theadore forced an Americans turnover at the blue line, snapping a wrist shot past Eric Comrie to make it 3-0.

With an extra attacker on for a delayed Thunderbird penalty, the Americans showed signs of life. Beau McCue got the Americans back in it, scoring the make it 3-1. Trailing by two, a Mitch Topping penalty put the Americans shorthanded, and Lipsbergs made them pay with his second goal of the night.

Again, the Americans cut the Seattle lead to two late in the game, with a Connor Rankin goal at the 16:54 mark, but that was as close as the Americans would get.


Eric Comrie made 40 saves on the night, just two short of his career high. The 44 shots he faced on Saturday tied for the most shots he’s faced in a single game. Mumaugh steered aside 27 of the Americans’ 29 shots in goal for Seattle.

Tri-City will wrap-up the two-game road trip on Wednesday evening, when it takes on the Portland Winterhawks at the Moda Center. The Americans will then return home to the Toyota Center for a five-game home stand starting this Friday at 7:05 p.m. when it takes on the Victoria Royals.

Jack In Box Three Stars

1) Roberts Lipsbergs, SEA
2) Justin Hickman, SEA
3) Mathew Barzal, SEA

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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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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