Big Third Period Gives Americans 4-1 Victory over Hitmen

John Allen

Calgary, AB – The Tri-City Americans (25-21-2-3, 55 pts.) fell behind early in the third period, but the team stormed back, scoring four unanswered goals to defeat the Calgary Hitmen (31-13-3-3, 68 pts.) 4-1 at the Scotia Bank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

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Tri-City has now earned points in each of its last six games, picking up victories in five of those contests. With 55 points, the Americans are just three shy of both the Vancouver Giants (25-19-5-3, 58 pts.) and Everett Silvertips (25-18-7-1, 58 pts.) for the sixth and seventh spot in the Western Conference.

Eric Comrie made his 43rd start of the season, stopping 39 of Calgary’s 40 shots on the night, while holding a potent Calgary offense to just one goal. It was the eighth time in Comrie’s last ten games that he has held his opponent to a goal or less.

The Americans controlled the play early in the game, outshooting Calgary through the first 10 minutes of the opening period. The Hitmen turned momentum in its favor during Tri-City’s first power play, registering multiple shorthanded scoring opportunities. But, Comrie managed to fend off a late period push from the Hitmen.

Despite 2:20 of power play time in the first three minutes of the second period, it wasn’t until the eight minute mark that the Americans registered its first shot of the middle frame. Tri-City generated a few quality scoring chances on Mack Shields in the late stages of the middle frame, but were unable to beat the Calgary net minder.

The Americans were outshot 28-15 through 40 minutes of play, but the score remained scoreless heading into the third period of play.
The Hitmen opened the scoring 1:24 into the third period, when Kenton Helgeson sent in Greg Chase alone on Comrie, back handing the puck past the Edmonton-native to give the Hitmen a 1-0 lead.

But, 2:40 later, the Americans would strike back behind Brian Williams' 30th goal of the season. The 19-year-old forward narrowly missed on a 2-on-1, but hustled to keep the play alive, skating the puck out of the corner and snapping it past Shields to tie the game at one.

Braden Purtill put the Americans ahead at the 11:34 mark of the third period, finding the puck in a scramble in front of Shields and sliding it into the Calgary net, giving Tri-City a 2-1 lead. Then, at 16:46 and after Phil Tot forced a turnover, Ty Comrie added an insurance marker with his third goal of the season.

Trailing 3-1, the Hitmen threatened to score in the late stages of the game, but were unable to beat Comrie again. Finally, with 40 seconds remaining, Brian Williams iced the game for the Americans with an empty net goal.

The Americans continue its Alberta road trip with a game against the Edmonton Oil Kings (35-13-0-1, 71 pts.) Friday night at Rexall Place. Fans can catch the action live, via WHL Live, at the Americans’ official home away from home, Kimo’s in Richland. The game can also be seen regionally on ROOT Sports, starting at 6:00pm (PST).

Jack In Box Three Stars
1) Eric Comrie, Tri-City
2) Greg Chase, Calgary
3) Brian Williams, 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
  • 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