Americans Tame Warriors 4-1

John Allen

Kennewick, WA – Behind Beau McCue scored two goals, the Tri-City Americans (23-21-2-2, 50 pts.) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating the Moose Jaw Warriors (13-26-3-4, 33 pts.) 4-1 Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.

It was the third straight victory for the Americans, who have now won six consecutive games on home ice. The win also pulled Tri-City within four points of the Vancouver Giants (23-18-5-3, 54 pts.) for the seventh spot in the Western Conference.

Eric Comrie’s shutout streak was ended after seven periods of scoreless hockey, but the net minder held the Warriors to just one goal on the night, turning aside 29 shots.

The Americans opened the scoring at 4:17 of the first period, when Lucas Nickles forced a turnover at the defensive zone blue line, sending Tri-City in on a 3-on-2 odd man rush. After taking the pass from Nickles, Braden Purtill sent it across to Phil Tot, who one timed it past Justin Paulic.

At 16:01, the Americans extended its lead, scoring just after its power play had expired. The Warriors attempted to clear the puck after Sam Fioretti had stepped back on the ice. But, Justin Hamonic managed to corral the puck at the blue line and send it towards the net, where Beau McCue knocked the loose puck in the net.

The Warriors came into the second period looking to cut into Tri-City’s two-goal lead, out shooting the home side 11-6 during the middle frame. However, at the 6:10 mark, it would be the Americans who would extend its lead.  Purtill’s sixth goal of the season put Tri-City up 3-0, after banking the puck in off of Paulic’s right skate.

Then, at 8:12 of the third period, McCue all but iced the game for the Americans with his second goal of the night. The play was started by Brandon Carlo, who stepped up in the neutral zone to force a turnover, then skated it into the offensive zone before setting up McCue.

The Warriors’ Tanner Eberle, at 10:21 of the third period, snapped Comrie’s attempt at a second consecutive shutout, as Moose Jaw capitalized on a Josh Thrower roughing penalty.  The lone goal would be all that Comrie and the Americans’ defense would allow, shutting the door for the rest of the game, marking the third straight game that the team has allowed a goal or less.

The Americans close out the home stand this Friday night, when it takes on the U.S. Division rival Seattle Thunderbirds (29-14-2-3, 63 pts.) in the fifth annual CH2M Hill Nuclear Night at the Toyota Center. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer outlets, or online at ticketmaster.com.


Jack In Box Three Stars
1) Beau McCue, Tri-City
2) Phil Tot, Tri-City
3) Braden Purtill, 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