Americans Take Down Thunderbirds 3-2 in Shootout

Kennewick, WA- What looked to be an offensive showdown after the first period, turned into a goaltending duel, as Jessey Astles scored the only shootout goal to give the Tri-City Americans (7-8-0-1 15 pts)  a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds (9-3-0-1 19 pts.) Friday night at the Toyota Center.

With the victory, the Americans have won three of its last four games and tied the season series with the Thunderbirds at two games apiece. In the first four meetings, each team has earned a regulation and shootout victory.

The game got off to a fast start, when Lucas Nickles was slashed on a breakaway just 1:20 into the game, leading to the Americans second penalty shot of the season. The Salmon Arm, B.C. native made no mistake with the opportunity, snapping the puck past Danny Mumaugh stick side for his fifth goal of the season.

The Thunderbirds showed off its quick strike capability, scoring twice in a span of 1:35, to grab hold of the early first period lead. Two breakaways led to two Seattle goals, as Eric Comrie made the original saves on both opportunities, but the Thunderbirds would score on the scramble that ensued.

Good late period pressure drew two consecutive Seattle penalties, and with just ten seconds left in the first period, the Americans cashed in with Beau McCue’s sixth score of the season.

The second period was all about special teams, as Seattle and Tri-City combined for 32 penalty minutes and six power plays in the middle frame. Both teams had multiple scoring opportunities with the man advantage and on the penalty kill, but the two goaltenders stood their ground.

The Americans came out firing in the third, carrying the play in the early stages of the period. Tri-City narrowly missed on several occasions to score the go ahead goal, but Mumaugh kept the game locked.

With two penalties in the final eight minutes of regulation and the first 30 seconds of overtime, Eric Comrie and the Americans penalty killing unit was forced to come up big again.

Once back to full strength in the overtime period, Tri-City went back on the offense, outshooting the Thunderbirds 4-2 in the extra frame, but still were unable to break the tie after 65 minutes of play.

Astles gave the Americans the early lead in the shootout, scoring on the very first shot and Comrie took care of the rest, shutting the Thunderbirds out in the Shootout to give the Americans the 3-2 victory.  

The Americans outshot the Thunderbirds 44-33 in the game, with Comrie and Mumaugh making 31 and 41 saves respectfully.

The Americans wrap up its five-game home stand tomorrow night, when it takes on the Brandon Wheat Kings (7-6-0-0 14 pts.) for the first and only meeting of the season. The puck drops from the Toyota Center 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) Eric Comrie, Tri-City
2) Danny Mumaugh, Seattle
3) Lucas Nickles, 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